When Liberty DeVitto, Andy Attanasio and Michael Sackler-Berner set out to record their new album, they insisted on keeping it authentically old school. True to the style of their musical heroes, The Slim Kings recorded The King’s County Classic on only vintage machines and instruments, without a computer in sight.
“We hope this gives you joy in all the madness,” the group said in a statement today, on the day of its release.
The King’s County Classic, which features the singles “Raw” and “Soldier On”, was whittled down to just 12 tracks from an impressive 40 songs the band wrote for the project.
“There are nods to The Rascals, Al Green, Bowie, The Kinks, The Orlons, and even Wu Tang Clan – but to us, it ultimately sounds like us,” the group said.
Blending elegant songcraft, impeccable instrumentation and a whole lot of soul, The Slim Kings are a tri-state area favorite and regularly headline shows across the Northeast. They have opened for Los Lonely Boys, ZZ Top, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and The Spin Doctors.
Liberty DeVito spent more than three decades providing the backbeat for Billy Joel as the star’s touring drummer. As a session musician, DeVitto has played on albums for Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Phoebe Snow, Rick Wakeman and more. His memoir, which includes a foreword from the Piano Man himself, was released earlier this year.
Hear Liberty DeVitto’s recent interview with CDJ here.