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Richard Dale "Richie" Kotzen, Jr. (born February 3, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Kotzen has a prolific solo career, with a back catalogue of more than twenty album releases, was a member of the glam-hard rock band Poison from 1991-1993, Mr. Big from 1999-2002, and since 2012 has been the frontman of the band The Winery Dogs.[1][2][3] Kotzen was signed to California-based Shrapnel Records
Shrapnel Records
from 1989 until 1997.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Guitar playing style 3 Instruments and equipment 4 Discography 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
began playing piano at the age of five. At the age of seven, he was inspired to learn the electric guitar by the band Kiss. He started his career in a band named Arthur's Museum. Kotzen was eventually discovered by Shrapnel Records' Mike Varney, and he recorded his first solo album by the age of 19, the first of two instrumental records, simply entitled Richie Kotzen. He created the video Rock Chops for REH video in 1989, highlighting many of his formative techniques, including using wide-intervals and fluid sweeping. One year later, a second solo album called Fever Dream was released, which was the first one to also feature his lead vocals. Since then, Kotzen has released a long series of more than twenty albums with musical influences ranging from Rock, Hard Rock, Pop, Blues, Blue-eyed-soul, R&B and Funk to Jazz
Jazz
Fusion. In 1991, at age 21, Kotzen joined glam-hard rock band Poison, co-writing and performing on the album Native Tongue. This album produced two top-twenty singles which Kotzen co-wrote, "Stand" and " Until You Suffer Some
Until You Suffer Some
(Fire and Ice)". After that, Kotzen focused on his solo career, regularly releasing song oriented, r&b/soul & funk influenced melodic rock albums such as Mother Head's Family Reunion, Wave Of Emotion, Something To Say, Break It All Down and What Is. He also made guest appearances on several albums by artists like Glenn Hughes, Stevie Salas, T.M. Stevens and others. In 1995 and 1997 he collaborated with Greg Howe
Greg Howe
on two Jazz
Jazz
Rock Fusion albums. In 1999, Kotzen replaced Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert
as guitarist in the mainstream hard rock band Mr. Big, performing on their album Get Over It. He also contributed guitars to their subsequent release Actual Size. The record included the Kotzen song Shine, which debuted at number one on Japanese radio charts. After Mr. Big disbanded, Kotzen released the solo album Change, in 2003. The title track and the song Get a Life were featured in TV commercials throughout Japan. In 2002, Kotzen bought a commercial building in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and established a recording studio and production company. He has since produced his own acclaimed solo albums and collaborated with various figures in rock (e.g. Gene Simmons), jazz and fusion, including jazz legend Stanley Clarke, with whom he realized the project Vertú. The 2004 follow-up-album to Change, Get Up featured a more edgy, aggressive rock sound. It was more hard rock oriented than any of his previous solo outputs since Fever Dream and contains the ballad "Remember", which became a minor hit. In 2005, Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
teamed up with three Japanese punk rockers to form the short-lived Forty Deuce-Project, which only lasted long enough to record and release one album. Later in the same year, Kotzen collaborated with Funk Rock Fusion guitarist Steve Saluto on his album Rough Beat, where he contributed 50% of the vocals and co-wrote some of the songs. The album was first released on the 31st of December, 2005, and got re-issued in 2009 under the name Resurrection, coming with five additional tracks. In 2006, Kotzen was the opening act for The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
in Japan on their Bigger Bang tour. During the year 2006, Kotzen managed to produce and release two solo studio albums, first Ai Senshi Z×R, an album on which he played several English sung rock covers of theme songs from the Japanese Gundam
Gundam
anime franchise, and only nine months later Into The Black, containing ten self-penned rock songs. The latter one starts with the angry song "You Can't Save Me", in which he uses a certain F-word extensively, what eventually turned it into a fan favourite. 2007 saw the release of the album Go Faster, which alternatively was named Return Of The Mother Head's Family Reunion
Mother Head's Family Reunion
in Europe and Japan. On the album Kotzen showcases a firework of edgy, driving, yet melodic funk influenced blues rock songs with strong hooks and passionate guitar playing. It includes the eight-minute-song "Fooled Again", which became a live favourite on the following tours, and the soft pop ballad "Chase It" with its significant mandolin riff, for which a music video clip was filmed in Venice. In 2008, Kotzen's first live album, simply entitled Live in São Paulo was released, followed by the acclaimed Peace Sign album in 2009, for which Kotzen played and recorded all instruments himself. In 2009, Kotzen also teamed up with songwriter/producer Richie Zito for a short-lived project they called Wilson Hawk. Wilson Hawk produced one album called The Road, on which they celebrate some R&B & soul influenced pop music in the style of the late 60s and 70s. After the "Peace Sign" world tour, Kotzen took a little break and released only one single in 2010 (the Rod Stewart reminiscent Angry Boy). But 2011 brought another full-length Kotzen-Solo-album titled 24 Hours, which features ten catchy, fresh 70s funk & r&b influenced melodic rock songs with strong hooks and vibes, garnished with a lot of fiddling around. The release was followed by another tour. In 2012, he joined forces with Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
and Billy Sheehan
Billy Sheehan
to form the rock supergroup The Winery Dogs who released their self-titled debut album on May 15, 2013 in Japan, with a worldwide release on July 23 of the same year. A world tour followed. After that, Kotzen went on an acoustic solo tour and started working on his 20th solo effort, which became the Cannibals album, that was released on January, 5th, 2015. Cannibals features a more relaxed, and often r&b influenced rock/pop sound. Kotzen's girlfriend, bassist/vocalist Julia Lage, added some background vocals and also appears in the music video for the song "In An Instant". On the song "I'm All In" Kotzen shares the vocals with Doug Pinnick
Doug Pinnick
of King's X and Kotzen's daughter August Eve is featured on the ballad "You", playing the piano. For "You" also a music video was recorded. Only nine months later, on October, 2nd, 2015, The Winery Dogs released their second album Hot Streak, followed by another world tour. By the end of 2016, The Winery Dogs went on hiatus and Kotzen focused on his next solo record Salting Earth, which came out on April 14th, 2017. From August until late September Kotzen completed a European tour. On January, 25th, 2018, Kotzen released a video for his new single called The Damned via youtube, which was filmed at Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California
California
by director Vicente Cordero. Guitar playing style[edit] Kotzen has described his style as a mix of rock, blues, jazz, fusion, and soul music. Kotzen utilizes a heavy amount of legato and sweeping in his playing. As his main influences, he lists Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Jason Becker (who produced his first album), Allan Holdsworth, and many other jazz and fusion players. Kotzen, since around 2007, has opted to stop using guitar picks and been playing exclusively with his fingers ever since.[4] Instruments and equipment[edit] Kotzen has used Fender electric guitars for most of his career, most notably his signature model Telecasters and Stratocasters, as well as other custom-made models. Currently, there are two Richie Kotzen signature models made by Fender Japan
Fender Japan
– a Stratocaster
Stratocaster
(STR-145RK) and a Telecaster
Telecaster
(TLR-155RK). Both guitars feature ash bodies with laminated flame maple caps, maple necks and one piece maple fretboards with abalone dot inlays and 22 super jumbo frets. The Telecaster
Telecaster
model features a DiMarzio Chopper T pickup in the bridge position (single spaced humbucker) and a DiMarzio Twang King in the neck position. The Stratocaster
Stratocaster
is fitted with three custom made DiMarzio single coil pickups. [5] At the beginning of his career, Kotzen used Ibanez
Ibanez
guitars and Laney amplifiers before switching to Fender guitars and Marshall amplifiers in the early 1990s. He used Marshall Super Lead, JCM800 and JCM900 models as well as Yamaha DG Series amps in the late 90's. Yamaha DG1000 preamp with Marshall EL34 100/100 poweramp, and Yamaha DG130H, Yamaha DG100 combo etc. In 2005, Cornford Amplification issued a Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
signature model – RK100, a single channel tube amp head developed and designed in collaboration with Kotzen to suit his expansive playing style. Cornford ceased production of all amplifiers, including the RK100, in 2013.[6] There were also matching signature model speaker cabinets, equipped with one or four Celestion
Celestion
Vintage 30 12" speakers. Both the amplifier head and the speaker cabinets were the only Cornford models generally supplied with Kotzen-spec black tolex covering. The 4 x 12" cabinet also includes a special locking jack socket on the rear. Kotzen prefers not to use many pedals (or effects, in general) when playing live. However, over the years, he has been using several versions of Sobbat Drivebraker and Glowvibe pedals on top of Marshall amps when not playing with the Cornford. He also uses reverb and delay effects of his signature series Zoom G2R effects processor, which is connected in the effects loop of the amplifier. [7] In 2014, Tech 21 started selling the Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
Signature RK5 Fly Rig, which was developed in close collaboration with Richie, who used the final prototype for the bulk of his 2014 tour with the Winery Dogs. [8] Discography[edit] Main article: Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
discography

Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
(1989) Fever Dream (1990) Electric Joy
Electric Joy
(1991) Mother Head's Family Reunion
Mother Head's Family Reunion
(1994) The Inner Galactic Fusion Experience
The Inner Galactic Fusion Experience
(1995) Wave of Emotion
Wave of Emotion
(1996) Something to Say (1997) What Is...
What Is...
(1998) Bi-Polar Blues (1999) Break It All Down (1999) Slow (2001) Change (2003) Acoustic Cuts
Acoustic Cuts
(2003) Get Up (2004) Ai Senshi Z×R
Ai Senshi Z×R
(Music from the animation series Gundam) (2006) Into The Black (2006) Go Faster/Return Of The Mother Head's Family Reunion
Mother Head's Family Reunion
(2007) Peace Sign (2009) 24 Hours (2011) The Essential (2014) Cannibals (2015) Salting Earth (2017)

References[edit]

^ Portnoy, Mike. "MP Studio Diary for Portnoy/Sheehan/Kotzen sessions - Day 1". Retrieved 11 April 2013.  ^ Portnoy, Mike. "MP Studio Diary for Portnoy/Sheehan/Koten sessions - Day 14". Retrieved 11 April 2013.  ^ "THE WINERY DOGS: Official Logo, Band Photo Unveiled". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 11 April 2013.  ^ "Interview: The Winery Dogs — Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan
Billy Sheehan
and Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
Talk
Talk
Debut Album, Gear, Technique and More".  ^ "Signature Gear".  ^ http://www.cornfordamps.com/ ^ "Rig Tour: Richie Kotzen, The Winery Dogs".  ^ " Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
Talks Tech 21
Tech 21
Signature RK5 Fly Rig, 'Cannibals' and Dog Camp 2015". 

External links[edit]

Official Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
site Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
on IMDb Official Shrapnel Records
Shrapnel Records
site Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
Live in Argentina Kotzen's solo with Mr. Big In-depth 2014 Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
interview on Guitar.com http://www.myspace.com/richiekotzen (Official MySpace page) Richie Kotzen discography
Richie Kotzen discography
at MusicBrainz Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
Signature Tech 21
Tech 21
Fly Rig Effects Pedal

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Richie Kotzen

Studio albums

Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen
(1989) Fever Dream (1990) Electric Joy
Electric Joy
(1991) Mother Head's Family Reunion
Mother Head's Family Reunion
(1994) The Inner Galactic Fusion Experience
The Inner Galactic Fusion Experience
(1995) Wave of Emotion
Wave of Emotion
(1996) Something to Say (1997) What Is...
What Is...
(1998) Bi-Polar Blues (1999) Break It All Down (1999) Slow (2001) Change (2003) Acoustic Cuts
Acoustic Cuts
(2003) Get Up (2004) Ai Senshi Z×R
Ai Senshi Z×R
(2006) Into The Black (2006) Go Faster/Return Of The Mother Head's Family Reunion
Mother Head's Family Reunion
(2007) Peace Sign (2009)

Collaboration albums

Tilt (with Greg Howe) (1995) Project (with Greg Howe) (1997)

Live albums

Live in São Paulo/Bootlegged in Brazil (2008)

Compilation albums

The Best of Richie Kotzen
The Best of Richie Kotzen
(2004) Instrumental Collection: The Shrapnel Years (2006) The Essential (2014)

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