In 2010 the A.V. Club introduced a new music video series called A.V. Undercover. The idea is simple: A.V. Club readers vote on songs to be covered, a list of 25 songs is selected, and then each song is covered live in a round room located in the A.V. Club offices. As one song is played, it is crossed off the list, so the first band has a pick of 25 songs, and the second band has a pick of 24, and so on. The exciting part of following this series is that readers know which songs are going to be played, but the band performing isn’t revealed until a video has been produced. That said, sometimes there are bonus tracks, as is the case with the first Undercover of 2012, which features Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater playing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
The song was originally performed as a duet between Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, released on Nicks’ first solo album Bella Donna. It’s a lovesick tale about a busted relationship, performed with the right combination of Nicks’ and Petty’s own talents, making for a melancholic and catchy love song. And the same thing happens with Van Etten and Shearwater’s lead singer Jonathan Meiburg. They’re both talented vocalists, and end up staying very true to the original song. Watch the video below.