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The 2010 American Idol runner-up s set includes her original song, Holy Toledo, a song she performed on the show as well as the arresting title track which chronicles her personal experience of dealing with child abuse. Fans and Idol viewers know Crystal is a talented singer, but Farmer s Daughter further establishes her as a truly gifted songwriter. Farmer's Daughter was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach).

After finishing up the 2010 American Idol Live Tour, Bowersox headed to New Jersey to begin production on her eagerly awaited debut. The twelve tracks, ten of them written or co-written by Bowersox, showcase her strong songwriting skills and her desire to infuse her lyrics with that raw emotion of someone who has lived. The album also contains eight songs written solely by Crystal, two co-writes, an additional track by Kara DioGuardi and Nickelback s Chad Kroeger titled Hold On and a cover of Buffalo Springfield s 1967 classic For What It s Worth. One very special song is Mason, a song Bowersox co-wrote with her husband Brian Walker, which they performed together at their recent nuptials.

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  • Audio CD (December 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0046MVVOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2010
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Kenny Rogers famously sung about meeting Lucille in a bar in Toledo, but while that story was most likely fictional, Crystal Bowersox really did begin her career playing music in barrooms in the Toledo area of Ohio. She got her lucky break on American Idol, finishing runner-up to Lee DeWyze in the 2010 series. Living in the UK without a TV and not listening to music radio, I was unaware of all this until one Monday when I was looking through that day's new CD releases, saw this one listed and surfed the net for more info. Encouraged by what I read, I decided to buy.

Crystal wrote or co-wrote most of the songs, there being one original that she didn't write or co-write, together with a cover of For what it's worth (Buffalo Springfield). Of course, she sang plenty of covers on the American Idol series (as far as I know, not including For what it`s worth), but this album is mostly about her own songs, many of which appear to be autobiographical.

The opening track (Riding with radio) is a rocking song complaining about the music to be heard on the radio these days. It's not a new theme, so clearly there are plenty of dissatisfied listeners out there. Crystal says in the song that she isn't writing for the radio, so there has to be a question regarding how much airplay she gets in the long term. For this album following her appearances on American Idol, she'll probably get the airplay anyway, at least in America. For subsequent albums, who knows? I do hope that Crystal sticks to what she believes in. Shelby Lynne discovered that it is a hard road to travel, but she is probably happier than she would have been just doing what the music business wanted her to do. It will be interesting to follow Crystal's career, especially given what she said in the song.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By HagFan on December 14, 2010
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I don't get too exited about any of today's new singers. It doesn't matter if it's Rock n' Roll, Country, Supposed Easy Listening, etc. The hype is normally way out of line with what you eventually hear from them. The Rockers are nothing but screamers, and the country, well, isn't "real" country. I'm not a fan of American Idol. But, a friend of mine who watches American Idol, and remembers what a big, big Janis Joplin fan I was told me that I had to see this girl, Crystal Bowersox. So, I gave her a chance, and she blew me away when she sang Janis' "Me And Bobbie McGee and "Piece Of My Heart". I couldn't believe it that this girl was as good as she was. After Janis died, many of my friends, for years, were looking for the next Janis. Not Me. There would never be another Janis. But, after listening to Crystal's new album, "Farmer's Daughter", I honestly have to say that I think she just may have a better voice than Janis. Yeah, I know. There are some of you that are thinking that all Janis did was scream. Well, that isn't true. When Janis wanted to sing a soft Blues song she was perfection.

In my opinion Crystal is the best singer that has ever come out of American Idol. Yeah, I said I don't watch the show. But, I've heard all of the winners some where along the line, and they just don't have the stuff Crystal has. This young lady can sing anything, and you can actually understand her lyrics when she sings. There are a couple of songs on the album were Crystal really Rocks it, "On The Run" and "Kiss Ya", which are great Rock N' Roll songs. But, my personal favorites are all the others, "Ridin' With The Radio", "For What It's Worth",the amazing Farmer's Daughter", her first song, "Holy Toledo", "Lonely Won't Come Around", Speak Now", "Mine All Mine", "Mason", and "Arlene".
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By vi206 on December 15, 2010
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I have had a passing interest in American Idol. Watched David Cook intensely, otherwise pretty casual. Old guy, grew up with the rock that is now classic. Enjoy contemporary country. Was vacationing at Cedar Key, Florida playing 500 with friends with the minimal tv in a minimal room tuned to Idol back in March. Hadn't watched a minute of it that season so far, hate the foolish part. The women were heading towards the final qualifier and it was all pretty much the same. Then in the background a Tracy Chapman cover and I was stopped in my tracks. Since that moment, I haven't a good reason not to surround myself in this extraordinary artist. Crystal's story, the stuff of legends, is well told. How many artists thank the Chicago Transit Authority or the people who have harmed them on their liner notes?

Above all there is and always has been that voice...pretty, powerful, passionate...when it is front and center, there is nothing like it. Listen first to Mason with husband/friend Brian, then the title track, then the Buffalo Springfield cover, then Holy Toledo. Stay focused on Crystal's voice, let it move you. Get lost in it. There is nothing else you have ever heard quite like it.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Larry Davis on December 15, 2010
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Actually yes!!! Crystal's "Farmer's Daughter" left me speechless. I knew she was alt-country from the get-go and she reminded me a LOT of Tift Merritt, as well as Shelby Lynne, her sister Allison Moorer, a drop Patty Griffin, a tad Bonnie Raitt, and more than a little Janis Joplin, people who combine alt-country, powerpop and southern soul, with a dollop of gospel and blues. I heard some of her demo clips online, of her self-penned memoir tunes "Farmer's Daughter" and "Holy Toledo" while she was on the show, and I was like, man, this girl is the real deal...perfect for alt-country gigs and Lilith Fair, but she was on the Idol's Live tour instead, and I was hoping her momentum would not be lost and I hoped she would reach her true audience, and Idol/Live was not I was concerned for her career. I also heard horror stories of how good Idol contestant winners' records were ruined by the powers-that-be, that Crystal would be COMMERCIALIZED, god forbid.

What I was worried about was if she was truly able to have creative control, as she is a talented/gifted songwriter with a great HONEST alt-country vision, and commercialization would have ruined her record and her career. I saw that "Farmer's Daughter" was mostly sole Crystal-penned tunes (8 of them, 9 if you count the iTunes bonus track, which I haven't heard yet), 2 co-writes (1 with David Ryan Harris who is really good, I heard some of his stuff in the past, and 1 with her husband...turns out it was his song, "Mason", he wrote it for Crystal, but she added stuff to the bridge, making it a co-write), and 2 covers (1 was Steven Stills'/Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and the other was a contribution, "Hold On", by Idol's Kara DioGuardi and, gulp, Chad Kroeger from Nickelback...
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Crystal Bowersox's Farmers Daughter---must buy
can't wait for this. she shouldve won. absolutely no buzz for Lee's album right now.
Nov 16, 2010 by icecube |  See all 25 posts
Crystal should be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine!
If any artist ever belonged on the cover of, "Rolling Stones," it's Bowersox! Over the years Rolling Stones magazine is a train that has left the tracks and taken a dirty road. Putting Crystal on the cover would go a long way with me in getting the train back on the tracks.
Jan 5, 2011 by Lightspeed |  See all 3 posts
1st allison , now Crystal
I agree Lady GaGa does have talent, she's great and I am a fan of hers! However Crystal is even worlds better and she has sold some records; without any release of any single and wihout winning Idol she way surpassed Lee DeWyze in sales. Even now she is on the top ten for all music categories... Read More
Jan 3, 2011 by Christine Stone |  See all 12 posts
two versions of Farmer's Daughter
I contacted support about the 2 versions of Farmer's Daughter and they had no details and just said to look at the comments and information posted to "learn more." Not very helpful. I pre-ordered the uncensored version on itunes in case this one is censored.
Nov 22, 2010 by Trisha |  See all 40 posts
She's got style, range, versatility, personality... . All that in conjunction with a wonderful voice that can do many things and yet stay true to the spirit of whatever song she sings. I very happily bought the FARMER'S DAUGHTER CD and I can't wait for the next one. I can't imagine there could... Read More
Apr 5, 2011 by Lisa J. McHenry |  See all 3 posts
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