Of course, I did my usual pre-interview prep work and learned some interesting facts like The Sheepdogs had been touring incessantly for 6 years before landing their cover on Rolling Stone. These guys are hardly an overnight sensation, The Sheepdogs have paid their due!
I also learned that the Sheepdogs started out as a trio with Ewan Currie, Ryan Gullan, and Sam Corbett. Leot Hanson joined the trio later just before they hit the road for their first tour. Although Currie still does all of the writing, they opted to add a second guitar player to allow for a more entertaining and full-sounding live show.
All of my communications with their label, publicist, and tour manager were so enthusiastic, prompt and polite that it totally fed my desire to sit and talk with them.
How fortunate it was that the schedule allowed for me to watch them play their first of two live shows at Mountain Jam, before we sat down to talk.
They were KILLER live. I seriously didn’t expect the level of musicianship that they presented. I was blown away.
Often during recording, artists will double up the guitar tracks playing the exact same lines twice to fatten up the sound.
The Sheepdogs also do this live – often playing the same lines before both guitarists split onto their own distinct paths. What an awesome thing to watch; the synchronicity and flow, then splitting into two distinct, dynamic parts! Joyful to watch and even better to listen to!
Both Currie and Hanson closed the set playing the same guitars with which they started the show. I was amazed that Currie’s Firebird stayed in tune despite all of the string-bending!
Leot loves his pedals and squeezed more sounds out of his SG than I’ve ever seen in 1 set! He seemed to enjoy playing with his sound, creating everything from a heavily distorted, raspy, growling tone to sweet, brilliant squeals and everything in between.
Their show brought music back to its grass roots, without the 14 guitar changes, tunings and pyrotechnics. The Sheepdogs delivered an authentic rock show, with 5 part harmonies, playful banter among the band members and careful attention from the stage crew to ensure a smooth execution.
I was so pumped after watching their show that I had to catch their second show later the same day. It rocked every bit as hard, and made this writer a full-on Sheepdogs fan.
Can’t wait to catch them again soon!!!
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