Robert Waddy Wachtel has played and worked with a who's who of rock throughout his years as a session musician��Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Iggy Pop, Keith Richards, Linda Ronstadt, and Warren Zevon, among many other musicians and vocalists. In the 1984 book The Guitar, Wachtel's sound was described as the churning, badass end of the guitar's spectrum of sounds, and he was said to have the ability to play fullblown gutsy raunch or sweet Mexican-flavored licks with equal ease. He is a high-energy player. Wachtel's talent has placed him in the company of esteemed session guitarists Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Lowell George. His behind the scenes contributions include credits as producer and songwriter.
Wachtel toured with The Everly Brothers, but began gaining attention as a session artist after backing Carole King during the recording and subsequent tour supporting her Thoroughbred'album in the 1970s. He is credited with being one of a group of musicians in Los Angeles that gave rock songs recorded in the 1970s and 1980s a decidedly raucous Southern California flair. Dave DiMartino, in Singer-Songwriters: Pop Musb's Performer-Composers, from A to Zevon, called them the L.A. session-musician 'mafia' that dominated most recordings of the genre and era. These musicians included Andrew Gold, a multi-instrumental musician; Russ Kunkle, drums; Leland Sklar, bass; Jai Winding on piano; and a group of backing singers including Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther, Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman.