JEFFERSON STARSHIP with legendary founders PAUL KANTNER & DAVID FREIBERG and Grammy nominated star of “Love, Janis” – CATHY RICHARDSON are just back from Japan & a 9 country odyssey. They are ON FIRE … check out these PBS-TV links:
Jefferson Airplane was one of the biggest rock group in America during the 1960s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like GRATEFUL DEAD & JANIS JOPLIN. They headlined the original WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL in 1969 and like THE BEATLES with whom they are critically compared, lasted a mere 7 years … though their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century.
During the transitional period of the early 1970s, when the Jefferson Airplane was in the process of disbanding, singer-guitarist Paul Kantner recorded Blows Against the Empire. This was a concept album featuring an ad hoc group of musicians and credited on the LP as “Jefferson Starship”, marking the first use of that name.
This ‘prototype’ version of Jefferson Starship included David Crosby and Graham Nash and Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, as well as some of the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane, lead singer Grace Slick, drummer Joey Covington and bassist Jack Casady.
The band has undergone several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name. The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, more closely resembles its original mix of psychedelic and electric folk music than the pop-driven tunes it was widely known for in the early to mid-1980s
Current Lineup includes
legendary founders PAUL KANTNER & DAVID FREIBERG
CATHY RICHARDSON Grammy nominated star of “Love, Janis”
Slick Aguilar (kc and the sunshine band, Graham Nash )
Donny Baldwin (Jerry Garcia Band, 38 special, Kenny Loggins)
Chris Smith (THE SUPREMES and LOU BEGA)