Review: THE VERACIOUS AND EMOTIVE SOPHOMORE ALBUM BY JIM DONOVAN & SUN KING WARRIORS

Written by Kim Carney – April 19, 2018 for Music Mafia Radio

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Full of insightful lyrics, mesmerizing melody, rhythmic guitar jams and driving Donovan-drums, every song on this brilliant album stands alone and as a whole is rock solid – a billet doux to life, love and music. 

The Last Dance a romping chant about the circle of life, You Are My Everything that begins with a powerful guitar riff and the line “I share my bed with your cold-ass feet” then just gets better from there and Hey! Let It Be, which brings to light the personal inward struggle of right and wrong, will not only have you pounding some air-skins, but will have you dancing no matter where you are, so beware!

Melodic life lessons are woven throughout, as evidenced by We See Through It, a plea for people to stop buying into everything the world is selling, We Have Arrived reminding us that our only destination is the moment we’re in and Ahh Can You Feel It? the musical depiction of what it’s like to finally realize your true life’s purpose, all wrapped up in beautiful voices, infectious rhythms and interesting transitions.

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He was a constant calming presence....

 Chis 'Sunshine" Slemmer, Jim Donovan, Jim DiSpirito 1996 Modern Drummer shoot

Chis 'Sunshine" Slemmer, Jim Donovan, Jim DiSpirito 1996 Modern Drummer shoot

Just came across this gem from the 90's and thought I'd tell you about it. This was a quick photo shoot before one of our shows for Modern Drummer Magazine with Rusted Root percussionist Jim DiSpirito and our beloved friend/drumtech/babysitter Chris "Sunshine" Slemmer.

Road crew guys are some of the hardest working people you'll meet. Often driving overnight, loading in early and loading out late. Yet, no matter how tired he was, Chris *always* had a smile for me. He was a constant calming presence and helped me feel like, no matter how intense things got, that he had my back.

Even in this photo I can still feel how much he cared for us. Though he passed in the early 2000s, I still miss the guy a ton. He was a treasure

It's ON! "We See Through It" Preorder Campaign

 Our new album "We See Through It" is just about ready for you. If you are crazy for Led Zeppelin, Mumford & Sons and tons of barreling tribal drums – then this might be your new favorite album. This preorder campaign will help us earn funds to market and release the album to the world via radio, publicity and social media. Support us by joining in on our 30 Day preorder campaign.

Our new album "We See Through It" is just about ready for you. If you are crazy for Led Zeppelin, Mumford & Sons and tons of barreling tribal drums – then this might be your new favorite album. This preorder campaign will help us earn funds to market and release the album to the world via radio, publicity and social media. Support us by joining in on our 30 Day preorder campaign.

We've just released our preorder campaign for 'We See Through It" to you. Your response  has been nothing short of mind-blowing to say the least. As of this morning, you've helped us earn over $14k by:

Your support is helping us get closer to our ultimate goal independently spreading this music worldwide – rather than sign away the rights to the music to a big corporate record label. Though we have a ways to go, you've given us good reason to be optimistic!

We just posted some fun new perks, including a few exclusive experiences you might enjoy.... If you're a collector or Rusted Root fan, I've decided to part with one of my 2001-2005 tour cymbals for the cause. I pummeled this poor cymbal night after night in nearly every state in the US! See it here...

Thanks for being a part of this journey and for believing in us.
Jim D & SKW

Sun King Warriors hit radio this summer....

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We are releasing 400 of our elephants into the wild... also known as non commercial and college radio. Like most worthy undertakings, there is risk involved. 

What's the goal? That somehow, music directors at the 400 stations we sent these packages to listen to the music, that it resonates with them and they play it all summer ... and then listeners love what they hear. 

Want to help the cause?

1. Like and share us on social media.

2. If you have a favorite local listener supported, adult alternative or college radio station request us between June 13 and the end of August.

I Broke My Dad's Staple Gun...

  At least 200 of these old staples are from Rusted Root posters I hung beside the The Decade and all over Oakland back in 1991.

At least 200 of these old staples are from Rusted Root posters I hung beside the The Decade and all over Oakland back in 1991.

On average, I would print 1000 posters per show and in the middle of the night, I'd hit every phone poll throughout Pittsburgh. Though this was arguably a bit over the top, my thought was that the more people saw the name, the more likely they might check us out at some point. Plus, I had nothing better to do... All I knew was that I wanted people to hear our music, because if they did, I firmly believed they would love it.

Led Zeppelin: Only the Bombastic Playlist by Jim Donovan

Yeah yeah, I know. You're probably saying to yourself, that Donovan guy is a little over the top with all the Zeppelin posts.... Well, you'd be right. I'm "one of those" fans.

I remember having this daydream as a 15 year old that Led Zeppelin would come to Pittsburgh and I was in the audience. Then all of a sudden the band's manager came out on stage and said, "Listen folks, our drummer isn't feeling well, is there anyone here who could fill in?" Of course I raised my hand and the manager said, ok dude come on, let's get you ready to play. Then I'd shake hands with Jimmy and Robert and we'd proceed to tear the roof off the Civic Arena. All the while in my bedroom, I had my headphones on and air-drummed like a fiend to song after song- sweating my ass off and loving every minute of it. Every once in a while, my mom would check on me and see what was going on, though when she saw me, she'd give me a knowing smile and let me be. This was how I learned to play the drums. Imagination, the air, pillows, and Led Zeppelin. Little did I know that ten years later I would actually shake Jimmy and Robert's hands on the first day of Rusted Root's 1995 tour with them. It seems that focused imagination is a powerful force. The songs in this playlist are my go-to songs for air drumming.