March 9, 2015
Michael Sackler-Berner, Henry Geller, Andy Attanasio, and… Oh, Liberty DeVito; Billy Joel’s own personal drummer. Together, these four unique individuals make up this week’s featured band- The Slim Kings. No big deal.
The Slim Kings prove that connections are everything. Let me try to break this down for you. It all started when lead guitarist Henry Geller reconnected with his old elementary school friend, Michael Sackler-Berner, through “liking” the same YouTube videos on Facebook. At the time Henry was living in San Francisco, and in the midst of exchanging clips of Gary Clark Jr., Dave Alvin, and The Black Keys, Henry decided to move back to Brooklyn to start a band with Michael. By the way, Henry’s father, Greg Geller, is the man who signed artists Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Greg also worked with Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. Now, Michael was performing as a solo artist and was best known for his songs featured on TV shows “Sons of Anarchy” and “Law and Order.” In the high hopes of bonding with Liberty DeVito (his personal idol) through MySpace, Michael sent over a few demos and an invitation to join him in a studio session he had booked for the very next day. Strange thing is it worked. Liberty called Michael fifteen minutes later. In the words of Michael, ““Liberty takes us back to the heart. Henry and I have the pleasure of playing alongside those roots, rather than emulating them. It’s a rare privilege.”
In no less than two months, the band completes their debut album, titled “Fresh Socks,” writes half the material for their second album, and agrees on calling themselves “The Slim Kings.” Since then, The Slim Kings have opened for ZZ Top, Southside Johnny, and The Spin Doctors. Not to mention recording with Tom Elmhirst (Adele, The Black Keys), Brian Scheuble (Stone Temple Pilots, Stevie Nicks), and Grammy winning producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards). Their fast growing notoriety even earned them a spot on benefit compilation “Songs After Sandy Vol. 2” alongside Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart. Additionally, their songs have appeared on the TV series “Army Wives,” as well as Daniel Ratcliff’s recent movie “Horns.”
The Slim Kings’ sexy, bluesy rock n’ roll is the kind of music that transcends generations. Don’t dare miss them at Connie’s Ric Rac March 13th with Cold Roses, Modern Colour, Curtis Jr., and Visoon.
We’ve got 2 tickets to giveaway for this show! If you’d like a chance to win them, tweet “I want to see @TheSlimKings” to @gashouseradio. We will draw a winner Thursday at 7pm on Gashouse Live.
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