About the Artist
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are the founders and continuing core members of the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna. Having played music with each other since they were kids growing up in Washington D.C., no two musicians have more consistently influenced American music and shaped the foundation of rock & roll, roots and blues than these two legends.
In the mid 1960's, Jorma and Jack were two of the original members of The Jefferson Airplane, creating a unique sound that became the soundtrack of the era.
While in The Jefferson Airplane, Jorma and Jack remained loyal to the blues, jazz, bluegrass and folk influences of the small clubs and larger venues they had learned from years before. Tirelessly performing together at clubs in the Bay Area, often after having played a set with the Airplane. Eventually, they landed a record contract and recorded and album before they decided to name their band Hot Tuna. With it, they launched on an odyssey which has continued for more than four decades.
Along the way, they have been joined by a succession of talented musicians, all of whom meld in to Jorma and Jack's place in the musical spectrum as two of America's most important rock musicians. Rolling Stone has named Jorma one of the top guitarists of all time, while Jack is considered one of today's most innovative electric bass players, having played with such legends as Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead.
Today, as their sound continues to evolve, Jorma and Jack are often joined in their Hot Tuna performances by the mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff. A veteran of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, and rock-influenced bands including Tony Trischka and Skyline, Barry's influences seamlessly mesh with Hot Tuna as if he's been there from the beginning.
Anchoring the rhythm section along with Jack is the brilliant and exciting young drummer Skoota Warner. Joining the band in 2009, his stunning career already included work with a virtual who's who of rock, funk, blues, and jazz musicians, including Cyndi Lauper, Matisyahu, Mary J. Blige and Santana. Now with Hot Tuna, Jorma says he has "never felt more at home with a drummer than [he does] now with Skoota."
Jorma and Jack certainly could not have imagined, let alone predicted, where playing would take them. Aside from their touring, both are teachers at Jorma's world renowned Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp as well as accomplished solo performers. Jack released his first solo CD, Dream Factor, on Eagle Records in 2003. Jorma has released many solo albums over the years, including his legendary album Quah, his Grammy-nominated Blue Country Heart as well as two highly acclaimed releases on Red House Records, Stars in My Crown (2007) and River of Time (2009).
It's been a long and amazing road and after four decades of music, Hot Tuna continues to find new and interesting turns in its path forward, putting their distinct stamp on American music.