LOS ANGELES, CA, June 22, 2020 — Quarto Valley Records recording artists 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), are making their return to live performance for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis with live-streamed events on June 26 and 27. These performances come closely on the heels of the release of the band’s first single “Cruel Twist,” which has racked up tens of thousands of views on YouTube and has been very well received by critics and fans alike.
On Friday, June 26, the band will perform a live-streamed concert at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, with no in-house audience. Fans can sign up for a virtual ticket (for FREE!) on the day of the show at http://alerttheglobe.com (the show will be prominently displayed on the home page). The band will hit the stage promptly at 6:30 p.m. PDT and will perform “Cruel Twist” and several hits from the past, along with a few new surprises!
“This will be our first time performing together since COVID-19 nearly wiped out live music! My brothers in the band couldn’t be more thrilled to be back together again on one stage playing for the fans. Unfortunately, it’s still not safe for a crowd to join us in person, but that’s why we’re live-streaming the show for everyone who wants to be a part of it,” stated Danny Kortchmar.
The following day, on Saturday, June 27, Sweetwater Virtual GearFest will feature a stream of the band in a performance workshop recorded earlier. They will play three songs with commentary on the creation of each song. Visit https://www.sweetwater.com/gearfest/ for more information.
Additionally, the band will be releasing an EP later this year, and production continues on the group’s upcoming documentary The Immediate Family, filmmaker Denny Tedesco’s exploration of the band’s rich history.
Visit The Immediate Family online:
Band home page: https://www.immediatefamilyband.com/
Immediate Family documentary Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/immediatefamilyfilm/
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 1: The Immediate Family. Pictured L-R: Steve Postell, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar and Russ Kunkel. Photo by Rob Shanahan.