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Fans of the THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass) will be glad to hear that the band is working on the follow-up to their debut album, which will be self-produced and released in North America this fall on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. A supergroup of sorts, consisting of Billy Sheehan (some say one of the best bassist’s in the world) Mike Portnoy (former drummer of the prog-gods Dream Theater), and Richie Kotzen (hard rock guitarist) the band still plans to kick A$$.

 (photo credit:  Travis Shinn)

(photo credit: Travis Shinn)

The classic rock band’s first record , the self-titled ‘THE WINERY DOGS’ debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, so the boys are under pressure to avoid the sophomore slump. (Also called the  sophomore jinx, referring to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort.)

Stay tuned for the  band’s fall U.S. tour dates, which kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

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