In this exclusive video, the Winery Dogs' Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy discuss "Empire," a track off their new album, Hot Streak. As it turns out, "Empire" almost didn't make it onto the new album. Find out the full story in the video below!
After taking the world by storm with their infectious 2013 debut album, the Winery Dogs are back with a blistering new album that runs the gambit of musical styles. For Hot Streak, which will be released October 2, we find the power-trio of Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy once again firing on all cylinders, expanding their horizons while staying true to their roots.
While Kotzen primarily uses his RK5 live in conjunction with his standard amp rig, this compact unit embodies an entire rig on its own. At its heart is the all-analog SansAmp, which makes it possible to go direct to a PA or mixer. For effects, you have the essentials: a reverb, a delay with tap tempo, a powerful boost and Kotzen’s Signature OMG overdrive.
In a career that’s spanned more than 25 years, guitarist extraordinaire Richie Kotzen has built an impressive resume of albums that showcase his unique shredding prowess, vocals, songwriting and vast musical knowledge. For Kotzen’s recently released 20th solo album, Cannibals, we find the guitarist exploring some new territory.
Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of the Winery Dogs have announced Dog Camp 2015, their second-annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. It's set for July 27 to 31 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. This year's Dog Camp also will feature bassist Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, Rodrigo Y Gabriela).
Today, Richie Kotzen is streaming disc 2 of his new album, The Essential Richie Kotzen, right here at GuitarWorld.com. You can check it out below. As always, be sure to tell us what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook! The Essential Richie Kotzen, which was released today, September 2, contains material curated from Kotzen’s entire career (which has spawned 18 solo albums), not including his work with Poison and the Winery Dogs.
With styles ranging from rock and blues to jazz and soul, Richie Kotzen has built an eclectic career as guitarist, singer and songwriter. Over a period of 20 years, Kotzen has accumulated a loyal fan base and has consistently sold out shows throughout the world. Still, there are many who question what Kotzen is capable of musically. Kotzen’s new Essential package is sure to answer that question.