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Atlantic Records

August 22, 2011 16:36 ET

The Sheepdogs Set North American Tour; Major Trek Includes Headline Shows, Festival Appearances, and Support Runs Alongside Kings of Leon, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears; Winners of Atlantic Records and Rolling Stone's "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" Competition to Record Eagerly Awaited Label Debut Following Tour; New "FIVE EASY PIECES" EP Available Now via All DSPS

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - Atlantic recording group The Sheepdogs have announced plans for a major North American tour, their first since being named as the winners of Atlantic Records and Rolling Stone's "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" competition, presented by Garnier Fructis. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based rock band were selected by consumer votes to be the first-ever band or artist not signed to a major label to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The Sheepdogs will celebrate their triumph with a wide-ranging line-up of live dates, both here and in their home country of Canada. In addition to an array of headline shows and festival appearances, the extensive trek will also see the band sharing stages with such acts as Kings of Leon, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (see itinerary below).

Since coming together in 2006, The Sheepdogs have earned widespread acclaim for their bold and beautiful take on classic guitar rock, evinced on countless tours and three independently released albums. The band will follow the upcoming tour by hitting the studio to begin work on their eagerly awaited Atlantic debut album.

Launched in February, the "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" competition began with 16 acts selected by Rolling Stone, AOL Music editors, and Atlantic A&R executives. Over the course of the contest, finalists were brought to New York City to record and perform three songs for Rolling Stone editors, Atlantic A&R executives and other industry professionals, including Shinedown's Brent Smith. In June, The Sheepdogs were named as one of the competition's two finalists, resulting in a performance face-off before tens of thousands of fans at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

The Sheepdogs emerged victorious as the contest's winners following an August performance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In addition to the prestigious Rolling Stone cover, the band also received a recording deal with Atlantic, which immediately released the "FIVE EASY PIECES" EP. The five-track collection is available now at all digital retailers.

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North American Tour 2011
September 28th- October 15thw/Kings of Leon
October 19th - 28th w/Robert Randolph & The Family Band
November 8th- 22ndw/Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
24 Thunder Bay, ON Superior Youth Festival - Marina Park
26 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Summerfest
27 North Battleford, SK Battlefords Bridgefest
7 Brisbane, Australia Bakery Lane (Bigsound Music Festival)
16 Port St. Joe, FL Pojo Live Music Fest
21 St. Catharines, ON The Mansion House
22 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy (Casby Music Awards)
28 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
30 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
1 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
3 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
4 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
8 London, ON John Labatt Centre
11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
14 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
15 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
19 Omaha, NE Slowdown
20 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
21 Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre
22 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
24 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
26 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
27 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic
28 Memphis, TN New Daisy
30 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music Experience 2011
1 Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack
2 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
8 Santa Fe, NM Sol Santa Fe
9 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
11 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
12 Fresno, CA Fulton 55
14 San Francisco, CA Fillmore Theatre
16 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
18 Seattle, WA Neptune
20 Bozeman, MT Filling Station

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