Monday, May 26, 2014

Artist Spotlight: The Winery Dogs

Released almost a year ago (July 2013), I have been remiss in not mentioning the self-titled debut by The Winery Dogs. Debut is a bit misleading since all the members of the band have multiple albums under their collective belts, but this is the first one under the Winery Dogs moniker.

Comprised of veteran hard rock/metal musicians, a supergroup of sorts, this trio has put out an album worthy of their combined experience and proficiency, which is not always the case in these collaborations.

Guitarist/lead vocalist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Steve Vai) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) have created a record that hearkens back to the days of classic rock while not sounding dated.

Kotzen, mostly noted for his guitar work, proves to be an amazing vocalist as well. I was impressed upon hearing this.

Three musicians of this aptitude getting together could easily turn into a self-indulging pissing contest or grandiose posturing. This, however, does not. Good, melodic songs performed by amazing players. It's worth a listen.

The Winery Dogs on Amazon

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