Ewan Currie of The Sheepdogs’ Solo Material

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In addition to his wildly successful day job as lead riff slinger in The Sheepdogs, front man Ewan Currie is also something of a solo musician as well – go figure.

In-between touring in Australia or shooting videos in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park, Currie somehow found the time to record a literal deluge of material – over 40 songs, including a cover tune.

But despite the controversy surrounding the band – which may or may not be blown over by now depending on how much weight you put into the Huffington Post – Currie’s solo material is something of a breath of fresh air.

The songs that populate Currie’s Bandcamp page run the gamut from classic rock barn burners to bluesy-folk pop soliloquies. None of the material strays too far off the The Sheepdogs’ leash, but it does make for an excellent companion – fans of the Saskatoon four-piece might have a new best friend in these recordings.

Keeping consistent throughout the recordings – which could easily have been dug out of a steamer trunk from the estate sale of a ‘70s FM radio rock station – is Currie’s distinct voice, which sounds almost subdued compared to his howlings on his trademark tune “I Don’t Know.”

With all the hype surrounding the band’s rocket-ride to uber-stardom – which now unfortunately includes “salty” vomiting and “salacious” karaoke with Rolling Stone’s Austin Scaggs – it is easy to forget that at the root of it all, Currie and his band are truly interested in the music.

Currie’s Bandcamp is, if nothing else, a dog-eared page in the group’s progression from music underlings to magazine models.