Tony Saunders

The Rock Side

No one but me can say there first gig at 17 years old was playing with my Dad Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia. From that day on my career has been full of playing with great people in all genres of music. I didn’t realize I was around rock n roll history when I was just learning my instrument. I just had a large passion for playing the bass. Jack Cassidy and Jorma Kaukonen also noticed that I had a knack for the instrument. I would rehearse in the Famous Jefferson Airplane House Basement when the equipment was gone and Jack Cassidy gave me some speakers he didn’t use anymore to go along with the ones Steve Parish from the Dead gave me. The drummer that played with my Dad/Jerry in the band Aunt Monk, Bob Steeler also played in Hot Tuna so when Jack wasn’t around I got to play with Jorma which was really fun. Rick Danko let me hang out while he was making his solo project which lead to me playing on Juice Newtons Album. From there I just continued to play with my Dad and I got gigs with him with Buffy St. Marie, David Soul, Paul Butterfield, John Sebastian and Leon Russell.

Tony has performed and recorded with rock n roll legends like;

  • Bob Weir
  • Jerry Garcia/Merl Saunders
  • Eric Clapton
  • Neal Schon
  • Paul Butterfield
  • John Sebastian
  • David Crosby – (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  • Dr. John
  • Juice Newton
  • Buffy St Marie
  • Ron Wood
  • Huey Lewis
  • Leon Russel
  • Bo Didley
  • Ringo