Esteemed supergroup, The Immediate Family, release their new video for the single “The Toughest Girl in Town,” a compelling version of the Sparks song. These legendary musicians put their own spin on the tune, giving it a unique drive and demonstrative delivery, set against a dynamic backdrop that spotlights the song’s resilient chorus. “The Toughest Girl in Town” is out now and is the first single from The Immediate Family’s forthcoming second studio album, Skin In The Game arriving in early 2023 via Quarto Valley Records.
With the triple-axe attack of Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, and Steve Postell and the steadfast rhythm section anchored by drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Leland Sklar, “The Toughest Girl in Town” provides another sonic example of a veteran ensemble that’s solidly in sync.
Waddy Wachtel stated: “I was never aware that the band Sparks had over 300 songs. Danny and I had both seen their documentary on Netflix and found this incredible collection of songs. I came across “The Toughest Girl in Town,” and it instantly sounded like a record we needed to make. I played it for Danny first, he totally agreed, as did the whole band. We had to record it! Also, it was perfect for Steve Postell’s tenor voice, so we sketched out an arrangement using lots and lots of guitars, and before long, we had our version ready and recorded. We are so proud of how it came out.”
Danny Kortchmar added: “I’ve always loved Sparks since their first album …their song “The Toughest Girl in Town” stuck with us, and Waddy came up with a way to make it work. We reworked it to be a guitar-centered arrangement. We love it.”
The new single follows the band’s recent EP Live from Telefunken Soundstage, preceded by the critically acclaimed self-titled album and EPs, Can’t Stop Progress and Slippin’ and Slidin’.
The Immediate Family kicks off their fall tour this Friday, November 12, in Santa Clarita, CA. Tour dates are listed below, with more dates to be announced. For all the latest information, visit www.immediatefamilyband.com.
2022/23 Tour Dates
11/12: Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
11/18: Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon
11/19: Montclair, CA @ The Canyon
11/20: Santa Barbara, CA @ The Lobero Theater
12/3: Aspen, CO @ Wheeler Opera House
12/8: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
1/13/23: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
1/14/23: Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
1/15/23: New York, NY @ Iridium
The documentary Immediate Family, directed by Denny Tedesco (The Wrecking Crew), was recently featured in select film festivals, including Woodstock, Nashville, and Tallgrass, where it won the 2022 Audience Award at both Woodstock and Tallgrass. The film will next be shown at the DOC NYC Film Festival on November 15 & 16. For more information on DOC NYC, please visit HERE.
The film tracks the rise and collaborations of this group of legendary studio musicians through the 1970s and onward, spotlighting their prestigious partnerships and their indelible mark that helped define the sound of a generation.
Featuring intimate interviews with the players themselves, as well as the memories of some of music’s most iconic voices, Immediate Family is a backstage tour of rock history.
For a sneak preview of the film and more information on screenings, visit https://www.immediatefamilyfilm.com/.
About The Immediate Family
The Immediate Family (the modern iteration of a legendary studio ensemble known as “The Section”) is a unique group of iconic musicians 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 acclaimed instrumental albums. (By the mid-70s, they were later joined by Wachtel).