Happy Birthday today (Feb. 3) Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs (47) and rock and roll famer Dave Davies. The lead guitarist and singer of The Kinks is 70. Davies ranked No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Richie Kotzen is currently with The Winery Dogs along with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy. The band released their debut in 2013. Their second album  Hot Streak was released in October of 2015. Kotzen was once a member of Poison. He joined the band in 1991, playing and co-writing songs for the band’s 1993 release Native Tongue. He also replaced guitarist Paul Gilbert for a time in the band Mr. Big between 1999 and 2002. Some of Kotzen’s influences include Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Kotzen is an incredible singer/guitarist who I've had the opportunity to see perform on many occasions with The Winery Dogs. Amazing band! For more on The Winery Dogs, check out the band’s official website here.

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