Dar Williams Lets Fans Select Her Next Recording

Inspired by this year’s Election Day vote, troubadour Dar Williams is letting visitors to her website engage in a little democratic process of their own by selecting a cover song for Williams to record.

The contest, which runs through November 10, asks fans to choose a track for Williams to record from a list of eight songs, including David Bowie’s “Starman,” Elvis Costello’s “Party Girl,” Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” and the Smiths’ “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me.”

After the results are tallied, Williams will head into a studio and cut a version of the winning song, which will be made available as a free Liquid Audio download from the singer’s DarWeb site in mid-December.

Williams’ Internet election is being held as part of a promotional tie-in for “Cry Cry Cry,” an album of covers from the singer and fellow folksters Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky, which features interpretations of R.E.M.’s “Fall on Me” and Ron Sexsmith’s “Speaking with the Angel.”