Coming off last year’s acclaimed album Dig and an enthusiastically received 17-date 2014 European concert tour, Heaven & Earth are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) for 2015 with a new lineup.
The Los Angeles-based band’s Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist) and Joe Retta (vocals) are now joined by Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals), and Ty Bailie (keyboards).
Smith, an England-raised protégé of Ritchie Blackmore, is excited to share this news about the new album (title and release date are TBA) and line-up, remarking: "Joe Retta and I couldn't be more excited that Quarto Valley Records are once again behind us and that we have Lynn, Kenny and Ty on the new album. The writing chemistry between us is great and we have about 20 good ideas in the pot so far which we're working on. I think it's going to be Heaven & Earth's best album yet."
Kenny Aronoff, among the world’s most in-demand session drummers, will bring his tremendous drive, enthusiasm and creativity to Heaven & Earth. In the mid-80s, Kenny began to develop an enormously successful career as a studio musician and went on to tour worldwide with artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, and many many more.
Seasoned bassist/vocalist Lynn Sorensen has been Paul Rodgers’ long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years, and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008. He's excited to be part of the band, saying: "As a long time fan of Heaven & Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind,"
Keyboardist Ty Bailie brings his exceptional talents to Heaven & Earth. His love of all things music has lead to him to perform with a myriad of musical icons including Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the M.G.’s), Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Robbie Robertson (Bob Dylan, the Band), Wanda Jackson, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Ann Wilson (Heart), Ace Frehley (KISS), Counting Crows, Soundgarden, Yes and Tool, among others.
Heaven & Earth connected strongly with music audiences on their 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way. The band will return to Europe next year when they play the Vasby Festival in Stockholm, Sweden July 17-28, 2015.
The band's 2013 album Dig (on Quarto Valley Records) was produced by Dave Jenkins, who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power. It features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).
Purchase Dig online at heavenandearthband.com/store/
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