In the olden days – okay, just the 1970s, in truth – bands like Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show used to whine about finally appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in actual song.
This year, things were different – in a Garnier Fructis-sponsored contest dubbed ‘Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?’, the magazine and Atlantic Records offered 16 acts the chance to not only be splashed across said cover, but to nab a recording deal as well.
And the winner has just been announced – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s roots-rocking Sheepdogs, who will appear on the Aug. 18 issue, which hits newsstands this week. And Yes, they’re decidedly shaggy, with a Dixie-fried sound reminiscent of “Gimme Back My Bullets”-era Skynyrd.
The voting public crowned The Sheepdogs winners. But not before they and other finalists were brought to New York to record/perform three songs for a discerning panel of Rolling Stone editors, Atlantic A&R execs, and other industry pros, including Shinedown’s Brent Smith.
Then the remaining two finalists – The Sheepdogs and Lelia Broussard – went head-to-head at the recent Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. Both have 5-song EPs currently available as downloads; the ‘Dogs is “Five Easy Pieces”; runner-up Broussard’s is “Wolves Are At My Door.”
Hope they don’t forget to buy several copies of Rolling Stone for their mothers!
For more: www.thesheepdogs.com.