Saturday, December 29, 2018

Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet Tour 2019 - Australia and New Zealand Dates

Lee is once again hitting the road with Phil Collins, this time in Australia and New Zealand as part of the hugely successful Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet Tour. You may find the 2019 tour dates on the → website.

...and if you would like to check out the Phil Collins ❏ post, you may find it → here.

Please keep up with the ongoing tour updates, check out further details and get tickets at

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Immediate Family - November 26/27/28, 2018 - Live Shows at The Iridium, NYC

The Immediate Family are back on stage in a series of three sold out live performances at The Iridium, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 on November 26, 27 and 28. Please check at the following address for updates.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

An Evening With Leland Sklar At The Clive Davis Theater, The Grammy Museum LA - November 8, 2018 - 7.00 P.M.

The Grammy Museum is welcoming iconic bassist Leland Sklar to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on his illustrious career and a performance, moderated by Grammy Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman. Leland Sklar has contributed as a session musician on roughly 2,600 albums from artists such as James Taylor, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, Billy Cobham, Barbra Streisand, BB King, Ray Charles, The Section, Véronique Sanson, Toto, Lyle Lovett and more, touring every year since 1970. Currently, Sklar is touring with Phil Collins, Judith Owen, and his newest group, The Immediate Family, consisting of Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel and Steve Postell. Event will take place on November 8 at the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum LA, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. You may click on the following link for event tickets and more info:

Photo: Rob Shanahan

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet Tour 2018 - North American Dates

Lee is once again hitting the road with Phil Collins in North America as part of the Phil Collins 2018 Not Dead Yet Tour. You may find the tour dates on the → website.

...and if you would like to check out the Phil Collins ❏ post, you may find it → here.

Please keep up with the ongoing tour updates, check out further details and get tickets at

Sunday, August 19, 2018

David Cassidy

David Cassidy - The Higher They Climb - The Harder They Fall
RCA APL1-1066 (1975) - US LP

Side One

1 - When Iʼm A RockʼnʼRoll Star
2 - Be Bop A Lula*
3 - I Write The Songs
4 - This Could Be The Night
5 - Darlinʼ

Side Two

6 - Get It Up For Love*
7 - Fix Of Your Love
8 - Massacre At Park Bench (Dialogue)
9 - Common Thief
10 - Love In Bloom
11 - When Iʼm A RockʼnʼRoll Star (Reprise)

Notes: 1) Above picture and following credits were taken from the German gatefold release on RCA 26.21538 (1975). 2) Credit notes are printed in hand lettering and are interspersed with jocular comments, conceptual narrative bits and thank you notes. Please see original record for all of these. 3) Regardless of what elsewhere stated (AllMusic Guide) Leland does not appear to be a player on David Cassidyʼs following RCA record album “Home Is Where The Heart Is” (RCA APL1-1309). I own a full US copy of it and after a repeated, thorough check of its credit notes (again written in hand calligraphy, this time on a poster insert) I can confirm that his name is not listed. For some reason it appears as if the credits of both albums have been meshed up by AllMusic in a single list, possibly because of existing joint re-releases of the two LPs on a single CD outing. Who knows?

David Cassidy - Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Guitars, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Leland Sklar - Bass (2, 6)*
Curtis Stone - Bass
Emory Gordy - Bass
Willie Weeks - Bass
Ron Tutt - Drums (2, 6)
Stan House - Drums, Backing Vocal
Jim Gordon - Drums
Jim Keltner - Drums
David Kemper - Drums
Bill House - Rhythm Guitar, Electric Guitars, Electric Rhythm Guitar, Guitars, Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel, Backing Vocals
Danny Kortchmar (As Danny Kootch) - Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar Lead
Ned Doheny - Acoustic Guitars
Jesse Ed Davis - Guitar Solos
John Hobbs - Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Pumpinʼ Piano, Tack Piano, Backing Vocal
Bruce Johnston - Piano, Electric Piano, Backing Vocals
Tom Hensley - Piano
Steve Douglas - Sax
Homer Diltz - Harp
Jimmi Seiter - Tambourine, Percussion, Panel-Box Percussion, Backing Vocal
John Raines - Panel-Box Percussion
King Errisson - Congas (5, 6, 7, 9)
The Van Nuys Horns - Horns
Carl Wilson - Vocals, Backing Vocals
The Lovely Girls of the Freeway - Backing Vocals
Gerry Beckley - Backing Vocals
Dewey Bunnell - Backing Vocals
Richie Furay - Backing Vocals
Cyrus Faryar - Backing Vocals
Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan) - Backing Vocals
The Hudsons (Bill Hudson, Brett Hudson, Mark Hudson) - Backing Vocals
Gloria Grinel - Backing Vocal
Trish Turner - Backing Vocal
Kenny Hinkle - Backing Vocal
Jon Joyce - Backing Vocal

Produced by David Cassidy and Bruce Johnston

David Cassidy - Song Arrangements (4, 6, 7, 10), Strings (6)
Bruce Johnston - Backing Vocals Arrangements (1, 3, 5, 11), The Simi Valley Philarmonic Arrangement (3), Do Wah Strings (3)
John Hobbs - Do Wah Strings (3), Strings (6), Horn Arrangement (9)

Richie Schmitt - Engineer
Hank McGill - Re-Mix Engineer

Recording Studio (Live):
RCA Studios, Hollywood, Calif.

Gary Burden for R. Twerk & Co. - Art Direction, Design
Henry Diltz - Photography
Charley Wild - Illustration

David Cassidy
Phil Austin
Bill “Tex” Davis
Ned Doheny
Dave Ellingson (as David Ellingson)
Richie Furay
Bill House
Bruce Johnston
Mike Love
Harry Nilsson
Gene Vincent
Brian Wilson

source/pic: my records

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - So Familiar
Rounder 11661-37395-02 (2015) - US CD

1 - So Familiar*
2 - Always Will*
3 - Way Back In The Day*
4 - Wonʼt Go Back*
5 - Iʼm By Your Side*
6 - I Had A Vision*
7 - I Have You*
8 - Another Round
9 - Mine All Mine*
10 - Heart Of The Dreamer*
11 - My Baby*
12 - Heartbreaker*

Note: According to web sources CD album was issued for Barnes & Noble on Rounder 11661-38199-02 (USA, 2015) with bonus tracks “Jimmy Ray” and “A Night Like This”.

Edie Brickell - Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Martin - Deering “Clawgrass” Banjo, Goldtone Baritone Banjo, Nechville “Orion” Banjo, Additional Backgrounds
Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12)*
Charles Humphrey III - Double Bass (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Additional Backgrounds (as Steep Canyon Rangers)
Steve Aho - Drums (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11), Cajon (2, 9), Congas (4), Piano, Vibes (6, 7, 11, 12), Marimba (9), Percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Jeff Alan Ross - Electric Guitars, Acoustc Guitars, Baritone Guitar, Guitars, B3, Wurlitzer,
Keyboards, Baritone Sax Keyboard
Peter Asher - Acoustic 12-string, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Resonator Guitar, Percussion (2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12), Additional Percussion (1), Additional Backgrounds, Backgrounds, Virus, Background Vocals
Mike Einziger - Electric Guitar
Woody Platt - Acoustic Guitar (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Background Vocals (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Additional Backgrounds (as Steep Canyon Rangers)
Rob Berman - Harmonium, Piano, Accordion, Celeste, Fender Rhodes
Doug Livingston - Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Guggino - Mandolin (also as Steep Canyon Rangers), Background Vocals (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Additional Backgrounds (as Steep Canyon Rangers)
Graham Sharp - Mandolin (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Background Vocals (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Additional Backgrounds (as Steep Canyon Rangers)
Béla Fleck - Baritone Banjo
Nicky Sanders - Fiddle (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Additional Backgrounds (as Steep Canyon Rangers)
Chris Bleth - Recorders, Clarinet, Penny Whistle
Ann Marie Simpson - Orchestra Violin
Abby Khalek - Orchestra Violin
Rachel Kim - Orchestra Violin
Cindy Wu - Orchestra Violin
Kovo Kim - Orchestra Viola
Vardan Gasparyan - Orchestra Cello
Isaiah Gage - Orchestra Cello
Nathaniel Kunkel - Percussion (4)
Mike Ashworth - Percussion (as Steep Canyon Rangers), Additional Backgrounds (as Steep Canyon Rangers)
Victoria Asher - Background Vocals, Additional Backgrounds

Produced by Peter Asher

Geoff Zanelli - Orchestra Arrangement (2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12), Orchestra Conductor (2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12), String Quartet Arrangement (7), String Quartet Conductor (7)
Ann Marie Simpson - Orchestra Leader (2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12), String Quartet Leader (7)

Nathaniel Kunkel - Recording Engineer (Banjo, Vocals, Drums, Percussion, All Other Recording), Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer
Julian Dreyer - Recording Engineer (Steep Canyon Rangers on track 8)
Bill Lane - Assistant Recording Engineer (Drums, Percussion)
Rich Tosi - Assistant Recording Engineer (Drums, Percussion)
Clay Miller - Assistant Recording Engineer (Steep Canyon Rangers on track 8)
Matthew Oʼ Driscoll - Assistant Recording Engineer (All Other Recording)
Wesley Seidman - Assistant Recording Engineer (All Other Recording)

Recording Studios:
Snowed Inn Studios, New Canaan, CT (Banjo, Vocals)
Groovemasters, Santa Monica, CA (Drums, Percussion)
Echo Mountain Recording, Asheville, NC (Steep Canyon Rangers on track 8)
Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, CA (All Other Recording)

Ivy Skoff - Production Assistant

Danny Clinch - Photography
Rachel Gutek - Package Design

“Recorded and mixed January 23rd through June 7th 2015”.

“Edie Brickell: // Special thanks to Nathaniel. // Many thanks to Steve, Steep Canyon Rangers, Béla Fleck, Rob Berman, Mike Einziger, Jeff Alan Ross, Anne Marie Simpson, Geoff Zanelli, Steve Aho, Victoria Asher, Chris Bleth, Leland Sklar, Doug Livingston and Peter Asher for your beautiful playing, singing and arrangements. // Thanks to Andy Smith for recording those lyric changes so perfectly. // Thanks to Carla Carlotta Lotta Sacks and all at Sacks & Co. // Thanks to Eliza and all at Rounder. // Thanks to Danny Clinch and Heart.”.

“Special Thanks from Peter Asher and Nathaniel Kunkel to: // Joe Carducci and everyone at Gretsch guitars, Steve Kofsky, Alan Meyerson, Shalini Singh, Jill Abood, Hans Zimmer and everyone at Remote Control, Universal Audio, Jim Pace at Sanken microphones, Roxanne Ricks at Audio Technica.”

Steve Martin
Edie Brickell

source/pic: my records
limited edition track list & cat #: the web

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald - Wide Open
Chonin Records 538305292 (2017) - US CD

1 - Hail Mary
2 - Just Strong Enough
3 - Find It In Your Heart
4 - Half Truth
5 - Ainʼt No Good
6 - Honest Emotion
7 - Blessing In Disguise
8 - Dark Side*
9 - If You Wanted To Hurt Me
10 - Beautiful Child
11 - Too Short
12 - Free A Man

Michael McDonald - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Wurlitzer, Piano, Rhodes, Keyboard, Synths, Additional Synth Pads, Clav, Wah Clav, Brass Pad, Harmonica
Leland Sklar - Bass (8)*
Craig Young - Bass
Willie Weeks - Bass
Marcus Miller - Bass
Lanice Morrison - Bass
Tony Lucido - Bass
Tommy Simms - Bass
Michael Rhodes - Bass
Shannon Forrest - Drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), Percussion (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), Drum Loop, Brushes, Synth Bass, Synths
Drew Ramsey - Electric Guitar
Warren Haynes - Electric Guitar
Robben Ford - Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar Solo
Michael Landau - Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Outro Solo, Guitar Solo, Electric Guitar Fills
Dann Huff - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Solo
Bernie Chiaravalle - 12 String Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
David Levita - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Additional Guitar, Additional Electric Guitar,  Rhythm Electric Guitar, Robot Guitar Solo
Ilya Toshinski - Acoustic Guitar, Additional Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Danny Rader - Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki
Sol Littlefield - Additional Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar Solo
Larry Goldings - B3
David Paich - B3, Synth
Mike Rojas - Rhodes
Tim Akers - Synth
Jeff Roach - Synths
John Peppard - Synth Sequence
Steve Porcaro - Synths, Synth Effects
Michael Leonhart - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Harry Kim - Trumpet
Tom Scott - Sax Solo
Branford Marsalis - Soprano Sax
Scott Mayo - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Shelby - Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Andrew Lippman - Trombone
Mark Mullins and The Levee Horns:
Mark Mullins - Trombone
Barry Green - Trombone
Bobby Campo - Trumpet
Steve Patrick - Trumpet
Matt Perrine - Sousaphone
Ward Smith - Tenor Sax
Mark Douthit - Sax Solo, Sax
Kris Wilkinson Strings - Strings
Amy Holland McDonald - Guest Vocal
Drea Renee - Guest Vocal

Produced by Shannon Forest, Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald - String Arrangement (8), Horn Arrangement (1)
Matt McCauley - String Arrangement (2), Conductor (2)
Shannon Forrest - String Arrangement (6), Drum Programming (3, 4, 6, 7, 8)
John Peppard - Original Arrangement (7)
Mark Mullins - Horn Arrangement (2)
Michael Leonhart - Horn Arrangement (3)
David Frank - Horn Arrangement (12)
Mark Douthit - Additional Horn Arrangement (2), Sax Arrangement (11)

Shannon Forest - Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer
Nathan Yarborough - Additional Engineering
Jarad Clement - Additional Engineering
Jasper Lemaster - Additional Engineering
Grady Walker - Additional Engineering

Recording and Mixing Studio:
Metal Building Studio, Nolensville, TN

Bob Ludwig - Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studios:
Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

Kathy Walker - Production Assistant

Jordan Fann - Art Direction, Package Design
Joel Hoffner - Art Direction, Package Design
Jon Romero - Art Direction, Package Design

“Michael wishes to give special thanks to: // Amy Holland (McDonald), Dylan and Scarlett McDonald, Kathy and Grady Walker, Quanna, Ethan, Isaiah, Avery and Emmaline Forrest. Ken Levitan, Joel Hoffner, and all the staff at Vector Management. Bernie Gudvi, Anna McNeal, Monica Cisek, and all the staff at GSO Group. // Sincere thanks to all the songwriters, musicians, engineers, singers and technical-support people who made this record possible.”.

“Shannon Forrest wishes to thank: // Shannon would like to thank his family for their love and support; and all the musicians, singers, and arrangers for their inspiring performances on the record. Special thanks to Ronnie Kittell for his expertise. // Lastly, thank you to Michael McDonald for his friendship and dedication to his craft.”.

“Song lyrics are available at”.

Michael McDonald
Russ Bono
Bernie Chiaravalle
Charles Fichtel
John Goodwin
Peter Leinheiser
Dylan McDonald
Gary Nicholson
Beth Nielsen Chapman
John Peppard
Chuck Sabatino
Richard Stekol
Grady Walker

source/pic: my records

Friday, June 1, 2018

June 29, 2018 - The Immediate Family in Performance at The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles

Waddy Wachtel, Niko Bolas, Lee Sklar, Fred Mollin, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell

An intimate performance by The Immediate Family, followed by a conversation with the group, will be held June 29 at the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by the Grammy Museumʼs Executive Director Scott Goldman, starting at 7.30 PM (doors: 7.00).

The Immediate Family, consisting of five of the world’s most iconic and recorded session and touring musicians, began as a studio project band on Danny Kortchmar’s new solo CD “Honey Donʼt Leave L.A.”, with guest performances by James Taylor, Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Michael McDonald.

The band decided to take the project on the road after completing the CD album, and its line-up is as follows: Danny Kortchmar (guitar and lead vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Steve Postell (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass) and Russ Kunkel (drums).

Please go to the page for more details, prices and tickets.

Danny Kortchmar & The Immediate Family - New Record Out and Live in Japan

Lee is hitting the road in Japan as part of the Danny Kortchmar & Immediate Family project, a live supergoup event that comes with a new record release by Danny and the group itself. The CD album by the title of  “Honey Donʼt Leave L.A.” sees Kortchmar accompanied by the line-up of Lee, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Jim Cox and Steve Postell. We are working on a proper post about the CD album, but in the meantime we thought you would enjoy the EPK of the project and the tracklist, which is as follows: All She Wants To Do Is Dance/Dirty Laundry/Can't Do Crazy/Machine Gun Kelly/Somebodyʼs Baby/Not Drinking Enough/Shaky Town/Cruel Twist/New York Minute/Top Of The Rock/ Sayonara/Honey Donʼt Leave L.A. Guest artist on the record are Jackson Browne, James Taylor, David Crosby and Michael McDonald.

Japan date is for now on June 14, 2018, with two shows at the Billboard Live in Osaka: 1st Stage Open 17:30 Start 18:30, 2nd Stage Open 20:30 Start 21:30.

Show line up is Danny Kortchmar (Guitar, Vocals), Russ Kunkel (Drums), Leland Sklar (Bass), Waddy Wachtel (Guitar, Vocals) and Steve Postell (Guitar, Vocals).

Please go to the page for more details, prices and tickets.

Stay tuned!

“Honey Donʼt Leave L.A.” - Japan CD - front inlay

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet Tour 2018 - South American Dates

Lee is hitting the road in South America as part of the Phil Collins 2018 Not Dead Yet Tour, a breakthrough comeback concert event that will go on until March 23. You may find the tour dates on the → website.

...and if you would like to check out the Phil Collins ❏ post, you may find it → here.

Please keep up with the ongoing tour updates, check out further details and get tickets at

Monday, January 1, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - The NAMM Show - Jackson Browne and The Section To Be Honored At NAMM TEC Awards

Jackson Browne will be honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. Browne will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to “honor individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.”

Browne, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, released his debut album on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released fourteen studio albums and four collections of live performances, and has sold over 18 million albums in the U.S.

In a statement issued on the official NAMM’s website, Les Paul Foundation Executive Director Michael Braunstein said that, “Jackson Browne’s success as a singer, songwriter and guitarist has had a prolific impression on the music industry throughout his successful career. Like Les Paul, Jackson has never shied away from expressing his emotions or thoughts through his music. I have no doubt that Les would have liked to share a few jams with Jackson along the way.”

Also being honored that night will be The Section as the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Dubbed the “Knights of Soft Rock” by Rolling Stone, reaching their peak in the Seventies playing alongside the biggest names in the business, including James Taylor, Carole King, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Section released three of their own albums and toured and recorded with Jackson Browne in various occasions. Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Craig Doerge (keyboards), Leland Sklar (bass), and Russ Kunkel (drums) will reunite on stage for a rare performance in support of the evening’s celebration. The Section will also be the panel in a discussion of Jackson Browne’s 1977 album “Running on Empty” moderated by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin) being held at 4:00 pm.

You may click on the following links for tickets and more info:

Saturday, January 27 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Birth of a Record: Jackson Browne’s 1977 “Running on Empty”
Host/Moderator: David Goggin
Panel: Russell Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Daniel Kortchmar, Craig Doerge
California Ballroom A (Level 2), Anaheim Hilton

Saturday, January 27 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Pacific Ballroom (Level 2), Anaheim Hilton
The NAMM TEC Awards are the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry. It’s where the most outstanding products in the worlds of music making, live performances, video games, television and films are recognized and where creative luminaries like Les Paul, Quincy Jones, Joe Perry, Pete Townshend and Stevie Wonder are celebrated for their musical contributions. This year, the awards will be hosted by comedian Demetri Martin and winners will be announced across 23 Technical Achievement and 8 Creative Achievement Categories.