April 15, 2014 -- THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen) released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records today as two very special editions.

THE WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION is comprised of two-CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour, including “Criminal,” a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album. DOG TREATS: THE WINERY DOGS DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the SPECIAL EDITION collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere. Portnoy recently gave fans a glimpse inside the packaging of the DOG TREATS on Revolver magazine’s website.

After THE WINERY DOGS was originally released on July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records, it 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.

The rave reviews poured in once it was released:

“...filled to the brim with hard-driving rock and roll...the overall effect is something like a proggier Grand Funk Railroad crossed with Soundgarden at their most accessible.” – Guitar World

“...a modern-rock melting pot of powerhouse hooks and plucking pyrotechnics, informed by ‘70s classic rock, ‘90s metal, R&B, and blues, and delivered through Kotzen’s nuanced vocals.” – Bass Player

“The Winery Dogs have chops galore and the maturity to rein in their mad skills with passionate execution. It’s an album melding blues-rock, soulful ballads, and contemporary hard rock with Kotzen bringing the soul in buckets. Highlights include, ‘Desire,’ ‘Elevate’ and ‘One More Time.’”
Music Connection

“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.” –

Check out THE WINERY DOGS’ in-progress headlining tour at any of the following U.S. tour stops (with more dates to be added in the coming weeks):

Wed 4/30 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Fri 5/2 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sat 5/3 New Brunswick, NJ State Theater
Sun 5/4 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak
Tue 5/6 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Wed 5/7 Alexandria, VA Birchmere Music Hall
Fri 5/9 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Sat 5/10 Charlotte, NC Amox Southend
Sun 5/11 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy's
Wed 5/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Thu 5/15 Largo, FL Largo Cultural Center
Fri 5/16 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
Sun 5/18 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
Tue 5/20 Fort Smith, AR Neumeier's Rib Room & Beer Garden
Sat 5/24 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
Tue 6/24 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Thu 6/26 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Fri 6/27 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre
Sat 6/28 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Mon 6/30 San Francisco, CA Yoshi's
Tue 7/1 Oakland, CA Yoshi's at Jack's London Square
Sat 7/26 Buffalo, NY The Tralf
Mon 7/28 Amityville, NY Revolution Bar & Music Hall

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. Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space with releases by Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Earth Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Bad Company and more. In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Steve Miller Band. Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, supergroup rock band 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, powerhouse rockers KIX and the classic Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC, and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG.


Amanda Cagan
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