I always felt Haley Reinhart had potential, but early on she did not know what the fuck she was doing. I think doing duets with Casey Abrams helped her find her musical footing.
Also, I was not overly familiar with the song before, but BRB getting every single version of it now. Fascinating history, as it's a genuine folk song, author unknown:
The gender of the singer is flexible. Earlier versions of the song are often sung from the female perspective, a woman who followed a drunk or a gambler to New Orleans and became a prostitute in the House of the Rising Sun (or, depending on one's interpretation, an inmate in a prison of the same name), such as in Joan Baez's version on her self-titled 1960 debut album, as was Jody Miller's 1973 single. The Animals version was sung from a perspective of a male, warning about gambling and drinking. Bob Dylan's 1962 version and Shawn Mullins' recent covered version on his album 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor is sung from the female perspective.