The Winery Dogs
It would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup: Vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen
made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan has been rocking for decades with
Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder
of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But The Winery Dogs are so much more than a
supergroup. They are 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. The Winery Dogs toy with established styles and turn them into something special, complete with Sheehan’s acrobatic bass fills and Kotzen’s rapidfire solos, which help The Winery Dogs blend in a way that’s both instantly recognizable and utterly individual.