The Sheepdogs – S/T (Warner Music Canada)

Now that the dust has settled on the Sheepdogs huge Rolling Stone cover win, their latest record shows that the band hasn’t compromised one iota of their musical vision. Opening their album with a track called Laid Back is no mere accident. There is something incredibly casual yet equally powerful about this long player from The Sheepdogs. This is to say, of course, that the group continues to draw heavily from the Allman Brothers and other Southern-rock bands from the 70’s. While other bands might have crumbled under the pressure, The Sheepdogs truly play it cool here, man.