LOS ANGELES, CA, December 3, 2020 — Quarto Valley Records (QVR) announces the release of the new music video for “New York Minute” from 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). The video is premiering today via M Music & Musicians Magazine, and the clip is available online at https://youtu.be/WhAhgXKcFtA. The video was edited by and conceived with the help of Michael Perlmutter of Almost Midnight Productions.
“New York Minute,” featuring Steve Postell on lead vocals, is a song that will be familiar to many listeners, as it is a modern take on the 1990 Don Henley hit, which The Immediate Family’s Danny Kortchmar co-wrote with Henley and Jai Winding for inclusion on Henley’s The End of the Innocence album. The music video was filmed and produced with the band members in separate locations and also uses footage from a recent live-streamed performance by the band.
Kortchmar remarks, “When we set out to write this song years ago, Don Henley wanted a song that captured New York in the fall. I came up with the changes for the verse and chorus on keyboard, then we brought Jai Winding in to help with the bridge, and Don wrote the great lyric. The Immediate Family’s version is very different, since we translated it into a guitar treatment and made it into a rock & roll ballad. We recorded this version playing our parts individually due to the virus preventing us getting together, with Steve doing the lead vocal and Russ playing his ‘box kit.’ We’ve been playing together so long that we’re able to be tight even if we’re not in the same room! Hope you dig it as much as we dug making it!”
Postell adds, “Being in this band offers MANY highlights for me, but none greater than the opportunity to sing this phenomenal song, co-written by Don Henley and our own Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar. Long before I met Danny and the rest of our gang, I was not just a fan of ‘New York Minute’ but saw it as a near-perfect example of the potential scope of popular music, with a brilliant vocal, stunning melody, powerful expressive production, gorgeous chord changes, and a poignant, evocative lyric. I was born at New York Hospital on East 66th Street in Manhattan and spent many of my formative years living in the City. Danny told me they were trying to paint a tonal and lyrical picture of what New York City really feels like, and in every way, I believe they succeeded. Every time I sing this song I am transported back to my hometown, and getting to personalize the experience over the driving, rocking interpretation from our band is every singer’s dream. We asked our talented video director, Michael Perlmutter, to paint the song against the backdrop of NYC, and he did a stellar job. Enjoy the video, and this amazing song, performed The Immediate Family way.”
Michael Perlmutter of Almost Midnight Productions has been producing, directing and editing content for the music industry for over 20 years. He notes, “Working with The Immediate Family has been such a joy on multiple levels. One, they are all legends: as studio musicians and collaborators with multi-platinum artists going back decades, these guys made the music that fed my soul growing up in New Jersey, so to be able to work with them as an adult, it doesn’t get much cooler than that. And two, the challenges of creating a compelling socially distanced music video at this moment really energized and excited me. For ‘New York Minute,’ the guys all shot their own parts at their respective homes, using their phones. They sent me the footage and told me to have fun! I’ve always loved projected images on city buildings so I wanted to try to do something similar for this video by incorporating the band and NYC in a creative way that would allow us to showcase this iconic song.”
Merlin David, Publisher of M Music & Musicians magazine, remarks, “The Immediate Family is a super group of seasoned professional musicians who write songs that continue to move us, play instruments at the highest level, and remind us that good music remains an integral part of our lives.”
“New York Minute” song credits:
Produced by: The Immediate Family
Engineered & recorded in quarantine by: The Immediate Family
Mixed by: Steve Postell & Waddy Wachtel
Mastered by: Steve Addabbo
Published by: Dobbs Music (ASCAP), WC Music Corp (ASCAP), Woody Creek Music (GMRO)
Writers: Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Jai Winding
The Immediate Family’s new EP Slippin’ And Slidin’ has been garnering critical acclaim and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Blues Chart. The Immediate Family, which was formed approximately two years ago, has been performing live and has released new music in Japan, Asia and the U.S. QVR signed The Immediate Family to a multi-album deal and, along with more music coming early next year, a Denny Tedesco documentary about their iconic careers is also in the queue for release in 2021.
Apple Music: https://smarturl.it/SlippinandSlidinTIF/applemusic
Amazon Music: https://smarturl.it/SlippinandSlidinTIF/amazon
Visit The Immediate Family online:
Band home page: https://www.immediatefamilyband.com/
Immediate Family documentary Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/immediatefamilyfilm/
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Steve Postell and Russ Kunkel. Photo by Rob Shanahan
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Photo Caption 2: Cover art for the EP Slippin’ And Slidin’ by The Immediate Family. Photo credit: Rob Shanahan
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 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, 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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