Saw Jorma & Jack Thursday night

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  1. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Saw Jorma & Jack (Acoustic Hot Tuna) Thursday night in Randolph, VT.

    Kind of a laid-back show (compared to other times we've seen 'em) but good -- and, I've gotta say, Jack Casady is a heck of a bass player. I have seen 'em before but I never really appreciated how good he was. He's in the echelon of Entwistle (my own personal rock bassist hero), which I hadn't really appreciated until this week.


    So, the deal was -- for an extra 30 bucks, one got a seat in the front two rows, a copy of Jorma's recently-released memoir, and a "VIP" :p meet-n-greet with Jorma after the show. I sprang for the "VIP" tickets to get good seats... the book was a bonus :)

    Interesting factoid; Jorma Kaukonen is left handed. I did not know that. As a fellow, sinister south-paw :) I asked him why he played guitar right handed. He said, "There was no way my father was going to spend the extra money for a left-handed guitar!" So right handed it was.

    Oh, and sort of on topic: nice reflection by Jorma on the passing of Marty Balin on the Hot Tuna website, FYI and FWIW.
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  2. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Hot Tuna is one of my favorite bands.

    Agree that Jack Casady is an incredible bass player - definitely one of the best. :)

    Also agree that Entwistle was incredible - on record and live. How do you rate Jon Camp and Chris Squire?
  3. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Squire was pretty good although I wasn't crazy about his tone in general.

    Jon Camp I don't know (at least, I don't knowingly know him or his music). :(
  4. T4L


    Just listened to "Save Your Love" with Jorma playing guitar when he was with Jefferson Starship. "Hit Single #1" is another all time favorite when Jorma was with Hot Tuna. I just hope he doesn't hate the music that made him famous, plays some of his old hits. I've been disappointed with some old musicians who hate their hit songs and won't play their songs during live performances.
  5. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe it was the Rickenbacker bass. ;)

    Camp was the bassist for Renaissance. :)
  6. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    ahh, OK. I have some Renaissance rekkids, but I cannot say I've listened to (for) the bass lines. :(

    Yeah, Squire -- mind you, I do like his work; he was one of those inventive bass players, and I like that... I just like my bass sound a little meater, y'know? That big acoustic thing Jack played Thursday night (which may be Tom Ribbeke's "Diana" acoustic bass? I cannot tell for sure from the photos at my disposal) had nice bottom and he also plays it very melodically, even occasionally strumming it.
  7. GuyK

    GuyK Junior Member

    Glad you got a good show. I saw their electric set here in Seattle at the end of August and it was dreadful. I was quite surprised, because I saw Hot Tuna acoustic a year-and-a-half ago, also here in Seattle, and it was superb.
  8. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, in general, produced so much high frequency energy on their records that Squire's bass lines were sometimes overshadowed.

    Saw them live on every tour from "The Yes Album" through "Going for the One". Squire's bass work was definitely incredible live.

    For Tout's work, try the song Ashes are Burning. Not a bad bass solo. ;)
  9. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    I recall one evening back in the early/mid-aughts when our merry band of freaks caught wind of a low-key free set Jorma would be playing at his alma mater, in the tiny theater at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

    We were late, no doubt having spent too much time "getting ready". The door to the theater was located directly stage right, and we were swept in by the usher and told that we could stay in the wings, but not cross in front of the stage to the bleachers.

    This group of kids looking like they'd just stepped out of the Fillmore West irked Jorma, who kept shooting us dirty looks, and were no small entertainment to the dignified 50+ audience, who looked like they might have been alerted to the show by an alumni newsletter.

    Jorma was great, like he always is, and it's a treasured memory.
  10. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    At the time, I worked in YS at Dingleberry's, a Nag Champa-encrusted record store/head shop of some local notoriety, and we'd set out on foot for the Jorma show from a downtown apartment that friends rented from the Furay family, where one slept in Richie Furay's childhood bedroom. Good times.
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  11. Olson_jr

    Olson_jr Active Member

    I have seen them acoustic a couple of times but seeing Electric Hot Tuna was really a treat.
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