Those of you who know me personally know I have softs spot for Canadian things (i.e. my handsome partner) and classic-sounding rock and roll. In the last few weeks, Craig has introduced me to an excellent rock band called the Sheepdogs. They hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a Canadian prairie province north of Montana and North Dakota. The Sheepdogs have a great, old-school rock and roll sound with wonderfully catchy, fun songs. I first heard of them when they won the Rolling Stones cover contest, in which a bunch of new acts were considered for the cover. I don’t know why I didn’t take the time to investigate the band then. But no surprise Craig has recently rocked my musical world, as he often does, and turned me on to them. Craig is a musician with an incredible ear and has introduced some amazing rock acts to me, including my favorite band, The Black Crowes. I am so digging the Sheepdogs and am very thankful!
The Sheepdogs funded their first three albums and early years of touring on their own. With the release of their 2010 album, Learn & Burn, they won three 2012 JUNO Awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy): New Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. The album I’ve been listening to on repeat for days, simply titled The Sheepdogs, was produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Austin Scaggs. I checked their touring schedule and they have no non-Canadian tour dates in the near future. They are still mainly celebrated in Canada and oversees. Come on, U.S., get on board! I need to get these hairy men to NYC for a concert.
Here’s my favorite of their tunes so far. “Laid Back” is the song that first stopped me in my tracks (literally, as I was getting ready in the bedroom, I said to Craig, “What is this? I love it” after the first 30 seconds). Ewan Currie, the lead singer, talked on another live version I found (of lesser quality) about how they wrote this song about appreciating the famous Canadian temperament. Hmm, wonder who that reminds me of? Yep, pretty much describes my amazing Acadian boyfriend to a tee. Enjoy!
This next song, “Feeling Good,” is so fun and you can absolutely here the Black Key’s sound. It has a very similar sound to one of their own songs, “Gold on the Ceiling.”
And another amazing one, Craig’s favorite on the album… “Alright Ok.”
And lastly, here is a fantastic five song set from CBC, Canadian’s major broadcasting network. The line up is superb: “The Way It Is,” “Feeling Good,” “Ewan’s Blues,” “Alright OK,” and a cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Put this on the next time you have 20 minutes of music listening to do: aka cleaning, working out, getting dressed, etc…
I hope I’ve made a few more fans out of you all. Great rock and roll is always a gift.
here’s a way to listen to all the album’s songs: