Our next concert is Nov. 15 with Danny Kortchmar-Steve Postell- Dan Navarro
Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar is a guitarist, session musician, producer and songwriter, whose work with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, David Cosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young and Carly Simon helped define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s. Jackson Browne and Don Henley have recorded many songs written or co-written by Kortchmar, and Kortchmar was Henley’s songwriting and producing partner in the 1980s.
Kootch first came to prominence in the mid-1960s playing with bands in his native New York City, such as The Kingbees and The Flying Machine, which included the then-unknown James Taylor (Kortchmar having been a long-time friend of Taylor’s; both of them summered in Martha’s Vineayrd in their teens); in Taylor’s autobiographical composition “Fire and Rain,” the line “sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground” is a reference to the breakup of that band.
In 1967, Kortchmar joined The Fugs, appearing on their 1968 Tenderness Junction album before following bassist Charles Larkey to California, where they joined Carole King in forming a trio named The City. Kortchmar continued backing King on her more successful solo career, including the groundbreaking 1971 album Tapestry. In 1970, Kortchmar reunited with Taylor on his breakthrough album Sweet Baby James. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Kootch was one of the top session guitarists in L.A, and he also toured and recorded extensively with Linda Ronstadt, Warrren Zevon, Harry Nilsson and Jackson Browne. He and bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and Craig Doerge on keyboards were known as “The Section.”
In 1984, he co-produced and played on Don Henley’s album Building the Perfect Beast. On that album, he wrote the songs “You’re Not Drinking Enough” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”. Also on that album, he co-wrote the songs “You Can’t Make Love”, “Man with a Mission”, “Not Enough Love in the World”, “Building the Perfect Beast”, “Sunset Grill”, and “Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed”. In 1989, he co-produced and played on Don Henley’s album The End of the Innocence. On that album, he co-wrote the songs “How Bad Do You Want It?”, “I Will Not Go Quietly,” “New York Minute,” “Shangri-La,” “Little Tin God” and “If Dirt Were Dollars.”
He continues touring and making new music with several different projects.
Over the years, Steve Postell has worked with David Crsoby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dave Koz, Paul Barrere, and many others. He was in the group Pure Prairie League, performed on Broadway in Evita and Man of La Mancha, has written scores for film and television, and has performed on Leno, The Today Show and Regis and Kelly.
Postell was the project coordinator for the Shout Factory release of the 20th Anniversary edition of Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen, and served as musical director of the touring unit.
He recently won a “Hollywood Music in Media Award” for his song “3:45 Coming Through.”
Dan and his longtime partner Eric Lowen first broke through when Pat Benatar recorded their song “We Belong.” It became a huge hit and was nominated for a Grammy. His songs have also been recorded by the likes of Jackson Browne, The Bangles, Keb’ Mo, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Rusty Weir, and more.
From the early ‘90s and continuing for more than 15 years, Lowen and Navarro toured and recorded as a duo, until Eric’s health issues forced him to retire, at which time, dan transitioned into his solo career.
He has worked as a voice actor (in Happy Feet, The Lorax, Rio, The Book of Life, Family Guy, and more), has sung on recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and more), and has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of Performer’s Rights and Intellectual Property Rights, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
These guys performed in our Spring 2016 series, and it was an absolute delight for everyone here. We are thrilled to close out our 15th full year of concerts Danny Kortchmar, Steve Postell and Dan Navarro.
Artists who have performed at Tales from the Tavern:
Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Joan Baez – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham – Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Carlene Carter – Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass – John Corbett – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss – Jeffrey Foucault – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson – Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen – Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight – Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley – Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – Shelby Lynne – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue – Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt – Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson – Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell – Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge – Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith – Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor – Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch – Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams