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 in North America this fall on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. 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 that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records 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.”
“We are excited to unleash THE WINERY DOGS’ second album,” says Loud & Proud Owner and President Tom Lipsky. “The band took the world by storm with their debut album; fans went crazy and musicians and critics voiced their respect. The new album is going to take them to another level, and we are proud to be part of that journey.
On April 15, 2014, THE WINERY DOGS released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records as two very special editions. THE WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION is comprised of two-CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 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 in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album. 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
Check out THE WINERY DOGS on tour later this year, with more dates to be added in the coming weeks:
Sat 10/3 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
Wed 10/14 – Jacksonville, FL – Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15 – Tampa, FL – State Theater
Fri 10/16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Sat 10/17 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza
Tue 11/3 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Thu 11/5 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
Fri 11/6 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theater
Sat 11/7 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
Sun 11/8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues