The DOGS are lastly again on the town! THE WINERY DOGS, that’s!
It has been, effectively, a literal canine’s age for the reason that vibrant powerhouse trio often called THE WINERY DOGS — guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, bassist/vocalist Billy Sheehan and drummer/vocalist Mike Portnoy — marked their recording territory with new music. However now, following a seven-year break from the studio, THE WINERY DOGS are again in full drive with their aptly named third album “III”, which is ready for launch on February 3, 2023 on the band’s Three Canine Music label (through Burnside Distribution/The Orchard). Following within the footsteps of their first two albums, “III” was as soon as once more produced by THE WINERY DOGS and combined by longtime band affiliate Jay Ruston.
Pre-orders shall be accessible beginning Friday, December 9 on CD and all digital codecs, which embody an on the spot obtain of the album’s first tune to be launched, “Xanadu”. A vinyl version of “III” may also be forthcoming in only a few months.
Whereas the all-out smokin’ opening observe and lead single “Xanadu”, title would possibly evoke completely different imagery in additional progressive-leaning listening circles, Kotzen‘s zen-seeking, hard-rocking ruminations on “Xanadu” as soon as once more shine a light-weight on the everlasting energy of excellent collaboration. “Popping out of the gates, that is a barnburner,” acknowledges Portnoy. “It is one of many fiercest tracks on the album.” By the way, eagle ears may also enjoyment of choosing up on how definitively Portnoy drops his drumsticks proper because the tune concludes. “On the finish there, you are listening to me toss my sticks — not in frustration, however very a lot in satisfaction of what we had simply carried out,” he clarifies with amusing.
From the clarion name for connection and societal understanding in “Mad World” to the door-opening private realizations of “Breakthrough” to the simple muscle-flexing reign of the white-hot “Pharaoh” and the album-closing power spillage of “The Purple Wine”, all 50-plus minutes of “III” show THE WINERY DOGS have not misplaced a step in the case of conjuring contemporary hooks, gutbucket grooves, and daring harmonies.
That stated, it has been a protracted street again to the collective compound for Kotzen, Sheehan and Portnoy. Again in 2015-16, they hit the street laborious collectively to showcase their mettle as hardcore (you guessed it) street canine to be able to construct upon the success of their well-received 2015 sophomore studio effort, “Sizzling Streak”, by touring all throughout the globe. Finally, the seasoned trio returned to their respective corners to deal with varied different initiatives for the following subsequent few years. However when that stay itch wanted one other scratching, these three working musicians knew simply what they needed to do.
“We wished to tour,” Kotzen confirms succinctly of THE WINERY DOGS‘ 22-date run in early 2019 that was appropriately dubbed “Who Let The Canine Out”, earlier than including, “We needed to get these cylinders firing collectively as soon as once more.” Concurs Portnoy, “That was a enjoyable little tour that reignited our enthusiasm — and that is additionally once we knew a 3rd album was positively within the playing cards.” Provides Sheehan, “Getting again collectively like that was actually refreshing. We might loosen up a bit and revel in being collectively onstage, taking part in with none strain. It was a wonderful factor.”
Duly reinvigorated, THE WINERY DOGS had been lastly aligned to report once more by initially ensconcing themselves collectively in Kotzen‘s intimate, cozy house studio in Southern California to jam on new materials that was primarily created within the second throughout many hours of face-to-face musical interplay. All the time the pushed and intuitive songwriter, Kotzen shows a definitive M.O. every time he is understanding new songs within the studio by scatting melodies and placing forth quick bursts of semi-improvised strains and phrases that can quickly sufficient remodel into sharply honed subject material. “My angle is that this: once I’m within the studio creating new music, the very last thing on my thoughts is, ‘How am I gonna do it stay?'” Kotzen admits. “The fact is, I’ll by no means get to the place I am going to do it stay. What’s related is getting the imaginative and prescient that is in my head, in my coronary heart, and in my soul to come back out of the audio system. If it will get to the purpose the place the tour is booked, the dates are confirmed, and all of us get again within the rehearsal room collectively, that is when you determine, ‘Okay, how do I interpret this in a means it may be delivered stay, and nonetheless be the identical tune?'”
“III” is the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed and Billboard-charting album “Sizzling Streak”, which was launched October 2, 2015 on Loud & Proud Data through RED (a division of Sony Music Leisure). After touchdown within the Prime 5 on a lot of Amazon‘s pre-order charts, together with No. 1 on the Amazon BestSellers/Laborious Rock chart and No. 1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Laborious Rock Albums charts, it offered 30% greater than their 2013 self-titled debut, touchdown them on varied Billboard album charts together with No. 2 on “Prime Present Various Albums,” No. 5 on “Prime Present Laborious Music” and “Prime Laborious Music Albums,” No. 6 on “Prime Present Rock Albums” and “Album Core / Style Rock,” No. 15 “Prime Present Bodily Albums,” No. 16 “Prime Present Albums,” and No. 30 on the “Prime 200 Albums” chart.
Upon its launch, “Sizzling Streak” racked up rave evaluations. Allmusic.com hailed, “‘Sizzling Streak’ is the trio’s second album, and its free, pleasant really feel reveals that the trio would not really feel compelled to depend on instrumental pyrotechnics. The bluesy, soulful ‘Assume it Over’ would enchantment to those that admire THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, whereas ‘Captain Love’ reveals that the band additionally has some laborious rock power to unleash, and the title observe lets fly among the technical proficiency that its members are identified for.” And GuitarInternational.com praised, “‘Sizzling Streak’ picks up the place their debut CD left off, however showcases the band coming into their very own with straight-ahead rockers like ‘Oblivion’, ‘Captain Love’ and ‘Satan You Know’.”
“III” observe itemizing:
02. Mad World
06. The Vengeance
10. The Purple Wine
Along with the brand new music, followers may also be excited to listen to that THE WINERY DOGS is hitting the worldwide live performance path beginning February 15 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on the Palace Theatre for his or her “202III World Tour”. Ticket and VIP bundle information could be discovered on the band’s official website.
Take a look at THE WINERY DOGS at any of the next tour stops, with extra to be introduced within the coming weeks and posted on the band’s website and social media pages:
Feb. 15 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
Feb. 16 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
Feb. 17 – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theatre
Feb. 18 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre
Feb. 21 – New York, NY – Sony Corridor
Feb. 22 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Stay!
Feb. 23 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Feb. 25 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
Feb. 26 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Corridor
Mar. 01 – Columbus, OH – King of Golf equipment
Mar. 02 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Mar. 05 – Inexperienced Bay, WI – Epic Occasion Heart
Mar. 06 – Minneapolis, MN – Nice Line Music Café
Mar. 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Mar. 10 – St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre
Mar. 11 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
Mar. 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Corridor
Mar. 14 – Harrison, OH – Blue Observe
Mar. 17 – Dallas, TX – – Amplified Stay
Mar. 18 – Cedar Park, TX – The Haute Spot
Mar. 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Stay Ballroom
Mar. 21 – New Orleans, LA – Home of Blues
Mar. 22 – Birmingham, AL – Iron Metropolis
Mar. 24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Stay
Mar. 25 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Tradition Room
Mar. 26 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Stay
Mar. 30 – Virginia Seashore, VA – Elevation 27
Mar. 31 – Hopewell, VA – Hopewell Theatre
Apr. 01 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theatre
Apr. 02 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Apr. 04 – Ashville, NC – Orange Peel
Apr. 05 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
Apr. 06 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
Apr. 27 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Vivo Rio (with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS)
Apr. 28 – Curitiba, Brazil – Tork n Roll (with SKID ROW)
Apr. 30 – São Paulo, Brazil – Summer season Breeze Pageant
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