The Winery Dogs: Select Track-by-Track Commentary – Exclusive Premiere
This is the day the Winery Dogs have been waiting for as their self-titled debut disc drops in stores. The supergroup of singer-guitarist Richie Kotzen, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy collaborated on one of the year’s most anticipated discs and Portnoy took some time to provide some track-by-track commentary so that fans know what to expect. Noisecreep is proud to exclusively bring you the second webisode, which focuses on the fifth through eighth tracks on the record.
This latest webisode begins with ‘The Other Side,’ a track Portnoy calls “a sleeper track” and one of his favorites on the album. The drummer raves about the upbeat nature of the cut and shares his love of the extended jam at the end of the song.
The drummer has a personal stake in ‘You Saved Me,’ the lone track on the record where he contributed lyrics. Portnoy says he hadn’t written any lyrics since leaving Dream Theater, but for this track he had something he really wanted to say. “Everything else will come and go but family is forever and that’s the message of that song,” says the drummer “And it’s really a thank you to my wife for sticking by me and helping me to stay strong through the hard times and the changes I’ve been through the last couple of years.”
Portnoy also addresses ‘Not Hopeless,’ a track the drummer says in right in his wheelhouse as he drums in 7/4 time, and ‘One More Time,’ a bluesy cut that was the first song the band wrote together that really showcases Kotzen’s influence.