LOS ANGELES, CA, November 7, 2019 — The Immediate Family recently wrapped a successful run of shows on the East Coast. The concerts took place on Long Island, October 24 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post in Brookville, NY, followed by three nights, October 25-27, at the legendary Iridium in NYC, which they also performed at last year to a sold-out crowd.
The band, composed of Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals), brings together some of the most recorded, respected and sought-after players in modern music. Frequent collaborators both in the studio and on-stage since the early 70s, their work can be heard on albums from Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, Graham Nash, David Crosby and many more.
Chris M. Junior reviewed the first Iridium show for Goldmine, noting, “Long ago these musicians established themselves as formidable foundation pieces in support of other artists; now they find themselves as a bona fide attraction exuding grace, precision and charm with their instruments and their anecdotes.” Read the full review here: https://www.goldminemag.com/reviews/concert-reviews/10-2019-the-immediate-family-concert-review-iridium-new-york
Currently in the midst of working on the band’s first dedicated American release (which will serve as the follow-up album to the Japan-released LP Honey Don’t Leave L.A.), the Immediate Family’s set list included new songs from the upcoming album, select cuts from Honey Don’t Leave L.A., as well as classic tracks penned by Kortchmar, such as Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” and “New York Minute,” and Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby,” as well as “Werewolves of London” and “Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead,” both of which Waddy Wachtel co-wrote and produced with the late Warren Zevon.
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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 five 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 Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Frequent collaborators both in the studio and on-stage since the early 70s, their work can be heard on albums from Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, Graham Nash, David Crosby and many, many, many more. Kortchmar, Sklar and Kunkel 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. (They were later joined by Wachtel). Collectively, The Section 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, and Jackson Browne, 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 played with many of the same artists as Kortchmar, as well as artists like the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, 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 Bryan Ferry and The Church.
Leland Sklar has performed in the studio and live 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, by a pretty large margin.
Russ Kunkel’s credits include Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Carly Simon 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.
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 also recorded and mixed the final performances of Ravi Shankar.
The Immediate Family is signed with industry veterans David A. Helfant of Arpeggio Entertainment and Fred Croshal of Croshal Entertainment Group for personal management.
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Photo Caption 1: The Immediate Family performs at The Iridium in NYC on October 24, 2019. Pictured L-R: Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell.