Spanning over 50 years, Danny Kortchmar’s vast musical career has seen him recording with a mind-blowing list of notable artists including Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and many more besides.
“Things were changing right as I got to L.A.,” Kortchmar told Guitar Player in a recent interview.
“The Wrecking Crew were still cutting records, but there was this new batch of players coming in – friends of mine, like Waddy Wachtel. We were different; we were rock and blues guys. And we were perfectly suited to the kinds of records that were coming into fashion.”
In the same conversation, Kortchmar revealed how much he was enjoying playing in a new band – the Immediate Family – with his old studios buddies Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell.
“It started out as a solo project, but it quickly became a band,” he explained. “I’m prouder of it than anything I’ve ever done.”
Today, the Immediate Family, have released their new EP, Live from Telefunken Soundstage, via Quarto Valley Records.
The six-song live recording was captured at Telefunken’s Connecticut HQ late last year when the band dropped in to perform a benefit charity concert for AANE, the Asperger’s/AUTISM Network.
Tracked live on Telefunken’s renowned soundstage, the EP features four original numbers including “Slippin and Slidin’,” “Divorced,” “Fair Warning,” and “House Will Fall,” along with the 1982 hits "Somebody's Baby” (Kortchmar/Jackson Browne) and “Dirty Laundry” (Kortchmar/Don Henley).
“We had a blast during our recent visit to Telefunken,” recalled Kortchmar. “As a musician, recording artist, and producer, I have used Telefunken products my whole career, and they have always been synonymous with quality, so it was great to experience some of that magic on-site.
“And I think our band played great. I am proud to show everyone the live EP that we cooked up. Thanks to Telefunken for having us.”
Live From Telefunken Soundstage follows up the Immediate Family’s self-titled 2021 LP and precedes the band’s forthcoming second studio album on Quarto Valley Records.
Stay tuned to Guitar Player for more news.
Live From Telefunken Soundstage is available here.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.