Devon Allman, Jack Casady talk about latest tours, projects

Interviews with guitarist Devon Allman and legendary bassist Jack Casady were featured on the July 11 edition of Greasy Tracks.

Going solo:

Going solo: Devon Allman will lead the Devon Allman Band at Bridge Live on July 16. (Greg Chambers photo)

Casady, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, will be appearing July 14 with Jorma Kaukonen as Hot Tuna plays Infinity Hall in Norfolk. Allman, who over the last decade has done stints with Honeytribe and the Royal Southern Brotherhood, is now out with the Devon Allman Band which plays Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on July 16.

To listen to the interviews, here’s Allman, Casady and the playlist.

Allman discusses his latest album, Ragged and Dirty (Ruf Records) and current tour, the first since opting to leave the Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Hot Tuna

Birthday bash: Jack Casady (left) goofing around with Jorma Kaukonen at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Dec. 13, 2014, where Casady’s 70th birthday was celebrated.

Casady, who began his career as a guitarist in the metro-Washington, D.C., area where he and Kaukonen played in their first band together in the late 1950s, talked about the emergence of Hot Tuna and how the band evolved over the years. He shares some interesting insight on working up songs with Grace Slick and what to expect when it comes to material being performed by Hot Tuna on their current tour.

Hot Tuna formed in early 1969 when Casady, Kaukonen, Paul Kantner and drummer Joey Covington played a handful of dates when the Airplane took time off. There were various line-ups in the early years of the band, sometimes just Kaukonen and Casady playing acoustic.

Their first studio record, Burgers, came out in 1972 at which time the Airplane was as good as being grounded, effectively playing its final concerts that September. The group reluctantly reunited in 1989, releasing an album and undertaking a brief tour, highlighted by a mid-set Hot Tuna appearance during each show. In 1996, the Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hot Tuna is playing in a number of different configurations this summer, ranging from duos and trios, electric and acoustic. On Sept. 11 they will be joined by G.E. Smith, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Rachel Price at the Lockin’ Festival in Arrington, Va., where they will be doing a 50th anniversary tribute to the Jefferson Airplane.

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Hot Tuna

Still going strong: Bassist Jack Casady (left) and Jorma Kaukonen formed Hot Tuna in 1969 and the band continues to perform in electric and acoustic line-ups.

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