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The Winery Dogs

Tue
14
Mar

RICHIE KOTZEN To Release 21st Solo Album 'Salting Earth'

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RICHIE KOTZEN tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. “It’s something I really needed to do in order to reset myself,” he explains.
 
Kotzen’s “charge to recharge” was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015–16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs’ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named HOT STREAK. And the man’s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of SALTING EARTH, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End of Earth,” to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy.”
 
The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”
 
KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”
 
Here’s the complete track listing of SALTING EARTH:
 
1. End of Earth
2. Thunder
3. Divine Power
4. I’ve Got You
5. My Rock
6. This Is Life
7. Make It Easy
8. Meds
9. Cannon Ball
10. Grammy
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Wed
03
Feb

RICHIE KOTZEN First Ever Live DVD Streaming on YouTube

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RICHIE KOTZEN
FIRST-EVER PROFESSIONALLY FILMED DVD,
'RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE'
STREAMING NOW ON YOUTUBE
 
February 2, 2016 -- RICHIE KOTZEN released his first-ever professionally filmed DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, October 13, 2015 via his Headroom-Inc label. He has now made it available for fans worldwide to stream on his official YouTube page.
 
As KOTZEN explains, 'I was thinking that there are so many fans around the world that simply don't have access to or can't afford to buy this content.  Not that I'm looking to give everything away, but I thought by making this available for people to watch on YouTube I was sort of giving back a bit to all the great people who have bought my music, concert tickets, and generally supported my pretty much 'underground' career over the last 20 years. Those who can afford or desire to own the full resolution DVD still have the option of buying it as well...and I hope they do as I've still got a few on-going bills to pay (laughing).'
 
KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot the entire concert in high-definition.  This is RICHIE KOTZEN and his band'bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett--at their best.   It features some of his classics, 'You Can't Save Me,' 'Remember,' as well as new songs 'Cannibals,' 'War Paint,' and 'Walk With Me.'  The collection also includes off-the-chart improvisational solo sections between KOTZEN and his virtuoso rhythm section.  This live DVD concert is a must-have for KOTZEN fans worldwide, and it's the perfect introduction to those who have yet to be a part of the RICHIE KOTZEN experience.
 
He currently plays guitar and fronts The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band's latest HOT STREAK album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 'Top Current Alternative Albums' chart and #5 on Billboard's 'Top Current Hard Music' chart). The trio is on tour in Europe through the end of February.  U.S. tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
 
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Thu
19
Nov

RICHIE KOTZEN Announces First Ever Live DVD

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RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES FIRST-EVER PROFESSIONALLY-FILMED DVD
SHOWCASING VIRTUOSITY FROM AKASAKA BLITZ IN TOKYO,
'RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE'

OUT NOW VIA AMAZON AND CD BABY 
 
November 18, 2015 -- For fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN, their wish for a professionally-filmed look at his intricate guitar and genre-spanning song stylings has finally come true in the form of his new DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, which was released October 13 via his Headroom-Inc label.
 
KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot the entire concert in high-definition.  This is RICHIE KOTZEN and his band'bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett--at their best.   It features some of his classics, 'You Can't Save Me,' 'Remember,' as well as new songs 'Cannibals,' 'War Paint,' and 'Walk With Me.'  The collection also includes off-the-chart improvisational solo sections between KOTZEN and his virtuoso rhythm section.  This live DVD concert is a must-have for KOTZEN fans worldwide, and it's the perfect introduction to those who have yet to be a part of the RICHIE KOTZEN experience.
 
With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20-plus year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan.  In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars.  His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand. 
 
In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date.  He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. 
 
He currently plays guitar and fronts The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band's latest HOT STREAK album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 'Top Current Alternative Albums' chart and #5 on Billboard's 'Top Current Hard Music' chart).  
 
Here's the complete track listing of RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE:

1. War Paint
2. Love Is Blind
3. Bad Situation
4. Cannibals
5. Walk With Me
6. Fear
7. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
8. Peace Sign
9. drum and bass solo
10. Help Me
11. Remember
12. Fooled Again
13. You Can't Save Me
14. Go Faster 

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Wed
11
Nov

THE WINERY DOGS European Tour 2016 w/INGLORIOUS Special Guests

Inglorious are joining The Winery Dogs as their Special Guests on the Double Down European tour - including 4 UK shows.
The tour starts in Cologne on the 29th of January and the bands final show will be the 17th of February in Budapest, A few days before the London album launch showIslington Assembly Hall Ticketmaster and the bands first headline UK tour. You can pre order the album on iTunes and Amazon.com now. Release date 19th of February 2016.
Tickets for the album launch show -
http://m.ticketmaster.co.uk/inglorious-…/…/1F004F4FBB27C426…
A message from Nathan James.
"Thanks so much to everyone who has made this happen
Frontiers Music srl The Ashcrofts, Jodiah, our families, fans, Planet Rock , QEDG Management, Paul Tippett and of course the Winery Dogs .We can't wait to meet all their fans and perform our music for you all. Getting to share the same stage every night with a band that are making awesome new music and put on an incredible live show. 3 heroes, Legends, Virtuosos. What an honour." Mike Portnoy Billy Sheehan Richie Kotzen
Pre order the album-
http://radi.al/Inglorious
Listen to Breakaway-
https://youtu.be/U_wSMHZZi8w
Join our mailing list-
http://inglorious.com/

 

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Tue
13
Oct

THE WINERY DOGS 'Hot Streak' Makes Chart Impact

 
THE WINERY DOGS' 'HOT STREAK' ALBUM DEBUTS STRONG ON VARIOUS BILLBOARD CHARTS, INCLUDING
#2 ON "TOP CURRENT ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS' CHART AND #30 ON 'TOP 200 ALBUMS' CHART

October 12, 2015 ' After landing in the Top Five on many of Amazon's pre-order charts, including #1 on the Amazon BestSellers/Hard Rock chart and #1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Hard Rock Albums charts, THE WINERY DOGS--Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums)--are now celebrating a HOT STREAK of first week album sales. The trio's second critically-acclaimed album sold 30% more than their 2013 self-titled debut, landing them on various Billboard album charts including #2 on 'Top Current Alternative Albums' and #30 on the 'Top 200 Albums.'  Elsewhere on the Billboard charts:

 
#5                     'Top Current Hard Music'
#5                     'Top Hard Music Albums'
#6                     'Top Current Rock Albums'
#6                     'Album Core / Genre Rock'
#15                   'Top Current Physical Albums'
#16                   'Top Current Albums'
 
HOT STREAK is THE WINERY DOGS' appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, 'Oblivion,' which was released to radio August 25 and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard 'Mainstream Rock Tracks' chart.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13.
 
What better way to spread the word about a new album than with a viral video?  Drummer MIKE PORTNOY highly entertained himself and fans by playing on a Hello Kitty drum kit for Loudwire.com.  On Wednesday, October 7 it was the #1 trending topic on Twitter.
 
After playing over 100 shows worldwide in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
 
Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy' Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy' Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy' award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle's alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky'sdirection in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.
 
www.TheWineryDogs.com
www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
www.twitter.com/TheWineryDogs
www.youtube.com/user/thewinerydogs
www.loudandproudrecords.com
 
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Mon
12
Oct

Clone of Noize In The Attic Podcast - THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy)


"We literally wrote 15 songs of music in 5 days.."
 
Mike Portnoy guests on this week's Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) on 88.7FM New Haven CT.  Mike talks in depth about the new Winery Dogs album Hot Streak, Twisted Sister, KISS, their feud and so much more!
 
Hear the full episode (the interview starts at 28 minute mark)
 
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Tue
06
Oct

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN & KING PARROT

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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-156-richie-kotzen-king-

Richie Kotzen of THE WINERY DOGS and Matt Young of KING PARROT join Mitch on episode 156 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Talking Metal's Mark Strigl co-hosts.

Richie Kotzen discusses The Winery Dogs' second album, Hot Streak, as well as looking back on his first two solo records, the importance of Mike Varney and Shrapnel records to his career, his friendship with famed guitarist Jason Becker, working and recording with Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey as a trio before the existence of The Winery Dogs, being on the 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: Music from the Motion Picture' soundtrack, recording for Gene Simmons' A**hole album, his new Richie Kotzen LIVE DVD and more.

Quote from the interview: "I'm not a metal guy. I have no interest in playing heavy metal. I really loved metal when I was 12 and 13. I listened to Maiden and Black Sabbath, but I have a lot more to offer musically than that."

Our second interview is with Matt Young of Australian metal band KING PARROT. He discusses the band's latest album, Dead Set, touring with Cattle Decapitation, would he mainstream the band's sound for greater commercial success and more.

Quote from the interview: "We're just doing what we love doing and that's the most important thing."

For more about about RICHIE KOTZEN visit:
Online: http://www.richiekotzen.com and http://www.thewinerydogs.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/richiekotzenmusic and http://www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
Twitter: @Richie_Kotzen and @TheWineryDogs

For more about KING PARROT visit:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kingparrotband
Twitter: @KINGPARROTBAND and @younggun666

For more about Mark Strigl visit:
Online: http://www.talkingmetal.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Talking-Metal-89860082191
Twitter: @Strigl and @talkingmetal

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon


 
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Fri
14
Aug

THE WINERY DOGS Continue Their 'Hot Streak' October 2

 
 
THE WINERY DOGS CONTINUES THEIR ‘HOT STREAK’ WITH NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 2 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
 
August 13, 2015 – The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass).  Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It will be preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” set for release August 25 at radio.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out in early November.
 
After playing over 100 shows in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
 
HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
 
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."
 
Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”
 
“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow."
 
The trio first 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.
 
Here’s the complete track listing for HOT STREAK:
 
1. Oblivion
2. Captain Love
3. Hot Streak
4. How Long
5. Empire
6. Fire
7. Ghost Town
8. The Bridge
9. War Machine
10. Spiral
11. Devil You Know
12. Think It Over
13. The Lamb
 
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
 
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
Mon 10/12         Atlanta, GA                   Variety Playhouse
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 Live
Tue 10/22          Nashville, TN                 Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22          Houston, TX                  Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23           Ardmore, OK                 Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24          Dallas, TX                     The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28        Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29          St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31          Denver, CO                   Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2          San Jose, CA                Rock Bar
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
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
 
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 
 

 

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Wed
05
Aug

Coming Up In Japan - WINERY DOGS, H.E.A.T & RICHIE KOTZEN

 
There's some cool stuff on the horizon for fans of Japanese imports:
 
- The new album from THE WINERY DOGS will be titled Hot Streak and is due out in October. Pre-sales for the Japanese edition, which will feature a bonus DVD are available now. The Japan release date is September 16.
 
- The "Tour Edition" of H.E.A.T's classic Tearing Down The Walls album will feature a 5 track bonus CD featuring the following tracks as well as the Disc 1 bonus track Shame:
 
1. BREAKING THE SILENCE (DEMO)
2. SHE'S LIKE THE WIND
3. UNDER YOUR SKIN
4. A SHOT AT REDEMPTION (DEMO)
5. EMERGENCY (DEMO) 
 
- 020215BLITZ-RK is the unusual title for a live DVD from RICHIE KOTZEN.  The release features Richie Kotzen's concert held in Japan on February 2, 2015 at Akasaka BLITZ in Japan. 
 
All these titles can be ordered with confidence via CD Japanhttp://www.cdjapan.co.jp/aff/click.cgi/8U21aEwn3lw/514/A867157/music%2Fi...
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Wed
03
Jun

THE WINERY DOGS Enter Studio To Record Follow-Up To Critically Acclaimed Debut

 
SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
 
June 2, 2015 - 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:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
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
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle's alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 
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Mon
01
Jun

Double Stop Podcast - ERIC MARTIN

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This week on the Double Stop Podcast is a 2 part interview with Eric Martin. At the end of Part 2 he reveals that he has a new project/band with Warren DeMartini from Ratt.
 
[Eric reveals in the conversation that he has a huge man-crush on Warren's playing and would like to create a side project as Billy has with The Winery Dogs. The style he says would be something like 70s Aerosmith, The Black Crows and The Faces...]

Part 1:

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-61-eric-martin-solo-mr-big

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-61-eric-martin-solo-mr-big/

In Part 1 Eric shares how he got his start in music, and discusses his early solo albums "Sucker For A Pretty Face", "Eric Martin" and "I'm Only Fooling Myself". He also covers his contribution to the Teachers soundtrack (a song he wrote with Neal Schon from Journey), as well as his near miss in Toto. We discuss the formation of Mr. Big (and the role Mike Varney had), and the recording of the first Mr. Big album.

Part 2:

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-62-eric-martin-part-2-mr-big-solo

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-62-eric-martin-part-2-mr-big-solo/

In Part 2 Eric discusses the first Mr. Big tour with Rush, the success of "Lean Into It", the reformation in the 90's with Richie Kotzen (and sharing lead vocals on some songs), the reunion with all original members, the Mr. Vocalist series of cds in Japan, and he announces his new project with Warren DeMartini (Ratt).

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Mon
19
Jan

RICHIE KOTZEN 20th Solo Album ‘Cannibals’ Out Now

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RICHIE KOTZEN 20th SOLO ALBUM, ‘CANNIBALS,’ OUT NOW
 
Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN digitally released his 20th solo album, CANNIBALS, January 8 via his Headroom-Inc label.  It quickly reached #1 on Amazon’s New Rock Releases chart.  Videos for “You” and “Cannibals” can be found on his official YouTube page.
 
Here’s information about CANNIBALS, in KOTZEN’s own words:
 
CANNIBALS is an interesting record for me,” KOTZEN explains, “because much of this material is comprised from recordings that are as old as 10 years.  The title track is the most recent song I’ve written.  That was from 2014, but ‘Come On Free,’ for example, was originally recorded back in the early 2000’s.  I always liked the track, but never knew how to fit it into one of my records.  Somehow I thought now was the time, so I went back to the original recording and did a remix.  The only new overdub is the chant at the end, which happened recently one night when I was playing the song for my friends.  I had a bunch of friends in the studio from Brazil and they all started chanting.  I was like, ‘ALL THAT!’ and put up the microphone and we recorded it with no headphones.  Everyone was having a great time.  It was so spontaneous.
 
“The track ‘Time For The Payment’ is also an older recording from 2008.  I would have included that on my album, PEACE SIGN, back then, but it didn’t seem to make sense at the time.  That recording is unchanged.  I just had it mastered and I think it is a great closer for the record.
 
“‘In An Instant’ and ‘The Enemy’ were both written by combining new song ideas with previously recorded material.  I wrote ‘The Enemy’ chorus in 2014 when I originally recorded the song, but I didn’t like the verse I had written.  After spending a day listening to old song ideas, I found an older song of mine with a great verse idea and intro, and basically copied and pasted that recording into the current recording.  Then I sang everything over, made some creative edits, re-wrote some lyrics, and ended up with ‘The Enemy.’  I probably shouldn’t reveal this, but half the song has a drum and guitar performance from several years ago and the rest of the song is comprised of new recorded performances.  Crazy concept, but somehow it worked and I ended up with a recording that I’m very happy with.  I did the same trick with the song ‘In An Instant.’ 
 
“I suppose my proudest moment on CANNIBALS is the song I wrote with my daughter, August, called ‘You.’  I originally released this as a single/video at the end of 2014.  It was born from a piano idea she had written when she was 13 or 14 years old.  I found the original recording of her piano performance on my computer and wrote lyrics to it last summer.  Probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever recorded.
 
“I also did a duet with someone who I’ve always been a fan of, Dug Pinnik from Kings X.  I was at a house party and Dug was there, and we were talking about how we should do something together one day.  When I went back to the studio I was working on the song ‘I’m All In’ and then it hit me.  I called Dug and asked him if he would trade vocals with me on the tune and we did it!  He added a whole other dimension to the track.  I’m glad I called him!”
 
In other KOTZEN news, he’ll be teaming up with his bandmates of THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan) to start working on their second album this month.  Stay tuned for new album details.
 

 

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Tue
09
Dec

RICHIE KOTZEN Releases Two New Songs Ahead Of New Album Set For 2015

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RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE IN 2015
 
 
December 8, 2014 --  Fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN anxious to hear new music before his next solo album (details of which are forthcoming) should head over to iTunes, where he just released two new singles, 'You' and 'Cannibals.'

 
'You' was co-written by RICHIE's daughter, August, who appears in the video posted on RICHIE's official YouTube page.  He explains, 'It must have been four years ago and my daughter, who is now 17, was constantly playing this piece of music on the piano.  I finally asked her what it was and she said she just made it up.   I set up the microphones and recorded her playing for about seven minutes.  Years later, I found this on my hard drive and decided to write lyrics to it over this past summer.  The end result is what you see and hear in the video.   It is one of my favorite things I've done and I'm happy to have been able to collaborate on music with my daughter.'
 
'Cannibals' made its debut during his recent three-month solo tour, which started in Europe, taking him through Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile, and concluding with a month-long trek of the U.S.  'I did something I've never done before on this tour,' RICHIE explains, 'which is performing an original composition that has yet to be released.  The only place you could hear the song 'Cannibals' was at the show, and it went over quite well with the fans.  Rather than wait to release the song as part of the new album next year, I figured it would be cool to share the studio version now while it's fresh in the people's minds who attended my shows.  I was able to collect live footage that was shot during the tour and compile a live video to go along with the song.'  A newly released video can be found on his official YouTube page here.
 
RICHIE has been touring in support of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which was released September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It's a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me').  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.
 
Stay tuned for new RICHIE KOTZEN album news in the coming weeks.
 

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Mon
30
Jun

THE WINERY DOGS APPEAR LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

The Winery Dogs Return To Southern California
From Joe Dolan in LA....

Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy kicked off the start of their tour with a So-Cal appearance at the Canyon Club in October of 2013 and it's been a continuous string of appearances at venues far and near since as the band has been around the world twice.  From the day the Winery Dogs CD hit the streets, fans have clamored to get a front row seat to see amazing skills of these top level artists taking the stage, and it was no different on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of June, 2014.  Ticket sales were up, lines were formed and the super group returned to Los Angeles with two shows; Friday at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills and Saturday at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.

The debut CD by the band marked a smashing freshman release by the band, selling more than 10,000 copies in it's first week and appearing on the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 27; easily establishing the effort as an instant success.  As critics immediately referred to it as a potential one-off and side project, as each member has an individual career, the band has proven the Winery Dogs to be much more than that.

Drummer Mike Portnoy shares, 'It's important for people to know, this isn't the one time one-off side project. This is a real deal! This is a real band for the three of us.'

Since Portnoy's departure from Dream Theater after 27 years on the throne of a band he co-founded in 1985, he's put his unique brand of drumming and percussion on projects including Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob and Avenged Sevenfold.  As many projects are just that, projects that eventually expire, the Winery Dogs has provided an opportunity for Portnoy to truly showcase himself as a drummer, a songwriter and throughout the songs, even a vocalist.

The show has developed since their first appearance together in October 2013.  The set list offers a few new songs in the mix and keeps the performances fresh and exciting.  Throughout the night, members featured a solo on their respective instruments as well as Kotzen performing a solo acoustic song and playing the piano.  Portnoy also added a personal touch, coming down from behind the kit with a pair of sticks and playing microphone stands, the edge of the stage and assorted equipment on the front of his drum kit.

The set list was planned as follows:

01. Elevate
02. Criminal
03. We Are One
04. One More Time
05. Time Machine
06. Damaged
07. Six Feet Under
08. Hey Joe
09. The Other Side
10. You Saved Me
11. Not Hopeless
12. Doin' What The Devil Says To Do
13. My Love Is Alive
14. I'm No Angel
15. The Dying
16. Desire
17. Oblivion
18. Regret
19. Shy Boy

The band mixed around the set list and kept fans guessing with surprise and delight.

The tour continues with two more California dates up the coast in San Francisco and Oakland and over to the UK, Germany and the Netherlands before returning to the US for the East Coast leg of the tour.

For the most intimate experience available with the band, they are hosting a 4-day event called Dog Camp in Big Indian, NY from July 21st through the 25th.  Details are available on their official website.

Follow the band online, find show dates and get tickets to see them perform by visiting the following links.

Website: www.thewinerydogs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewinerydogs
YouTube: www.youtube.com/thewinerydogs

 

 


 

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