August 13, 2015 – The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass). Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It will be preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” set for release August 25 at radio. A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out in early November.
After playing over 100 shows in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."
Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”
“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow."
The trio first exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 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.
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
10/03 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
10/04 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
10/05 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
10/08 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
10/09 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
10/12 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
10/14 Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
10/15 Tampa, FL State Theater
10/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
10/17 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
10/22 Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon
10/22 Houston, TX Pub Fountains
10/23 Ardmore, OK Heritage Hall
10/24 Dallas, TX The Gas Monkey
10/27 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
10/28 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
10/29 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
10/31 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
11/02 San Jose, CA Rock Bar
11/03 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
11/05 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
11/06 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
11/07 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
11/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues
About Loud & Proud Records: Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label. Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX. Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
Photo Credit: Jamel Toppin