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Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel's Drummer For 30 Years, Talks Billy & His Book!

Soulful rockers The Slim Kings have revealed another new track from their forthcoming album today; click here to check out “Soldier On”. Lyrics from “Soldier On,” written by drummer Liberty DeVitto, singer/guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner and bassist Andy Attanasio exemplify DeVitto’s fighting spirit and longtime career: “Wounded and limping/But we still got something to prove/Believing when they say/We got nothing left to lose”.

Also out today is DeVitto’s new memoir, Liberty: Life, Billy and the pursuit of Happiness. The book 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. To order the book, please click here.

Recorded in an analog studio without a computer in sight, The Slim Kings’ forthcoming new album, THE KING’S COUNTY CLASSIC, is due out on 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. 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. Click here to access the album cover for THE KING’S COUNTY CLASSIC. The band will be releasing new tracks from the album leading up to its complete release in October.

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.

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Liberty talked to the Morning Breeze about his book and his time with Billy Joel! Listen below...

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