The Sheepdogs Part Ways with Guitarist Leot Hanson

The Sheepdogs Part Ways with Guitarist Leot Hanson
Photo: Megan Cole
The Sheepdogs guitarist Leot Hanson has gone off-leash, with the band confirming that he's left the herd to focus on running Saskatoon venue Capitol Music Club.

The band broke the news on Facebook, writing, "It's with a heavy heart that we announce that guitarist Leot Hanson is no longer with the Sheepdogs. Leot has been with us for eight great years, and we wish him all the best with his future ventures especially his new bar in Saskatoon, the Capitol... This is going to be a tough transition and we appreciate everyone's support at this time."

With Hanson concentrating on Capitol Music Club, which opened last May, his six-string duties will reportedly be filled by Imaginary Cities' Rusty Matyas. The band have a handful of summer concert dates coming up, and reported that they'll be hitting a recording studio this fall to track the follow-up to 2012's Patrick Carney-produced self-titled LP.

Tour dates:

07/04 Slave Lake, AB - The Slave Lake Inn
07/09 Calgary, AB - Cowboys
07/11 Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/18 Grand Prairie, AB -East Coast Garden Party
07/19 Red Deer, AB - Enmax Centrium
07/25 Bengough, SK - The Gateway Festival
07/30 Vancouver, BC - Shore Fest
08/01 Elphinstone, MB - Rockin the Fields
08/08 Saskaton, SK - Saskatoon Ex Prairieland Park
08/16 Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
08/22 Foresters Falls, ON - Kitchisippi Music Festival
08/23 Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation Landing Park