The Slim Kings feature two young guns—singer and guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner, best known for songs on Sons of Anarchy, and R&B bassist Andy Attanasio alongside legendary drummer Liberty Devitto, who spent over three decades playing on seminal records for and performing with Billy Joel, Phoebe Snow and Paul McCartney.
Blending elegant song craft, impeccable instrumentation and a whole lot of rock and soul, The Slim Kings have recently opened for Los Lonely Boys, ZZ Top, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and The Spin Doctors. In the last year their music has been featured on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Lifetime’s Army Wives, Amazon’s Cocked, and Netflix’s Bloodlines amongst others. The band records with Grammy winning producers Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards) and Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Black Keys, Highly Suspect) while regularly headlining clubs in the tri-state area.
They may keep company with iconic rockers, but this isn’t simply a throwback to the glory days. It’s firmly rooted in the future.
“I like classic rock,” says Liberty. “That’s what I grew up creating. However, I don’t want to be in a classic rock band. Michael and Andy bring fresh ideas and sounds to the table. There’s a hint of old blues in there, but it’s a contemporary style.
“It’s a delicate balance,” Michael agrees. “Liberty takes us back to the heart. Andy and I have the pleasure of playing alongside those roots, rather than emulating them. It’s a rare privilege.”
It began in 2012 when Michael cold-called Liberty. He asked Liberty, a drumming icon and the very first drummer he had ever seen in concert, to play on a session he had booked the very next day. Liberty listened to the music online and called back fifteen minutes later.
Three years later, a quick glance through The Slim King’s thousands of active Facebook fans and it is clear that the band is making the kind of rock music that transcends generations. 18 year old college girls, 60 year old British blokes, 25 year old Brooklyn hipsters, 40 year old Midwestern housewives, 50 year old Jersey cops, 30 year old big city lawyers, all proudly sport Slim King’s shirts and socks while keeping tabs on the band’s every move. “I want everyone to feel good about getting back into real players playing real music,” Liberty declares. “There are always cycles in this business. I think the cycle is coming back to honest music.”