LOS ANGELES, CA, March 26, 2021 — Quarto Valley Records announces the launch of the new single “Can’t Stop Progress,” as well as an accompanying music video, from The Immediate Family. The video premieres today via Guitar Player magazine. View the video here: https://youtu.be/2AuatIO8vyY. The single is the first release from the band’s upcoming sophomore U.S. EP Can’t Stop Progress, dropping Friday, April 23, 2021. The Immediate Family is a rock & roll band composed of longtime friends and legendary musicians Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals).
The song was co-written by band members Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, alongside former Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch. The music video was filmed and directed by the five members of The Immediate Family and edited by Michael Perlmutter, who has worked on some of the band’s previous clips.
Danny Kortchmar remarks, “I started ‘Can't Stop Progress’ years ago with my pal Stan Lynch. I had the chord changes, and Stan came up with the title and a few lines for the chorus. Then it lay dormant for a while and every now and then I’d work on a lyric but couldn’t get a handle on where to go with it. Being in The Immediate Family lit me up creatively, and I finally stumbled on what I wanted to say and how to say it. After I had the lyric, I felt it still needed more music, and that’s where Waddy came in. I love working on songs with Waddy. He always can take an idea and move it forward, and that’s what happened with this song; he came up with the moving chord changes in the verse, which helped it tremendously.”
Wachtel adds, “Danny had all the words done, and I think he also had the musical shape for the chorus, but he was stuck for the main musical feel for the song and the music for the verses. I came up with the main guitar lick, and then I also found the chords for the verses to support his lyric. When it came to the bridge, I think I suggested we modulate up one key for the bridge and use the same basic chord progression and then drop back down to original key for the out choruses. I also suggested we do the song as a two-part harmony!”
Building upon the success of The Immediate Family’s first U.S. EP Slippin’ and Slidin’, released in fall 2020, the upcoming five-song EP Can’t Stop Progress gives fans of the band a deeper look into their music. Featuring five original songs from the band’s members, the Can’t Stop Progress EP is a bridge to the band’s much-anticipated debut U.S. LP on Quarto Valley Records, as well as an upcoming documentary by filmmaker/director Denny Tedesco.
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Photo Caption 1: Cover art for The Immediate Family Can’t Stop Progress EP and single. Photo credit: Alan Kozlowski
About The Immediate Family
The Immediate Family (the modern iteration of a legendary studio ensemble known as “The Section”) is a rock and roll band composed of four of the most recorded, respected and sought-after players in modern music: Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and the addition of prominent touring, session guitarist and songwriter Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Frequent collaborators both in the studio and on-stage, their work can be heard on albums from Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, Graham Nash, Neil Young, David Crosby and many, many, many more. Kortchmar, Sklar and Kunkel have worked together since the early 70s and made up three-quarters of The Section, best known for both their studio and live work in support of some of the top selling singer/songwriters and solo singers in the history of music, as well as their own acclaimed instrumental albums. (By mid 70s, they were later joined by Wachtel). Collectively, these musicians helped define the sound of a generation.
Danny Kortchmar’s credits as guitarist, producer, songwriter, and session musician include work with James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Billy Joel, among many others. As a songwriter, Kortchmar has both written alone or collaborated with numerous artists, penning indelible tracks such as Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” and “New York Minute,” as well as Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and “Shaky Town,” to name a few.
Legendary guitarist, producer and songwriter Waddy Wachtel has worked with many of the same artists as Kortchmar, as well as artists like the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Randy Newman, Bryan Ferry and the late Warren Zevon, with whom he co-wrote and produced a number of hit songs including “Werewolves of London,” which The Immediate Family has included in their set list. Wachtel’s production work includes Keith Richards, Bryan Ferry, George Thorogood and The Church, and he has composed numerous scores for feature films.
Leland Sklar has performed in the studio and on tour with Phil Collins, James Taylor, Toto and Billy Cobham, to name a few. Actually, Sklar has the most credits of any of the members of The Immediate Family, having worked on over 2,600 albums.
Russ Kunkel’s credits include Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett and dozens more. He has created and co-produced film scores for Mike Nichols’ Heartburn, Joyce Chopra’s Smooth Talk and New World Films’ Certain Fury. Production work includes Clannad, Jimmy Buffett, The Derek Trucks Band, Dan Fogelberg, Aaron Neville and others.
Steve Postell is a seasoned touring and session player who has worked with David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, Michael McDonald, John Oates, Robben Ford and many others. He recorded and mixed the final 3 performances of Ravi Shankar and has scored films including “Dying To Know” about Timothy Leary & Ram Dass and narrated by Robert Redford. He has released several solo records, including the critically acclaimed “Time Still Knockin’” on Immergent Records.
The Immediate Family is signed with industry veterans, David A. Helfant of Arpeggio Entertainment and Fred Croshal of Croshal Entertainment Group for personal management.
About Quarto Valley Records
Founded by tech entrepreneur Bruce Quarto, the independent label Quarto Valley Records represents Rock, Blues, Jazz and Americana genres with an impressive artist roster featuring legacy musicians Paul Rodgers, Savoy Brown and Edgar Winter – in addition to the legendary talent that comprises The Immediate Family, GRAMMY® award-winning producer and percussionist Narada Michael Walden, blues rock artist Sean Chambers, Wings member Denny Seiwell, the renowned and soulful Richard T. Bear, British Blues sensation Deborah Bonham and emerging Americana artist Dominic Quarto — https://quartovalleyrecords.com
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