Leland Sklar and The Immediate Family Release “Cruel Twist” Single
The Immediate Family has just released “Cruel Twist” as the first single from their upcoming EP, which will be available in October. The shuffle grooves as much as you’d expect, given that the band consists of session aces Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Together, they’ve worked on smash hits with artists like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, and more.
Sklar delivers a bouncing, bluesy bass line with perfect taste as only he can. However, another legendary session bassist was also involved in the creation of the song.
“I wrote this song a while ago when I was living in Connecticut,” Kortchmar explains. “The great [bassist] Harvey Brooks, Charlie Karp and I had a little band called ‘Slo Leak,’ and I was writing for that band. Harvey came up with the title and I came up with the music very quickly. Basically, it’s a cautionary tale, like a lot of my songs. It kind of applies to today, because it’s about a reversal of fortune like what’s happening now with the virus and the economic downturn. Ultimately, it’s a blues song about what can happen if one gets too confident and too full of oneself.”
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The band’s EP later this year will be followed up with a full-length record in 2021. Filmmaker Denny Tedesco is continuing to work on a documentary on the band to serve as a followup to the highly acclaimed film, The Wrecking Crew.