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The Sheepdogs

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/02-Please-Dont-Lead-Me-On.mp3|titles=Please Don't Lead Me On]This is for all those people who claim that classic rock is dead and that the youth of today don’t know how to make music anymore. I give you the Sheepdogs, a band that would not have been out of place at the original Woodstock.

A finalist in the Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Contest, the southern rock group from Saskatoon is already representing our country well on the international stage. A few months ago, they were unknown, even in their home country. However, now they are only a few votes away from becoming the first unsigned band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 1st!

The Sheepdogs remind me of everything that was amazing about music back in the 60s and 70s. Harmonic guitar patterns reminiscent of the Allman Brothers, a laid back southern look like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the impeccable vocal harmonies similar to the Guess Who and the Eagles. The Sheepdogs have been able to take all of these elements that have been absent from music for the past few decades, and brought them back into the mainstream rock world.

Their first single, “I Don’t Know,” is quite simplistic, yet manages to set a focus on the importance of a key guitar riff to be the centrepiece of any great rock song. With a catchy chorus, the hook will get stuck in your head regardless of whether or not you like the sound. And then there is the face-melting guitar solo at the end that would make Jack Black in the School of Rock proud.

There is so much classic southern rock influence on this track, like the rest on their debut album Learn and Burn. When I first heard it on the radio, I was almost certain I was listening to Q107. And personally, I think that is refreshing. So much modern music is forgetting about what used to make music great. The ability to write a song with great lyrics, strong live vocals and excellent musicianship was the ultimate prize for an artist back in the day. It wasn’t about being the best, or selling the most albums, or winning the most awards. It was simply about the music.

The Sheepdogs love the music that they make, and tomorrow night they will find out if the world embraces their sound. If so, they will be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and performing on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show on Tuesday night! Stay tuned this week, because this very underground Canadian rock band could become the next big thing! Until then, the Sheepdogs will be “Southern Dreaming.”

Check them out on their website!


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  • Chris Elliott

    My man! Applause. This might be your best piece yet. Music and content! lol I’m absolutely loving these guys, and I was very impressed with how you laid everything out. Well articulated, detailed, justice served to a great new band. Aaaaand I love how you recognized the fact that they could be in Woodstock. Totally agree on that front. Isn’t it refreshing to hear new-old music? lol Nice job as always homie. 

  • Anonymous

    Very enjoyable artists. Happy to hear that they won the contest, and will be the first ever unsigned hype to grace the coveted Rolling Stone :)  

  • Anonymous

    These guys tickle my fancy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

    Thank you boys! This was one of my favourite blogs to write so far. You gotta love a band that went from rags to riches, especially when they’re Canadian! And I am so happy they won the contest, couldn’t have happened to a better bunch of guys. Thanks again guys!

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