THE WINERY DOGS – (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass) – has entered a Los Angeles recording studio to start work on the follow-up to their debut album, which will be self-produced and released this fall on earMUSIC in collaboration with Loud & Proud Records. Details will be announced in the coming months, although fans are already getting news about the band’s fall U.S. tour, which is set to kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
The trio exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album and a sold-out worldwide tour. The Winery Dogs debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
“I am thrilled to be back in the studio with Mike and Billy recording the second Winery Dogs record,” proclaims Richie Kotzen. “I mentioned in an interview months ago that I thought based on how we’ve grown as a band, that this record could expand creatively beyond what we did on record one. After only two weeks of recording, I am convinced this sentiment is true. I can’t wait to see where this all goes and share it with our listeners.”
On May 23, 2014, The Winery Dogs released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in Europe on earMUSIC as two very special editions. The Winery Dogs Special Edition is comprised of two-CDs. Disc 1 is entitled “Unleashed In Japan 2013”, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour, including “Criminal,” a track previously unavailable, along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. Disc 2 is the standard album which was made available in Europe for the first time as part of the Special Edition. “Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition”, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the Special Edition collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.
The rave reviews poured in once The Winery Dogs was initially released:
“…filled to the brim with hard-driving rock and roll…the overall effect is something like a proggier Grand Funk Railroad crossed with Soundgarden at their most accessible.” – Guitar World
“…a modern-rock melting pot of powerhouse hooks and plucking pyrotechnics, informed by ‘70s classic rock, ‘90s metal, R&B, and blues, and delivered through Kotzen’s nuanced vocals.” – Bass Player
“The Winery Dogs have chops galore and the maturity to rein in their mad skills with passionate execution. It’s an album melding blues-rock, soulful ballads, and contemporary hard rock with Kotzen bringing the soul in buckets. Highlights include, ‘Desire,’ ‘Elevate’ and ‘One More Time.’”
– Music Connection
“The self-titled debut Winery Dogs album is one of the most intriguing releases of the year. The all-star trio has delivered a blistering collection of soaring tunes.” – Loudwire.com