The Sheepdogs performing in August 2011
|Origin||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Genres||Rock, Boogie Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock|
|Labels||Warner Music Canada, Atlantic|
|Past members||Leot Hanson|
The Sheepdogs are a Canadian boogie rock band formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2006. The group consists of Ewan Currie on vocals and guitar, Ryan Gullen on bass guitar, and Sam Corbett on drums/percussion. Rusty Matyas has toured with the band as their lead guitarist since Leot Hanson left the band in July 2014. Shamus Currie (brother of lead singer Ewan Currie) has also toured with the band since the release of their self titled album in 2012, playing trombone, keyboards, and tambourine.
The Sheepdogs released several recordings independently prior to entering Rolling Stone's "Choose The Cover" competition. They beat 15 other different bands to get the contest win and were featured on the August 18, 2011 cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the first unsigned act to do so. During the competition, the band made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival as well The Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Quebec. The band has recently signed with Atlantic Records with a new album being produced by The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.
On September 22, 2011, the band won the three CASBY Awards they were nominated for. They won Favourite New Artist, Favourite Indie Album, and Favourite New Album. The Sheepdogs won Rock Album of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards.
On April 1, 2012, The Sheepdogs won three Juno Awards, Rock Album of the Year, Best New Group and Single of the Year, during which the group was touring in Australia with John Fogerty and were unable to attend.
The Sheepdogs played several festivals in Summer 2012, including the Catalpa Music Festival on Randall's Island in New York City on July 28, 2012.
In November 2013, the single "The Way It Is" was incorporated into a television commercial aired nationally for Cadillac ATS automobiles.
Leot Hanson left the band in July of 2014, shortly after he opened the Capitol Music Club, a bar and music venue in Saskatoon.
For their ongoing tour, a friend of the band, Winnipeg guitarist Rusty Matyas has stepped in to replace Leot Hanson as the band's lead guitarist. Matyas also features in the songs "Crying" and "The Contenders" on the band's second album The Sheepdogs' Big Stand from 2008.
Shamus Currie, younger brother of lead singer Ewan Currie, has toured with the band since the release of their fourth studio album The Sheepdogs (2012). Shamus Currie's trombone features prominently in the band's live performances of the song "Ewan's Blues" in which Shamus Currie usually takes center stage, often ending the song with a solo version of Ewan Currie's a cappella outro. Shamus Currie has also featured on a number of the band's early albums; Currie's trombone can be heard on the song "Black and Tan" from The Sheepdogs' Big Stand, and "Rollo Tomasi" from Learn & Burn.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Trying to Grow||—|
|The Sheepdogs' Big Stand||—|
|Learn & Burn||14|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Five Easy Pieces (2011)
|2011||"I Don't Know"||48||3||2||—||
||Learn & Burn|
|"Who?"||—||10||3||—||Five Easy Pieces|
|2012||"The Way It Is"||59||1||2||—||The Sheepdogs|
|2013||"How Late, How Long"||—||21||1||—|
|"—"denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2011||"I Don't Know"||Davin Black|
|2012||"The Way It Is"||Randy and Jason Sklar|
|2013||"Feeling Good"||Matt Barnes|
|2011||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Themselves||June 15, 2011 (Season 2, episode 459)
August 2, 2011 (Season 2, episode 483)
|Project Runway||Themselves||"Image Is Everything" (Season 9, episode 9)|
|the neighbors dog||Themselves||"The Sheepdogs" (Season 2, episode 1)|
|2012||MTV Live (Canada)||Themselves||September 22, 2012, Season 7|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Themselves||CASBY Awards||Favourite New Artist||Won|
|Learn & Burn||Favourite Indie Album||Won|
|Favourite New Album||Won|
|Western Canadian Music Awards||Rock Recording of the Year||Won|
|Themselves||CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards||Best Live Act||Nominated|
|2012||"I Don't Know"||Juno Awards||Single of the Year||Won|
|Learn & Burn||Rock Album of the Year||Won|
|Themselves||New Group of the Year||Won|
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- Peak positions for The Sheepdogs' singles on Canadian Active rock Chart:
- For "I Don't Know" "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock – October 25, 2011". America's Music Charts. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- For "Who?" "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock – January 24, 2011". America's Music Charts. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
- For "The Way it Is" "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock – September 11, 2012". America's Music Charts. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Canadian digital download certifications – The Sheepdogs – I Don't Know". Music Canada.
- "Canadian digital download certifications – The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good". Music Canada.
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- "Night Belongs to Manitoba". Vancouver Sun.
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