LOS ANGELES, CA, August 10, 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), has kept the group’s momentum going this summer with several appearances and progress on ongoing projects, despite the chaos of the pandemic and the social-distance requirements.
Following closely on the heels of the release of the band’s first U.S. single “Cruel Twist,” from their upcoming EP on Quarto Valley Records, the band made their return to performing live for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis with two live-streamed events on June 26 and 27. On Friday, June 26, the band performed a live-streamed concert at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, with no in-house audience, but with over 10,000 people watching online. The following day, on Saturday, June 27, Sweetwater Virtual GearFest featured a stream of the band in a performance workshop recorded earlier. They played three songs with commentary and stories on the creation of each song.
In lieu of a physical Summer NAMM convention in Nashville, organizers instead focused on live-streamed events and panels, and The Immediate Family was well represented. “Session Work Reimagined” took place on Thursday, July 9, and featured Leland Sklar and Russ Kunkel along with Mindi Abair and moderator David Goggin, a/k/a Mr. Bonzai, sharing their perspective on session work and self-recording during the health crisis. The following day, Friday, July 10, “Creating a Hit Record in Challenging Times,” a webcast featuring Danny Kortchmar alongside Tony Brown, Marc Jordan and host Beth Nielsen Chapman, shared their experience on the hits they’ve been a part of over the years.
Then, on July 9, the band participated in a live online conversation “Catching Up with The Immediate Family,” hosted by the GRAMMY Museum®. This conversation marked the second event with The Immediate Family for the GRAMMY Museum (their first appearance was in 2018). The discussion was moderated by Scott Goldman, the Host/Moderator, of the GRAMMY Museum Public Programs. This fundraising webcast helped to support the GRAMMY Museum's mission to continue its music education programs and digital content virtually while its doors are closed due to COVID-19.
Finally, the band did a stylish photo shoot with legendary rock photographer Rob Shanahan, and production has resumed in earnest on the group’s upcoming documentary The Immediate Family, with filmmaker/director Denny Tedesco exploring the band’s rich history, with interviews from Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Peter Asher, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Adler, and many more.
More music is coming soon from the group, including the upcoming EP on Quarto Valley Records and other future projects. Stay tuned!
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 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 and Dominic Quarto. https://quartovalleyrecords.com
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Photo Caption 1: The Immediate Family pictured at the Coach House during the band’s live-stream performance through Alert The Globe on June 26. Pictured L-R: Russ Kunkel, Steve Postell, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel and Leland Sklar.
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Photo Caption 2: The Immediate Family is photographed by Rob Shanahan. Pictured L-R: Rob Shanahan on ladder, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, Steve Postell and Waddy Wachtel.