“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass
It’s not just the energy of youth that shakes me when I listen to these tracks — it’s the musical dialogue that Jack and I shared in these amazing moments. -Jorma Kaukonen
The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents its third chapter: Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969, available now on CD. This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane’s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna.
“A wicked blend of rock, jazz and R&B that created a dynamic, groundbreaking sound.” – John Lynskey , Hittin’ The Note
4 Nights of Live Music:
94 tracks reflecting a broad cross-section of musical forms, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, swing jazz, and rockabilly, among others.
1st ever box set of live concert recordings from Doc & Merle Watson
1st release of Bear’s Sonic Journals from the Owsley Stanley Foundation
Several rare songs Doc Watson never recorded live
Photos of “Old Hoss”, the Gallagher guitar Doc played from 1968 until the end of this tour in 1974
In depth interview with bassist T. Michael Coleman
An original essay by David Holt, 4-time Grammy winner and longtime Doc collaborator
Original cover art by Mike DuBois based on a drawing by Owsley’s son, Starfinder
Released on all Your Favorite Mediums
Cutting Edge Technology Blurb
Paul Stubblebine created an all-analog master from the original reels. From there, he cut lacquers with 1/2-speed mastering for 45 RPM playback, pressed to 180 gram vinyl
State-of-the-art Plangent Process transfer techniques were used to remove subtle timing distortions created by the recording and playback devices (wow and flutter), resulting in the most accurate replication of the music.
Reel To Reel
The one inch tape format transfer results in a extremely low loss of information, which we consider more like 1/2 generation than one full generation. These running masters are copied in real time to a bank of finely tweaked Ampex ATR-100 decks, yielding a “1-1/2 generation” copy.
Lossless audiophile downloads in 192kHz/24bit and 96kHz/24bit FLAC
Save The Music
The "Save The Music!" campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear's Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!
Donate via our secure form, or send checks made out to the Owsley Stanley Foundation to: Owsley Stanley Foundation PO Box 625 Occidental, Ca 95465 We were officially granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS in December 2012. Any donations given prior to the granting of our nonprofit status are fully deductable.
Adopt-A-Reel Program: For donations of $400 or more, we will work with you to select one of Bear’s Sonic Journals for priority preservation. Along with other recognition of your generous contribution, if the recording you select is viable for future release by OSF, you will receive a liner note credit.
Reach out if you have questions, or to see how you can support the Owsley Stanley Foundation.