The Immediate Family is well into the production process for its first dedicated American release (which will serve as the follow-up album to the Japan-released LP Honey Don’t Leave L.A.). The as-yet-unnamed forthcoming LP, to be released in 2020, will feature brand-new original songs from the band, which is composed of longtime associates Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals).
Recent sessions at Groove Masters Studio in Santa Monica, CA, included the tracking of 15 new original songs. A few new song titles include “Divorced,” “One More Time or Two,” and “Time to Come Clean.” Photographer Henry Diltz was also in attendance, snapping shots of these pros at work.
The band is set to play its last show of the year on Dec. 22 at Bogie’s in Westlake Village, CA, where they will play many of these songs and many more from their storied careers.
Kortchmar states, “It’s so great to be back in the studio once again with my brothers. We’ve been doing this for decades now, in various configurations, and it really feels like ‘home.’ We all love making records together, and to be working on these new original songs is like a dream come true.”
Stay tuned for more news to come soon from The Immediate Family!
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.