Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel & Friends

Together, the members of Danny Kortchmar & Friends have played on close to 5,000 records, many of them classics in the rock n roll pantheon.

So what do these men who created the soundtracks to our lives have in common beyond all the miles they laid down together? Simple, they still hold great Joy within what they do. Leland Sklar expressed it best in one simple sentence, “I still can’t get over the fact that this is what I get to do for a living.”

Danny Kortchmar’s resume reads like a who’s who of the music world. A renowned guitarist, producer, songwriter, and session musician, Kortchmar has played, produced, and written for James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne, among many others. As a songwriter, Kortchmar has either written alone or collaborated with numerous artists, penning indelible tracks such as Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” and “New York Minute,” as well as Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and “Shaky Town,” to name a few.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kortchmar was a member of The Section, best known for both their studio and live work in support of some of the top-selling singer/songwriters and solo singers in music history. Together, The Section helped define the sound of a generation.
Listen To An Interview with Danny
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Waddy Wachtel is one of the most well-known and respected performers in the music industry. His career as a guitarist, producer and composer has spanned many decades. From his early beginnings in the L.A. music scene in the 1970’s playing with such artists as the Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Don Henley and Jackson Browne – to playing and writing with Keith Richards in the X-Pensive Winos – to his recent work as musical director, lead guitarist and vocalist for Stevie Nicks – he’s ventured into such creative fields as composing his own songs and writing musical scores for films.

Waddy was born ready……. Ready to Rock It Up! Following Waddy through his musical career, which is an on-going project, is an exploration into the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll itself. It’s also a great example of how one man continues to keep Rock in his soul and gives his music continuously and creatively.
Waddy is not only respected by those in the music industry, but he’s treasured and highly valued by all who have worked with him and known him on a personal level as well.

WATCH A DOCUMENTARY ON WADDY

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Leland Sklar
After playing bass on well over 2,000 albums, wouldn’t session work get a little, well, old? “Absolutely not,” insists Leland Sklar. “To this day, every time I get a call to do something, I think, ‘Oh man, this is so bitchin’!'”
YOU’VE HEARD SKLAR’S WORK ON THE HITS OF PHIL COLLINS, NEIL DIAMOND, Hall & Oates, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Vince Gill, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Lyle Lovett, Celine Dion, Wynonna Judd, Robbie Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Rod Stewart and many, many others. But the Milwaukee-born, LA-bred bassist is probably best known for helping craft the ’70s West Coast singer/songwriter sound via his work with Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby, Stills & Nash and, most notably, James Taylor.

“I pretty much owe my career to James,” says Sklar. “When he hit, everyone saw that this was a viable form of music, not just something for the coffeehouses. There were a lot of great writers and groups in LA at that time: Jackson Browne. The Eagles. The Flying Burrito Brothers. Poco. It all became this signature of a certain West Coast sound. And you know, a lot of what’s happening in Nashville right now goes straight back to that early-’70s LA sound.”
According to Sklar, the early ’70s sessions that made his name marked a sea change in the nature of session work. “In the ’60s, there were many great session players in L.A., people like Hal Blaine and Carole Kaye, players I was in awe of then and now. When they came in to play a session, the music was usually carefully arranged in advance, and they proceeded to play the hell out of it. But by the time I started working, much more of the arranging work was laid on the players’ shoulders. The artist would often come in with just a song and a guitar, and we had to invent the music around it.”

Listen to an Interview with Leland Sklar

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Jimmy Paxson is a Los Angeles based touring and studio drummer originally from Southern New Jersey. He is the son of two Philadelphia jazz musicians, father Jim Paxson Sr. and mother Sunnie Paxson.

Since relocating to Los Angeles in 1987, Jimmy has played live and/or recorded with a long list of internationally know artists including Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, Alanis Morissette, Idina Menzel, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite,Edgar Winter, Ronnie Montrose, Stanley Clarke, Rod Stewart, Joe Sample, Robben Ford, Keiko Matsui, Sophie B. Hawkins, Sub.bionic, Lady Antebellum, Don Henley, Steve Vai, Sheryl Crow, Roy Gaines, Rick Derringer, Ravi Coltraine, Jerry Goodman, Dave Stewart, Mike Campbell, Johnny Rivers, A Fine Frenzy, Anna Nalick, Adam Levine, Annie Clark (of St. Vincent), Larkin Poe, Ladies of the Canyon, Abandon Jalopy with Brad Smith of Blind Melon, Shy Carter, Batture Boys with Tommy Malone and Ray Ganucheau, Jenni Alpert, Andra Day, Sunnie Paxson, Cagnet, Barbara Morrison, Bernard Fowler, Julian Coryell, Rachael Spector, Elizavetta, Ray-J. and Giorgia.

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Steve Postell is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/composer and producer. His latest solo CD for Immergent Records features a host of brilliant guests who have worked with him over the years. These include David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dave Koz, Paul Barrere and many others.

A native New Yorker, Steve moved to Los Angeles to join Steve Ferrone (illustrious drummer for Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty) and Grammy award winning engineer/producer John Jones, at Drumrolll, a studio/production facility in Burbank.

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