1. CAT Episode 168 - Russ Kunkel (The Immediate Family) Classic Artists Today, LLC 29:17

Russ Kunkel is one of the most sought after drummers in the world.  A renowned session player, he has recorded or performed for the likes of Jimmy Buffett, CS&N, Stevie Nicks, Carole King, Dan Fogelberg and many more superstars in the music industry.  He’s produced nearly two dozen albums, too!  He started to make a name for himself at L.A.’s Whiskey a Go Go, in the late 1960’s.  Multi award-winning program director Ray White hung out with Russ in Charlottesville, VA during the Virginia Film Festival to preview the movie (Immediate Family) and talk about his new band The Immediate Family – which includes super session players Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell.  We talked about the collaboration, his career, the film and their music including brand new album Skin In The Game – which now will be released on February 16, 2024.  We’ll featue several of Russ’s “friends” on this episode, too!!  Be sure to check out more about the band, their music and the film on Episodes 143 and 164 when Waddy Wachtel and movie director Denny Tedesco join us.  This musical story of our lifetime – we’ve got it on Classic Artists Today.

Ray White Managing Director, Classic Artists Today

Ray's passion for music and the musicians, started as a youth listening to transistor radios under the covers at bedtime. The bands and performers he liked, he followed throughout their career. In 2005 he was fed up with the evolution of a majority of the music the radio stations were playing and began investigating the bands he grew up listening to in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Radio wasn't playing any of those band's "new" songs, just the "classic" hits. Researching the industry for a year, Ray launched Classic Artists Today syndicated radio show - featuring "new" songs by "classic" artists and included interviews and classic tracks too. The show was carried by several dozen radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Featuring Rock/Pop musicians and bands, Ray and the show won several awards from New Music Weekly magazine. With the success of these shows, he launched Coool CAT syndicated radio show, 5 years later, featuring Soul/R&B/Smooth Jazz/Blues performers and bands. In 2017, Ray starting producing his show in a 30-minute podcast format. Today, you can hear his work at Sittin' In With The CAT and Sittin' In With The Coool CAT. The legacy continues!