The Winery Dogs, III Review
The Winery Dogs are back after a seven-year gap between albums with the release of III. Comprised of Ritchie Kotzen on guitar and vocals, Billy Sheehan on bass, and drummer Mike Portnoy, the rock trio poured out ten well-written and performed tracks for us to savor. With an influence from the sixties and seventies with an overtone of the eighties, there is something for everyone here. Musicians, songwriters, vocalists, and rock music lovers.
The Winery Dogs have a rare mix of virtuosity, songwriting skills, and fantastic singing. Have a listen to “Xanadu” and “Mad World” to the introduction of “Rise” and “Gaslight,” virtuosity is everywhere. Kotzen’s vocals are as solid and robust as any hard-hitting bands of the seventies and eighties.
“Stars’ show a different angle, with Kotzen changing his guitar tone throughout the song for variations. Sheehan and Portnoy are a pulsating unit that drives each song’s energy and feel.
“Lorelei” and “The Red Wine” have a classic appeal and sound. Notice how Kotzen’s voice changes to match the energy and vibe of each song. His range, growl, and presence are very unique.
III is another outstanding collection of songs by a rock trio that brings everything excellent to the table. You will want a big serving from III. That’s the short of it!
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February 3, 2023
Three Dog Music LLC