The Immediate Family Shares Sparks Cover, “The Toughest Girl in Town”; New Documentary, Album on the Way

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The Immediate Family, the esteemed rock and roll supergroup featuring Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals) have debuted a new song.

Titled “The Toughest Girl in Town,” the song was premiered recently as a preview of a new album the group will release in early 2023 via Quarto Valley Records. It’s a cover of a song first released by acclaimed Los Angeles power-pop band Sparks. Here’s a music video:

The new album, the second full-length from the Immediate Family following the band’s Aug. 2021 debut, is titled Skin in the Game.

So why did they choose to preview a new album with a cover? Per a news release:

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 Immediate Family also has some upcoming tour dates lined up:

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

But there’s more: There’s also a new documentary film about the band, directed by Denny Tedesco (The Wrecking Crew). The doc has made the rounds recently at a few film festivals including Woodstock, Nashville, and Tallgrass, winning the 2022 Audience Award at both Woodstock and Tallgrass.

Its next screening events are coming up at the DOC NYC Film Festival on November 15 & 16. For more information on DOC NYC, please visit HERE.

Per a news release, the doc tracks the rise and collaborations of this group of legendary studio musicians through the 1970s and onward, spotlighting their illustrious partnerships and their indelible mark that helped define the sound of a generation.


  • JohnnyChris says:

    Let’s hold on here!
    Theses guys aren’t the second coming of rock n roll.
    There’s a reason they didn’t front a successful band.
    And some did front a band and didn’t succeed.
    It’s not because they aren’t good, it’s because they can’t write or sing.
    They all play with artists to their identity.
    You know who’s playing on a particular track, it’s identifiable.
    But I listened to the track that Waddy took to the band and said they needed to do this song.
    Plain out folks, it ain’t that good. The original isn’t that good.
    Theirs no identity.
    Unless they liken to be the early hollies with a sprinkle of 1910 Fruit Gum Company or the Partridge Family?! C’mon man. Where’s the BALLS that made all of you RICH!
    You owe us that much.
    In the days of albums, I beg you to tell me where the “single” on this disk is?

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