Heaven & Earth, the Los Angeles-based quintet who masterfully fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical on their acclaimed album Dig, which they toured Europe in support of throughout 2014, are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) set to be released this fall (title and date TBA).
In between writing and recording the new album, the band -- Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist), Joe Retta (vocals), Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards) -- will make an appearance at the Väsby Rock Festival in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, July 17. Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) will be filling in on drums for Aronoff, the band's regular drummer, as he's currently on tour with John Fogerty.
"We've been hard at work writing for the new Heaven & Earth album, which has been a long process as we felt we had a lot to live up to after Dig," Smith said. "We spent 14 months crafting and recording the songs for that album -- and after all the positive reviews and press, myself and Bruce Quarto, our record company president, felt that we had to bring out something equally as good or better. We've been aiming for the 'better' end of the bar we previously set.
"I'm pleased to say that we've got quite a few new songs that we're really happy with and will be releasing a few teasers very soon." Smith added. "We'll also be debuting a few songs off the new upcoming Heaven & Earth album at the Vasby Festival this month so we're really looking forward to that. On a personal note I'd like add that I'm really looking forward to playing live for the first time my 'Stuart Smith Signature Model' guitar built by Aero3 Guitars. It's been sounding amazing on recordings and rehearsals but I'm looking forward to blasting it out at a big festival."