The always prolific Richie Kotzen has released a lyric video for his new single “Raise The Cain.”
“The nucleus of this song came out of a phone conversation I had with my fellow Winery Dog band mate Mike Portnoy at the start of our Covid quarantine,” Kotzen wrote in a Facebook post. “He mentioned his drums were miked up and that he had been doing some recording. I said ‘hey Mike, I’ve got an idea for you if you’re up for it… Take 4 or 5 different tempos and different grooves and lay down a few song forms. Pretend I’m jamming with you and record as if it were a song. Once you get them sorted send them off to me and I’ll see if I can edit some of your beats and possibly write them into songs.’
I ended up writing the riff to Mike’s 7/8 drum groove which then lead me down the road to completing a song which is ‘Raise The Cain’.
Initially I thought of sitting on the track to include on a full length album down the road but then reality sank back in.
Why bother? Why bother sitting on a finished track and letting it sit on a hard drive until who knows when? No good reason to do that so here we are with yet another RK single release featuring some badass drumming from Master Mike Portnoy.”