Richie Kotzen,Billy Sheehan,Mike Portnoy:The Winery Dogs CD - amazon super deal... two days left!Richie Kotzen
The Winery Dogs CD available for download for only $5 until September 15th http://www.amazon.com/The-Winery-Dogs/dp/B00DGKQF2S/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378161793&sr=301-1
Also... maybe add somewhere.. Richie Kotzen (Vocals and Guitar) Billy Sheehan (Bass and Vocals) Mike Portnoy (Drums and Vocals)
“We all have our own distinct voicings and styles, but we also have a common ground of music we grew up listening to,” explains vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen. “What makes the band so special is that somehow, in our collaboration, none of us lost our identity. We all sound like who we are yet we make music that is fresh and exciting and sounds like a new band. There’s a natural chemistry that came together; it’s one of those things that’s meant to be.”
Maybe The Winery Dogs sounds so great because, more than anything, the album is a labor of love written from the heart and revealing unexpected shades of melodic eclecticism and lyrical vulnerability. Kotzen's vocals have never sounded better and his guitar playing is extraordinary. Anchored by Sheehan's expert bass lines, which root the songs and provide a lock-and-step foundation for Portnoy to play around, the band creates music that see-saws between primal simplicity and time-honored virtuosity.
“It’s very exciting for me to be in a solid rock trio,” Portnoy says. “Stylistically, the bulk of my career has been spent playing progressive music, so this was an opportunity for me to do something that wasn’t prog or metal. It’s more classic rock and, at the end of the day that’s what I grew up with and that’s the biggest influence in my life. I’m just at home playing on a small four piece kit doing a simple John Bonham groove as I am playing complex tempos on a giant kit. And that’s been a great breath of fresh air for me.”