LOS ANGELES, CA, May 11, 2020 — Quarto Valley Records (QVR) recording artist The Immediate Family, 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), will be debuting the new single “Cruel Twist” on June 12, 2020 – the band’s first release since signing with QVR.
“Cruel Twist” has the hard-driving sound and searing guitar licks that rock and roll was built on,” said QVR CEO & Founder, Bruce Quarto. “It’s one of those great songs that grows on you, and will certainly captivate anyone who loves rock music.”
The song was written by Kortchmar and Harvey Brooks and published by Universal Publishing (ASCAP). The recording was produced by Kortchmar, Postell and Fred Mollin. The band was joined by Jim Cox on Hammond B3 organ. The single was recorded at Groove Masters Studio and Katonah Studios, was engineered by Niko Bolas and Postell, and was mastered by Richard Dodd. The cover art is now available, featuring a photo of the band by Rob Shanahan (https://www.robshanahan.com/).
While “Cruel Twist” will be the band’s first release in the US, Europe and South America, The Immediate Family, which was formed approximately two years ago, has been performing live and released new music in Japan and Asia. QVR signed the Immediate Family to a multi-album deal and will be releasing more of their music later this year. A 2021 Documentary about their iconic careers is also in the queue.
The single “Cruel Twist” will be released to all DSPs by QVR for streaming and downloading on June 12, 2020. Listen to a sample here.
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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 California-based independent label Quarto Valley Records represents the diverse genres of Icons, Rock, Blues and Jazz along with an impressive roster of legacy artists and emerging talent including Paul Rodgers, Savoy Brown, Edgar Winter, Deborah Bonham, The Immediate Family, Narada Michael Walden, Denny Seiwell, Richard T. Bear, Texas Scratch and Dominic Quarto. https://quartovalleyrecords.com.
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Photo Caption: Cover art for the upcoming single “Cruel Twist” by The Immediate Family. Photo by Rob Shanahan.
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Audio clip caption: A sample of “Cruel Twist,” the upcoming single from The Immediate Family on Quarto Valley Records