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The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel 

Wednesday, Aug 3 2016
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Though they don't exactly sound like Kings of Leon — they have more of a Southern, retro sound — Canadian blues rock sextet The Sheepdogs owe a lot to that band. It was through playing Kings of Leon covers that lead singer and guitarist Ewan Currie, bassist Ryan Gullen, and drummer Sam Corbett honed their skills in college. And it was again Kings of Leon who helped the burgeoning band find its original guitarist, Lee Hanson, who was playing acoustic versions of Kings' first album at a party. In the 10 years since since their formation, The Sheepdogs have achieved quite a bit: In 2011, they became the first unsigned band to land the cover of Rolling Stone (they've since signed to Atlantic Records), and they've taken home a slew of trophies from Canadian award shows. The band, which has earned comparisons to Crosby, Stills, and Nash for their sonic harmonies and folkish melodies — and Led Zeppelin, thanks to their explosive guitar riffs — has also begun gaining popularity in the U.S. They've appeared on CBS This Morning, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and have played at major festivals like Bonnaroo and South By Southwest.

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