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Unearthing a Classic Sound: Heaven & Earth’s Stuart Smith and Chuck Wright Discuss Their New Album, 'Dig'

Heaven & Earth's new album, Dig, celebrates the sound of iconic '70s rock, a time when rock music was at its purist, most accessible form. Originally begun as an all-star project for guitarist Stuart Smith, Heaven & Earth has since evolved into a full band that also includes Joe Retta (vocals), Chuck Wright (bass), Richie Onori (drums) and Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards).

Interview: John Waite Discusses New Live Album, Guitars and The Babys

John Waite’s new live album, Live All Access, is as real and raw as it gets. Recorded live in Philadelphia and New Hampshire with absolutely no overdubs, the album features Keri Kelli on guitars, Tim Hogan on bass and Rhondo on drums and showcases the former Babys and Bad English vocalist at the top of his game.

Parmalee Guitarists Matt Thomas and Josh McSwain Talk Music, Gear and Overcoming Adversity

Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and lifelong best friend Josh McSwain (guitar), Parmalee has been riding the wave of country music with their catchy riffs and good-time attitude. The band's current single, “Carolina,” is cresting the Top 30 of mainstream country radio.

Guitarist Isaiah Stuart Discusses New Madlife Album, '21st Century Megalomaniac'

Madlife single-handedly redefining the term industrial rock. The Los Angeles band's fourth album, 21st Century Megalomaniac, which was released in May, continues to raise the bar set by their earlier albums with a sound that's allowed them to share the stage with artists like Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Korn and Marilyn Manson.

Something Beautiful: Oleander's Ric Ivanisevich and Rich Mouser Talk New Album

For Something Beautiful, the first Oleander album in eight years, guitarist Rich Mouser wanted an aggressive combination of hard-edged guitars and layered vocals. Judging by the evidence presented, his idea of a dense production meets both requirements — and more.

Former Police Guitarist Andy Summers on His New Band, Circa Zero: "It's What I Thought the Police Should Have Done, But Didn't"

Circa Zero — a new band featuring guitarist Andy Summers (the Police), singer/bassist/guitarist Rob Giles (the Rescues) and Canadian drummer Emmanuelle Caplette — got together after a mutual friend invited Summers to Giles' shows with the Rescues.

Interview: The Winery Dogs — Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy — Talk Debut Album, Gear, Technique and More

Are the Winery Dogs a supergroup? Well, yes. With guitarist Ricthie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob) in the fold, how could they be called anything else?

Head Down: Rival Sons Guitarist Scott Holiday Talks New Album and His Encounter with Jimmy Page

In an age when most new albums begin with the tracking of instruments in home studios and emailing files back and forth cross-country, it’s refreshing when a band comes along that still likes to do things the old-fashioned way. It's a method similar to what early '70s blues/rock pioneers did when recording: They get in a studio and let the creative process take control.

The Way Life Goes: Cinderella Guitarist Tom Keifer Discusses New Solo Album

For guitarist Tom Keifer, The Way Life Goes is an appropriate title for his first solo album. The Cinderella frontman has had to endure many personal and emotional struggles over the years, including being diagnosed with a partially paralyzed vocal cord and being told he'd likely never sing again.

Guitarist Joel Hoekstra on Upcoming Night Ranger Album: "We're Going Back to More of a Vintage Sound"

Whether he's performing as part of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages or jetting around the country for Night Ranger recording sessions and shows, Joel Hoekstra is easily one the hardest-working guitarists you're likely to meet. In addition to his aforementioned commitments, Hoekstra finds time to tour every fall with Trans Siberian Orchestra, and he even records video lessons that reveal the secrets of his guitar prowess.