Pictured left/foreground is Mike Carden, QVR's Managing Director of Label Operations, with the members The Immediate Family (l to r): Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell.
The Immediate Family is a rock band composed of longtime associates Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). The band is an evolution of a lifetime of music and friendship together: it began in the 1970s as a collective of studio and live musicians known as "The Section," best known for both their work in support of some of the top selling singer/songwriters and solo singers in the history of music, as well as their own acclaimed instrumental albums. The Immediate Family stated, "We are thrilled to be signing with Quarto Valley Records. They understand our history and the artistic vision for the band's new music, and will be wonderful partners moving forward as we help get it out to the world in 2020 and beyond."
Harvey Dalton Arnold (former member of Outlaws) has released his new album Stories To Live Up To. "Standing up or laying down, I won't be here when the sun goes down," says the 66 year old Southern Rock legend on his song "When the Sun Goes Down" from the new release on Music Maker Recordings.
There were a lot of emotional moments during the Southern Creed Farewell Show at Lafayette's Music Room on Saturday, December 21, 2019. It was the last time to ever see Steve Ingle, Hal Butler, James Flynn, Jimmy Rusidoff and Chip Thomas onstage together...
Peter Frampton was amazing in concert and gracious offstage at the Orpheum theater in Memphis. "All Blues", the new covers album from the Peter Frampton Band, is out via UMe. The album is receiving widespread critical acclaim... read more
Don McLean ('American Pie', etc.) made a rare Memphis appearance at the Graceland Soundstage. Before the concert, McLean told Jungleroom.com that "I will be at Graceland for a Fathers Day concert and I will sing 'And I Love You So,' a song I wrote which Elvis sang during the last year of his life," said McLean. "It also appears on his album, "Today", released in 1975."
Congatulations to brilliant actress/writer Densie Nicholas ("Room 222", "In the Heat of the Night", "Let's Do It Again", etc.): her play "Freedom Summer" will premier with the Crossroads Theatre Company of New Brunswick, NJ in 2020! Ms.Nicholas shared a "Memphis memory" with jungleroom.com: "My Memphis memory: en route to attend writers conference at Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley's estate in Mississippi a few years ago and stopped in Memphis.. visited STAX Museum, sat down to view Otis Redding concert film. It was so powerful, so raw & so deep & soulful, I slid off my chair onto the floor! Music sees me through many of life's more challenging episodes!!
Multi-Platinum group Lady Antebellum honored with the Angels Among Us award from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) of the seven-time Grammy winning trio recognized for their longtime commitment to St. Jude families...read more
Right after the global debut in New York on May 9th celebrities gathered again for the Los Angeles premiere of the Hollywood movie John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum on May 15, 2019. Swiss watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer was there of course, supporting director and friend of the brand Chad Stahelski with his latest work. After being featured in the first two episodes about contract killer and car fan John Wick, the Lucerne manufacturer's timepieces once again show the time of day in John Wick: Chapter 3, this time on the wrists of Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves.
The legendary "soul man" Sam Moore remembers Aretha Franklin...Moore was a label mate and close friends with the late Aretha Franklin, and joined many others in paying tribute to the Queen of Soul last year at Carnegie Hall in New York City. ..read more
Smilin' Bob Lewis of Tyrannosaurus Chicken: rest in peace, sir...
David Hasselhoff enlisted famed guitarist Steve Cropper (Stax, Booker T and the MG's, the Blues Brothers, etc.) to play on the song "Sugar, Sugar" (the old Archies hit from 1969) for his new album...
Brian May spoke to Jungleroom.com about his contribution to Going Down: the songs of Don Nix: "Oh yes, I'd completely forgotten. I played on this track many months ago. It was a "quickie"-i've always liked the song and of course, Jeff Beck made it his own, and still enjoys playing it. The whole Don Nix track (in fact, the whole album) is recorded very real and live and informal, so I was pleased to be invited to have a blast on it and help."
Freda Payne (remember her song "Band of Gold"?) was a part of the concert celebrating the launching of the David Gest foundation in London. Ms.Payne told Jungleroom.com: "I remember the times I spent at David's home overlooking the Mississippi in Memphis ...David and I had many good times as I was his best friend."
Steve Fossen, the original bassist in Heart shares some insight into the early days of the band with Jungleroom.com. "Heart started out as The Army in 1967 (October 1968 we became Whiteheart ... October 1969 we shortened the name to Heart). Roger (Fisher) and I met Ann in August of of 1971 ... we all played in a band called Hocus Pocus until December 1971. On April 21, 1972, we changed our band name back to Heart. Nancy joined us in 1974. "Dreamboat Annie" was recorded in 1975 released in America February 1976. When we met and started playing music with Ann Wilson in Seattle, Michael Fisher lived in Vancouver BC Canada and did not met Ann until we played a show somewhat near BC in Bellingham WA. The Fisher brothers did not recruit Ann & Nancy ...
"The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls has been prominently listed as one of the "23 Best-Selling Soul Music eBooks of All Time" by leading book rating service BOOK AUTHORITY...read more
Eagles to perform "Hotel California" album in it's entirety on 2020 Tour. Concerts to feature 'Hotel California' set, with accompanying orchestra and choir, followed by full "Greatest Hits" set...read more
Southern Rock neotraditional group, Scooter Brown Band, made their Grand Ole Opry debut. After a rousing welcome and endorsement from Opry star Charlie Daniels, the band played their signature title-track from their album American Son along with "Georgia" and "Ain't Country At All." They joined a star-filled line-up including Little Big Town, Dailey & Vincent, Cam, Bill Anderson, Zach Williams and the Charlie Daniels Band. Not only was one Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member (Daniels) on hand to support, but long-time friend of the band Randy Travis also showed up and was greeted with a standing ovation by the sold-out crowd...read more
Alan Parsons kicked Off a week-long celebration of Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary at the Cocoa Riverfront Park in Florida with opening act Edison's Children featuring Rick Armstrong, son of astronaut Neil Armstrong...read more
Chuck Negron, formerly of iconic band Three Dog Night, proposed to his long-time girlfriend and manager, Ami Albea, in the midst of his sixth appearance on the "Happy Together Tour"...
Joan Jett has finished producing 81 year-old rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson just as Gibson guitars announced the premiere of the new "Joan Jett ES 339" signature guitar. "I have witnessed first-hand the love and personal handcrafting that goes into each of these guitars," explains Joan Jett. "I'm so very proud my signature 339 is one of the last designed and produced in Memphis and amongst the first from Gibson Nashville."
World-class guitarist Pat Thrall (Beyonce, Meat Loaf, Chaka Khan, Asia, Pat Travers, etc.) reminisces with Jungleroom.com about working on Tina Turner's song "The Best" for producer Dan Hartman in 1989...read more
Candice Night spoke with Jungleroom.com about her amazing vocal contibution on 'Don't Kill The Whale' for the "A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute" album...read more
Rod Stewart announces 2020 Las Vegas residency dates, returning for 16 shows at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace...read more
Country music veteran/Memphis girl Deborah Allen was surprised with a special presentation by T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang and WSM's Devon O'Day at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley Wednesday night during the 6th annual Country For A Cause, benefiting Monroe Carell Jr's Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. A proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, celebrating Deborah's 40 years in country music, was tearfully and happily received ...read more
I asked Bob Tait if he remembered playing at Peaches Records with a group named Wyzard. "You are the you the first person I've heard mention that band in years," he said. "Wyzard was Debra Preston (who later became Debra Dejean) on vocals, Delmar Preston on guitar, myself on bass and Chuck Bratton on drums. We opened for Meatloaf at the Ritz on Madison avenue the first time he appeared in Memphis on the "Bat out of Hell" tour. We opened for alot of bands coming thru memphis and bigger bands from here. Today, Bob plays bass in 5 O'Clock Shadow with Gary Hagar and Bill Parsley.
Southern rock legends Black Oak Arkansas return with their first full-length album of all new recordings in more than 30 years...read more
Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan releases "Chip Away" and announces release for solo album "Tenderness"...read more