The Sheepdogs released several recordings independently prior to entering Rolling Stone‘s “Choose The Cover” competition. They beat 15 other bands to win the contest and were featured on the August 18, 2011 cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the first unsigned act to do so. During the competition, the band made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival as well The Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Quebec. The band has recently signed with Atlantic Records with a new album being produced by The Black Keys drummerPatrick Carney.
On September 22, 2011, the band won the three CASBY Awards they were nominated for. They won Favourite New Artist, Favourite Indie Album, and Favourite New Album. The Sheepdogs won Rock Album of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards.
On November 24, 2011, The Sheepdogs’ album Learn & Burn was certified gold in Canada.
On April 1, 2012, The Sheepdogs won three Juno Awards, Rock Album of the Year, Best New Group and Single of the Year, during which the group was touring in Australia with John Fogerty and were unable to attend.