New Playlist: Thank you, Greta & Pete, from the musicians

I dedicate the hashtag #IKnewYouWhen to a man that was “a great radio teacher,” who also sang folk music with my fellow classmates at Fredonia State. Dan Berggren taught me how to listen—really listen, which is one of the reasons I keep listening to new music.

It’s a joy to watch my teacher grow his career, and a blessing to spread the word about his songs about the environment. Dan’s song “Looking for Answers” is about a daughter asking her father if we’ll have a future because of what’s going on with our environment. This past November a review in the Saratogian described Dan, “Resembling a young Pete Seeger.” YEAH!  😊 

All my songwriters have a little Pete Seeger in them. In fact, John and Johanna Hall worked with him on the Clearwater. John's influence on teaching us about the environment is earth-shaking, especially the No Nukes concerts in the 1970s. He and Johanna Hall, who had the sync to end all syncs STILL THE ONE have a vintage song WAKE UP from Orleans II. With classic Orleans’ harmony and trumpet, this is a hooky song with clever lyrics.  Note that WAKE UP is with Sony Publishing, and is NOT a ONE-STOP.

WAKE UP Orleans  Adult Album Alternative, trumpet, group harmony, wake up, people, “wake up!” environment, pollution, “stop throwing plastic in the sea/can’t you let the fishies be!” ecology, snow, lightning, birds in flight, seasons, signs of life, “the day’s gonna come” air pollution, water pollution, MusiciansUnitedForSafeEnergy, This song is co-written by John and Johanna Hall, the couple that wrote the most incredible sync, “You’re Still The One.”  

GLOBAL WARMING Phoebe Legere  Singer Songwriter, Piano and soaring female vocals and strings, vocals in English and French, rising sea levels, oceans, "I place a piano on the tongue of the world to give it a voice to cry.”    

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS Dan Berggren Folk, daughter asking about what the environment will look like when she grows up. Long term / Short term materialism, greed, easy answers, ask questions, learn what's ahead.  

DON’S THEME Joe Olnick Instrumental guitar, influences like David Gilmour, Alex Skolnick, Kyuss, Roy Bucchanan. Emotional, atmospheric, sad, orchestral, slow, dirge    Mellow and quite proggy,pretty. The guitar soloing is slow and expressive. As it continues a bluesy edge is introduced to the piece. This continues to grow with style and class.  

BEES AND ZOMBIES Rebecca Loebe Theatrical Folk, Gilbert & Sullivan-y. If Jim Carrey was a soprano, singing a train-of-thought song with symphonic piano backup singers. About the environment. Rebecca telling someone about environment problems, and the person takes another seat. At the end, someone else tells her about the bees, and guess what! She moves away... The video is a delight, like a school play with children and a slightly panic’d male teacher. 

THIS DARKNESS Rachael Sage Pop, Dream Pop/Chamber Pop, female singer with CSNY protest guitar sound, environment, the song is about the Dakota Pipeline, keywords:  see myself, grieve myself, somebody's fool, hate, “I don’t know why you’re full of hate."

A TERRIBLE PICKLE  Dean Friedman  A Music Hall song with ukulele about the world being in a terrible pickle. Some mentions of Australia-related nature-- Koalas and eucalyptus trees, all kinds of mentions about the environment, the oceans are rising. Kyota accord.  

MARY MAGDALENE Gary Lucas & Jann Klose Upbeat folk song with Irish singalong energy, singer sounds like Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran. About Superstorm Sandy, hunkering down and praying during a horrible storm that took place in Long Island, 2012. The City never had a hurricane like this.  It told New Yorkers that global warming is real

NOBODY KNEW Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus Hard Rock, Like the heavier parts of the Beatles’ “I’m the Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields,” Brian May guitar, vocals by Kelly Keeling. “Nobody knew who’s running the White House,” gas, all we wanted, here we are, Hear me now. Nobody Knew where they were going. “There’s a hole in the blue sky” "Thought it would last."

Spotify Playlist dedicated to Greta Thunberg
Thank you from the musicians


"Switchin to Glide" w/ The Kings in NYC, January 19

 A Perfect ‘80s Night at Bowery Electric W/ the Band that Gave Us "Switchin' to Glide"/"This Beat Goes On"

The Kings return to New York City for a concert at Bowery Electric on January 19, at 6:30 pm. Bowery Electric is at 327 Bowery (next door to Joey Ramone Place), in New York City.

Tickets are $10 ADV with service fees/ $12 at the door.The Ticket Buy Link is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-kings-tickets-82294267369?aff=odwdwdspacecraft. The Facebook Event page is https://www.facebook.com/The-Kings-Are-Here-129367440437699/. The venue phone is 212-228-0228.The website is https://theboweryelectric.com.

The Kings last played New York City on September 11, 2011 to support survivors from Ground Zero. Originally known as WhistleKing, the group (made up of three members from Toronto, and one from British Columbia) formed in Vancouver, BC and Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

The Kings feature original members David Diamond (lead vocals, bass guitar, songwriter), Mister Zero (guitar and songwriter), and Peter Nunn (keyboards) who joined in 1994, and Todd Reynolds (drums) since 2009.  

While recording their first album at Nimbus 9 Studio in Toronto, world famous producer Bob (Pink Floyd) Ezrin dropped by to visit and checked the band out and liked what he heard. He agreed to mix the tracks The Kings had recorded but soon discovered that the whole thing needed to be re-done. He approached Elektra Records in Los Angeles with The Kings’ tapes and the unknown band was signed to a world-wide deal. Ezrin and The Kings re-record the songs for the album “The Kings Are Here."  

Radio picked up the infectious, 5:43 song “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide” and it caught on all over the USA and Canada with huge airplay in every major market, staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for six months. It was named one of the Top 100 U.S. Radio Programmers Picks of the Decade by Album Network Magazine and The Kings were named most promising group by Cashbox Magazine, and nominated for a Juno Award.

An amazing appearance on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” helped spread the word as well. The album “The Kings Are Here” went gold in Canada, and since it was re-released on cd as “The Kings Are Here and More,” combined sales have passed platinum status.
The second Ezrin-produced Elektra effort “Amazon Beach” did not fare as well and the band left the label and signed with Capitol Canada which released “RSVP” which contains the holiday classic “This Christmas” which gets lots of airplay every yuletide season.

The next studio project was called “Unstoppable” and the title track reached the Top 10 in Canada.

Next came the studio album “Because of You,” which once again showed the depth and versatility of the songwriting from The Kings. After that came other different projects, “Anthology One” which is a collection of rare early unreleased tracks, and what has become The Kings amazing “Live Trilogy,” “The Lost Tapes of a Seventies Bar Band,” “Party Live in ’85,” both audio only, and the DVD “No Covers-Live at O’Tooles Roadhouse,” all of which document the energy of the band in concert. And also the great documentary about the band’s biggest hit: “Anatomy of a One-Hit Wonder” where the guys tell their own story with trademark candour and humour.

Earlier 2019, The Kings released a two-song segue, “Circle of Friends/Man That I Am” which has all the energy and feel-good hooks the band is known for, and mixed in Nashville by their champion Bob Ezrin.

In 2020 The Kings will release "Live at Heatwave" a half hour concert movie shot in 16mm film at the famous 1980 "Heatwave Festival" which was held at Mosport Racetrack near Toronto which featured Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, the B-52's….  The Kings’ footage is the only surviving film from the event.  The lead-off single is a bodacious cover of the Beach Boys classic "California Girls."  


L to R:  Peter Nunn, Todd Reynolds, David Diamond, Mister Zero.


Slambovian Holiday Shows: December 2019

“Like a snowball full of heart and unabashed beauty with songs of hope and resistant joy." - Jambase.com

The Hudson Valley’s 'best band' brings Christmas songs “with a Slambovian twist” and rockin’ original holiday tunes for a fun ‘outside the box’ holiday show. A rootsy psychedelica that hints at Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, The Beatles, Incredible String Band, Waterboys, and Wilco with the perfect mix of Christmas tradition and cool vibes for all ages and persuasions. Celebrate the holidays and have "A Very Slambovian Christmas"!

This just in: The Slambovians will be performing at Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival this August 14.

“They take the stage by storm!” – New York Times

“The cool end of Americana” – Maverick Magazine, UK

“One of the finest American bands" – All Music

16 + recommended.

December Holiday Tour Dates

Thursday, December 5: Skyloft, 1 Crossgate Mall Rd., suite #200, Albany, NY

Friday, December 6:  Roy’s Hall, 30 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ

Friday, December 13: Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, December 14: Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Sunday, December 15: Six on the Square, 6 Lafayette Street, Oxford, NY

Friday, December 20: Mauch Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA

Saturday, December 21: The Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Sunday, December 22: Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ  08525 (Mercer County)

Monday, December 30:  World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                         Our Annual New Year’s Eve-Eve Show