If you are from Saskatchewan, it’s a pretty big deal when a local band breaks out and starts getting some notice outside of the province. However, to get handpicked by the rock gods at Rolling Stone magazine is a whole other matter.
The Sheepdogs have long been known as one of Saskatoon’s hardest-working rock bands. Currently on tour in Eastern Canada with their latest album entitled Learn & Burn, the ‘Dogs were chosen from over 1,200 bands to be 1 of 16 groups competing to be on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine.
According to head ‘Dog Ewan Currie, the significance of being the only Canadian group picked for the contest is certainly not lost on the band.
“I’ve been reading [Rolling Stone] off and on since I was about 10,” says Currie. “I’ve gotten away from it in recent years, but there’s no denying the cultural significance of being on the cover.”
“So far, we’re really focusing on the publicity that is accompanying being in the competition,” he continues. “It has been great – Entertainment Tonight, E Talk, Canada AM, CBC’s The National, all in addition to being in the current Justin Bieber issue of RS itself – there have been a lot of doors opening for us as a result of this publicity, [along with] lots of shows and good people getting in touch with us.
“We’re really relishing the opportunity to represent Saskatchewan and Canada in this competition and hope that people take a closer look at what can come out of an often-overlooked place like Saskatoon.”
Check out The Sheepdogs in the video for the song Southern Dreaming released by The Neighbors Dog:
Check out The Sheepdogs live:
03-04 Hamilton – The Casbah Lounge
03-05 Kingston – The Mansion
03-06 Montreal – L’Escogriffe
03-07 London – Call The Office
03-08 St. Catherines – Mansion House
03-11 Toronto – The Horseshoe Tavern
03-18 Austin, TX – Paradise
03-24 New York, NY – Pianos
04-09 Swift Current – Lyric Theatre
07-09 Toronto – Edgefest ’11 – Downsview Park