‘Dog Years’ Ensures Engagement, Entertainment With Simplicity, Song Balance

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Early next month, rock super group The Winery Dogs will release its latest live recording Dog Years to the masses. The recording, which includes both a live 15-song (17 if one counts drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Billy Sheehan’s solos) set and a bonus 5-song studio EP is an impressive new live effort from The Winery Dogs.  That is due in part to both of the noted elements and the trio’s performance of the noted set list.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Dog Years a work that proves to be one more of this year’s top new live recordings.

The Winery Dogs’ latest new live recording Dog Years is an enjoyable new offering from the rock super group, and easily a candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.  That is due in part to its 15-song (again, 17 if one counts the two solo segments) set list.  The set list, which runs approximately 98-minutes, pulls almost equally from both of the band’s current albums.  The band’s self-titled debut is represented with seven songs while Hot Streak gets eight nods.  Considering the fact that The Winery Dogs boasts a total of 13 songs, that representation means that the band treated it Chilean audiences with more than half of that album in the concert presented in this recording.  That in itself is well worthy of its own share of applause.  The same applies to the band’s latest full-length studio recording.  Eight of its 13 total songs are represented in this live recording.  As with The Winery Dogs, that selection means that once again the band pulls from more than half of Hot Streak, too.  The result of that set list is a show that gives audiences a very healthy representation of the band’s body of work today.  This is more than worth its share of applause.

On a related note, the sequencing of the show’s rich set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  Audiences will note in the set list that the band never sticks to one album or the other for far too long at one time.  The longest span that each album sees in this set list is two songs.  In other words, the band ensures audiences engagement not just with the set list but also with its sequencing.  The pairing of these factors does plenty to keep the concert entertaining and engaging.  The pairing makes the elements collectively just one of the key elements to discuss in examining this recording.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list and its sequencing.

The band’s performance of the concert’s set list is so important to note because without a solid performance, there would be little to talk about here.  Audiences will be happy to know that the band’s performance of the concert’s set list is just as solid as the set list itself and its sequencing showing that it is possible to have an enjoyable live experience without unnecessary pyro and other elements.  Front man Richie Kotzen and company waste little time between songs with any idle rambling opting instead to keep the show’s energy flowing from one song to the next.  There are some brief interludes between songs, but for the most part, the band keeps things moving swiftly, explaining why the show’s run time comes in at just under two hours.  Add to the concert’s constant transitions the energy in each musician’s performance, and audiences get a show that will completely enthrall them.  From Kotzen’s own energy to Mike Portnoy’s driving tempos that barely let up to Sheehan’s own solid low-end and fiery performance, audiences get plenty to applaud even from the comfort of their own homes.  The entertainment and engagement ensured through the band’s performance couples with the show’s set list in all of its aspects to strengthen the concert’s presentation even more.  They are not the recording’s only key elements either.  The bonus five-song Dog Years EP is just as important to note in examining the recording’s presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s performance.

The bonus give-song Dog Years EP that comes with The Winery God’s new live recording is just as important to note in examining this recording’s presentation as the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  The EP is important to discuss because none of the songs featured on the disc are included in the concert or on either of the band’s current albums.  Odds are the blues-based songs are works that didn’t make the final cut for one of both of those records.  That is a positive to note because if that is indeed the case, then the inclusion of the songs here completes even more the listening experience for both records.  Regardless of whether or not that is the case, their inclusion still adds plenty to the overall experience of this live recording.  That is because one could easily argue that they present a sense of additional encores from the concert, despite being studio tracks.  Keeping this in mind, the bonus EP that comes with Live In Santiago more than proves itself as an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  When it is considered along with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of these elements gives audiences plenty to bark about. No, this review could not be completed without that intentionally awful pun or a variant thereof.  That aside, the whole of the noted elements makes Dog Years in whole an easy candidate for a slot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.

The Winery Dogs’ latest live recording Dog Years is a work that any critic should have on his or her list of the year’s top new live recordings come December.  That is due, as already noted, in part due to the concert’s set list.  The set list pulls relatively equally from both of the band’s current albums and never sticks to one album or the other for too long. The band’s performance of the set list adds just as much entertainment to the concert thanks to the energy put into the performance by each band member.  The bonus five-song EP that is included with the recording is a virtual multi-song encore for fans who didn’t’ get enough from the extensive audio-visual experience presented in the live recording.  Each element clearly plays its own important part in the overall presentation of Dog Years.  All things considered, this recording proves fully deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.  More information on Dog Years is available online now along with all The Winery Dogs’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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The Winery Dogs To Release New Live Recording This Summer

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The Winery Dogs are set to really heat things up this summer with a new live recording.

The band will release its new live recording Dog Years: Live in Santiago and Beyond 2013-2016 Friday, August 4 via Loud & Proud Records.  The recording will feature live recordings from the band’s past four years of live shows.  It will be available both in a standard 2-disc CD platform as well as a special deluxe edition.

The recording’s standard 2-CD platform features a Blu-ray that includes 100 minutes of concert footage as well and music videos from both of the band’s two current albums The Winery Dogs (2013) and Hot Streak (2015).

It also includes a companion EP featuring a handful of previously unreleased songs that didn’t make the cut on those albums.  Pre-orders for the standard edition are open now here.

The recording’s extended five-disc platform includes everything featured in its standard two-disc platform. As a bonus, it also includes two CDs containing live concert audio. Pre-orders are available now here.

Dog Years: Live in Santiago and Beyond 2013 – 2016 is not The Winery Dogs’ first live recording.  Unleashed Live in Japan 2013 was included with the deluxe edition of the band’s debut album, and featured 10 songs recorded during the Japan leg of the band’s 2013 tour in support of that album. The album’s deluxe edition was released Nov. 11, 2014.

The track and video listing for Dog Years: Live in Santiago and Beyond 2013 – 2016 is noted below.

LIVE IN SANTIAGO:
1. Oblivion
2.  Captain Love
3.  We Are One
4.  Hot Streak
5. How Long
6.  Time Machine
7.  Empire
8.  Fire
9.  Think It Over
10.  Mike Portnoy Drum Solo
11.  The Other Side
12.  Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
13.  Ghost Town
14.  I’m No Angel
15.  Elevate
16.  Regret
17.  Desire
MUSIC VIDEOS:
Elevate
Desire
Time Machine
I’m No Angel
Oblivion
Captain Love
Hot Streak
Fire
DOG YEARS EP:
1.  Criminal
2.  The Game
3.  Solid Ground
4.  Love Is Alive
5.  Moonage Daydream

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The Winery Dogs Announce New Live Dates; Debut New Video

Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen, and Billy Sheehan, also known as the Winery Dogs, have announced a new string of live dates for this summer.

The band announced this week that it has added a new 10-date North American tour set to kick off Saturday, June 25th in Hinckley, Minnesota.  The band’s current schedule takes it largely through the Midwest and southwest with dates also in Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, and Texas.  As of right now no additional dates are known.  However, fans can always keep up with any new dates through the band’s official website and social media.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

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DATE               CITY                             VENUE

 

Sat 6/25            Hinckley, MN                 Grand Casino Amphitheatre

Tue 6/28            Eau Claire, WI               State Theater

Wed 6/29          Ashwaubenon, WI          Green Bay Distillery

Thu 6/30            St. Charles, IL               Arcadia Theater

Sat 7/2              Hazard, KY                   The Forum

Sun 7/3             Sterling Heights, MI       Stars & Stripes Festival

Tue 7/5             Buffalo, NY                   Taft Music Hall

Fri 7/8               Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live

Sat 7/9              Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live

Sun 7/10           San Antonio, TX            Alamo

 

In anticipation of its new tour announcement the band has unveiled the video for its latest single ‘Captain Love.’  The song will start hitting radio stations nationwide June 3rd.  It is taken from the band’s latest album Hot Streak.  The Vicente Cordero-directed video is currently streaming online at Guitar World. The band discussed the video recently in an interview which can be seen here now.

 

Courtesy:  Loud and Proud Records

Courtesy: Loud and Proud Records

 

Hot Streak has proven to be an apt title for The Winery Dogs’ new album.  Ever since its release on October 2nd, 2015, the album has been on its own hot streak.  It reached the top spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers/Hard Rock chart and its Pre-orders/Hard Rock chart.  In comparison to the band’s 2013 debut album Hot Streak sold 30% more copies than that record.  It topped out at the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Alternative Albums Chart and #30 on the Top 200 Albums Chart.  That is just the top of the proverbial iceberg.  The numbers listed below are its other accolades from Billboard.

 

#5                     “Top Current Hard Music”

 

#5                     “Top Hard Music Albums”

 

#6                     “Top Current Rock Albums”

 

#6                     “Album Core / Genre Rock”

 

#15                   “Top Current Physical Albums”

 

#16                   “Top Current Albums”

 

 

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2015 Saw A Number Of Great Rock Records Released

2015 has been a great year for the rock community. That is because so many standout albums have been released this year. This includes new rock albums both in the underground and the mainstream. There have been so many outstanding rock albums released so far this year that there was just not enough room for all of them on just one list (that is unless one were to make a list of the year’s top 100 new rock albums). Keeping that in mind, it couldn’t have been easy for any critic to develop a year-ender for the year’s best new rock records. It definitely wasn’t easy for this critic. This critic’s list of the year’s best new rock records presents albums from some relatively well-known bands and some that might not be so widely-known. Regardless of how well-known said acts (and albums) are, it can be said that each wholly deserves its spot on this list thanks to musical and lyrical content that is more apt to keep listeners engaged from beginning to end than any other band or album. Enough rambling. Without any further ado here is the list of those bands and their respective albums. This is the Phil’s Picks ‘ 2015 Top 10 New Rock Albums. As with every other list, the main body of the list is made up of the year’s Top 10 Best new records. The bottom five receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. BACHMAN – HEAVY BLUES 
  2. MICHEAL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – SPIRIT ON A MISSION 
  3. THE WINERY DOGS – HOT STREAK 
  4. FINGER ELEVEN – FIVE CROOKED LINES 
  5. JOE SATRIANI – SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA 
  6. BLACKBERRY SMOKE – HOLDING ALL THE ROSES 
  7. EVERCLEAR – BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK 
  8. SPOCK’S BEARD – THE OBLIVION PARTICLE 
  9. QUEENSRYCHE – CONDITION HUMAN 
  10. DEVIL CITY ANGELS – DEVIL CITY ANGELS 
  11. RUSSKAJA – PEACE, LOVE, AND RUSSIAN ROLL 
  12. BARENAKED LADIES – SILVERBALL 
  13. POP EVIL – UP 
  14. UFO – A CONSPIRACY OF STARS 
  15. TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET – TALES FROM WISCONSIN

 

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The Winery Dogs’ Sophomore LP Is One Of 2015’s Top New Rock Albums

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Courtesy: Loud & Proud Records/Red Distribution

When the rock super group The Winery Dogs released its self-titled debut record two years ago, few if any knew whether or not it would be the trio’s only release.  So when it was announced in 2014 that the band—Richi Kotzen (guitar, vocals), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Mike Portnoy (drums)—had started work on a second album excitement instantly built among both the band’s fans and fans of the band’s members.  Now with the release of that album—Hot Streak—earlier in October it can be said that it has definitely lived up to its expectations.  The thirteen-song record boasts elements of each of the artists’ own musical influences past and present; elements that combine to make it a record that is anything but the sophomore slump.  This is clear right from the album’s opener, the up-tempo rocker ‘Oblivion.’  Fans of Portnoy’s work with Liquid Tension Experiment will note the clear similarities to that band’s sound in regards to its musical content.  It is just as intriguing in terms of its lyrical content.  Both elements combined make ‘Oblivion’ a solid opener for Hot Streak and an equally solid re-introduction for the band, too.  ‘The Bridge,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another good example of how much Hot Streak has to offer fans.  In regards to its musical content, it is pure prog rock akin to material crafted by King’s X.  Speaking in terms of its lyrical content it is just as interesting.  It comes across in its verses as a commentary of sorts.  The chorus creates thoughts of a love song.  Regardless of whether it is one, the other, or possibly even neither, the fact that the lyrical content can spark such thought and discussion makes it all the more interesting of an addition to this record.  ‘Fire,’ the album’s mid-point as it were, is one more great addition to this record.  It is the polar opposite of all of the album’s other up-tempo rock songs.  This is the case at least in regards to its musical content.  Its lyrical content is another story.  Its lyrics present a deeply moving, introspective story that will impress listeners just as much as any of the album’s other, more upbeat compositions.  Whether for these songs or for any of the others not directly noted here, it can be said of all thirteen songs that together, they make Hot Streak a record that is plain and simple, one of the best of this year’s new rock albums.

The Winery Dogs’ sophomore album Hot Streak is a solid follow-up to its self-titled 2013 album.  It is also one of the best of this year’s new rock albums.  That is clear right from the album’s opener ‘Oblivion.’  This song is a great first impression for the band in its new album and an equally great re-introduction for the band, too.  Considering the song’s lyrical content one would think this would be a rather slow, moody song.  It proves to be anything but.  In fact those that are familiar with the music crafted by Liquid Tension Experiment will instantly find quite the striking similarity between the two bands here.  Interestingly enough, that sound is a good fit for this song in examining the song’s lyrical content.  The song’s lead verse reads, “It came to me in the middle of the darkest night/I don’t know if I was dreaming or I got too high/But my demons are closer/I’m flying blind/But my eyes are open wide/From the darkness to the light to the place I die/Wake me up when it’s over.”  This is quite the deep thought.  Taken into context with the song’s musical content, the two elements together paint an interesting picture.  It is a picture of someone in a difficult emotional/mental state.  It could be a momentary thing or something more.  Regardless, the band has done an impressive job of telling the song’s story through the combination of its musical and lyrical content.  And it’s just one example of how Hot Streak proves to be a solid sophomore release for The Winery Dogs.  ‘The Bridge’ is another example of the album’s strength.

‘Oblivion’ is a solid first effort for The Winery Dogs in the band’s new album Hot Streak.  It is also a welcome re-introduction for the band in its new album.  As impressive as it is in whole, it is just one example of Hot Streak’s strength.  ‘The Bridge’ is another clear example of the album’s strength.  The song’s musical content instantly conjures thoughts of King’s X thanks in large part to the work of all three musicians.  In examining the song’s lyrical content it is just as interesting.  That is because of the seeming duality of the lyrical content.  Kotzen sings in the song’s lead verse, “Why do I feel like I know you/I know where you wanna go/I’ve got new things to show you/You’re prime/Don’t you wnana walk over water/From Morocco to Gibraltar/Let’s saunter/Rise we all stand before the altar/You oughtta know/I ain’t gonna let you falter/And when it’s time to die/We’re going right back where we started where we all did.”  This verse alone feels very introspective.  Yet the chorus presents a much different message.  As Kotzen sings, “Sing to me your lullabies/Share all your secrets with me/I’ll bend to your heart’s desire/Step with me/Cross the bridge to the light/And see eternity in my eyes/And for eternity you will be mine.”  On the one hand this comes across as something that would fit into a love song.  On the other hand it could also be interpreted as someone beckoning his or her loved one to come over, perhaps as that perhaps is about to cross over.  That may very well be a stretch.  But the gentility in Kotzen’s vocal delivery coupled with the overall positive vibe of the song seems to hint that it could indeed be just that.  It would make that lead verse make more sense.  The two elements together could perhaps be serving to present a vibe of the positive feelings that one feels as they are about to leave one world and go on to the next.  It definitely would be interesting to learn the real story behind this song.  Regardless, the positive vibes exhibited through both its musical and lyrical content makes it yet another great example of why Hot Streak proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable recording.  It still isn’t the last example of the album’s enjoyment, either.  Midway through the album’s run, the band changes gears in dramatic fashion in its presentation of the interestingly titled ‘Fire.’  It is one more example of what makes Hot Streak such a strong return for The Winery Dogs.

‘Oblivion’ and ‘The Bridge’ are both excellent examples of just how much Hot Streak has to offer audiences.  While both songs are key examples of the album’s strength in their own right they are not the only examples of that strength.  ‘Fire’ is just as important to note in the overall picture of Hot Streak as those songs or any of the others not directly noted.  It is so important to note because it is the polar opposite of those songs.  The sound presented through its musical content is much more reserved. It would be unfair to call it a ballad per se. But it is still a deeply moving piece regardless in its musical content alone. The song’s lyrical content is just as moving. That is exemplified as Kotzen sings, “We’re struggling with everything/And I don’t understand who we are/Sometimes I wanna run from me and find an end to it in your arms/Running dry/And I feel so numb/I could/But I don’t know what it’s for.” He goes on to sing later in the song, “In this portentous lie that is you and I/How do we secede/I’ve got money on it/It’s all a dream.” As the song progresses past this point it becomes clearer that this song must be rooted in relationship issues. Interestingly enough the song’s musical content doesn’t make it come across as the standard breakup song. Yes, it is reserved in its sound. But it doesn’t have that standard oh-woe-is-me vibe. That in mind, it stands out even more against the rest of the album’s offerings. Together with those songs Hot Streak proves in whole once more to be a record that from start to finish is a welcome return from The Winery Dogs and that is also one of the best of this year’s new rock offerings.

Hot Streak shows from beginning to end to be one of the best of this year’s new rock albums and a solid, welcome return for the rock supergroup. That is exhibited clearly throughout the course of the album’s thirteen tracks. Whether for the album’s driving opener ‘Oblivion’ the upbeat and thought-provoking ‘The Bridge’ or for the album’s deeply emotional, moving midpoint that is ‘Fire’ there is plenty to say about this record. That is just in those songs, too. The rest of the songs not noted here each exhibit in their own way plenty of positives. The album in whole is one that is, again, a solid, welcome return for the trio and one that is among the best of this year’s new rock offerings. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Hot Streak is available now online along with all of The Winery Dogs’ latest news at:

 

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The Winery Dogs Sophomore Album Debuts On A Hot Streak

Courtesy:  Loud & Proud Records/Red Distribution

Courtesy: Loud & Proud Records/Red Distribution

The Winery Dogs are on a hot streak.

The Winery Dogs’ new album Hot Streak has been in stores a little more than a week. In that time, the sophomore recording from the rock semi-supergroup has made quite the splash. It debuted at #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart in its first week, in the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Alternative Albums Chart and at #6 and #5 in the magazine’s Top Current Rock and Top Hard Music chart respectively. Those are just a few of the accolades that the album achieved in its first week in stores. The complete list of the album’s chart numbers is noted below.

#30 Top 200 Albums
#2 Top Current Alternative Albums
#5 “Top Current Hard Music”
#5 “Top Hard Music Albums”
#6 “Top Current Rock Albums”
#6 “Album Core / Genre Rock”
#15 “Top Current Physical Albums”
#16 “Top Current Albums”

Hot Streak was released Friday, October 2nd on Loud & Proud Records via Red Distribution. ‘Oblivion,’ the self-produced album’s lead single, was released August 25th and made its way into the Top 30 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. A double-LP vinyl presentation of Hot Streak is currently in the works and is currently scheduled for release on Friday, November 13th. More information on Hot Streak is available online now along with all of the latest news from The Winery Dogs at:

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The Winery Dogs’ Debut Even Better The Second Time Around

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Courtesy: Loud & Proud Records

Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, and Richie Kotzen (a.k.a. The Winery Dogs) released their self-titled debut last summer.  The rock super group’s album proved to be one of the best rock records of 2013 at least in the view of this critic.  Now the trio has followed up the success of its debut full-length with a re-issue of that album that includes a bonus live disc boasting a ten-song live performance by the band.  That recording, Unleashed in Japan 2013, combines songs from the band’s self-titled debut, and songs previously unreleased in the United States.  The bonus disc itself is the central point of the re-issue’s enjoyment.  The recording’s set list is another reason that audiences will enjoy the bonus concert.  The show’s audio mix is the finishing touch for the whole package.  That factor, the set list and the very fact that this show would be included with the original album makes the whole package one of the year’s re-issues definitely worth checking out.

The new re-issue of The Winery Dogs’ self-titled 2013 debut record is one of the few album re-issues definitely worth checking out in 2014.  The primary reason for that is the album’s bonus companion live recording.  The Winery Dogs obviously isn’t the first band to re-issue an album with a bonus live recording.  But The Winery Dogs is a super group of sorts.  Its members each have their own projects going on outside of this one.  So, touring time is more than likely limited.  That being the case, it makes any live recording all the more valuable especially for fans that don’t have or haven’t had the chance to experience The Winery Dogs live.  The companion live recording is even more of a bonus when compared to the live recordings included as companion material by other bands on their albums.  Other bands just take performances from their tours and jam them all together onto a CD or DVD (or both in some cases).  The Winery Dogs didn’t do that here.  This recording is an extensive concert recorded in Tokyo, Japan, July 17th 2013.  That was the second ever concert held by the band.  It would be interesting to see if Loud & Proud Records will follow up this audio recording with a companion DVD/Blu-ray video in the near future to compliment this piece of the whole.  Regardless, having included a concert recording as extensive as this one with the band’s debut album is central to this re-issue.  It gives audiences the near complete experience of what The Winery Dogs is all about.

The inclusion of the bonus live recording as part of The Winery Dogs’ new re-issue is central to the re-issue’s enjoyment.  The set list chosen for the band’s concert is just as important to the package.  Audiences will notice that the band only played a few of the songs from its debut record in this concert.  The band included in its live companion recording one song that was previously unavailable to American audiences.  The trio also included songs that its members had written and recorded with and by others.  Among those songs are: Poison’s ‘Stand’, Elvin Bishop’s ‘Fooled Around and Fell In Love’, and even a piece co-written by Richie Kotzen and Richie Zito (both of whom performed and recorded with Poison) titled ‘Shine.’  The combination of the band’s own works and the these songs makes the band’s concert all the more of a full experience.  The band’s balance of the songs throughout its set is the key to that enjoyment.  And set alongside the concert’s audio mix, the concert becomes a complete experience for fans.

The set list chosen for the band’s concert presented here is quite well balanced, especially being a concert promoting the band’s debut album.  As important as the set list is to the experience, the audio quality of the recording is especially important.  That applies whether or not audiences were actually there in person at the show.  The show’s audio mix is relatively clear. The vocals and music are both equally balanced. The show’s audio operator is to be commended for handling what was a clear issue with the venue’s acoustics. Even on record, audiences can tell that the concert’s venue had to have had rather high ceilings. Even despite this, the person helming the boards compensated quiet well for this, putting what is the final touch to the recording, making it a recording that any fan of these three veteran musicians will love. The recording together with the band’s original debut album make the package as a whole one of the year’s few re-issues so far worth checking out.

The band is currently touring in support of its newly re-issued album. It will perform live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT. The band’s current tour schedule also brings it to North Carolina for a pair of dates this month. A performance at Amos Southend in Charlotte, North Carolina is scheduled for next Saturday, May 10th and one to follow the next day at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem. The band’s current tour schedule is available online at http://www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs. Audiences can check out the band’s tour schedule there as well as keep up with the latest news from the band, too.

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