Watch Leon Bridges’ Soulful National Anthem Interpretation

Leon Bridges delivers a soulful and understated rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for a new series on the National Anthem from ESPN and The Undefeated.

Rather than putting his own spin on the anthem’s classic fireworks and bombast, Bridges tweaks the song into 6/8ths time allowing him to deliver the familiar lyrics with a uniquely syncopated croon. Accompanied by just an organ in a smokey studio, the Texas singer moves delicately through his hymn-like rendition, reaching an end that’s free of…