The LMF Album Review: The Winery Dogs

July 30th, 2013 at 9:42 am by under THRS Live Music, Uncategorized

For me, it’s hard to get excited about new music these days especially from the rock genera.  Majority of music out there is full of autotunes, synthetic percussion and the same beats over and over.  Granted it is catching and my foot will stomp with the beats but it doesn’t make me jump out of my seat and yell ‘YESSS!!”.

When I first heard of the formation of The Winery Dogs, I started to get excited.  The thought of a power trio consisting of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater ), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) got me even more excited.  Then I heard Elevate….and I got really excited.  A flurry of drums and double tapping bass and guitars open this gem of an album and it gets your senses ready for a journey it hasn’t been on in quite a while.

13 songs of pure awesomeness take you away for a ride that you don’t want to end.  The soulful range in Richie’s voice easily transitions from the bluesy sounds of The Dying to the rocking Six Feet Deeper.  Billy’s bass reigns supreme throughout the record as not only bringing in the low end but wonderfully accompanying the pickless, tele-sounds of Richie’s guitar.

The Winery Dogs is not just the record of the year but one of the best records PERIOD.  This is a must-have in your collection.  It is available now via Loud and Proud Records and they are currently on tour in South American then hitting the US for a few stops.  No word yet if a Norfolk/Virginia Beach stop is in works.

The Winery Dogs *****

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