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Music of the Genies: The Sheepdogs

We jumped off our Music of the Genies series yesterday with a look at prolific rapper K'naan, and we continue today with another Canadian sensation - The Sheepdogs.

Dubbed 'Canadian boogie revivalists' by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Saskatoon blues-rock quartet put themselves on the map when they won Rolling Stone's fan-based magazine cover contest. Proving that they're undeniable fan favourites, The Sheepdogs beat out 15 other bands for the prize, officially making them the first ever unsigned band to grace the cover in the magazine's 45 year history. The spoils also included a deal with Atlantic Records, and their next album is being produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, which seems like a match made in heaven.

All this after years of touring, playing small venues and doing the grind that often tears bands apart - talk about pay off. Following the Rolling Stone cover, the quartet snagged three CASBY awards, including Favourite New Artist and Favourite New Album, as well as three Juno nominations, including Rock Album of the Year.

2010's I Don't Know is an homage to laid back 70's rock:


The Five Easy Pieces EP was released in 2011, with Who? as the lead-off track:


A live, acoustic cut of 2010's Southern Dreaming:


The Sheepdogs are Ewan Currie on lead vocals and guitar, Leot Hanson on guitar, Ryan Gullen on bass and Sam Corbett on drums. We can't wait to hear them shake things up at this Thursday's Genie Awards.

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