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Album Review

After six years of touring their local Saskatchewan scene with their old-school brand of Southern boogie rock, hirsute Canadian four-piece the Sheepdogs got their big break when they won Rolling Stone's Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star competition, becoming the first unsigned act to appear on the magazine's front cover in the process. While it's difficult to begrudge their chance at the limelight, their first release since their victory, the five-track EP Five Easy Pieces, makes you question the quality of the other competitors. There's nothing particularly wrong with their '70s revival schtick, which unapologetically embraces the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Allman Brothers, and Lynryd Skynyrd, but there's also nothing particularly notable about it either. While the barroom blues of "How Late, How Long," the three-part harmonies of the country-tinged "I Don't Know" (which previously appeared on 2010's independently released Learn & Burn), and the harder-edged psychedelic "Learn My Lesson" are all convincing retro-rock pastiches, it's quite disconcerting that the voters of the legendary music publication believed that a band so derivative should represent the 2011 rock & roll scene. Frontman Ewan Currie possesses a fine blue-eyed soul vocal, which is best showcased on the honky tonk Hall & Oates-esque soft rock of "The Middle Road," the only time the EP deviates from its well-worn formula, while the tight musicianship proves that the bandmembers are certainly ready to live the dream. But while Five Easy Pieces is undeniably a feel-good nostalgic affair, it's unlikely to sustain their current momentum. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Good Stuff

Excellent music, very full sound. Nothing sounds like this today.

Sheepdogs are Awesome!

Was so excited to see them in Rolling Stone this year. I was turned on to them back in 2010 and "Learn and Burn" was one of my 2010 favorite albums. Picked them to win in the first issue they had the contest, such a great band! Great 70's southern rock vibe to their songs, and they have def. paid their dues with the amount of touring they have done in Canada. If you dig them check out Great Zeus' Beard and Boy & Bear two other bands I feel are on the rise.

Incredible album

5 easy pieces is just what music needs these days...a look back into the past. The Sheepdogs flawlessly combine the Allman Brothers with their own unique style. I would have never guessed that these guys are from Canada, their influence is clearly American bluesy stuff. Give this album a listen. My favorite songs are Middle Road and Learn My Lesson. These guys are going to be big if they can follow up 5 easy pieces with something as good if not better. I can't help but think of Keith Richards' style of playing with the two guitars blending together rhythm and lead. Point is, this is a great album.


Formed: 2006 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Built on the solid, classic rock foundation of three-part harmonies and dual guitar leads, Canada's the Sheepdogs blend Southern boogie rock, groove-based psychedelia, and bluesy barroom swagger into a modern rock & roll revival. Based out of the Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon, the band features the talents of Ewan Currie (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Bowskill (guitar), Ryan Gullen (bass), and Sam Corbett (drums), plus Ewan's brother Shamus on brass and keyboards. The group released three full-length independent...
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Five Easy Pieces - EP, The Sheepdogs
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, American Trad Rock
  • Released: Aug 02, 2011

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