Groove – Episode #99: Ryan Gullen

Ryan Gullen

Photo credit: The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs built their name on hard work and determination. Having funded their first three albums and early years of touring on their own, this rock and roll band’s momentum began to build exponentially with the release of the 2010 album, Learn & Burn. The band would go on to win three 2012 JUNO Awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy).

Hailing from the small Canadian town of Saskatoon, The Sheepdogs won an international competition in 2011 securing them the cover of Rolling Stone, making the group the first unsigned band to appear on its front page. The win, decided by 1.5 million public votes, also scored them a record deal with Atlantic.

Ryan Gullen (now living in Toronto) is their bass player. From an early age, Ryan was exposed to a wide range of genres. He picked up the bass guitar at the age of 14 and soon became obsessed with mastering the instrument. In 2006, he formed The Sheepdogs with his childhood friend Ewan Currie and since then, the band has gone on to become one of Canada’s most beloved acts. Ryan knows how to lock in with drummer Sam Corbett to create a driving, dynamic groove that is the foundation of The Sheepdogs’ music. He is also willing to experiment with different tones and styles, which has helped the band push their sound in new directions. The Sheepdogs have been touring steadily since 2006 and on the road with bands like Kings of Leon, John Fogerty, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

Ryan’s commitment to his craft and his willingness to push the boundaries of what is possible with the bass guitar has helped The Sheepdogs evolve their sound over the years and stay fresh and exciting. His passion for music is evident in every note he plays, and his contributions to the band’s success cannot be overstated. Ryan’s talent and passion are an essential part of the band’s signature sound, a sound that continues to captivate audiences and establish The Sheepdogs as one of Canada’s most beloved acts.

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