Richie Kotzen KOS Guitarist/singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen released The Essential Richie Kotzen today (September 2nd) on Loud & Proud Records. To celebrate his newest project, he’s hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1st in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern. Before then, he’ll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.

The Essential Richie Kotzen is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work: classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs (War Paint and Walk With Me). The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material. A new official video for War Paint will premiere on later this week. In the meantime, the video for Walk With Me (filmed entirely on Kotzen’s iPhone) can be viewed below.

Fans can check out exclusive full album streams of each disc on and

Kotzen personally curated The Essential Richie Kotzen from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive, and concise introduction to his extensive body of work. “I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” he says. “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”

Rave reviews of The Essential Richie Kotzen have already started to surface:

“Kotzen is an artist with a centered musical philosophy anchored by soulful music and a perfectionist’s attention to craft… THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is an excellent career retrospective by an underrated songwriter.” (Oscar Jordan, Vintage Guitar)

“The extensive combo perfectly captures his dynamic musicianship, his jaw-dropping guitar solos, and his tangy blend of rock, blues, and soul, and will encourage listeners to discover more of his work…” (Bear Frazer,

“Richie Kotzen is one on the most ridiculous guitar players alive today…If you have only heard Richie in other bands (or have no clue who he is) then you really need to hook yourself up and give him his due. Richie has an incredibly soulful voice and did I mention his guitar solos are other worldly? Get the book of his musical life and discover some magic.” (Jason Lally,

Check out Richie Kotzen at any of the following stops, with more dates to be added in the coming weeks on all of his official websites:


1 Annapolis, MD Rams Head Tavern
3 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
4 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
5 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
8 Reading, PA Building 24
9 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
11 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar


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  • David C on

    Lol, headlining tour? Richie Kotzen…soon to be appearing at a Taco Bell near you!

    • Frank Smith on

      4 Continents in a month on just this solo run, not to mention the tour that lasted well over a year with The Winery Dogs. Don’t have to like him, but your lame attempt at humor isn’t backed by facts or the audiences, especially in Japan & Brazil where he is a Major act.

    • David C on

      He’s a better than average guitarist. Calling him a “headliner” on a site that celebrates hard rock and heavy metal is just not borne out by any facts. I guess if you want to use it as a relative term you can if it makes you feel better. A good tribute band would sell more tickets than Kotzen…I’m not denigrating his talent, just stating facts. It was the term “headliner” that I had problems with.

    • schocoman on

      “Better than average”??? You really do not know what you say.

  • James K. on

    I understand why he’s touring to support this release that represents his solo career, but I hope he, Billy and Mike stick with the Winery Dogs. Richie is such a great guitarist but he’s a great singer to and I really like great power trio bands. As for his playing, he’s better at playing with his fingers than a lot of guitarists are with a pick.

  • T. on

    I’m glad Eddie helped bring him back into the public eye, because whether or not you like the WD band, when this guy cuts loose, his guitar playing is unreal.
    I would gladly visit my local Taco Bell to see this.

    • David C on

      Keep an eye on his US Headlining Tour, you more than likely will be able. You can enjoy a Doritos Locos Taco at the same time, which will make it extra special.

  • james perkins on

    Hey David C.- you would do yourself a favor to become familiar w/ his music. The guy is a only a 25+ year phenom who has been denied superstardom for the same reasons Jay-Z and Kim Kardashian have found it. As for taco bell, you’re more likely to work there than Ritchie is to play there. Clown.

    James Perkins
    Houston, Texas

    • David C on

      Why was he denied superstardom? Did he break a superstardom rule?

    • schocoman on

      You just crossed the fine line between humor and idiocy. It is ignorant people like you (that like to see themselves as being ironic) that made the music business what it is today, a playground for mediocre (at best) talents. Kotzen is outstanding, as a writer, guitarist and also as a singer. You may go to your Taco Bell and foster the fast food music industry.

    • Frank Smith on

      Disagree, David C never crossed a line between humor and idiocy. Needs to be funny first in order to do that. Let me know when he busts out his Burger King material.

    • schocoman on

      I tried to be nice to him …

    • T on

      Good one James. David (C)lueless, why don’t you go to Taco Bell and dispute what constitutes being called a daily “Special”, and why it doesn’t deserve the term “Special”. You on the other hand, you’re “Special”.

  • David C on

    Funny how all of you get so personal…not once did I criticize any of you or get personal. That’s fine. It’s the reflection on your own mindset, not mine.

    Sayin’ it don’t change it…ya’ll can rope on me all you want, but Richie Kotzen has been, still is, and always will be a fringe performer with a limited fan base.

    • Dana on

      Which is quite sad because he has talent for days.

      Dana from 🙂

    • schocoman on

      Which once again shows that it is not necessarily about talent when it comes to filling arenas versus remaining limited to a club scene. I saw the WD in a club of maybe 300 people over here and it was one of the two or three best concerts ever seen. So there really are jewels in the rough, stp.

    • Dana on

      That is true, but I just meant those who deserve the recognition and fame versus those who don’t..and get it.

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