12 of the best major label debut albums


The Sheepdogs – The Sheepdogs

It would be difficult to have a more eventful, whirlwind year than Saskatoon’s Sheepdogs had in 2011, winning Rolling Stone’s “Choose The Cover” competition and becoming the first unsigned band to grace the magazine’s cover, performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and then signing a deal with Atlantic Records to record their followup to 2010’s self-released Learn & Burn.

The end result was their 2012 self-titled LP, produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, which launched two gold-certified singles and reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, bringing the band’s classic rock-twinged sound to a huge audience that would have been unthinkable just a few years earlier.

The Sheepdogs – The Sheepdogs
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