LIVE: Hot Tuna @ The Egg, 12/7/14

December 16th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The shouts of “Jorma!” that came from the near-capacity crowd were an indication that there were few, if any, first time Hot Tuna fans in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. Accompanying Jorma Kaukonen and co-founding bass man Jack Casady was frequent Tuna member mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, as well as a trio of the band’s Woodstock family – drummer Justin Guip, vocalist Teresa Williams and her husband/string master Larry Campbell on fiddle, pedal steel and guitar.

The band kicked off the show with one of their staples, Kaukonen’s “True Religion,” that was highlighted by Mitterhoff’s sweet mandolin solo and Campbell’s shimmering slide guitar that brought the song to its conclusion.

Hot Tuna has always been about the country blues that howl about the sins of Saturday night and the gospel-flavored songs that ask for forgiveness in church on Sunday morning. Casady strutted, pogoed and drove the band on Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His bass anchored and pushed both Kaukonen’s vocals and the guitar solos from Kaukonen and Campbell. As fine a guitarist as Kaukonen is, his voice would not fit in a church choir. Enter Williams, who brought the “amen” to Reverend Gary Davis’ “Children of Zion” that included great supporting solos from Mitterhoff’s mandolin, Kaukonen’s guitar and Campbell’s slide. They stayed in church for the next number, a roof-raising rendition of “Wade in the Water” that was once again led by Williams’ powerhouse vocals.

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Win FREE TIX to Donna the Buffalo @ Putnam Den on Friday!

September 25th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

For more than two decades now, guitarist Jeb Puryear and fiddler Tara Nevins have been leading Donna the Buffalo in a delirious, dizzying musical hybrid that somehow manages to blend together such disparate genres as reggae, bluegrass, zydeco, folk, rock, Cajun and country. Simply put, it’s groove-oriented, highly danceable, socially conscious music that just makes you feel good.

The band has been busy recording their upcoming tenth album, and they’ll be previewing some of the as-yet-unreleased tunes (like the one above) when Donna the Buffalo stampedes into Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Friday night (September 28). Tix are $20, and the music gets underway at 9pm. And don’t forget your dancin’ shoes…

BUT WAIT… we’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday morning. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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