Since Saskatoon Saskatchewan’s The Sheepdogs won a contest to become the first independent band ever to score the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine they have gotten a TON of attention and press, but it seems like everybody has pretty much done the same interview and we never learn anything about the band. Well check this out, we were in NYC with them for 3 days for the announcement of the big win and now you can finally get to know this excellent band and their amazing story. MuchMore: Under the Cover with the Sheepdogs premiers October 6th at 8pm ET AND you can have your mind blown in blog form if you care to know more of my thoughts on this (badass) band….and let’s be honest, you know you do.
Straight Outta Denmark there is an artist who is about to be pretty massive in my opinion (fuck, if Kesha can find fame for a minute than this artist deserve 8 Grammy’s). Oh Land is the stage name used by Nanna Oland Fabricius (I’m sure I miss-pronounced this on TV) who’s early dreams of being a ballerina were dashed by a back injury, so she turned to electronic music. This turn of events might seem weird considering her mother was an opera singer and her father composed classical music but somehow it has produced electro pop that even I really like. She’s HUGE in Denmark and is just an iTunes commercial away from being the new favorite artist of all the cool kids.
In 1996 John Butler was a busker on the streets of his native Australia and released a cassette of instrumental music which sold 3000 copies. He was just 20 years old at that point but was soon discovered and formed the John Butler Trio. Since that time they have become festival favorites all around the world and not just rock music festivals but folk and jazz festivals helping the latest album “April Uprising” crack the top 40 in the US. This is the tune that got him started when it won the Australian Grammy in 2004.
The importance of the blues cannot be overstated when talking about the influence it has had on the biggest names in music. Elvis is the obvious example who without the work of black blues musicians before him never would have had the songs that made him famous in the first place. Through the years names like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters (to name a small few) have been instrumental in influencing artists like The Stones, Zeppelin, The Band, The White Stripes and Eric Clapton who adapted the 1927 song Motherless Child Blues for his 1994 album of blues covers called “From the Cradle”.
I know some people are gonna roll their eyes at this one but I’m ok with that, in fact I’m sort of hoping for it. Truth be known I was going to use this song about 3 weeks ago as a Matt Track but against my better judgment made a decision based on what I thought people might think- rather than what I think of the song. I’ve heard this tune a lot (I have a 5 year old daughter, believe “a lot” is an understatement of epic proportions) and one day it occurred to me that it’s an excellent song. It’s from the same pop song writing machine that brought you the Miley Cyrus hit “Party in the USA” and you know you liked that song…and that’s ok, because I really like this one. I guarantee you if this tune was performed by Lady Gaga or Beyonce the music world would be calling it brilliant.
thanks for listening,