During an appearance in the last episode of “The Chuck Shute Podcast”guitarist/singer Richie Kotzen talked about the progress of the recording sessions for the third album of CELLAR DOGShis power trio with the legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):”CELLAR DOGS, the third album, the music exists. It was mixed up. It was approved, and it was mastered. So what we’re looking at now is when are we going to release it? But the consensus seems to be that next year, 2023, will be CELLAR DOGS year. I think the three of us are really excited to go back. It’s been too long.” Kotzen went on to say that dates are being set for CELLAR DOGS‘ upcoming tour, set to begin early next year.
Last February, Kotzen Told SiriusXMit is “Trunk Nation featuring Eddie Trunk” this CELLAR DOGS recorded 10 songs for their third album. “But we actually talked about maybe seeing each other again, just because we like spending time together,” he said. “So I don’t know if there will be more. But there are 10 that I’m very happy with, and I think people who like the group will be happy with them as well.”
In January, Richie Told “Trunk Nation featuring Eddie Trunk” on the musical direction of the new CELLAR DOGS material and how it compares to the band’s first two albums: “Well, you know, we never discuss direction; we’ll just write and see what comes out. But sitting down and listening to it, such that he’s in his state now, it reminds me more of the first album than the second album, only because on the second album, I think, the production we went in a few different directions. Some of the songs – I don’t know not – I think we explored some territory on the second record that didn’t exist on the first one. And that stuff, to me, sounds a little more raw I guess you would say – maybe more true to what the band sounds live, like a trio. Maybe that’s because I haven’t really done a lot of overdubs – it’s really just guitar, bass and drums. I said, I don’t know where this is going to end, because there are still plenty of opportunities for me to screw it up. No, I think it’s going to be good, I think people are going to like it. I play it in my car here and there, and I like it. Like I said, it’s just a matter of putting their vocals in — some harmonies — and some percussion. Maybe some small guitars [bits] — maybe I’ll double a few lines here or there; that sort of thing. But I try to keep it pretty raw, a nice powerful trio sound.”
CELLAR DOGS were founded in 2012 after portnoy and Sheehan — which initially aimed to collaborate with former WHITE SNAKE and BLUE MURDER guitarist John Sykes – reached out to Kotzenwho played with Sheehan in Mr. BIG from 1997 to 2002. The band’s self-titled debut album reached No. 27 on the Billboard 200 after selling over 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of availability. The initial sales follow-up effort “Hot Series” were even better, as the album debuted at No. 30 in late 2015 after moving 13,000 equivalent album units in America in its first week of availability.
last september, Mike Told “Trunk Nation featuring Eddie Trunk” about the new OGS CHAI music: “I would say somewhere [between the first and the second albums]. It’s hard for me to have this real perspective that anyone listens to because when you write it and record it, everything becomes important to you. It’s hard to say; it’s hard to get that perspective.
“The debut album is just song after song after song – there’s no moment of weakness at any time – as “Hot Series”I guess we did more experimental stuff, songs like ‘Spiral’ Where ‘War machine’, songs in the background that were more experimental,” he explained. “So I would say if I had to compare it, it’s probably more like the first album because we also consciously decided to we stop around 10 or 11 Songs. Because the first album and “Hot Series”, I think, had 13 or 14 songs. People like you and me, we love everything, we love the music and we enjoy it, but for a lot of people the attention span for a 14-song album might be a bit too much. So when writing this album, we decided to find 10 or 11 that are really super strong. Nothing too experimental, nothing too off the beaten path compared to what people expect from CELLAR DOGS. So I think everything about this album is super strong from top to bottom.”