How would we describe Hot Tuna? Let's put it this way, if the Grateful Dead were a Sandwich, they would probably be called Hot Tuna. They are a great band, started by former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist/vocals) and Jack Casady (bassist) in 19691.
It began as a side project to Jefferson Airplane, intended to mark time while Grace Slick recovered from throat node surgery that had left her unable to perform. The band's name came from someone Jorma Kaukonen referred to as a "witty wag" who called out, "hot tuna" after hearing the line 'What's that smell like fish, oh baby,' from the song "Keep On Truckin'."1
Currently, Jorma Kaukonen and Vanessa Kaukonen own what is called The Fur Peace Ranch, located in Southeast Ohio, in Meigs County.3 They offer a series of courses including guitar playing and song writing.
In addition, Jorma currently has a Quarantine Concert Series every Saturday night at 8 pm on Youtube.4 Check out their Youtube channel, the Quarantine Concerts are pretty amazing.
Now, here's the mellowest background music to play in your gazebo while cooking grilled hamburgers on an early Sunday afternoon.
The Water Song by Hot Tuna (1972)
Fire up that grill in the backyard, here's another classic Hot Tuna song, "True Religion" (1972).