“Working with Keith Richards” – Exclusive interview with Los Angeles Recording Studio Legends Waddy Watchel and Leland Sklar: Part 1 of 4
GUITARIST WADDY WACHTEL has appeared on hundreds of albums over the years, and has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles music scene. Among the artists and bands he has worked with are The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Kim Carnes, Rosanne Cash, The Church, The Cowsills, Bob Dylan, Silver Condor, Gilby Clarke, Melissa Etheridge, Bryan Ferry, Bernard Fowler, Andrew Gold, Don Henley, Carole King, Miranda Lambert, The Motels, Maria Muldaur, Randy Newman, Steve Perry, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Linda Ronstadt, Adam Sandler, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Laura Allan.
BASSIST LEE SKLAR (Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Phil Collins, Toto, Era, Hall & Oates, dozens of others) studied music at California State University, Northridge. It was during that time he met James Taylor, who invited him to play bass at some venues. They both thought that the work would be short-term, but soon Taylor’s career took off with his first hit records, and Sklar came into the limelight. He was soon asked to record with others, and his long beard began.
In 2010 Sklar joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King.