The Saskatoon band The Sheepdogs are finalists in the Rolling Stones' "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star" competition where bands vie to be the first band or artist not signed with a major label to appear on the cover of the esteemed publication.
The contest opened back in February with a total of 16 groups and readers have been casting votes every since (this is also the first time that RS has allowed the public to choose its cover). It's down to two finalists – The Sheepdogs, who were the only Canadians in the contest, and Los Angeles singer/songwriter Lelia Broussard.
"The one thing that an indie band can really wish for is to get some attention from really big American media and things like that," said Sheepdpgs' bass player Ryan Gullen to The Canadian Press. "It's very hard to get as a Canadian band. For the longest time as a band, being from Saskatchewan and also doing the kind of music that isn't necessarily mainstream rock radio, we met a lot of adversity and people saying they didn't see a market for our music. Now it feels really good when people respond to having us constantly shoved at them with the contest – with a response that has been so positive."
The winner of the contest will appear on the cover of the August 18 issue – both acts will perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival next month and the public will choose the finalist. They will also be awarded a record contract with Atlantic records.