New Earth Army is sad to see founding member and drummer, Rigel Forte, move on to other ventures in life. However, we are very excited about what our future has in store! We are officially announcing the addition of not one, not two, but THREE new full time members! First of all, we are proud to announce our new drummer, the talented Jacoby Jackson! To make things sweeter, we also have the privilege of bringing in Saxophonist/Clarinetist Ben Johnson AND Saxophonist Josh Zook as a full time NEA members! Keep an eye out for New Earth Army as we continue to develop the chemistry between us and the new recruits, both in the studio and in our live performances.
New Earth Army is headed to Tallahassee this weekend to record a live session at the Witness Room! Check them out at http://thewitnessroom.com/
We are going to be recording two songs off of our new album, Action (Blues Supa’ Fly and Action) as well as two songs off of our album in the works (Roll On and Songo Pa Ti). Keep an eye out for the videos as well as FREE downloads of the live audio tracks!
New Earth Army is THRILLED to be jamming at Spirit of the Suwannee Disc Jams #6 next month! Come throw some discs at one of the nicest disc golf courses in Florida, then jam out with some killer tunes by national touring acts Dangermuffin and Cope plus regional acts including Boukou Groove, The Whiskey Gentry, Sweet Knievel, Captain Green, and MORE!
I know you have been wondering when NEA will be playing out at the Spirit of the Suwannee River Music Park, so here is your chance to get down at one of the premier festival venues in Florida with the New Earth Army. The festivities go from June 28th through the 30th with live music Friday and Saturday nights. Be sure to catch NEA Saturday night and our regional brothers, Boukou Groove on Friday night! Advanced tickets are only $35 and include a weekend of camping! See you there!
NEA is very proud to announce that we will be co-headlining the FIRST ever Willow Pond Summertime Jam in Monticello, FL. Be sure to check it out on Facebook. Here is the low down:
SimpleMan Music & VanderDan Entertainment Presents
The 1st Annual Willow Pond Summertime Jam
at Willow Pond Plantation, Jefferson County – Monticello, Florida.
Food, Vendors, Camping, Fishing and fun for all ages!
$8 at the Gate for each person, NO PRIOR TICKET SALES
GATES OPEN AT 10:00 am. on July 6th
11 – 11:40 – CALEB VAUGHN
12 – 12:40 – HAL SHOWS
1 – 1:40 – KUDZU KATS
2 – 2:40 – BRIDGET KELLY BAND
3 – 3:40 – LINDSEY BENEDICT BAND
4 – 4:40 – (REGGAE) CURTIS
5 – 5:40 – WANDERFOOT
6 – 6:40 – WAILIN WOLVES
7 – 7:40 – TOMORROW WE SLEEP
8 – 8:40 – HALF MILE SOUTH
9 – 10:40 – NEW EARTH ARMY
11 – 11:40 – BRUISED GRASS
Every band has their own idea of what success means and the benchmarks they have to reach to get there. It’s a really special group whose ideals include placing a bright spotlight on all the music that makes up the area. This is New Earth Army.
Officially formed in early 2011 by Chavis Hobbs (guitar), Carly Foster (vocals), Michael Flatau (bass) and Rigel Forte (drums), New Earth Army does more than talk about impacting the community as evidenced by their creation of Okaloosa REVFest.
Defining the band’s sound isn’t an easy task. “When people ask us what kind of band we are, I really don’t have an answer,” says Hobbs. “We have so many different influences.” Those influences include blues, jazz, rock, and jam band styles.
So how does New Earth Army manage to cultivate their unique sound while maintaining a healthy band outlook? Forte says “majority wins everything. It’s the best way to preserve the autonomy of the band. Everybody has equal ownership. It motivates and gives us more of an incentive. Any decision that is made by the consensus of the group, we’re good with.”
That consensus was even used to pick the band name, a moniker that Forte was hesitant to embrace. “I was outnumbered,” he recalls.
The name began after Flatau had watched the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, which features a special military group dubbed New Earth Army. What began as a random name selection has taken on meaning. “Over time, we kind of acquired something to play off of it,” says Forte.
“The name is consistent with what we are trying to do—maybe it was just meant to be. New Earth Army is some sort of reform or revolution. Our music is about making music for the sake of music and getting new life into it.”
The band is already working towards recording a follow up to their debut album Action, released in January. “The last 10 songs were really easy, but this next one is going to be tough,” says Hobbs. With over 40 unreleased songs to pull from, choosing and agreeing on the best 10 is not going to be an easy task.
Big thanks to Nikki Hendrick down at the Beachcomber magazine for the nice write-up on the band. The folks at Beachcomber do SOOOO much for the local music scene! Thanks again!