Canada’s The Sheepdogs Become Rolling Stone’s Hairiest Cover Act in Thirty Years

Saskatchewan’s retro-rock ambassadors win a spot on the cover of the Rolling Stone after 1.5 million reader votes cast in online contest.

Someone in Canada has won a talent contest, and they did it without having to stand in line for hours waiting to audition for a panel of washed up celebrity judges who would then hold the fate of their fire juggling/trained hamster act in their bony little paws.

All it took Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs to find a place as the first unsigned band to land on the cover of Rolling Stone was six years of ‘band in a van’ living; coast to coast tours across North America, three self-released and financed albums (2007’s Trying To Grow, 2008’s Big Stand and 2010’s Learn & Burn), and amassing enough personal debt along the way to ensure Kraft dinner buffets for their offspring for many years to come.

Hopefully that bit about the KD will remain a horrible gastronomic nightmare now that The Sheepdogs have beat out fifteen other acts to claim their cover prize, which also pocketed them a record deal with Atlantic. The first thing you will probably notice about The Sheepdogs is their look-flannel, facial hair, and the feeling that if these guys weren’t in a band the individual members would have a residency on a truck stop counter seat somewhere along the Trans-Canada Highway. Needless to say, their sound is a direct reflection of their fashion sense. It’s like 1972 has decided it wants its due, and it’s using The Sheepdogs to help it lay claim to its spot in musical history.

Below you’ll find a live performance of the song I Don’t Know, taken from a CBC Radio 2 segment. You can also stop by Rolling Stone online, where you’ll find a boatload of live clips of the band doing their thing.

-Jay Moon

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on August 17, 2011, in Music and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Heard these guys on the CBC this morning on the way to work. I like it a lot. There’s a bit of Neil Young in there and a healthy dose of Burton Cummings. Good stuff…

  2. If you check out the Rolling Stone link at the bottom of the post you’ll find a clip of them covering some CSN&Y, funnily enough…

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