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The Immediate Family — Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell — Preparing 2020 Album

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What do you get when five musicians with untouchable resumes collaborate on a new project? You get The Immediate Family, an ensemble made up of Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar & Steve Postell.

The quintet of seasoned music industry veterans has been working on an as-yet untitled studio album that, when released, will be the group’s first U.S. release, after the record Honey, Don’t Leave L.A., which was released in Japan.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Immediate Family:

Together, the five boast impossibly rich resumes of work, their body of material spanning decades and a who’s hwo of music legends:

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.

Here’s Japanese idol/singer Michiru Hoshino’s drawing of the group, as presented to the band in Japan.

The album, featuring 15 original songs crafted by the group, is expected out in 2020. Stay tuned! In the meantime, keep tabs on the Immediate Family by ‘liking’ the band’s Facebook page.

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