Yes, here we have another of my favorite ‘artist’s’ projects and I hate to say ‘projects’ over ‘band’ but I have to say that until now - and this latest album from Heaven + Earth. - more or less, that’s exactly what Stuart Smith’s Heaven + Earth has been prior to the gathering of band members who recorded this here album!
That said, you cannot stray from the fact that alongside Stuart the whole time that H+E has existed, has been one Richie Onori, who put simply is a great drummer and solid to a fault!
Also, Stuart has had guest players from the initial Heaven + Earth album, return to play or participate on subsequent releases as well, take Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company, Paul Rodgers), who guested on the first release and then produced the second release ‘Windows to the World,’ he also shows up once again on this new release, simply titled ‘Dig.’
Incidentally, it may be an odd album title but check out the detail of the albums fantastic detailed artwork, it's spectacular!
Also onboard is Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) once again as special guest and David Paich (Toto), alongside the very talented vocals of Joe Retta, who played alongside both Smith and Onori in Steve Priest’s US version of The Sweet from 2008 through until last year where Smith quit the band after a gig right here in Detroit, to get focused on this new H+E album. He's done a great job too!
Rounding off the band here is Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Giuffria, House of Lords) on bass and session wizard on keys, Arlan Schierbaum.
Possibly my favourite track on the album!
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