HOT TUNA | LIVE AT NEW ORLEANS HOUSE BERKELEY, CA 9/69 CD
Extensive Interview with Jorma Kaukonen Jefferson Airplane was one of the most important rock bands to ever come out of the whole sixties music experience. Two of its co-founders, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, both articulate students of traditional American folk, blues and country blues, had been friends since junior high school. While the Jefferson Airplane was a steady concert attraction around the globe, in no time both Jorma and Jack were steadfast and true to the music they loved so much and began experimenting with it more frequently before and after gigs with the Airplane, creating a second groundbreaking entity with Hot Tuna. In 1969, Hot Tuna was captured live in San Francisco for their historic first album on RCA simply titled Hot Tuna. A big win for the band and for the fans, the LP landed in the top thirty, showcasing their impeccable artistry and song choices which have now gone on to become staples of their career. Echoing back to their profound respect for the blues and folk, their performances are a remarkable extension of the duo's admiration of traditional American music forms. Hot Tuna's story continues to evolve. For over five decades now, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been captivating audiences and attracting new fans every year. Kaukonen summarizes their longevity, "When we started out, for us, the music always had to come first. We loved the music, and that's just how it is you know. We got really lucky with that, because unbeknownst to us at the time it really has become a really strong thing. I think the longevity factor is that we stayed true to our roots. At that time, we tended to be eclectic, but that's just who we are." As part of the new Absolutely Live Series with Relayer and Friday Music, this early eclecticism of Hot Tuna leads us to this amazing new Relayer release Live At New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA 9/69. Consisting of superior outtakes and previously unreleased gems during the recording of the Hot Tuna album, this newly remastered disc is a definitive treasure trove for the fans. Extended jams on rare tracks like Sea Child and solid bluesy workouts on Come Back Baby exhibit the tenacity of this power duo. Remarkable alternate versions of Hot Tuna staples like Know You Rider, Keep On Truckin' and Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning truly showcase the intricate and soulful interplay between the musicians which make this remastered collection an important American roots revisit. Keep On Truckin'...