The Immediate Family, the rock supergroup of legendary session musicians, songwriters, and producers, stopped by and performed at TELEFUNKEN's Connecticut headquarters during their recent nationwide tour. A six-song EP, "Live from Telefunken Soundstage," is set to be released May 13 via Quarto Valley Records. In conjunction with the EP, a rollout of videos will premiere on TELEFUNKEN's "Live from The Lab" series. "Live From the Telefunken Soundstage" will be available via all digital platforms.
Filmed in November 2021, the six-camera, six-song set was recorded to multitrack, featuring the original songs "Slippin and Slidin'," "Divorced," "Fair Warning," and "House will Fall," along with the perennial hits "Somebody's Baby" (a Danny Kortchmar/Jackson Browne collaboration) and "Dirty Laundry" (penned by Danny Kortchmar/Don Henley).
The Immediate Family is comprised of some 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, their work can be heard on albums from Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, Graham Nash, Neil Young, David Crosby and many more.
Guitarist, songwriter and producer Danny Kortchmar commented, "We had a blast during our recent visit to Telefunken. 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, and I am proud to show everyone the live EP that we cooked up. Thanks to Telefunken for having us."
Before their performance, members of the band toured the TELEFUNKEN factory and warehouse to select some gear for their stage and studio work. Bassist Leland Sklar picked up a TDA-1 Direct Box; drummer Russ Kunkel now has an M82 dynamic mic for his kick drum and a M80-SH mic for his snare, and Danny Kortchmar has a TDP-1 Direct Box for his acoustic guitar and an M80 dynamic mic for his vocals.
Guitarist Steve Postell commented, "As an engineer and a studio owner, I'm extremely excited by equipment and gear. To see all those microphones and the intricate components was really exciting. It's a beautiful facility and they've made a great sound stage for full audio/video production. There may not be another place like that anywhere, really. We saw the gear, we put the mics up in the stands and sang into them that night for an all-in-one situation. Waddy Wachtel and I worked on the mix with the fine Telefunken production team."
While at TELEFUNKEN, Postell cherry-picked two items, a vocal mic and a TD-1 direct box. "I take that M80 vocal mic with me everywhere I go now and a good solid direct box is perfect for my live acoustic guitar onstage. We're using the new gear on stage now and also at my Katonah Studios where we do most of our recordings, along with Jackson Browne's Groove Masters studio here in LA.
The band's TELEFUNKEN performance was a benefit charity concert for AANE, the Asperger's/AUTISM Network. The event was presented by local recording artist Alan Friedman, who is also a prominent entertainment CPA and managing partner of Friedman, Kannenberg & Company of Farmington, Connecticut. Friedman is a life-long guitarist and songwriter, and a founding member of the local rock band "The Accounting Crows."
Wrapping up his experience at TELEFUNKEN, Postell said, "We had a great time at the factory and onstage. Founder Toni Fishman and his staff are really committed to what they're doing and carrying on a tradition of quality. Everybody was really warm and inviting to us and our friend Alan Venitosh put together a great benefit show with Alan Friedman and FKCO.
"Live from the Telefunken Soundstage" comes on the heels of the band's recent self-titled album, which debuted at #6 on Billboard's Blues Chart and features the singles "Fair Warning" and "Divorced" preceded by the EP's "Slippin' and Slidin'" and "Can't Stop Progress." The video will debut on May 13 here:
The live EP serves as a bridge to the band's forthcoming second studio album on Quarto Valley Records and highly anticipated documentary, directed by Danny Tedesco (The Wrecking Crew). The film is expected to be released later this year.
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