There’s a new WINERY DOGS album arriving in 2023
THE WINERY DOGS guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen recently spoke about the progress of the band’s third studio album during an appearance on “The Chuck Shute Podcast“.
Richie said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “THE WINERY DOGS, the third album, the music exists. It’s been mixed. It’s been approved, and it has been mastered. So what we’re looking at now is when are we going to put it out? But the consensus seems to be that next year, 2023, will be THE WINERY DOGS year. I think the three of us really are excited about getting back at it. It’s been way too long.” Kotzen also added that dates are currently being scheduled for THE WINERY DOGS‘ upcoming tour, which is expected to commence early next year.
Last September, drummer Mike Portnoy spoke to “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about the new music from THE WINERY DOGS: “I would say somewhere [between the first and the second albums]. It’s hard for me to have that real perspective that anybody listening does ’cause when you’re writing and recording it, it all becomes important to you. It’s hard to tell; it’s hard to have that perspective.
“The first album is just song after song after song — there’s no moments of weakness at any point — whereas ‘Hot Streak‘, I guess, we did some more experimental stuff, songs like ‘Spiral‘ or ‘War Machine‘, songs on the back end that were more kind of experimental things,” he explained. “So I would say, if I had to compare it, it’s probably more like the first album because we also consciously decided to stop at around 10 or 11 songs. ‘Cause both the first album and ‘Hot Streak‘, I think, had 13 or 14 songs. People like you and I, we love everything, we love music and we dig in, but for a lot of people, the attention span for a 14-song album could be a bit much. So when writing this album, we decided, let’s just come up with 10 or 11 that are really super strong. Nothing too experimental, nothing too off the beaten path from what people expect from THE WINERY DOGS. So I think everything on this album is super strong from top to bottom.”
THE WINERY DOGS were founded in 2012 after drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Billy Sheehan connected with guitarist Richie Kotzen, who played with Sheehan in MR. BIG from 1997 to 2002.