Heaven & Earth

Designed and directed by British-born, Los Angeles-based blues-rock guitar virtuoso Stuart Smith, Heaven & Earth specialize in melodic, classic hard rock in the vein of Deep Purple, Rainbow, and Bad Company. Named after Smith's 1999 solo outing of the same moniker, the band has undergone lineup changes since debuting in 2001 with Windows to the World (past members include Joe Lynn Turner [Rainbow], Carmine Appice [Vanilla Fudge], Richie Sambora [Bon Jovi], Glenn Hughes [Deep Purple], Kelly Hansen [Foreigner], and Kelly Keeling [King Kobra]). Smith was joined by vocalist Joe Retta, bass player Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori, and keyboard player Arlan Schierbaum (along with special guests David Paich [Toto], Howard Leese [Heart], and Sambora) for 2013's Dave Jenkins-produced Dig. Heaven & Earth returned four years later with 2017's Hard to Kill. For this outing, Smith and Retta added a new studio rhythm section of bassist Lynn Sorensen and legendary session drummer Kenny Aronoff as well as keyboardist Ty Baillie. ~ James Christopher Monger

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