Wow! The Winery Dogs: Kotzen, Sheehan, Portnoy

April 24, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Shazam! You hear/see this yet? Hipped to this by my friend the Buzzard. It’s good! And who knew Ritchie Kotzen – or anyone – could sound like Chris Cornell??

Here’s a bit about what Blabbermouth has to say about the band, project, whatever you call it:

> THE WINERY DOGS, the new project featuring Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG) and Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), will release its debut album in May in Japan via Victor Entertainment. Release dates for other territories have not yet been announced.

> THE WINERY DOGS‘ CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: “I’m really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course Mike annihilated on drums. [It’s a] really cool, unique record.”

> At the end of 2011, Portnoy and Sheehan tapped Kotzen to be the guitarist/vocalist of their new project following the departure of John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY).

> Portnoy said, “I love John personally, and we get along great — he’s a sweetheart of a guy — but I need to keep moving. I can’t sit still and kind of wait to make an album over the next three years, I need to put things on the calendar and move forward and get them done, and John‘s kind of just a ‘wait, wait, wait’ guy. Sadly, it kind of just stopped in its tracks, and Billy and I said, ‘Look, let’s do something.’ And [Eddie Trunk]…actually…suggested Richie Kotzen and I thought it was a brilliant suggestion, because he’s an unbelievably underrated talent, not only [as] a guitar player but a phenomenal singer, and just an amazing songwriter and artist. I think people just kind of lump him, or write him off as the guy that was with POISON and MR. BIG. I think they have no idea what he’s really capable of.”

> Portnoy said, “It’s a classic-rock kind of power-trio sound. If you picture the classic-rock bands of… the classic ones — [LED] ZEPPELIN, CREAM, [JIMI] HENDRIX, GRAND FUNK [RAILROAD] — if you take that classic-rock power-trio sound of the early ’70s, and then you sprinkle it on top with some of the modern kind of sounds of SOUNDGARDEN and ALICE IN CHAINS or BLACK CROWES or LENNY KRAVITZ… It’s in that vein; it’s kind of a [mixture] of all of those bands.”


Category: Richie Kotzen, Winery Dogs

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  1. Mark says:

    One of the best live shows I’ve seen in a while! Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale about a month ago. Kotzen playing a Tele, with his fingers (no pick, Beck style!) through a Marshall Super Lead stack. Couldn’t see or hear any pedals, but I think he used a wah or some wah-type filter knob on the guitar itself. THICK sound! Throw in Sheehan on bass, always awesome, and Portnoy’s antics (never been a Dream Theater fan, but a HUGE Portnoy fan!) are always a treat to witness! Great show, great band and the album is awesome. Glad to see them get some love here.

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