Nov. 30, 2009

TAIT RADIO PRESENTS - Legendary Drummer and Producer Russ Kunkel

Russ Kunkel is perhaps the most legendary drummer in modern music. He has played drums on countless hits ranging from James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Linda Rondstadt, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Karla Bonoff, Lyle Lovett, The Bee Gees, Stevie Nicks to B.B. King, and many, many more. Aside from Mr. Kunkels massive recording and touring credits he is also well respected for producing many great albums from artists ranging from The Derek Trucks Band to Dan Fogelberg. He has also been the most prolific producer of Jimmy Buffett's discography, with the exception of Michael Utley. Russ Kunkel has a new album on Mailboat Records entitled Chateau Beach. The record is 8 classic songs that Russ Kunkel performed on, including songs by James Taylor, Bill Withers, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash. These are stunning, fresh renditions of the songs you love.

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*Eastern Standard Time*
Monday - 3:00 PM - November 30, 2009
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - December 2, 2009
Thursday - 11:59 PM - December 3, 2009
Saturday - 8:00 PM - December 5, 2009

Produced by Paul Leslie and Jeff Pike

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Nov. 10, 2009 - Iconic musicians Carole King and James Taylor announced today that they will embark on a "Troubadour Reunion" world tour. The world tour will kick off in Melbourne, Australia on March 27 and will travel to New Zealand and Japan before coming to North America and Europe. This once-in-a-lifetime event brings together two of the most beloved singer/songwriters for a rare concert experience. The set list will include a breadth of material including songs they performed during their 1970 debut show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, which helped propel them both to the world stage. Tickets for dates in Australia and New Zealand and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles go on public sale Nov. 23. Tickets for dates in Japan go on sale Dec. 12. Additional dates in North America and Europe will be announced soon.

"When James and I first played together in the early seventies we connected almost immediately, both musically and personally, with an effortless, comfortable familiarity. After we reunited in 2007 with Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Lee Sklar, the original band from our early Troubadour shows, none of us wanted the fun to stop. We can't wait to bring our Troubadour Reunion tour to Australia."

Carole King
November 2009  

The idea for the "Troubadour Reunion" tour came together in 2007 after Taylor and King performed at the famed Los Angeles venue for the first time since 1970 to celebrate the Troubadour's 50th Anniversary. The shows sold out immediately and garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The Los Angeles Times noted "the sense of occasion [and] weight of history in the evening" and Variety said "Taylor and King reminded us about the intensity of song, that the artistically-rich and commercially-viable are not mutually exclusive and how one tiny club continues to be a birthing room for some of this city's most memorable music."

Now fans outside of Los Angeles will be able to experience what was created on that magical evening in 2007. Nearly four decades after helping define the singer-songwriter movement, King and Taylor will tour together with their original bandmates guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as "The Section".

"This tour, our 'Troubadour Reunion' has been waiting to happen for a long time but the years seem to have vanished. Where does the time go? When we reunited for the Troubadour's 50th Anniversary celebration in 2007, it was, and still is, all about the music and the celebration of performing together."

James Taylor
November 2009    

Carole King performed with James Taylor at the Troubadour in November 1970. This historic show marked King's debut as a solo artist after penning 22 Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to the Monkees, while James was supporting his self-titled Apple Records release featuring classics such as "Carolina In My Mind" and "Something In The Way She Moves." Both have since become multi-platinum-selling artists, GRAMMY winners, and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

2010 Tour Dates

Sat    27-Mar    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA    Rod Laver Arena       
Wed    31-Mar    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA    Entertainment Centre        Sat    3-Apr    HUNTER, AUSTRALIA    Hope Estate       
Tue    6-Apr    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA    Entertainment Centre       
Sat    10-Apr    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND    Vector Arena       
Wed    14-Apr    TOKYO, JAPAN    Nippon Budokan       
Fri    16-Apr    TOKYO, JAPAN    Nippon Budokan     
Fri    14-May    LOS ANGELES, CA    Hollywood Bowl 

More dates and cities to be announced soon!      

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September 9, 2008 - He's the most famous drummer that perhaps you've never heard of - oh but believe me, you have heard him. He's moved your heart, raised your pulse, and if you have listened to popular rock in the past four decades you've definitely tapped your toes to his steady beats.

He is Russ Kunkel: drummer, percussionist, composer, producer and friend of rock and roll royalty. Ever sing along to a James Taylor song? Good chance the beat belonged to Russ. The same holds true for countless hits from Joni MItchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Linda Rondstadt, Bill Withers, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, B.B, King, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, and that's just scratching the surface of his recording and touring credits.

He is Russ Kunkel. Now you know.

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