Following in the footsteps of 1960’s session icons, The Wrecking Crew, musicians Leland Sklar, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, and
Waddy Wachtel backed iconic singer-songwriters of the 70s, 80s, and beyond,
creating some of the most recognizable tunes in rock music.
In this entertaining follow up to his acclaimed documentary “The Wrecking Crew,” director Denny Tedesco reveals the machinery
behind the booming era of the singer-songwriter, when the talents of these four musicians were in furious demand.
The foundations of their enduring friendship, formed on the road and in studios, is recalled with dynamite clarity —
reminisced with fondness through intimate interviews with the players themselves, as well as the memories of some of music’s most
iconic voices. Including legendary needle drops and commentary from superstars like Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt,
Keith Richards, Don Henley, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Phil Collins,
“Immediate Family” is a backstage tour of rock history.
Special introduction and Q&A with Director, Denny Tedesco
Doors at 6; Introduction at 6:45; film at 7 p.m.
By Denny Tedesco
In 1996 I started my first documentary, “The Wrecking Crew,” telling the stories of the music industry’s session players in the 1960s in
Los Angeles. It was a personal journey for me because one of those musicians, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, was my father who was
passing away at the time when we started filming. I was hesitant to make a follow up film, but when approached with the opportunity to
tell the stories of the next wave of iconic session musicians, I didn’t think twice.
“Immediate Family,” which features bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel, and guitarists Waddy Wachtel,
Steve Postel and Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar – session musicians at the genesis of the‘Singer-Songwriter Era’ in the 1970s – is named
after the band the iconic supergroup formed after playing together for decades. Collaborating and touring for over 50 years, these
musicians really did become a family. Now, in their mid 70s, with The Immediate Family band, the group is still playing together,
recording, and loving it like they were in their 20s.
We were overwhelmed with the support from the artists when it came to setting up all of the interviews. Within five days of taking the
project on, we had Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Rondstadt, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and David
Crosby ready to speak to the session players’ impact. Each one of these legends always felt the same way as the band.
They were all family on a musical journey that continues today.