Alan Hewitt, and his band mates which comprise One Nation have extensive resumes; very extensive resumes. The Moody Blues, Pat Benatar, Motley Crue, Britney Spears, NSYNC, MartinaMcBride and John Lodge are only a handful from the list of artists this group of musicians have performed with or supported.
So, with that much talent assembled it's only logical that there should be a recording or three in the works and this "Super Group" has not disappointed. So; when is the much-anticipated release of their latest work titled "2021" due?
"We are going to base it around a tour, that's why we are waiting but it's probably going to be at the end of the summer; especially at the rate it's going," laughed an enthusiastic Alan Hewitt. "We are all in different areas and sending tracks back and forth but it's coming out good. What happens is, I put everything together and send it out to each of the guys to put their own stuff on it; we've actually been doing this since before COVID. This is kind of the way for years that we've been doing it so, it's nothing new but it's nice to do the thing all together too. We've played together enough where I know how to write for the guys and get the correct stuff down; it's working out well actually."
Oh? So; what you're saying Alan is that the pandemic hasn't affected your methods of recording?
"The kind of recording where you are all in together has become kind of a rare thing. Even back in the day when I was working on Earth, Wind & Fire or any of the bands that I used to produce or record with, we'd only have the horn section in at one time and then maybe the drums and rhythm section or the guitar; it's not as if the whole band was in there doing a song at one time. Way before that, everybody did that because they didn't have the tracks to deal with but as soon as there was the luxury of having multiple or 24 plus tracks and now it's unlimited; it's really up to the guy writing the song or the arranger to make it so everything fits in the right places and then the guys add their own character to it and that's what brings the specialness out in a song; the person's performance. A lot of times I think a person will have a better performance when they are working in their own space and not having somebody putting pressure on them to get what they think should be there instead of what really should be there. That, to me, is what kind of gives it life, especially when you are working with top-notch people. I just got tracks from David C. Johnson the bass player and they are excellent and this song that we are working on now has kind of a Moody Blues, Beatles vibe to it. He used a Hohner bass like McCartney had and he plays with The Neville Brothers. So, there's so many ways to do it but I kind of like this way because it gives me a chance to zone in on everybody's performance and fix the things that I don't like."
Hewitt has been touring and playing keyboards with the Moody Blues since 2010; he and guitarist Duffy King have also worked with Moody's bassist John Lodge and the connections to those legendary rockers have played a part in the band's formation.
"I've been in his thing since the beginning and co-wrote and co-produced some of the songs with John," he explained. "We started our first little stint over in England; we had a band over there to tour and then we regrouped and used Billy Ashbaugh from the Moody Blues and he's also in John's band and then Duffy King is in One Nation as well and then we have a cello player from Detroit named Jason and that's that band. So, yeah, I've been with John Lodge from the start and as a matter of fact, John has a new album coming out called "A Royal Affair," after the tour we did of the same name with Yes, Cal Palmer's ELP Experience and Asia."
They've released two singles from the forthcoming album; the latest being "We're One Nation" and the name of the song reflects on the band's young history.
"We're One Nation;" this band, I've been doing this since 2015. The first record was with SonnyEmory the drummer of Earth, Wind & Fire and Bruce Hornsby and JV Collier from Bruce Hornsby and Jamie Glaser from Chick Correa's electric band. That was the first version of this and the label wanted to have it called One Nation so, that's what we did and rather than change it we just kept it going. I do pretty much all of the writing and in most cases do the lead vocals on the new thing but we wanted to make this a band as much as we could; Duffy and David sing really well too so we are doing a lot of harmonies. I've always loved Crosby, Stills and Nash and Yes does that kind of stuff too so we wanted to combine that with what we are doing."
"There's going to be 10 tracks and we did a live show and I think we are going to put some of those on as bonus tracks too," continued Hewitt. "They were on the last album but we did them a little differently and just added a little bit. Did you ever notice when you do an album it's; oh, there's not enough songs? The thing is that most of the songs on this album are six minutes plus and some of them are eight minutes so, they are typical progressive rock type long songs; there's plenty of time for somebody to listen to it and enjoy it for long periods of time (laughs)."
Hewitt has had his hand in many projects with multiple artists and in various roles from producer to session player, writer and performer.
"I actually co-wrote "Cherry Pie" with Warrant and how that happened was, we both had the same management and they didn't have the single that they needed and the label called their management and said, "There's no single for this record," and of course the guys got a little ticked off about that as you do when somebody tells you that you have to do more. So, Eddie our manager called and said, "Alan, they're coming down to write with you; you guys have to write a new hit single" and I said, Oh, OK, no pressure (laughs) and we knocked it out in about 30 minutes. Then we took it to the studio because we were kind of on a time limit and they were waiting at the studio and we downloaded all of the stuff from the computer and away they went with the guitars and drums and they did the vocals the next day. I was doing the B-3 stuff on "Uncle Tom's Cabin" before that happened so, we were already friends."
He doesn't stop there, Hewitt's tree has many branches; including scoring for film and television.
"I do film and TV scoring; I've probably done over 200 shows so there's lots of stuff there. I did "Bridgette Jones The Edge Of Reason" "National Lampoon's Van Wilder;" that kind of stuff. I've had a nice run with all of the different things that I've been able to do and it's a good thing too because I get a little bored doing just one thing. I did "Dr. Oz" for Oprah; I'm not the only guy, there are lots of guys who do that but if you do one show you pretty much do them all for her."
With the new album coming together and things settling down across the globe; where does One Nation go from here?
"Right now we are in the process of putting it all together and there are two or three labels that are interested and as soon as we get it done we'll go with one of those labels and then I'll keep doing what I'm doing. I've been doing about three or four interviews a week and just kind of getting the name out there. We're also going to be doing "Cruise To the Edge" in 2022 and probably a tour prior to that; it's always fun on those cruises because you meet a lot of people and it's like a musicians hang, I love it. I got to have dinner with Roger Daltrey and he was a gas, he was so funny and I had breakfast with Greg Lake. These are people that I grew up listening to and it's pretty awesome. You find out that everybody pretty much is the same but it's just different situations they were involved with."
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Bill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Thurs. 7 p.m. Dangerous Duo Fri. 7 p.m. Katfish Lucy Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis Ages 21+ Broken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook Sat. 8:30 p.m. Jason Portizo Duo Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara Cartney All Shows 21+Championship Bar 931 Chambers street Trenton (609) 396-5457 Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb Ages 21+Clubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio) 850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing (609) 771-0400 Fri. 6 p.m. Kindred SpiritCOARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Joe Cerisano, SOF, Dave CaponettoCooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. (8 p.m.) Union (9 p.m.) "Club Night" feat. Rotating DJs (inside event) Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Shameless Sat. 8 p.m. The FredZ Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov Mon. 7 p.m. "Sunny Monday Blues Jam" and Country Music Night Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark Wed. (12 p.m.) "Wine Down Wednesdays" (7 p.m.) Plush All Events Ages 21+Dacey's Pub 215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-4838 Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo Dadz Bar and Grill 744 Main Street Lumberton (609)267-4344 Fri. 6 p.m. Skippy's ToyDempster's Pub 437 Pine Street Mount Holly (609) 261-0500 Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday/Ladies Night" w/ DJ entertainment feat. retro 70's, 80's and 90's music. Fri. / Sat. 9 p.m. DJ entertainmentDog & Bull Brew House 810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA. (215) 788-2855 Fri. 6 p.m. AJ Jesson Sat. 4 p.m. Pat Stoner Sun. 4 p.m. Brian ElliotEddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Fri. 8 p.m. Kickbax Sat. 8 p.m. Two For FlinchingEscape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA (215) 968-0600 Fri. 6 p.m. The Zings BandGleason's Bar 6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-4781 Thurs. 7 p.m. Weekly Corn Hole Tournament Fri. 6 p.m. "Happy Hour" Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 5:30 p.m. Family Fun Night w/ "Gina the Balloon Girl" Greenhouse 90 South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1657 Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out" Hosted by Lovelight Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne DunlevyGrounds For Sculpture 80 Sculptors way Hamilton (609) 586-0616 Sat. 10 a.m. "Member Mornings" Hamilton Elks 1580 Kuser Road Hamilton (609) 585-8610 Sat. 7 p.m. Tiltin' CatzHavana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. (215) 862-9897 Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk n' Blues Jam Fri. 8 p.m. "Live At The Fillmore" Allman Brothers Tribute. Doors open at 6pm, $30HG New Hope Pizza 6510 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-1740 Sat. 6 p.m. Stranger ThingsHopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) DJ Darius The 1st Sat. 1 p.m. Roundabout Sun. 1 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz EnsembleIron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Bud & Maggs Sat. 6:30 p.m. The Grouser Girls Sun. 2 p.m. Ed WilsonIvy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 9:30 p.m. "Thursday Night Dance Party" Fri. 9 p.m. Jason Fox Sat. 8 p.m. General's Krank All shows 21+ John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Fri. 9 p.m. Mike Montrey Band Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+ Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Thurs. 5 p.m. Radio Fiction KUO Social 2360 Route 33 Suite 106 Robbinsville (609) 208-9988 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit DuoLaurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Fri. (12 p.m.) "Wine In The Grove Friday-Father's Day Edition" (5 p.m.) "Cornhole Tournament" (6 p.m.) "BBQ Grill Night" $34.99 (order tickets online) Sat. 12 p.m. "Wine In The Grove-Father's Day Edition" (FREE Admission) Sun. 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Ages 21 +, $30 (includes $30 food credit)Palmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Thurs. 4 p.m. "Locals Night" w/ Live "Strolling" Musician Sat.12 p.m. David Alastre & Latineo Sun 4 p.m. Ritmo CalientePasquale's Sports Bar 9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (267) 202-6268 Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour feat. (TBA) Sat. 7 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo Wed. 7 p.m. Open MicPatriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" Revere Restaurant 802 River Road Ewing (609) 882-6365 Wed. 7 p.m. David BoydRomeo's Restaurant & Pizza 10 Schalks Crossing Road Plainsboro (609) 799-4554 Fri. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed BalladeerRosedale Mills 101 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 737-2008 Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)Rossi's Bar & Grill 2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 890-2004 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White Sun. 4:30 p.m. Monk & Monk Sandy's Beef & Ale 2028 E. Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA (2670 852-2333 Sat. 7 p.m. Danny QuimbySherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA Wed. 7 p.m. Beach Boys Tribute w/ "Sail On" (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)Spellbound Brewing 10 Lippincott Lane #12 Mt. Holly (609) 832-0077 Sun. 1 p.m. Class A KingsTara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 9 p.m. Ryan McGuireTavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Barry Wasserman Wed. 9 p.m. KaraokeTemperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara CartneyTerhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton (609) 924-2310 Fri. 4 p.m. "Sips & Sounds Friday" feat. Mark Miklos Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Bill Flemer Sun.1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Jim Matlack & Joe KramerTGI Fridays 319 US Highway 130 North East Windsor (609) 490-1450 Sun. 3 p.m. Bill W and Dennis Rogers The Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kevin Kirko Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk Sat. 9 p.m. Franco & CrabbyThe Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke Sat. 8:30 p.m. Asylum ChoirThe Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Sun. 3 p.m. 2 p.m. David FalconeThe Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Fri. 7 p.m. Dan Ward Mon. 7 p.m. "Country Night" The Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Sat. 8 p.m. Bad HombresThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Soul Fanatics Sat. 8 p.m. Chris Alan TrioTrenton Buzz 702 Pine Street Trenton (609) 392-6000 Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location) 400 Union Square New Hope, Pa. (215) 862-8300 Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage All shows 21+ Water's Edge Gastropub and Lounge 1067 Totem Road Bensalem, PA (267) 332-2095 Thurs. 7 p.m. Cornhole "Blind Draw." $10 Sat. (11 a.m.) "Summer Fun In The Sun" Vendor Event (7 p.m.) "Comedy on the Crick" Sun. 12 p.m. Drag Brunch Wed.7 p.m. Drag Bingo & KaraokeWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 1 p.m. Chris Roselle Sun. 2 p.m. Acoustic RoadWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.