1980 Leah Kunkel – I Run With Trouble

Kunkel, Leah 1980Leah Kunkel was born Leah Cohen on June 15, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the younger sister of Cass Elliot from the folk rock vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. In 1968 she married American drummer and music producer Russ Kunkel. Following her sister’s death in 1974, Kunkel was given custody of Cass Elliot’s daughter, Owen. The couple also raised their son, Nathaniel, an Emmy Award winning sound engineer.

After being signed to Dunhill records, Kunkel recorded her first album Billy under the name Cotton Candy. She performed with a few bands and continued growing as a singer and songwriter. In 1972, she appeared as a guest vocalist on Jackson Browne’s eponymous debut album, performing the countersong on “From Silver Lake”. Following additional session work with Stephen Bishop, Carly Simon, and Arlo Guthrie in the early 1970s, Kunkel appeared on JT (1977) by James Taylor. That same year, she appeared on Watermark by Art Garfunkel, who relied on her vocal harmonies for his subsequent albums Fate for Breakfast (1979), Scissors Cut (1981), and Lefty (1988). Garfunkel became a mentor to her, and helped to get her a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1979.

In 1979, Kunkel released her first album for Columbia Records, which featured several of her own compositions. The self-titled album produced one single, “Step Right Up”. The following year he released her second solo album for Columbia, I Run With Trouble.

In 1980, Kunkel teamed up with Marty Gwinn Townsend to form the Coyote Sisters. They released their first album The Coyote Sisters in 1984 on Lorimar Records. A follow-up album, Women and Other Visions, was released in 2001.

Tracks

1  Let’s Begin (Jimmy Web) 3:32
2  The Only Man On Earth (Leah Kunkel) 3:25
3  Temptation (Leah Kunkel) 3:22
4  Hard fFeelings (Peter McCann) 3:02
5  Never Gonna Lose My… (Jimmy Web) 2:45
6  Someone On Your Mind (Chip Douglas) 2:55
7  Dreaming As One (David Palmer, Williams Smith) 3:21
8  Heart Of Stone (Harlan Collins) 2:58
9  Fast Asleep (Craig Doerge, Judy Henske) 3:15
10  I Run With Trouble (Don Yowell) 3:45

Media

Musicians

1 Let’s Begin

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano John Jarvis
Sax Tom Scott
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Graham Nash


2 The Only Man On Earth

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Eric Guerin
Guitar Stephen Bishop
Piano Leah Kunkel
Synthesizer Matthew McCauley
Sax Tom Scott
Percussion Steve Foreman


3 Temptation

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Andrew Steele
Guitar Steve Lukather
Organ Paul Fauerso
Piano Leah Kunkel
Synthesizer Matthew McCauley
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Ian Freebairn-Smith
Background Vocals James Lee Stanley
Background Vocals Pamela Stanley
Background Vocals Penny Nichols


4 Hard Feelings

Piano John Jarvis


5 Never Gonna Lose My…

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano John Jarvis
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Steve Foreman
Background Vocals Graham Nash


6 Someone On Your Mind

Bass David Hungate
Drums John Guerin
Acoustic Guitar Mitch Holder
Piano John Jarvis
Flute Bernie Fleischer
Trombone Ernest Carlson
Tuba James Self
Percussion Steve Foreman
Background Vocals Ian Freebairn-Smith


7 Dreaming As One

Piano William Smith
Background Vocals Ian Freebairn-Smith
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals William Smith


8 Heart Of Stone

Bass David Hungate
Guitar Mitch Holder
Piano John Jarvis
Horn Dave Duke
Percussion Steve Foreman
Background Vocals Harlan Collins
Background Vocals Ian Freebairn-Smith


9 Fast Asleep

Piano Craige Doerge


10 I Run With Trouble

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Piano John Jarvis
Cello Ronald Leonard

Other Musicians

Cello – Douglas Davis, Ernie Ehrhardt, Igor Horoshevsky, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Raphael Kramer, Ronald Leonard
Oboe, English Horn – Earl Dumler
Viola – Allan Harshman, Barbara Thomason, David Schwartz, Gareth Nuttycombe, Myer Bello, Myra Kestenbaum
Violin – Assa Drori, Bernard Kundell, David Frisina, George Kast, Gerald Vinci, Haim Shtrum, Irving Geller, James Getzoff, Joseph Stepansky, Lya Stern, Mari Tsumura, Nathan Ross, Polly Sweeney, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov, Stanley Plummer, Wilbert Nuttycombe

Liner Notes

Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Henry Lewy
Producer, Mixed By – Leah Kunkel
Engineer, Mixed By – Skip Cottrell
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By (Assistant) – Ian Freebairn-Smith, Jeremy Lubbock
Mixed At – A&M Studios