Soulful rockers The Slim Kings are set to return with their forthcoming album THE KING’S COUNTY CLASSIC, due out October 16th. Produced by Nick Movshon (Amy Winehouse, Gaga, Bruno Mars, Antibalas), THE KING’S COUNTY CLASSIC was recorded at The Diamond Mine in Queens, the hub for Daptone/Truth & Soul with no computers. The album features the stripped-down, performance-first, rock n’ roll for which The Slim Kings have come to be known married with American soul sounds. The not-at-all grateful ode that is their new single “Thank You” exemplifies The Slims’ sound with an irrestible melody and heartfelt (though not sincere) backing vocals.
Of “Thank You,” bassist Andy Attanasio commented, “I always envied how The Rolling Stones seemed to drum up great songs out of jams, and in very quick fashion. “Thank You” was written after we had finished all the writing for the album, and the cutting lyric and the loose feel of the music is inspired by The Stones at Muscle Shoals era.”
The Slim Kings feature singer and guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner, known for over forty primetime TV placements, R&B bassist Andy Attanasio (Joey Badass, Black Thought, Diddy) and legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto, who spent more than three decades playing on seminal records for and performing with Billy Joel, Phoebe Snow and Paul McCartney. Blending elegant songcraft, impeccable instrumentation and a whole lot of soul, The Slim Kings have opened for Los Lonely Boys, ZZ Top, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and The Spin Doctors. Their music has been featured in over a dozen primetime TV shows including Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted, Amazon’s Cocked, and Netflix’s Bloodline. The band has also recorded with Grammy-winning producers Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards) and Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Black Keys, Highly Suspect) and regularly headlines clubs in the tri-state area. For more information, please visit www.slimkings.com.
In other news, drummer Liberty DeVitto has written a compelling memoir that is out now. Liberty: Life, Billy and the pursuit of Happiness traces a musician’s journey: early childhood bands, a rise through the local club scene, wedding bands, building a career, his first tours, and then a juggernaut of success, excess, and stardom with Billy Joel. Liberty is a tale of following and fulfilling your dream, a love story of a drummer and his drum, and an inside look at the music and career of Billy Joel from the man who viewed it from the best seat in the house: the drum throne.