Leon Russell - Hot Tuna
Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma
who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.
Leon led the famous Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John. His songwriting credits include 'A Song For You', ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.
Leon and Sir Elton John recorded a duet album produced by TBone Burnett, The Union, which was released October 19, 2010. The single, "If It Wasn't For Bad" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Capitol/EMI released a 16-track compilation CD, The Best Of Leon Russell, on April 5, 2011.
Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011.
He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in June 2011.
From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last fifty years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. The pair began playing together while growing up in the Washington D.C. area. In the mid 1960's, Jorma was asked to audition for a new band that was forming in San Francisco. Though an acoustic player at heart, he grew interested in the band's electronic gear and decided to join. Soon thereafter he summoned Jack, who now played the bass, from Washington D.C. Jack's experience as a lead guitarist led to a style of bass playing that took the instrument far beyond its traditional role. The unique sound of The Jefferson Airplane was created. Jorma contributed the band's name, drawn from a nickname a friend had for the blues-playing Jorma. Along with the other members of The Jefferson Airplane, Jorma and Jack are 1996 inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Kaukonen-Casady duo created much of The Jefferson Airplane's signature sound, and Jorma's lead and fingerstyle guitar playing characterizes some of the band's most memorable tracks. Jorma and Jack would jam whenever they could and would sometimes perform sets within sets at Airplane concerts. Jorma left Jefferson Airplane after the band's most productive five years, and in 1969 Hot Tuna became a full-time job. Over the next four decades Hot Tuna would perform thousands of concerts and release more than two dozen records.
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