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Farmer's Daughter

Crystal Bowersox

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“Whatever happened to good old rock & roll” are the first words Crystal Bowersox sings on her debut, Farmer’s Daughter, thereby succinctly summarizing her appeal on American Idol. During season nine of the long-running televised talent show, Bowersox was the earth mother who placed second to Lee DeWyze’s hammy smarm, providing a port in the storm for lovers of good old rock & roll, the kind they made back in the late ‘60s. Crystal’s idol was clearly Janis Joplin — she auditioned with “Piece of My Heart,” she never strayed far from a throaty blues growl — which in modern terms translates to something halfway between Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow, two artists whose well-manicured roots rock echoes on Farmer’s Daughter. Bowersox possesses a charisma that’s tangible on record, helping to pull a listener through the songs, almost all penned by Bowersox herself.

Biography

Born: 04 August 1985 in Toledo, OH

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Taking cues from her favorite songwriters — including Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin, and Sista Otis — Crystal Bowersox brought a relaxed, folksy vibe to the ninth season of American Idol. Although she auditioned for the show in Chicago, Bowersox grew up five hours east in Elliston, Ohio, a small town with fewer than 100 residents. She began writing songs as a ten-year-old and, by her early teens, had formed a band with her brothers. Dubbed “Oldinuph” — a name that poked fun at...
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