October 04, 2017 at 12:15 PM EDT

Listen to 19-year-old Jade Bird’s debut EP, Something American, which released this July, and a gorgeous pastiche of well-worn American sounds — blues, folk, country — will wash over you. Listen to her speak, though, and you’ll hear the lilt of her hometown of Hexham, England. It’s a compelling combination, made more compelling by just how well she seems to capture the spirit of those traditions, which is never felt more strongly than on her cover of Son House’s “Grinnin’ In Your Face.”

Today, EW is thrilled to premiere a live-take video of her performing the tune.

“I just love the sentiment of that song,” she tells EW. She’s also found a modern life connection to the storied song: “People are always going to talk behind your back and smile in your face, especially as a young woman. You get a lot of that.”

The cut was a last minute addition to American, the singer also admitted. While she was recording in Woodstock, New York, Bird found herself looking for inspiration. She turned to Jack White’s own version of “Grinnin'” and was hooked. “I tackled it on a break and did it in that high key with a high-strung guitar,” she explains, “and it just felt really, really great.”

And while she was excited to surprise people with the choice, listeners shouldn’t take her for a newbie to the genre. Bird cut her teeth playing nightly at a blues bar in Camden, after moving to London at 16 to pursue her musical dreams. “I had to get up there night after night and sing with these big, burly men,” she says. “I was in awe. I wanted to be just like [them]. “

Bird says she’s at work on a full-length and that the concept is all worked out. Overall, she’s thrilled that American has received a warm welcome stateside. “You constantly struggle for validation,” she says. “It’s like, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Should I just do a pop electronic record and cut the whole thing short?'”

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She continues, steadfast, “But, there’s something inside of me where I want to be the kind of artist that I admire.” Having listed Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Patti Smith as heroes, she says, “There’s a timelessness to the kind of music that I want to create. And I feel like I’m going to feel more deserving of whatever success follows, doing this sort of music.”

Watch’s Bird’s cover above. And catch the breakout on tour as she opens for Son Little and First Aid Kit this fall. All dates are listed below.

Oct. 14—Austin, TX—Stubb’s*

Oct. 31—Austin, TX—Antone’s†

Nov. 1—Dallas, TX—Dada†

Nov. 3—Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar†

Nov. 4—San Diego, CA—Soda Bar†

Nov. 5—Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room†

Nov. 7—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour†

Nov. 8—San Francisco, CA—The Chapel†

Nov. 10—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge†

Nov. 11—Vancouver, BC—Biltmore Cabaret†

Nov. 12—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern†

Nov. 14—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room†

Nov. 15—Denver, CO—The Globe Hall†

Nov. 17—Omaha, NE—Reverb Lounge†

Nov. 18—Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club†

Nov. 19—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall†

Nov. 21—Toronto, ON—Horseshoe Tavern†

*with First Aid Kit

†with Son Little

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