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You know what they say: Familiarity breeds creativity. Just witness the aptly named Hot Streak, the supercharged follow-up to the self-titled rabidly rocking 2013 debut of the three-piece musical dynamo known as The Winery Dogs. Hot Streak shows the powerfully pedigreed trio's initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the sturm und headbang of "Captain Love" to the propulsive uplifting vibe of "The Bridge" to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of "Fire." If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, Hot Streak barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
On Hot Streak, The Winery Dogs have found themselves sniffing around outside their comfort zone to expand their musical horizons while staying true to their power-trio roots, as songs like the subtle whirling dervish "Spiral" and the aforementioned "Fire" easily attest. "‘Fire' is a great example of Richie's ability to create something that's very poppy or very mainstream, something that you could hear Sting or Sade doing," observes Portnoy. "It's an unusual left-turn for us," concurs Sheehan. "I'm glad we're not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record. Some of the songs are a little different, and we definitely took chances. But you have to do that – otherwise, you don't grow."
The album's funky, hard-driving title track is fine evidence of such growth. "That one came from a bass lick I did sitting around and warming up," reveals Sheehan. "It was something I did for years – my adaptation of a Stanley Clarke move. I did that lick with a little tag on the end of it, and Mike just played along to it. It caught Richie's ear... I showed him what key it was in, and he jumped right in." Recalls Kotzen, "I remember being in the studio hearing Billy's riff and thinking, ‘That's cool.' I started riffing over it vocally; I wasn't even playing guitar on that original jam session. There are so many little spots on it where we could have stepped on each other. But I was able to go in and play key parts that elevated the song's progress and, at the same time, leave space for Mike's drums to do the things that made the song even more special."
"The thing that resonates the most with me is that I feel we've taken the band to another level," Kotzen concludes. "The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. I feel we've stretched the parameters the band operated within on the first record. We've widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward. That's what I'm most excited about."