New from The Immediate Family (Danny Kortchmar/Waddy Wachtel/Leland Sklar/Russ Kunkel/Steve Postell): “Slippin’ and Slidin'”

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The new single from The Immediate Family, a who’s-who of music industry legends involving Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals), is a master class in blues-rock.

Titled “Slippin’ and Slidin’,” the song was premiered on Friday and features a slick music video depicting the ensemble letting it all out:

Slippin’ and Slidin’ is also the name of a new EP coming from the Immediate Family, which will be released on Oct. 16 by Quarto Valley Records ahead of even more new music in early 2021.

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Here’s how the song came about, per a news release:

The song was co-written by Waddy Wachtel with Danny Kortchmar and Tito Larriva, and Wachtel handles lead vocals. Wachtel was working with GRAMMY®-winning producer Greg Ladanyi on a project by The Cruzados, a band fronted by Larriva. Wachtel, Kortchmar and Larriva got together in the studio, and the song was born.

“It was quite a joyous musical collaboration, and a hell of a night,” says Wachtel of the new jam. “It’s a serious rock and roll song and the record that we, The Immediate Family, made of it delivers like a runaway train. We are so proud that we are the ones who get to show this song to the world.”

“Slippin’ and Slidin” is the second single released by the Immediate Family in the U.S., Europe and South America, following the funky “Cruel Twist”:

As for the Immediate Family, the rock and roll resume of the group is eye-popping:

The band is the evolution of a lifetime of friendship of playing music together: it began in the 1970s as a collective of studio and live musicians known as “The Section,” best known for both their 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. Collectively, these musicians helped define the sound of a generation by supporting many of the most iconic artists of the last five decades, including James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards, Neil Young, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Don Henley, Phil Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Ferry, Lyle Lovett and Jimmy Buffett – and as well as for producers Lou Adler and Peter Asher. 

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.

In addition to the new musical activity, the Immediate Family will also be the focus of a new documentary film from Denny Tedesco as the follow-up to Tedesco’s acclaimed documentary on The Wrecking Crew.

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