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“Danny Kortchmar: Building the Perfect Beast” at Winter NAMM TEC Tracks

On Saturday afternoon at Winter NAMM 2019, producer/songwriter/guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar will join celebrity interviewer Mr. Bonzai in an exploration of the inception and creation of a great album, Don Henley’s 1984 “Building the Perfect Beast,” certified 3x Platinum and ranked by Rolling Stone as one of “The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”. Hit singles include “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.”

Birth of a Record: Don Henley’s “Building the Perfect Beast”

Saturday, January 26, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, California Ballroom B (Level 2)

Mr. Bonzai will talk with Kortchmar about his long and productive career, with a focus on the album he co-produced, co-wrote and on which he played guitar, synthesizer, horns, organ, Omnichord, keyboards and bass. Joining the discussion will be engineer/mixer Niko Bolas and special guests, including drummer Jim Keltner.

“All She Wants To Do Is Dance” video:

Don Henley released “The Boys of Summer,” the chart-topping single and extraordinary video in early Autumn 1984, creating anticipation for the album that followed. His second post-Eagles solo album, “Building the Perfect Beast,” was the blockbuster that included “All She Wants to Do is Dance,” “Sunset Grill,” “Driving With Your Eyes Closed,” the heartfelt “A Month of Sundays,” “Not Enough Love in the World,” and the “The Boys of Summer,” easily surpassing any list of the Eighties’ best songs. Henley dominates the entire album with the confident voice of a leading man, while veteran producer/songwriter Danny Kortchmar leads a cast of incredible talents, making it all work like a charm.


Renowned guitarist, producer, songwriter and session musician, Danny Kortchmar has played, produced and written for James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and many more. As a songwriter, Kortchmar has either written alone or collaborated with numerous artists and has penned such indelible tracks as Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” and “New York Minute,” as well as Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and “Shaky Town,” to name a few. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kortchmar was a member of The Section, best known for both their studio and live work in support of some of the top selling singer/songwriters and solo singers in the history of music. Together, The Section helped define the sound of a generation. Recently, Kortchmar put members of The Section back together again and they now perform regularly live around the world as The Immediate Family.

TEC Tracks offers 70-plus free sessions for sound, studio and stage professionals. These big-picture sessions feature industry thought leaders presenting innovative ideas in recording, live sound, event technology and music business.