Choose the Cover Finalists Cover Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen

As voting comes to a close, the Sheepdogs and Lelia Broussard play an intimate acoustic session

July 1, 2011 8:30 AM ET
Choose the Cover Finalists Cover Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen
Photograph by Peter Yang

The Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest is almost over! Voting for the final round closes at 11:59 p.m. ET tonight, which means you are quickly running out of time to throw your support behind either Canadian boogie rockers the Sheepdogs or the Los Angeles singer-songwriter Lelia Broussard in their quest to win a contract with Atlantic Records and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone in August.

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To help you make up your mind once and for all, both acts went to Atlantic Records' Studio 1290 to record an intimate acoustic session in which they played original tunes as well as selections from the Atlantic Records back catalog. The sessions were filmed, so you can watch the video below.

The Sheepdogs chose to cover "Ohio," the classic protest song written by Neil Young and originally recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in 1970. The band's rendition is very reverent and shows off their gift for warm, intricate harmonies.

The Sheepdogs also performed an original tune called "I Don't Get By" that showcased their roots in melodic, easygoing Southern rock.

Lelia Broussard put a new spin on Bruce Springsteen's classic pop hit "Dancing in the Dark," stripping it down to a lonesome solo acoustic number that puts an emphasis on the sadness in the lyrics.

Broussard also played an original song called "Turn Me On" that highlighted her knack for upbeat, tightly composed pop numbers with evocative lyrics.

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