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article imageInterview: Joe Retta talks about Heaven and Earth's new 'Dig' CD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Feb 23, 2013 in Entertainment
On Feb. 20, Joe Retta, the lead singer of the band Heaven and Earth chatted via e-mail with Digital Journal about their new album “Dig.”
In addition to Joe, the band is made up of Stuart Smith on guitar, Chuck Wright on bass, Richie Onori on drums, as well as Arlan Schierbaum on the Hammond organ.
Joe noted that the song selection for their latest studio effort “Dig” was extremely diverse. “There's fun rock and roll and Middle Eastern influences on one song. There is a heavy ballad about the confusion of love, as well as an angry song about some of our social issues. It also consists of bluesy songs and ‘Live As One,’ a song about peace,” he said.
Joe noted that their latest album is recommended for fans of rock and roll, as well as soul and listeners of the 70s style Hammond organ.
He listed “Man and Machine” as his personal favorite tune from “Dig.” “I like the way it feels and I enjoy the slide guitar,” he acknowledged.
The band collaborated with Dave Jenkins, who served as producer and their record includes such special guests as Howard Leese, Richie Sambora and David Paich. “Dave and I have worked together many times. It is very easy to work with him because we can usually read each other’s minds when we're recording. It's nice when all cylinders are firing,” he stated. “I have great admiration for Richie, Howard and David. These three guys have a wealth of experience between them. It is great to have them in our musical family.”
Joe revealed that and his fellow band members are in rehearsals. “Tour options are in the making. I would love to play in New York City and in my hometown of Rochester,” he said.
For more information on Heaven and Earth, visit their official website and their official YouTube channel.
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