Leland Sklar Featured in Upcoming “Immediate Family” Documentary
Twelve years after his hit documentary The Wrecking Crew, filmmaker Denny Tedesco is back with a new project on legendary session musicians. The new film is once again named after the group it features: The Immediate Family.
That group of musicians includes guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, drummer Russ Kunkel, and bassist Leland Sklar. Together, they were instrumental in creating many of the hits from the ’70s.
“As we saw the music business change in the late 60s with the singer/songwriter era being introduced, we saw the emergence of session players that not only recorded the albums for Carole King, James Taylor Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and more, but they took it on the road for some of the greatest live concert tours of the 70s and 80s,” Tedesco wrote on Facebook. “Their bond over 50 years is shared in this new documentary. So far I’ve interviewed the following; Carole King, Linda Rondstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Lou Adler, Billy Bob Thorton, Peter Asher, Hank Cicalo, Russ Titleman and Lenny Waronker.”
Sklar shared the news on Facebook as well, saying “Really excited about this project!”
The Immediate Family film is still being made. Tedesco asks fans interested in backing the project follow the official Facebook page.
You can hear more from Sklar and the gang in this interview and performance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles: