We first caught up with Louisiana native Lelia Broussard back in September for her beautiful, slowed down cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” To be honest, it’s a bit surprising we didn’t find her sooner, considering her performance of her equally awesome cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” has garnered nearly two million YouTube views since it was uploaded in 2008. Broussard is talented, and these covers prove it. But when you add into the mix her new take on The White Stripes‘ “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”, debuted yesterday at American Songwriter, “talented” no longer does her justice.
Musically, her version of “Dead Leaves” is a lot like the original. Sure, Jack White’s howling guitar is replaced by her single acoustic one, and sure, there are occasional embellishments added to the vocals, but she plays with the same rhythm and passion as The White Stripes did when they first released the track on White Blood Cells way back in 2002. The song is a perfect opportunity for her to showcase her vocal abilities – which are formidable – and in just two minutes and seven seconds of recording, she takes full advantage.
Check out the video of her “Dead Leaves” performance below.