Birth of a Record: Jackson Browne’s ‘Running on Empty’
Watch the video: Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russell Kunkel and Craig Doerge joined moderator Mr. Bonzai in an exploration of the creation of Jackson Browne's “Running on Empty” at Winter NAMM.At this year’s Winter NAMM Show, The Section—Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russell Kunkel and Craig Doerge—joined moderator Mr. Bonzai in an exploration of the inception and creation of a great album, Jackson Browne’s historic “Running on Empty.” Released in 1977, the album reached No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1978 and stayed on the charts for 65 weeks.Dubbed the “Knights of Soft Rock” by Rolling Stone, The Section was honored at the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards) as inductees to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Reaching their height in the 1970s playing alongside the biggest names in the business, including James Taylor, Carole King and Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Section also released three of their own imprints and toured and recorded with Jackson Browne in earlier years. While no longer recording collectively, each artist now actively works in the studio and on tour. The Section reunited on stage at NAMM for performances of some of their best-known hits.Mr. Bonzai's Music Smarts on Pro Sound NewsPictured in 1977 is The Section (L-R) Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russell Kunkel, and Craig Doerge. Photo by Henry Diltz.Want more stories like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get it delivered right to your inbox.