Saturday, April 26, 2014

CD Review: The Winery Dogs Re-Release Their Debut Album With A Few Extra "Treats"

One of the most excitingly popular new bands to come out of the hard rock scene last year was The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob). Their self titled debut album hit #27 on the Billboard Album chart and topped many lists of music magazines and websites. The original release of the debut album was in July of 2013 (review: and since then the band has been in full demand for live shows.

On April 29, Loud And Proud Records/Three Dog Records will release a "Special Edition" of their debut album that features a live CD along with the original studio album. There will also be a "Deluxe Special Edition" that contains not only the two discs mentioned above, but also a third CD of studio demos, a DVD of music videos and interviews with the band, Mike Portnoy's in-studio diary from the making of the record, a custom Winery's Dogs dog tag with chain, a custom Winery Dogs wine bottle topper and finally a custom embroidered Paw print logo patch.

The bonus live CD included in the both "Special Editions" contain the band's only second live show ever performing together. It was recorded in Toky0, Japan in 2013 and is packed with 50 minutes of adrenaline pumping rock that gives a pretty good indication of what one can expect from a Winery Dogs concert. It features five songs from the studio album, mixed with a couple of Ritchie Kotzen originals, including "Stand" (written with the members of Poison) and a cover of Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love." The energy that these three outstanding musicians put into their songs is heard in the extended soloing of songs like "Time Machine" and the closer "Desire."

The Winery Dogs are currently on a U.S. tour that runs until August. They will be hitting the east coast next weekend with a show on May 2nd at the Ridgefield Playhouse (Ridgefield, CT) and May 3rd at the State Theater (New Brunswick, NJ). For a complete list of tour dates and to pick up a copy of the new "Special Edition" of The Winery Dogs album, please visit

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