The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan) have released a second self-produced album called Hot Streak on Loud & Proud Records. The first single, “Oblivion,” released on August 25, went to #23 on Billboard's "Mainstream Rock Tracks" chart. A video for the song is forthcoming and a double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works for release in early November. The trio's 2015-2016 U.S. headlining tour is now underway.
Hot Streak shows the band'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 they thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, Hot Streak barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
The trio first exploded onto the rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced debut album, released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records. A worldwide tour followed. 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 feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains singer/guitarist 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."
Drummer 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,” bassist 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 Winery Dogs are now on tour through November 8. See the full schedule below.
10/3 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
10/4 - Penn’s Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
10/5 - Wilbur Theater - Boston, MA
10/8 - Keswick Theater - Glenside, PA
10/9 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
10/10 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
10/12 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
10/14 - Ponte Verde Concert Hall - Jacksonville, FL
10/15 - State Theater - Tampa, FL
10/16 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/17 - The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL
10/20 - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN
10/22 - Pub Fountains - Houston, TX
10/23 - Heritage Hall - Ardmore, OK
10/24 - The Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
10/27 - Potowatami Casino - Milwaukee, WI
10/28 - Potowatami Casino - Milwaukee, WI
10/29 - Arcada Theater - St. Charles, IL
10/31 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
11/2 - Rock Bar - San Jose, CA
11/3 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
11/5 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
11/6 - Saban Theater - Beverly Hills, CA
11/7 - Vamp’d - Las Vegas, NV
11/8 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
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