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THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan And Richie Kotzen) Releases Self-Titled Debut Album Today In North America

| 24 July 2013 | Reply


July 23, 2013 – The highly-anticipated and already critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album by THE WINERY DOGS (@TheWineryDogs) was released in North America today on Loud & Proud Records.  The power trio–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)—self-produced THE WINERY DOGS, which was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther).

Fans can pick up the debut on the band’s official websiteiTunes, and Amazon.  The band has already released three videos from the new album, “Elevate, “Desire,” and “I’m No Angel,” which can all be seen on their official YouTube page.  “Elevate,” the album’s first single, debuted at #30 on Mediabase’s “Mainstream Rock” airplay chart last week.

To celebrate the new album, drummer Mike Portnoy invades websites across the Internet—including,,,, and–premiering video clips discussing new songs and THE WINERY DOGS’ new place in the music community.

THE WINERY DOGS kicked off their first-ever tour in Japan last week to sold-out crowds.   After wrapping up the successful stint in Japan, they’ll head to South America before returning to the States for their first shows on home soil starting August 3 in New York City at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.  While they’re in the Big Apple, THE WINERY DOGS will appear on “The Artie Lange Show,” which will air Monday, August 5 at 10 pm ET on DirectTV and is streamed live on the show’s website.  On Tuesday, August 6 at 7 pm, the band will take part in an in-store performance and signing session at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ.   For more information, visit

In radio news, THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30 pm PT/11:30 pm ET.  Fans are encouraged to speak with the band that night by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

Even before today’s release, THE WINERY DOGS has been racking up rave reviews:

“The self-titled debut Winery Dogs album is one of the most intriguing releases of the year. The all-star trio has delivered a blistering collection of soaring tunes.” –

“Mike Portnoy is a lot of people’s favorite drummer, Billy Sheehan is a lot of people’s favorite bassist, and Richie Kotzen is a lot of people’s favorite guitarist.  But as The Winery Dogs, they very well could be a lot of people’s favorite new band.  Yes, their self-titled debut album is that kind of winner.” –

“…a cohesive, well-rounded classic-sounding trio with blazing songs that defy expectation.  The group’s self-titled debut is filled with straightforward rock and roll inspired by some of their favorite bands, and their music transcends any of the styles they’re best known for and melds their collective talents into a magnificent brew.” — Icon Vs. Icon

“Free-wheeling, jamming and cohesively playing on 13 equally stellar songs as if they’ve been a unit for 20 years, The Winery Dogs self-titled release should easily stand up at year’s end as one of hard rock’s top albums.  And carve a niche for years to come.” –

“The talents of these three artists found throughout their previous bodies of work is well known and hugely well respected, but put the three of them together in one band, and the result is nothing short of spectacular!  The Winery Dogs debut album, for me is the album of the year, and I don’t think anyone who has followed these three throughout their careers will disagree.  Do yourself a favor, buy this album and put on the second to last track ‘The Dying,’ close your eyes and listen to three masters at their craft…and then tell all your friends to buy it too!”  —

Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:

Sat 8/3              New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Sun 8/4             Lancaster, PA                           Chameleon

Tue 8/6             Fords, NJ                                 Vintage Vinyl (in-store)

Wed 8/7            Newton, NJ                               The Newton Theater

Thu 8/8             Chicago, IL                               Reggie’s Rock Club

Thu 10/3            Agoura Hills, CA                        Canyon Club

Fri 10/4             Las Vegas, NV                          Vamp’d

Sat 10/5            San Diego, CA                          Romana Mainstage

Sun 10/6           San Juan Capistrano, CA           Coach House

About Loud & Proud Records: Loud & Proud Records was founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky, and is currently in an exclusive distribution, marketing and label services agreement with RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The label’s mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space, delivering Gold and Platinum albums and DVDs for Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Styx, Megadeth, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon and more.  In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Steve Miller Band, Collective Soul, Meat Loaf and Ratt.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs and Seattle’s artistic envelope-pushers Walking Papers. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.

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