The Sheepdogs Cranbrook-bound
One of Canada’s top rock bands will be making a stop in Cranbrook on Feb. 25 at Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre. The Sheepdogs will be on a cross Canada tour in support of their latest album ‘Future Nostalgia,’ released through Warner Music.
In 2011 the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan band made rock and roll history by becoming the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and have since grown in popularity in both Canada and the United States.
In 2012 they won three Juno Awards for Single of the Year (I Don’t Know), Rock Album of the Year (Learn and Burn) and New Group of the Year. The band was unable to attend the Junos that year because they were on tour in Australia with John Fogerty.
In September of that same year the Sheepdogs released their self-titled album on Atlantic records, produced by Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney. The album featured the gold-certified songs ‘Feeling Good,’ and ‘The Way It Is’ which joined songs from the previous album as classic rock radio staples in Canada.
The album itself has now reached platinum status as has their 2010 album Learn and Burn. The band’s fifth album, Future Nostalgia, was released in October of this year and features the hit single Downtown.
The album was recorded in a remote rented cottage in Stony Lake, Ontario and produced by lead singer and songwriter Ewan Currie. Currie explained the choice, saying, “We wanted to cut out all the noise and get back to a place where we could just immerse ourselves in music. We worked from morning ‘til night, but we kept it loose, had a real good time and came away with a rock’n’roll record.”
Currie describes the band’s retro, guitar driven blues-rock style as “pure, simple, good-time music.” Their distinctive sound has been called “Guitar-mony” because of the use of harmonies in guitar solos and vocals.
The Sheepdogs consider their style to be somewhere between the riff heavy bombast of Led Zeppelin and the melodies and harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Currie often credits groups like Sly and the Family Stone, Humble Pie, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Allman Brothers Band as influences on his style.
The Sheepdogs will be one of the headline bands at this year’s Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg during the last week in November.
Tickets for the Sheepdogs concert at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook will go on sale Friday, November 13 at the Key City Theatre box office or by phone at 250-426-7006 or online at www.keycitytheatre.com.
All seats are reserved and priced at $45. Limit four per person.
The Sheepdogs’ Future Nostalgia tour is a presentation of the Kootenay Concert Connection in association with the Drive 102.9 FM and the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Sound and lights by PB Pro Audio.