LOS ANGELES, CA, February 2, 2021 — 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) – recently participated in several events at NAMM’s Believe in Music week (Jan 18-22) online gathering (which took the place of this year’s in-person NAMM Show). Registration is still available to access the sessions until February 28 – visit https://attend.believeinmusic.tv/ to join now.
As part of the show’s TEC Tracks series, members of The Immediate Family participated in several different sessions at the event:
- Leland Sklar was interviewed by David Goggin (“Mr. Bonzai”) in a session titled “Leland Sklar Demonstrates His Famous Basses,” in which Sklar shared some of his most beloved instruments and explain how he achieves his iconic sound. After you register for the show, visit https://app.swapcard.com/event/believe-in-music/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfMjk5NDk0 to view this session.
- Waddy Wachtel and Danny Kortchmar were interviewed by Peter Asher, followed by a live Q&A. They told amazing stories about the early days in the studios with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Carole King and many other generation-defining performers—from the point of view of the producers, managers and session players who crafted the sounds. Visit https://app.swapcard.com/event/believe-in-music/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfMjk5NDg0 to view this session.
- Leland Sklar was also part of the panel “The Sessions and Rock ‘N’ Roll Royalty Reunite.” In this presentation, Sklar, Jim Keltner and Steve Lukather were joined by Liberty Devitto, Dom Famularo and Paul Quin. These artists have brought you thousands of songs, and in this session they shared their 2020 projects. They also looked at how The Beatles impacted them and how the power of music can bring hope, happiness, unity and love to humanity. The Sessions' mission is to enrich, educate and empower artists, and these 30 minutes will do that! Visit https://app.swapcard.com/event/believe-in-music/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfMjk5NTAw to view this session.
- “Russ Kunkel on Hand Percussion” paired Kunkel with David Goggin (“Mr. Bonzai”) as Kunkel demonstrated the gentle art of hand percussion as an integral part of his work in the recording studio. Visit https://app.swapcard.com/event/believe-in-music/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfMjk5NDcw to view this session.
Immediately after the Believe in Music week festivities, the band joined up for some properly socially-distanced studio work for the band’s upcoming EP on Quarto Valley Records, which will be the follow-up to their highly acclaimed debut EP Slippin’ And Slidin’, which entered the Billboard Blues Chart at No. 6 and included multiple successful singles. Steve Postell and Danny Kortchmar assembled at Katonah Studios to track overdubs on a tune penned by Waddy Wachtel – keeping distance and wearing masks throughout the process. Postell remarked, “Kootch and I had a great time in the studio, making records ‘Covid-style.’ We look forward to sharing this music on our upcoming Immediate Family EP on QVR!”
More surprises are in store for 2021, including the upcoming Denny Tedesco documentary about the band’s iconic careers, featuring interviews with some of the biggest names in rock and roll.
Slippin and Slidin’ EP Buy/stream links:
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: Pictured L-R: The Immediate Family’s Steve Postell and Danny Kortchmar, pictured at Katonah Studios, where they were adding overdubs to the band’s recording of a song penned by fellow band member Waddy Wachtel.
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, 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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