2023, NR, U.S., Documentary, 102 minutes
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Director: Denny Tedesco
Producers: Jack Piatt, Greg Richling, Jonathan Sheldon
Cast: Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Rondstadt, Keith Richards, Don Henley, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins
Immediate Family follows the rise of legendary session musicians Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Waddy Wachtel through the 1970s and onward, chronicling their star-studded collaborations and formidable track record of hit songs. Directed by Denny Tedesco, whose documentary The Wrecking Crew followed the first wave of studio musicians in the ’60s, the film reveals the machinery behind the booming era of the singer-songwriter, when the talents of these four musicians were in furious demand. The foundations of their enduring friendship, formed both on the road and in music studios, is portrayed with dynamite clarity and reminisced with fondness through intimate interviews with the guys themselves. The group recalls memories with some of rock’s most iconic voices, including Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins and more. Immediate Family is the ultimate backstage tour, spanning multiple eras of musical history and uplifting the timeless art of songwriting.