Richie Kotzen releases “Raise The Cain” video

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.”

Earlier this year, Kotzen released 50 for 50 which he spoke about with Blues Rock Review.

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