Sunday, September 27, 2015

CD Review: The Winery Dogs Are On A "Hot Streak" With Their Second Album

The power rock trio of Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy were one of the biggest surprises in rock music in 2013. Their debut album, "The Winery Dogs," cracked the top 10 on five different music charts and their shows were one of the most sought after events of last year. The Winery Dogs return with the October 2nd release of the sophomore album "Hot Streak," which is exactly what this band is on.

With the uncertainty of how their debut release would win over fans, The Winery Dogs have settled nicely into their role as one of rock's newest bands saving the genre. The new thirteen-song album begins with the amazing bass work of Billy Sheehan on "Oblivion" with Portnoy's double-bass drum motoring the song. Kotzen's voice continues to keep sounding better as in "Captain Love," one of the album's strongest tracks. The boys get a little funky with their breakdown of "Hot Streak," before Kotzen opens up with an amazing guitar solo in "Empire." They take a detour from their hard rock assault with the piano ballad, "Fire," then come banging down the door with the pounding rhythm of "The Bridge." Sheehan gets to flex his fingers once again on "War Machine," before finishing the album with the arena rocker, "The Lamb."

The Winery Dogs are hitting the road beginning October 3rd at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut, before making their way west over the course of the next month. To find out more about their new album "Hot Streak," please visit

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