The Sheepdogs Drink, Rock and Rile Up Bonnaroo Crowd

Watch the Saskatoon band give it their all in Choose the Cover final battle

The Sheepdogs perform at Bonnaroo, June 11, 2011. Jeff Gentner/WireImage

“It’s sweaty, it’s dirty and I love it!” Sheepdogs frontman Ewan Currie told the sweltering Bonnaroo crowd at This Tent Saturday afternoon. The band was loose and assured during their half-hour set, which began with Currie asking for a bottle opener from the crowd, catching one and opening a beer. They were there to have fun, and so were the fans: smoke immediately filled the air once they started, as supporters waved Canadian flags.

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The Saskatoon band kicked off their battle against Lelia Broussard with the slow-burning of “Who?” with ZZ Top swagger, and segued into “The One You Belong To,” with gorgeous three-part harmonies that recall the Beatles. Next were “Please Don’t Lead Me On,” with a raucous blues jam, and the jangly Zeppelin-like “I Don’t Know,” featuring blistering solos from Currie and guitarist Leot Hanson.

“We come from the North – it’s a real treat for us to be down in Tennessee,” Currie said, praising the barbeque and culture, and kicking off “Southern Dreamin" with a funky rhythm, twin-guitar interplay and more spot-on harmonies that beat the heat. The set closed with the band jamming heavily with blazing three-chord “How Late, How Long,” and drummer Sam Corbett playing so hard he broke a stick.

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