Sheep­dogs drum­mer opens up about anx­i­ety

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

SASKATOON — The drum­mer for the Saskatoon band the Sheep­dogs has gone pub­lic with his own bat­tle with men­tal-health prob­lems as part of a fundraiser for the Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion. Sam Cor­bett hosted an open fo­rum Thurs­day that cut through all the fame and glory the band has ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent years. That’s in­cluded go­ing from play­ing lo­cal gigs in Saskatoon to mak­ing the cover of Rolling Stone mag­a­zine. The Sheep­dogs have also made ap­pear­ances on Late Night with Jimmy Fal­lon, per­formed at the Bon­na­roo Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and have signed with At­lantic Records. But Cor­bett says through it all, he has dealt with is­sues of anx­i­ety re­lated to per­for­mance. He says he came to re­al­ize it was some­thing much more than just sim­ple stage fright. “It’s not just about be­ing ner­vous 15 min­utes be­fore a show,” he says. “What people don’t re­al­ize is that there was a more dif­fi­cult side to it for all of us. “I just found that (the stress) would dis­rupt the way I was able to per­form in the workplace and it would af­fect my re­la­tion­ship with my band-mem­bers in a neg­a­tive way.”

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