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.