winerydogs640 The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass) has entered a Los Angeles recording studio to start work on the follow-up to their debut album, which will be self-produced and released in North America this fall on Loud & Proud Records through RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. Details will be announced in the coming months, although fans are already getting news about the band’s fall U.S. tour, which is set to begin October 3rd in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The trio exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23rd, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour. The Winery Dogs 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.

“I am thrilled to be back in the studio with Mike and Billy recording the second Winery Dogs record,” proclaims Richie Kotzen. “I mentioned in an interview months ago that I thought based on how we’ve grown as a band, that this record could expand creatively beyond what we did on record one. After only two weeks of recording, I am convinced this sentiment is true. I can’t wait to see where this all goes and share it with our listeners.”

“We are excited to unleash The Winery Dogs’ second album,” says Loud & Proud Owner and President Tom Lipsky. “The band took the world by storm with their debut album; fans went crazy and musicians and critics voiced their respect. The new album is going to take them to another level, and we are proud to be part of that journey.”

Winery Dogs tour dates:


3 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
4 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
5 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
8 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
14 Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
15 Tampa, FL State Theater
17 Orlando, FL The Plaza


3 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
5 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
6 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
7 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
8 San Diego, CA House of Blues

On April 15th, 2014, The Winery Dogs released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records 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.

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3 Responses

  1. I predict this album will significantly surpass their debut, as the band continues to develop their songwriting. (We already know they have the chops). Looking forward to it.

  2. Not exactly an arena tour, but if you are in to 100-400 person capacity venues with a chance to see some rock music then this might be a decent show. Best bet is in the larger (2000) seat venues like Best Buy in NYC where the shows are sure to have a lot of tickets available on the night of the event more than likely at vastly reduced prices and you won’t have to pay minimum drink/dinner prices in the tiny arenas like the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills CA which is in a shopping center and probably still won’t sell out.

  3. I really hope this band is in it for longevity. I hate the term “supergroup” and how those bands seem more like “projects” than actual serious bands. I don’t get that vibe from these guys. They seem to have gelled together as musicians and friends very well. It’s not that big of a deal that they have other musical endeavors as long as they can always find the time and inspiration to keep this band going.

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