Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors
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Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Indie




"Sun King Warriors-Debut Album Review"

"Donovan channels unabashed enthusiasm into a series of songs that are both rowdy and rejuvenating." - Relix Magazine

"Debut Album-Review"

“One of the most eclectic and exciting discs to come out in some time” - Washington Times


Jim Donovan Solo

Rhythmic Foundation DVD 2008

Drum the Ecstatic
Live in Wellsville, NY 2008

Drum the Ecstatic International 2006

The Yoga of Drum and Chant 2006

Revelation #9 2004

Rhythmic Foundation Volume 1 2006

Rhythmic Foundation Volume 2 2006
Pulse : Music for Exploration Volume 2 2000

Indigo Music for Exploration Volume 1 1998 (out of print)

Jim Donovan with Rusted Root

Cruel Sun 1992
(0ver 300,000 sold)

When I Woke 1994
(Double Platinum 2 million plus sold)

Remember 1996
(Platinum over 1 million sold)

Evil Ways EP 1996

Rusted Root 1998
(over 300k sold)

Welcome to My Party 2001
(over 100,000 sold)

Rusted Root Live 2004

Best of Rusted Root 2005



How does a musician move forward without completely disavowing his past? Jim Donovan has found the perfect vehicle in the Sun King Warriors, a band that shares his vision of what music can be while also acknowledging his tenure in the groundbreaking Pittsburgh-based band Rusted Root.

We See Through It, the Sun King Warriors’ second album, is a brilliant collection of songs that are felt as much as heard. Donovan and his bandmates have created an album that reveals new textures and grooves with each listen. Drawing from a rock base, the Sun King Warriors allow each song to expand and take on new shapes and dimensions.

“With this project I’ve purposely decided it doesn’t have to be any one thing,” Donovan says. “If we’re inspired to do something, we’re just going to do it and not overthink it.” We See Through It follows the success of Sun King Warriors, the band’s self-titled debut. That album earned rave reviews in national press outlets, was played on 93 radio stations across the U.S., and was listed on the Billboard Americana charts.

The new material is an extension of Donovan’s initial vision. Each song takes listeners on a journey to an unexpected musical vista. “You Are My Everything” is a ragged, bluesy rocker that turns into a foot- stomping rave-up. The middle section of “Aah Can You Feel It” features transcendent psychedelic guitar punctuated by chanting of the song title. “We Have Arrived” percolates with a driving mid-tempo melody before erupting in a chorus of voices and thunderous drums.

When heard in its entirety, We See Through It becomes a grand mosaic of sound. “The record becomes a work of art,” Donovan says. “All the songs relate to each other and they have atheme, they have a story, they have their own feeling.”

The album does reflect the current zeitgeist. As dishonesty and obfuscation becomes increasingly prevalent in society, We See Through It becomes a rallying cry and a statement of belief in the power of perception and truth. “There’s anger but also resolve,” Donovan says. “I think a lot of people are so much smarter than the people doing the lying. They don’t realize how much we understand.” In order to realize his vision, Donovan assembled a stellar roster of musicians with diverse backgrounds. Bassist Kent Tonkin, percussionists Harry Pepper and Bryan Fazio, multi-instrumentalist Dan Murphy, drummer Joe Marini, and guitarist Kevin McDonald are elite performers from Western Pennsylvania.

We See Through It was produced by Sean McDonald, whose credits include Wynton Marsalis, Patty Griffin, and Chuck Prophet, of Red Medicine Recording Studio in Pittsburgh. “On this record it transitioned from doing most of the work myself and bringing people in once awhile to where almost every guy is on every song,” Donovan says. “It’s a special thing because the first piece of this is that we’re friends. The synergy when we do get together is special.”