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THE WINERY DOGS Are Working On Their Long-Awaited Third Album

The Winery Dogs are working on new material.

THE WINERY DOGS have reconvened in Los Angeles to begin writing material for their third album.

On Wednesday (July 7), bassist Billy Sheehan shared a new photo of him, drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, with the message: “It’s a beautiful day here in Los Angeles. And what a great reason to visit — with THE WINERY DOGS writing new songs! I am VERY happy and excited about this.”

THE WINERY DOGS were founded in 2012 after Portnoy and Sheehan — who initially aimed to collaborate with former WHITESNAKE and BLUE MURDER guitarist John Sykes — reached out to Kotzen, who played with Sheehan in MR. BIG from 1997 to 2002.

The group’s 2013 self-titled debut reached No. 27 on the Billboard 200 after selling more than 10,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week. The sales of the follow-up, “Hot Streak”, were even better, as the album debuted at No. 30 in late 2015 after shifting 13,000 album units in America during its first week.