HEAVEN & EARTH–guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist Tony  Franklin, drummer RICHIE ONORI and keyboardist ARLAN SCHIERBAUM–are ending 2013 on a high note after taking home the award for “Best In Rock” at the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards ceremony at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 21 and now working with Affliction Clothing.


On band taking home HMMA Award and working with Affliction, Stuart noted, “It was a great honor to be nominated for this award and we’re very proud to have won it considering the resumes of the other nominees. Heaven & Earth are very proud to have been offered this opportunity to work with Affliction. I, myself have worn their jackets and shirts for years and love the style and quality they bring to the table.” Clif Chason, a founder of Affliction Clothing, adds, “Affliction is happy to be working with such a talented band as Heaven & Earth.”

HEAVEN & EARTH–which fuses elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus—released their critically acclaimed album Dig earlier this year (4/23) on Quarto Valley Records. Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power—and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “No Money, No Love” and its controversial video which has logged close to 470,000 view and can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d. As the band’s founder and visionary, Smith says about Dig, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life!”



The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock’s most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH’s first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000). HEAVEN & EARTH’s groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garnering Smith the award for “Best Guitarist” and “Best New CD” for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.


Download Glen Wexler’s cover art for Dig (above) here: http://tinyurl.com/lfpup9n



Dig–the critically acclaimed album from HEAVEN & EARTH–is available here: http://tinyurl.com/k23rsco


More Praise For HEAVEN & EARTH’s Dig here:


“…the album does a fantastic job at showcasing every possible side of the music…a band can create.”

Kristyn Clarke, POPCULTUREMADNESS.COM, March 12, 2013

“The songs are utterly amazing with incredible vocals and hooks that lodge themselves on the brain and refuse to leave for days.”

–Gerry Gittelson, METALSLUDGE.TV.COM, April 5, 2013

Heaven & Earth is a band that has the true spirit of real rock and roll running through their hearts and souls…Digwill have fans of guitar driven hard rock wetting their pants with excitement upon first listen.”

–Jeb Wright, CLASSICROCKREVISITED.COM, March 25, 2013


“Tapping into the methodology and madness of old-school rock with a new-school attitude, Heaven & Earth are shaking their classic rock roots down to the very core on their newest effort, Dig…”

Robert Cavuoto, GUITARINTERNATIONAL.COM, February 21, 2013

“…it has been quite some time anyone has heard a solid album’s worth of this particular style of music — majestic, triumphant, straight forward rock, without any of today’s assembly line, paint-by-numbers blandness…Dig offers up 12 compositions, that will…satisfy…fans of solid musicianship, excellent songwriting skills, and music that stands above whatever is being passed off as rock music today…Retta’s vocals are dynamic, and strong, an excellent choice to deliver these songs. He sings with confident conviction, a trait necessary for this style of hard rocking, but always melodic, rock and roll…Music of this caliber deserves to be heard.”

–Bruce Forrest, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 8, 2013


“Dig truly is a ‘band’ album. The mix, with guitars audible, focuses on presenting all instruments on an equal level and provides the framework for Retta to lay down his vocals…The music on Dig is bold, deliberate and powerful.”

–John Kindred, HARDROCKHAVEN.NET, March 11, 2013


“Heaven & Earth re-instill the music industry with timeless tracks off of their upcoming album, ‘Dig’…‘Dig’ resurrects the era by emphasizing the instrumental and lyrical diversity of classic rock.”

–Lonnie Nemiroff, SHOCKYA.COM, March 7, 2013


“This is an album that absolutely must be heard by any purist and old school rock fan. With those piercing and psychedelically hypnotizing riffs, licks and solos, the calming and chilling vocals and more, Heaven & Earth are one of those bands that make you say “where has this been?”

–Reggie Edwards, THEFRONTROWREPORT.COM, March 4, 2013

“A new era has begun, folks. Or, should I say an old era has resurfaced…this new era has a fresh new face building a solid rock fortress upon that foundation. It’s Heaven & Earth.”

–Scott Itter, DRMUSIC.ORG, March 17, 2013


“If you’re a fan of classic rock, and you’re looking for a new band to get excited about, look no further than the melodic rock quintet – Heaven & Earth…This [Dig] 12 track, epic retro-rock masterpiece is an uncompromising throw back to the vintage sounds of the 1980’s versions of Rainbow and Bad Company, in sound, style and musicianship…Every song can stand on its own and sadly, that’s really not very common nowadays.

–Thomas Orwat Jr., ROCKMUSICSTAR.COM, March 22, 2013


“‘Dig’ is twelve songs deep with each and every offering creating another facet of classic rock and roll performance.”

— East Chapman, MAINEMUSICNEWS.COM, March 17, 2013

“Their new album ‘Dig’ sums up the last forty years of rock music. You can hear their influence from the seventies, but it has a very modern energy and attitude, but most importantly these guys know how to play their instruments. Singer Joe Retta’s voice is a combination of Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell.”

–Bob Zerrull, ZOIKSONLINE.COM, April 2, 2013

“Heaven and Earth got it right…from the production, to the riffs, to the incredible keyboard sound, the propelling vocals, the concept, the artwork it all just fits and puts every classic rocker back in time where this music once rule the land…”

–Denys Jaime, MYGLOBALMIND.COM, April 12, 2013

“…Dig is clearly a strong candidate for album of the year.”

–Joseph Suto, ROCKSHOWCRITIQUE.COM, May 14, 2013

“The new Heaven And Earth release, Dig…is a future classic that will influence the bands of the future.  With its heavy guitar driven sound and thick Hammond organ, Dig is a masterpiece.”

— Jeffrey Easton, METALEXILES.COM, May 21, 2013

“Heaven + Earth has created a masterpiece.”
–Adam Waldman, HARDROCKDADDY.COM, June 5, 2012


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