It would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup: Vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But The Winery Dogs are so much more than a supergroup. The proof is in the brew: The Winery Dogs is an eclectic, fully realized group with songs that groove and swing without sacrificing any of the grit that makes great hard rock so inspiring.
The Hot Dogs were a Memphis group who recorded for Stax offshoot Ardent Records in the early- to mid-'70s. Ardent was also Big Star's label and studio during this time period, and the Hot Dogs were a similar band in many respects, drawing on the same mix of Beatlesque guitars and harmonies, although without the skewed, edgy deconstructive feel that made Big Star so distinctive and posthumously revered.
Prog icon Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard) and his long-time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), as well as Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette teamed up for a masterly executed prog rock opus. The main album also include two long prog epics that are sure to be fan favorites for years to come while also adding more catchy, rocking songs such as the title track. "The Grand Experiment" is sure to blow the minds of all prog fans and appeal to anyone who loves hooky song-writing combined with virtuoso performances from some of the best musicians in the world. The Special Edition 2CD & DVD Digipak comes along with a bonus disc of unreleased studio and live tracks plus a ‘Making Of’ DVD!