Jul 012011

Anyone annoyed with Rolling Stone’s decades-long cover decline might take heart in their latest contest, in which eight obscure bands compete to land a spot on the front of an August issue. Only two artists remain – the Sheepdogs and Lelia Broussard – and readers vote for the winner.

For their last push, both bands covered a classic songwriter with multiple appearances on the Rolling Stone cover. The Sheepdogs took on Neil Young, giving a pleasant country-rock swing on Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s “Ohio.” It’s not particularly novel, but they perform it well. Lelia Broussard’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” on the other hand, branches far afield of the original ‘80s pop sound. Sure, it’s the same approach that Tegan and Sara and Amy McDonald previously used with the cover, but Broussard’s percussive strumming adds a slightly harder undertone than those.

So, yeah, our vote goes to Lelia. How about yours? Voting closes at midnight eastern time tonight. Vote over at RollingStone.com.

The Sheepdogs – Ohio (CSNY cover)

Lelia Broussard – Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)

Vote at RollingStone.com.

  2 Responses to “The Sheepdogs and Lelia Broussard Try to Win Rolling Stone Contest with Neil Young, Springsteen Covers”

Comments (2)
  1. maybe the bearded true rock & rollers should paint their faces….would’ya likem better then?????

  2. Oh! I left the first comment, hmmmm doggies will win…..listening to their cover of Ohio now. I remember Kent State……Extremely significant

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