THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen) released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records today 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. Portnoy recently gave fans a glimpse inside the packaging of the DOG TREATS on Revolver magazine’s website (see video below).
After THE WINERY DOGS was originally released on July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records, it 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.
The rave reviews poured in once it was 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
“Mike Portnoy is a lot of people’s favorite drummer, Billy Sheehan is a lot of people’s favorite bassist, and Richie Kotzen is a lot of people’s favorite guitarist. But as The Winery Dogs, they very well could be a lot of people’s favorite new band. Yes, their self-titled debut album is that kind of winner.” – Musicradar.com
Wed 4/30 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
Fri 5/2 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Sat 5/3 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theater
Sun 5/4 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
Tue 5/6 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Wed 5/7 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall
Fri 5/9 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sat 5/10 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
Sun 5/11 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Wed 5/14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Thu 5/15 – Largo, FL – Largo Cultural Center
Fri 5/16 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Sun 5/18 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
Tue 5/20 – Fort Smith, AR – Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden
Sat 5/24 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Tue 6/24 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
Thu 6/26 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Fri 6/27 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theater
Sat 6/28 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
Mon 6/30 – San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s
Tue 7/1 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s at Jack’s London Square
Sat 7/26 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf