Crystal Bowersox Gets Her Way? “Farmer’s Daughter” Reportedly Her New Single

It appears that Crystal Bowrsox may have won the battle of the first single.

It was previously reported by Crystal at a recent VH1 performance, that the Kara Dioguardi co-penned “Hold On” would be the first single from the Season 9 runner-up’s  debut album Farmer’s Daughter.  But, after making the announcement, she took to twitter to complain about it.

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Now, AINOW is reporting that “Farmer’s Daughter”, the song she wanted as her first single is indeed her new single. The song has already gotten spins on radio stations (It’s due to make it’s Chicago debut tonight) is streaming at her My Space and is currently featured at Billboard.

All signs point to “Farmer’s Daughter” as Crystal’s new first single.  Congrats, Crystal on getting your way!  The downside is that the less accessible “Farmer’s Daughter” with its explicit language and troubling theme (child abuse) will be a harder sell to pop radio than “Hold On”.

The upside? In December, Crystal has a gig sponsored by a California AAA radio station. Is Jive pursuing a completely different strategy for Crystal than they have for past Idols like David Archuleta and Kris Allen?  Is Jive eschewing the pop market altogether to market Crystal to Hot Adult and Adult Alternative?

If they are, the single switch could be a very good thing.  Crystal is a gifted songwriter. Her blend of folk blues and country would be a perfect fit on Adult Alternative next to acts like Ray Lamontagne and Wilco.

Here’s hoping that Jive has decided to think outside of the box.  Crystal isn’t going to be a hot seller coming off a weak season of Idol, so why not market her like a brand new artist?  If the album is as good as I’m hearing it is (Critics have it in their hands as we speak), word of mouth could sell the record, in a way her American Idol background can’t

What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

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147 Comments

  1. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    Yes.

  2. In short, I think it’s great if in fact Farmer’s Daughter will be her official first single. However, I would hope at some point Jive will come forward and actually say so, rather than just relying on stations to pick it up.

    Having the lead single from her album be one of her self-penned tracks, and also the title track, just all goes to help her image as a truly authentic and talented singer-songwriter. For that matter, it’s not only a self-penned track, it’s a pre-Idol track (or maybe I saw somewhere she wrote it just before heading to the Hollywood rounds, still basically before Idol though). In the realm of “something that no one from AI has ever done,” THAT would be something that in fact, hasn’t been done before by a winner or runner up.

  3. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    In the short run – no, in the long run – yes

  4. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    No. Hold on is more radio friendly.

    But hey, at least now she can flop with her own song, like she wants to.

  5. Yes.

    lol, I completely agree. Sometimes as fans of AI the show it is fun to watch huge sales numbers and high charting pop songs, etc. But when it comes to what is right for the artist, I think it is extremely rewarding to see a label acknowledge and target that. Congrats to Crystal for seeing a way to be true to herself in the current market!:)

  6. “Home”

    Chris Daughtry wrote that before leaving for Idol…

    As a general rule I understand the label’s position that they need to recoup the money they invest in these contestants. I support releasing whatever song is believed to have the best chance of doing that. Otherwise the contestant ends up indebted to the label to their disadvantage. I may revise my stance for season 9. If sales for Crystal follow the same trajectory as Lee’s projections, then they might as well indulge her and her fans. At this point pleasing them might be more of a priority.

  7. They tested Farmer’s Daughter & Hold On. It seems pretty likely, given this news, that Farmer’s Daughter might have tested better. If that is the case, it’s an easy call for the label to go along with Crystal’s wishes for first single. ;)

  8. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    Sure. Let her sink or swim with her own material, just like all other singer/songwriters do. Personally, I hope she swims. ;)

  9. I think “Hold On” would have been a better first single choice. I think it would have done better on AC charts and it would have been a better way to start out her post-Idol career.

  10. I don’t care too much for folk singer type music but I have got to give this girl props. She has guts. She is not a pop singer and doesn’t want to be so a huge single is out of her reach but I really think she will find a niche and probably some longevity along the way. Adam called her a rebel and I get it now. Respect.

  11. Crystal can like Farmer’s Daughter better, that’s her perorogative, but turning her back on the wisdom of trained professionals this early in what might turn out to be her career (she dones’t have an album out yet, so she’s still just a few steps back from starting line) is just stupid. Yes artists have rights and there is artistic integrity to consider, but that doesn’t mean it will sell.

    If Crystal wants to play the music she loves in bars the rest of her life she can choose the songs SHE likes and say to hell with everyone else. But if she wants the label to foot the bill to put out an album she needs to show them the money or the will drop her like a hot rock and rightfully so. This is a business. Yes it’s possible to stay true to yourself AND make money but she needs to listen to the people who are advising her. They do have her future success in mind. Otherwise it’s like those people who try to sell a house but refuse to paint the walls or change the carpeting because they love it just the way it is. That’s great that you love it, but if you want to SELL it you have to think about what other people want.

    TL;DR – short version: I think Crystal has talent but if she wants to make a living off it she needs to get out of her own way.

  12. I think Hold On would have been better if the intent was to attempt to push Crystal towards HAC and maybe, just possibly, the occasional song that might chart on CHR. I’m guessing though that between the response of the public, Crystal’s input, Bendeth’s input, and Jive’s own feelings, they may have just concluded that in the end, the best thing to do was just cut to the chase and put her out there with her own material. What does she give up/lose this way? Probably most any chance of getting airplay on CHR, but did she have much chance in the first place? Some HAC stations may still play a song like FD, and by going this route, they might find a more permanent home for Crystal and her music. And in the end, I don’t think Crystal was ever going to be a long term HAC/CHR artist – she might have crossover potential with a song or two here and there, but I think her best bet will be AC/AAA and even maybe country, if they can luck out and get country stations to pick up a song here and there.

    “Home”

    Chris Daughtry wrote that before leaving for Idol…

    And he wasn’t a winner or runner up, like I said in my original comment ;-) I was very careful about choosing my words – I’ve realized one can’t claim too many firsts any more.

  13. In the short run – no, in the long run – yes

    Basically. I don’t think it is a great single choice (though I love the song) BUT for who she is and what she wants to do, this is the way she had to be introduced to the public. It needed to be something she wrote and NOT a Nickleback song.

    And in the end, I don’t think Crystal was ever going to be a long term HAC/CHR artist – she might have crossover potential with a song or two here and there,

    Yup.

  14. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    Short answer? No. Long answer? Hell no. I like Crystal a lot and wish nothing but the best for her. I also love the song Farmer’s Daughter, but I think it sets a bad precedent for the label to cave to Crystal’s demands right out of the gate. I’m not very good at predicting the potential success/failure of albums or singles, so I won’t do that here but I will say that I don’t think that FD is a good pop song. It’s not a pop song at all, in fact. Which would be fine if Crystal were an established artist who could afford to be “indie”, but she’s not. She’s fresh off of a huge platform which exposed her to millions of perspective music-buyers every week for months. Yet there’s always a disconnect between the amount of viewers AI gets and how many those same viewers actually shell out the bucks for AI alum cd (Lee’s predicted first week’s sales bear the truth of that) so it was always my impression that idol newbies needed to be mainstream in order to make it.

    Farmer’s Daughter, while a great song, is not mainstream. It is not pop (CHR) friendly. It’s not a rock song. It’s not a country song (though country stations could surprise me and embrace it). It’s not a hip/hop/rap song. So where exactly would it be played to give Crystal the radio presence needed to fuel album sales? AAA? They don’t play Idols (so I’ve read on this blog). I understand that some of her more devoted fans are probably giddy over Crystal beating “the man” and getting her way (even if she had to throw twitter tantrums to do so), but I don’t see how it’s a good thing for Crystal in the long run at all. It’d would’ve been better to release “Hold On” (as crap-tastic as it may be, I don’t personally know as I haven’t summoned up the courage to listen to it yet) as the first single to guarantee that she’ll get SOME radio play. Then ease into FD as the second single.

    If FD flops after Crystal fought hard for it, will that give her more or less “street cred”? I’d think less. Kelly Clarkson’s album My December flopped hard after she fought publically hard for it. Afterwards, the record label sent her back to the studio to record the album THEY wanted. That’s just how major record labels work. I fully expect to see a semi rolling over Crystal if her single fails to perform the way the label wants/expects it too.

  15. They do have her future success in mind.

    With all due respect, if they persisted in pushing Hold On or any sort of pop leaning sound for Crystal, no, they didn’t have her future success in mind. They were only interested in recovering the money they put into her in that case, because Crystal is not, never was, and never will be a mainstream sort of pop artist (unless the face of music changes drastically in the near future).

    There’s little original about a song like Hold On, and the long-lasting marketability of someone like Crystal is in being original, and not just in being a one or two album and done, 3 year career with two short tours sort of artist. I’m sure the final version of Hold On probably sounds just fine, but with someone like Crystal you can hear the connection she has with her own words, and she wasn’t ever going to have that with a song like HO. Meekly backing down and playing along would have showed itself just as obviously as it showed that Crystal wasn’t too big on the idea of the song being her debut single. Artists can’t just force it to happen…if they don’t feel it, they don’t feel it. And it’s not a reflection on their skill – Crystal could no better portray herself as a current pop star than Ke$ha could portray herself as an operatic soprano. Why try to be something you’re not? Why not do what you’re best at?

    And no, I don’t think Jive is a permanent home for Crystal – I fully expect she won’t be with them for long and will eventually be with a different label that better suits her. In fact I think it’d take insane levels of success for her to remain with them past one album – sales to a point that they couldn’t hardly justify letting her go because of the piles of money she’d be making them. And I don’t think any of us think she’ll be making them “piles” of money.

  16. Congratulations to Crystal on getting her way! I’m impressed.

    I like Farmer’s Daughter a lot. Hope the single is successful.

  17. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?
     
    Only if Jive supports it. If they just got fed up with her and said “fine, do it your way” and they throw it out to radio with little or no support, then she may have won the battle but lost the war.

  18. No matter Crystal´s initials sales, she comes out as a winner. She records an album that is very close to what she´d done as an indie artist on an Indie label, with her 8 solo originals. She keeps her identity and integrity as an artist. Made friends and contacts in the music industry like David Bendeth, Michael Frant, Melissa Etheridge and Linda Perry. Is getting exposure in the media etc etc…. All paid and promoted by Jive. Now, what Indie artist starting out wouldn´t dream about that :) Crystal is a clever lady who played her cards well. After this album, she can simply continue from were she left, instead of starting all over again with different music, which she would have had to do, had she gone the typical AI route

  19. Crystal can like Farmer’s Daughter better, that’s her perorogative, but turning her back on the wisdom of trained professionals this early in what might turn out to be her career (she dones’t have an album out yet, so she’s still just a few steps back from starting line) is just stupid. Yes artists have rights and there is artistic integrity to consider, but that doesn’t mean it will sell.

    Trained professionals who have done a wonderful and fantastic job as stewards of their profession, I’m sure. And even better caretakers of their image.

    Sarcasm aside, I’m glad that her fighting has turned out for the better, at least a little. It’s progress, to say the least, and I really appreciate her spirit, even if she’s going to get attacked for being too combative. This is absolutely what she wants to do, so good for her that she gets to fight for it.

  20. (or maybe I saw somewhere she wrote it just before heading to the Hollywood rounds, still basically before Idol though).

    I always wondered in the line (which was taken out) “stuck in this hotel room, your grandson and me, tomorrow we’re going to find out our destiny” was about her waiting on word about Idol.

    I am reading a lot about the big wigs know what is best. From reviews and such it doesnt sound like they knew what was best for Lee. If Crystal wanted to be a pop star she would try to be a pop star. I never imagined she would sell millions or be a pop artist. Heck most of my favs arent super popular, but they still make music one way or another and I am sure she will continue to, wether for a major label or not. And I will still buy it.

    Also, wether the song is successful or not in the long run I think it will get more buzz for the subject matter alone more than Hold On would have.

  21. It’s a good thing. Regardless of the fact that pop songs sell more, there’s a point at which you’ve got to let a singer be the singer they are, or it’s self defeating. Eg, look at SuBo: they market her for what she is, do they have her singing pop songs produced as pop songs (I’m asking, I’ve never actually heard anything she’s recorded). It just is false that she needs to have pop music success to succeed as a recording artist. There’s plenty of people who do just find. Her label just needs to not lose money, and then who cares if she gets dropped and moves to some indie label. Labels come and go, and good artists keep performing, paying rent and buying groceries. The “big success” stuff is just a parlor game for us Internet chatniks, not something really crucial to the artists.

  22. It just is false that she needs to have pop music success to succeed as a recording artist. There’s plenty of people who do just find. Her label just needs to not lose money, and then who cares if she gets dropped and moves to some indie label. Labels come and go, and good artists keep performing, paying rent and buying groceries. The “big success” stuff is just a parlor game for us Internet chatniks, not something really crucial to the artists.

    Exactly. Seems all too often that people associate success in the music industry with being a pop radio star. The fact of the matter is, there’s plenty of successful artists that are never heard on pop radio – some of them that sell a heck of a lot of albums.

    ETA – Yes, she’s on a “pop label,” but it seems she had little choice, considering the Idol contracts. She’s apparently gotten what she wanted though, somehow, from the label. Hopefully it sells like crazy and proves a bunch of naysayers wrong. If it doesn’t, then what happens? Jive drops her, Rounder calls her up, and says “Hey, that album that you made that sold 200K? You wanna make about 5-6 more of those with us? We don’t care if you sell only 25-50K of each one, we like what you did with them and we want you with us.”

  23. If Crystal wanted to be a pop star she would try to be a pop star.

    She did try to be a pop star. She appeared on American Idol.

  24. I think that is it s risky choice(what radio format are they aiming?) and while she won the battle, it is still remain to be seen if she won the war. She will definitely need a lot of support from Jive in order to get a radio hit. It is a little strange that it will premiere on a New music hour on Chicago and that Jive didn’t mentioned anything about it. We’ll just need to wait and see if Jive will really promote her. For her sake, I hope they will.

  25. She did try to be a pop star. She appeared on American Idol.

    could of fooled me. I don´t recall one pop performance

  26. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    Only if Jive supports it. If they just got fed up with her and said “fine, do it your way” and they throw it out to radio with little or no support, then she may have won the battle but lost the war.

    I agree. If Jive doesn’t support FD, then it will flop and then HO may be released (and Jive will support it). Ultimately, Jive will win.

  27. I don’t think “Hold On” was going to be a radio hit anyway. So while “Farmer’s Daughter” is going to be an even tougher sell, it does represent Crystal better. Better to go with the single that you feel most proud of than the song you don’t like that doesn’t have a prayer on radio anyway. Jive and Crystal’s management team will have to market Crystal without radio (unless they get lucky with HAC or gain traction on internet radio stations).

  28. I agree. If Jive doesn’t support FD, then it will flop and then HO may be released (and Jive will support it). Ultimately, Jive will win.

    Considering the album as a whole, Crystal has already beaten all odds and won by a KO. Hopefully, it will also be a victory for Jive

  29. She did try to be a pop star. She appeared on American Idol.

    IMO she went on Idol to get recognized. But I have my opinion and you have yours

  30. I love that Crystal is standing up for herself, but …..on another note I liked Hold On, but then again it didn’t sound much like the Crystal her fans were use too……A Catch 22……But Good for Crystal!!! I hope her single Farmer’s Daugher does way above what Jive thinks it will do. You go Girl!!

  31. She did try to be a pop star. She appeared on American Idol.

    Yes, because Ruben, Fantasia, Taylor, Clay, Diana, Bo Etc are successful pop artists. The only kind that come from idol.

    Except not.

    They are all however successful to varying degrees in their genres outside pop.

  32. I don’t remember Crystal trying to be a pop star on Idol. What gave anyone that idea???

  33. Considering the album as a whole, Crystal has already beaten all odds and won by a KO. Hopefully, it will also be a victory for Jive.

    That depends on whether Crystal’s music will be heard enough to fuel sales.

  34. neartist:
    11/17/2010 at 7:56 pm
    She did try to be a pop star. She appeared on American Idol.

    IMO she went on Idol to get recognized. But I have my opinion and youhave yours

    That’s how I feel too. I’m not saying that I don’t think she wanted to win, especially as she got further and further into the competition, but it seems her attitude towards the whole thing was “I’m not going to be anything that I’m not, just to try to gain votes. If I get far, or I win, doing what I do, then fine.” I know, it’s blasphemy that someone would go on AI without visions of being the next OMG pop star!!1!1!!eleventy …but, well, here she is, and here we are ;-)

  35. No. Hold on is more radio friendly.

    This is my take as well (and I am a Crystal fan).

    I like both songs, but Hold On just sounds like a better single IMO. Good for Crystal that she got her way, and I hope it works out for her. Jive seems to be in her corner, so I’m not worried about them not supporting the single. We’ll see how Farmer’s Daughter performs on radio. I hope I’m wrong and it becomes a hit for Crystal.

  36. congrats to Crystal!!
    I’m glad she got the single she wanted which is the song she has written.
    It takes artistic integrity to not go the easy route with a more pop friendly single, but again since it’s not really her, why would it be that way?
    I’m pretty sure she’ll have a better career start this way reflecting more closely who she is as an artist

  37. That depends on whether Crystal’s music will be heard enough to fuel sales.

    Crystal has already made more money and played her own songs for more people this year, than all her life before then. IMO, even if sales will be below anyone’s expectations, she will be more than content. Like she wrote “Success isn´t about the money, it´s about doing what you love” Good sales will only be gravy.

  38. I don’t think Hold On is indicative of who she is so I am extremely happy that it looks like Farmer’s Daughter is her first single. It is a fantastic message song that people can really relate to. I know I can. It stays true to who she is and who she will always be. Whether FD has any radio success or not, it doesn’t matter because she still wins no matter what and didn’t sell out. Jive really is not the right label for her anyways. They won’t promote her the way she should be so she’s better off doing things her way from the beginning. People get to know her and her music…not something that someone else wrote that has no personal meaning to her. The radio stations here in Toledo already started playing her songs months ago and everyone is talking about her. Can’t wait to get my hands on the CD.

  39. I like both songs, but Hold On just sounds like a better single IMO. Good for Crystal that she got her way, and I hope it works out for her. Jive seems to be in her corner, so I’m not worried about them not supporting the single. We’ll see how Farmer’s Daughter performs on radio. I hope I’m wrong and it becomes a hit for Crystal.

    Well I’m obviously a big supporter of her too, and I happen to think FD is a great song…a really great one. That said, I just can’t hear it on any station other than a country station – and it doesn’t seem it’s being pushed that way. My guess is that HO in the final version sounds pretty good and I didn’t hate what I’d heard of it before, so I wouldn’t have had a problem with it being her first single honestly. My honest feeling? I don’t think FD will do that well on radio – I kinda wish they’d picked/she’d pushed for one of her other songs as far as an original for her first single. But maybe I’m underestimating the listening public and there’s gonna be people all over the Chicago area tonight pulling their cars to the side of the road in tears, and calling in to the station the rest of the night to find out about her. The one thing you can’t predict is how music as a universal language will reach the public that has no preconceived notions of someone. She could be on the brink of something big. Or, this could be just a drop in one radio station’s bucket, and they may never play the song again.

  40. The radio stations here in Toledo already started playing her songs months ago and everyone is talking about her. Can’t wait to get my hands on the CD.

    This. I’d put money that 92.5 KISS-FM in Toledo (CHR) will add her just because the Toledo area is very very proud of her. She’s still mentioned about once a week or so on local TV stations – updates of the album progress, her wedding, everything.

  41. Yikes! Farmer’s Daughter is dull singer-songwriter revamp. One of Crystal’s other self-penned songs would have been a much better choice. And, sorry Crystal, but your take on Kara’s song was much better.

  42. No matter Crystal´s initials sales, she comes out as a winner.

    Well, that’s not fair.
    I thought all idol fans are supposed to be nervous on the week their idol’s album is released.

  43. sure, why not! Not much to lose. It’s not my kind of music either way, I’ll just sit back and watch what happens. It’s at least interesting. More interesting than S9 itself.

  44. Well, that’s not fair.
    I thought all idol fans are supposed to be nervous on the week their idol’s album is released.

    LOL! Her fans might be nervous, but Crystal won´t IMO

  45. Whether FD has any radio success or not, it doesn’t matter because she still wins no matter what and didn’t sell out. Jive really is not the right label for her anyways. They won’t promote her the way she should be so she’s better off doing things her way from the beginning. People get to know her and her music…not something that someone else wrote that has no personal meaning to her.

    This doesn’t make sense. If it doesn’t matter if she has radio success, then how are people going to get to know her music? She needs some sort of radio success, be that on AAA or HAC. I’m not talking about making big bucks, but using radio to gain awareness that there is someone out there named Crystal the writes good music. Gigs and charities will only get you so far.

  46. What do you think? Is a single switch to “Farmer’s Daughter” a good thing?

    YES! A million times, YES!! First rule of thumb: Don’t piss off the fans.

    The fans wanted Mama’s originals, and no original is more sacred than FD. Those who aren’t fans of Crystal haven’t any clue just how important it is to both her and us that she be allowed to break the stink of bad Idol cheese and let her originals be the feature.

    We are fans of Crystal in a way that is outright rebellious to traditional Idol formula pop. We consider that music utterly worthless, feel alienated from today’s top 40 crap, and found in our Mama a pure and perfect singer/songwriter that is busting the current popular way wide open.

    She is our singing messiah delivering us from the music abyss!! We love that she talks back to authority when they’re wrong, we love that she stands up for herself, for her music, and for us her fans, and in return we are fiercely protective and loyal right back.

    Lee and his ilk are replaceable every ten minutes. Crystal is a once-in-a-generation artist, and we are proud as hell that Farmer’s Daughter became both the title of the album AND the first single.

  47. This doesn’t make sense. If it doesn’t matter if she has radio success, then how are people going to get to know her music? She needs some sort of radio success, be that on AAA or HAC. I’m not talking about making big bucks, but using radio to gain awareness that there is someone out there named Crystal the writes good music. Gigs and charities will only get you so far.

    But you´d agree, that she has already had much more exposure than any other Indie artist starting out?

  48. Happy about Farmer’s Daughter.

    And, getting a spin this quick (even in a new music hour) on WTMX is quite a feat. Jive, I’m sure, had something to do with this, even if it was just through setting up her participation in the tree lighting thing. Jive is doing something right here.

    Also, Hold On was no hit. A Nickelback reject which was never going to burn up the charts. So, she might as well take a risk and release FD. Farmer’s Daughter may not be a typical HAC song, and it may not get huge spins. But, it is the type of song that could be an attention-getter; and this can mean as much as a radio hit for an artist like Crystal. We’ll see what happens.

  49. Definitely a good thing, I’m really happy!

    If Jive pursues AAA which is 100% where Crystal belongs then you could knock me over with a feather. But it’s like other people are saying, it’s pretty obvious CHR and HAC radio was going to be tough for the Idols this season with all the bad buzz so what’s there to lose going for AAA with a song that Crystal wrote?

    I also wouldn’t be unhappy if Hold On got kicked off the album now. It’s not the worst song out there but there’s no point in it being on the album anymore. Too, just this morning I remembered how much of a jerkoff Chad Kroeger is and I don’t want him making $$ off Crystal’s sales.

  50. But you´d agree, that she has already had much more exposure than any other Indie artist starting out?

    Thats true, but she isn’t on an indie label. Beginning exposure is good, but what happens after the diehard fans buy the album? At some point the initial media interest moves on. If she isn’t on some sort of radio then her sales will plummet. Even indie “styled” artists need to be promoted and played on some airwaves otherwise they are selling CDs out of their cars. While I’ve never thought that Crystal wanted to ‘hit it big’, I also don’t think that she is looking to do all the leg work that an indie artist (on an indie label) does. I think she is also looking for some financial independence. Now – if I’m wrong and she doesn’t give a shit about the radio then good for her on having her mind set on a direction. She’ll write off sales & can begin to pack her suit case and hit the road, because thats what indie artist on an indie label do. They work a lot of small gigs, selling albums through word of mouth.

  51. Just out of curiousity, I’ve been listening to the stream of 101.9 for a while tonight too, since I’m not actually used to listening to a HAC station. Some of it’s not bad, some of it is absolutely meh-tastic. Just based on Letterman and hearing again tonight, I may end up buying Bruno Mars’ album – I could get into his sound. But my point…lol is Crystal ever going to stand out like a sore thumb on here later. I know people had said that WTMX is more CHR leaning than many of the HAC stations, but yeah, I don’t know that I would have ever heard Crystal on here anyways. FD probably has just as much chance of getting an add from them as HO would have had. *shrugs*

  52. If Jive pursues AAA whIf Jive pursues AAA which is 100% where Crystal belongs then you could knock me over with a feather

    This is the only path that I can see. I think they can make it work IF they try, but their track record sucks lately.

  53. Um. Negativo….

    She is our singing messiah delivering us from the music abyss!!

    I remember some lovely fan of Mr. James blogging that he was the Blond Jesus. That he’d delivered her mother or converted someone or other thru his soul. Or let’s see. Maybe his music!

    And my comment was: Wow. Just put a LITTLE pressure on the guy.

    Great. You love Crystal. But seriously? I’d advise some time in the desert with the real Jesus.

    Just sayin’

  54. I also wouldn’t be unhappy if Hold On got kicked off the album now. It’s not the worst song out there but there’s no point in it being on the album anymore.

    Somewhere I saw a tweet from Bendeth that basically said that the final versions of both HO and Lonely sound quite different from those that were out there – they were VERY rough sounding compared to the final product. HO might not be that bad of a track in the end – plus, it might be a possible 2nd single honestly. I might be wrong, but it seems to me that many artists’ breakout singles aren’t their first, but their 2nd.

  55. “…it’s not only a self-penned track, it’s a pre-Idol track …… In the realm of “something that no one from AI has ever done,” THAT would be something that in fact, hasn’t been done before by a winner or runner up.”

    Mozart, I wish Crystal every success with her first single, it seems it will be “Farmer’s Daughter” – and I’ve never listened to FD, but I gather it’s a very personal piece of music to her. Good choice or not is an unknown, but I believe all of you who say that it will matter in the delivery and performance, because it reflects who she is and where she is coming from as an artist.

    I have no problem with the concept that Pop success isn’t all there is – it would actually be cool to see the Idol World broaden it’s horizons for what success ‘is’. I have little interest in pop music, and I am surely not alone in that.

    Also, you were right to be cautious in calling a first, because “A Daily AntheM” on DCTR was a moving concert closer, written solely by David Cook in 2006 in Tulsa, long before he could do more than dream of thousands of people singing it with him…arms waving in the air.

    I mention this because seeing how much that enthusiastic reception of the song always affects him, I wish the same poignant feeling of having come full circle for Crystal, every time she performs her song.

  56. Also, you were right to be cautious in calling a first, because “A Daily AntheM” on DCTR was a moving concert closer, written solely by David Cook in 2006 in Tulsa, long before he could do more than dream of thousands of people singing it with him…arms waving in the air.

    Hmm…I’m really not familiar with Cook honestly, I’d just heard that none of the winners or runners up had ever had a lead album single that was self-penned, let alone one from before Idol. Was it his album’s lead single? Not trying to be sarcastic, I really don’t know – if it was then I retract my statement, lol. And either way it doesn’t take anything away from the song and what it means to Crystal (and the fans too).

  57. Was it his album’s lead single? Not trying to be sarcastic, I really don’t know

    I wouldn’t have assumed you were – not your style. *chuckle* I know as much about Crystal as you know about David Cook, which always makes for interesting reading.

    No, it was the last new song on the Album, the concert closer it was originally written to be – separated from the Magic Rainbow bonus track by a hidden track – it makes a set with “Permanent”.

    And I missed your qualifier about title track – so I believe your statement can still stand…no retraction necessary.

    They are both all about the words and the emotions, and the voice that drives them – perhaps an equitable exchange? I’ll take a few listens to FD – maybe you will try “Permanent” and “A Daily AntheM”? ;)

  58. Yes, because Ruben, Fantasia, Taylor, Clay, Diana, Bo Etc are successful pop artists. The only kind that come from idol.

    Except not.

    They are all however successful to varying degrees in their genres outside pop.

    LOL, and then there is that little known idol winner named Carrie Underwood who was supposedly pushed toward pop/CHR coming off idol. Last I heard, she’s doing pretty well in her genre. ;)

    Disclaimer: (tm Kirsten) I am in no way saying Crystal will be as big as Carrie.

  59. We are fans of Crystal in a way that is outright rebellious to traditional Idol formula pop. We consider that music utterly worthless, feel alienated from today’s top 40 crap, and found in our Mama a pure and perfect singer/songwriter that is busting the current popular way wide open.

    She is our singing messiah delivering us from the music abyss!! We love that she talks back to authority when they’re wrong, we love that she stands up for herself, for her music, and for us her fans, and in return we are fiercely protective and loyal right back.

    Lee and his ilk are replaceable every ten minutes. Crystal is a once-in-a-generation artist, and we are proud as hell that Farmer’s Daughter became both the title of the album AND the first single.

    Considering the different opinions from various fans of Crystal, and that I don’t appreciate anyone speaking for me (like I’m part of some weird cult), I think that you mean “I” instead of “we” here.

  60. This is the only path that I can see. I think they can make it work IF they try, but their track record sucks lately.

    Jive’s track record only sucks in mainstream pop and rhythmic genres. They do very well in the Urban AC, Active Rock and Alternative genres. So, there is a part of Jive that is on the ball, and Crystal may very have been shifted over to that part of Jive.

  61. They are both all about the words and the emotions, and the voice that drives them – perhaps an equitable exchange? I’ll take a few listens to FD – maybe you will try “Permanent” and “A Daily AntheM”?

    Lol yeah, sounds fair. I’m not really sure why I haven’t checked out his music before anyways. :-)

  62. Coming out of nowhere….

    Of all the S9 contestants, I preferred Crystal.

    I had my doubts about HO ( or for that matter anything with a Nickelback stamp), but FD is kind of depressing. IMO, the song has a whiny vindictive vibe.

    Whatever, I wish her success. Win or lose, at least she will be true to herself.

  63. I don’t appreciate anyone speaking for me

    Fear not, Fuzzy, I most certainly did not mean you.

    Oh good. That’s a relief. I would never want to be included in a group of people who believed that this:

    “She is our singing messiah delivering us from the music abyss!!”

    applied to Crystal. It’s exactly what the most rabid Claymates proclaimed about Clay Aiken. lol

  64. FD may be a better song than hold on, but the latter had a much better chance of getting airplay, thus giving her more exposure.

  65. I think it’s great for her, long term, short term, period. I think that this is one of the things that will distinguish Crystal. She’s not one to be lead around. She’s a strong, opinionated, stubborn, artist. I think that all of the idols who really know who they want to be, and not just want to sing, or be famous, should be an integral party to their launching. I think why market someone as a singer songwriter then cram another writer’s song down their throat? Sorta shows a lack of faith, right? Farmer’s Daughter is just a better song. Ok, maybe it won’t burn up the airwaves, but then again maybe AAA will be totally accepting of one of their own, and she like some other their other staples will also garner mainstream airplay as well. You can’t tell me that she nothing she’s written can do that. Anyway, I believe that music is cyclical and maybe, just maybe, she might be ahead of the wave. It’s obvious to me, that something is shifting. Taylor Swift, Subo and this Evancho kid attest to that. No trends last forever.

  66. “She is our singing messiah delivering us from the music abyss!!”

    I thought he was being cheeky! Hmmmm.

  67. mozart4898: Somewhere I saw a tweet from Bendeth that basically said that the final versions of both HO and Lonely sound quite different from those that were out there – they were VERY rough sounding compared to the final product. HO might not be that bad of a track in the end – plus, it might be a possible 2nd single honestly.

    Unless the final version of HO changes the lyrics then my mind won’t change. It’s not the production or the melody that was the main problem IMHO.

    With FD the production was the HUGE issue and I’m glad the official version is better. It’s still not as raw as I’d like.

  68. Wow, lots of hyperbole being thrown around. lol

    FD is a better song than HO, but nowhere near as radio friendly. +1 for her staying true to herself, -2 for not being able to broaden her fan base. However, if that is what she wants, it’s her life, not ours. And, hey, if she doesn’t sell a hoard of cds, I’m sure she’ll do well on writing for others on the side. Certainly no shame in that.

  69. +1 for her staying true to herself, -2 for not being able to broaden her fan base.

    Not sure that anyone really broadens their fan base by being disingenuous. Seems to me the best way to broaden your fan base is having as many people as possible hear your authentic music, like it, buy it, and tell others about it.

    Seems like Mama’s doing one hell of a job.

  70. I knew Crystal would get her way. I like the rebel in her. Crystal may not get huge sales but I can see her racking up the awards.
    Crystal was Adam’s favorite and I can see why. Musically they are different but they are kindred spirits. They both get what they want! I hope she does get her wish and do a song together with him.

  71. I just turned on the the Mix. Crystal’s singing FD right out of the box!

  72. It seems that Crystal and some of her fans have gotten what they wanted…now it is up to the radio listening public and the music buying public to validate their campaign. Only time will tell if all of this effort has been worth the in-fighting.

    Crystal is Crystal…a throwback to an era that occured years before her birth. Her style gained popularity then due to social conditions and the basic upheaval in the world. It will be interesting to see if this same social consciouness is as prevelant today…

    But, seeing the entitlement of our youth abound…I don’t know how many of them will even comprehend what Crystal is trying to sell…hope she has figured out how she is going to make them aware of herself and her “cause”.

  73. They censored out the “fuckin”.

    Of course they did…damn FCC, lol.

    So weird to hear her on after all the other craptastic stuff that the station’s played. And hearing the song again, this really belongs on country radio. I could totally see it.

    This is really weird, having followed this whole process – first time I’ve followed anyone like this…

  74. YAY!!! Just heard it on the Mix!

    This is the first time I have followed and Idol. I had a couple favs on the show before like Melinda and Elliott but their genre wasnt my favs I liked them for their voices and personalities but not enough to follow them or buy their music but I do check them out on youtube from time to time

  75. Well congrats, I guess. Does AAA play new stuff during the holidays? If not, she’s going to have even more trouble getting this song heard. I doubt CHR radio is going to spin it — maybe it can cross over to Hot AC.

    It’s great that she is getting to release what she wanted as her first single. But neither one of the choices seems likely to break her out of being a niche artist in terms of sales/radio play.

    I understand Crystal wanting to stay true to herself and her fans wanting that to. That’s great and I wish her good luck with this. I just hope she will still be happy if this song doesn’t sell or chart particularly well. Because I’m thinking it is going to be a hard sell outside of her hardcore fanbase.

  76. I think they’ve been reading my mind – Grenade by Bruno Mars was probably my favorite song that I’d heard them play this evening, so what do they do? They play it right after FD. Totally a weird segue, lol.

  77. Well, FD is over. They launched right into the next new song. No further Crystal discussion. Looks like Lee will also be playing SS later in the show.

  78. Well, I take it back, sorta. If this is the sort of thing Kid Rock is doing nowadays, and HAC plays this, maybe FD does have a shot alongside songs like this. At least production and instrumentation wise it doesn’t sound that far removed.

  79. I’m not thinking FD will sell very big, but I’m guessing one of Crystal’s main goals is to have her original music out there and heard. And FD is her signature song that IMO really represents her and her singer/songwriting cred.

  80. But, seeing the entitlement of our youth abound…I don’t know how many of them will even comprehend what Crystal is trying to sell…hope she has figured out how she is going to make them aware of herself and her “cause”.

    “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children now are tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”. I love to pull out this supposed quote from Socrates whenever people complain about “entitled youth” or how the youth are so much worse these days. Old people have been claiming this for thousands of years lol.

  81. I understand Crystal wanting to stay true to herself and her fans wanting that to. That’s great and I wish her good luck with this. I just hope she will still be happy if this song doesn’t sell or chart particularly well. Because I’m thinking it is going to be a hard sell outside of her hardcore fanbase.

    Well, she got exactly what she and the fans wanted so it’s all on her to succeed. At least the label is more professional than her (i.e. not trashing her choice on twitter), so there is that. I wonder how motivated they will be to push her single. Do they have many AAA or country radio connections? From what I’ve read here, it’s apparent that she doesn’t need the label, so I guess it doesn’t matter if they support the single either.

  82. This album will sell like hotcakes when hospital surgeons find out about it. They won’t need expensive anesthetics to put patients to sleep. Just make them listen to Farmers Daughter on the operating table. They’ll be out cold in a few minutes.

  83. I love to pull out this quote from Socrates

    I would have never guessed that was Socrates…

    Honestly I think Crystal’s potential fans could come from pretty much any age group, including youth. She’ll probably speak to a good many of the outcasts – there’s probably more of them than people would care to realize that would feel a connection to her through a song like FD. Plus just in general there’s always the youth that just plain want to be different and might listen to her just because their peers don’t. If, of course, they actually hear of her.

  84. This album will sell like hotcakes when hospital surgeons find out about it. They won’t need expensive anesthetics to put patients to sleep. Just make them listen to Farmers Daughter on the operating table. They’ll be out cold in a few minutes.

    But did you like it? :)

  85. The song’s message is so powerful that I think as soon as people hear it they’ll stop in their tracks and listen. It stands out. It’s different than anything else on the market, and that’s what you want.
    Same old copy cat shit ain’t gonna make a splash.

    Mark my words, Mama will be Grammied to the hilt.

  86. The song’s message is so powerful that I think as soon as people hear it they’ll stop in their tracks and listen. It stands out. It’s different than anything else on the market, and that’s what you want.
    Same old copy cat shit ain’t gonna make a splash.

    Mark my words, Mama will be Grammied to the hilt.

    I hope that happens, but that was not my reaction.

    It’s not different. It’s coffehouse. Where is the inspiration? I get the “you didn’t support” and “life was hard”, but where is the “this is what I learned”, and this is “how I overcame”. This is “me”.

    What I got is, I might get that call that changes my life and you are going to be sorry that you didn’t support me and I am going to go na na na na na.

    YMMV.

  87. Here’s a tweet from Jim Cantiello to Crystal, he sent to her today:

    @crystalbowersox Just finished listening to your CD. Standing O. You did it your way. Lonely Won’t Come Around? Didn’t know u had that in u! about 5 hours ago via web

  88. Here’s a tweet from Jim Cantiello to Crystal, he sent to her today:

    @crystalbowersox Just finished listening to your CD. Standing O. You did it your way. Lonely Won’t Come Around? Didn’t know u had that in u! about 5 hours ago via web

    I have a feeling that most of the reviews of her album are going to be very positive – probably with a few scattered in here and there saying she’s boring or not relevant. Of course it’d be nice if a bunch of great reviews translated to great success in sales and radio play but we all know that they don’t – but still, good reviews are obviously better than bad ones. And I think Crystal’s album needed tracks like Lonely Won’t Come Around – there’s several rather heavy songs on there, the upbeat ones will be a nice change. Interesting he pointed that one out specifically – maybe it’s a real standout on the finished album.

  89. OK. I listened to “Farmer’s Daughter” – no way I am in the prediction business, but that “Hold On” song was formula meh – and this surely isn’t.

    As to the serious subject matter – over 20 years ago there was a song named “Luka” – did rather well for itself and the singer/songwriter who performed it. There are cycles in music, as in everything else. Just a thought.

  90. It’s not different. It’s coffehouse. Where is the inspiration? I get the “you didn’t support” and “life was hard”, but where is the “this is what I learned”, and this is “how I overcame”. This is “me”.

    Yeah, it’s a good song, but not unique in the least. Sorry, but Alt/rock bands have been singing the same story for at least 15 years. Crystal’s a good writer, but we don’t need to ignore reality to enjoy her.

    ETA:
    “As to the subject matter – over 20 years ago there was a song named “Luka” – did rather well for itself and the singer/songwriter who performed it. There are cycles in music, as in everything else. Just a thought”

    Not to mention The Night the Lights went Out in Georgia.

  91. Lonely Won’t Come Around? Didn’t know u had that in u!

    And that’s the song I think they should have tried. It runs a bit poppy for AAA, but still conceivable, and it could hit HAC quite easily too. And it would still be a CB cowrite.

    I do think it sounds a bit more like a spring single, but given how late in the game it is, it would probably be the spring before it would get serious traction.

  92. And maybe LWCA will actually be a single down the line…no way to know for sure at this point. Hopefully at this point, there will be a push of some sort for FD, to some radio format. Doesn’t matter which one really, just to help get the word out.

  93. I am happy that Crystal has one of her originals as her first single.

    If it plays on the radio, Farmer’s Daughter will be a nice change of pace from all the soul-less shit that is current pop music.
    I think Crystal knows her relationship with Jive will be short, she may as well take advantage of it by doing things her way artistically. I think she’s looking to make enough to cover her fronted cash and move on to a label that’s a better fit for her.

  94. Lindsey tweeted as well:

    RT @ainow: We’ve confirmed that “Farmer’s Daughter” NOT “Hold On” will be @CrystalBowersox debut single http://bit.ly/bOqHrE (<–great news)

    Great news indeed. Nice to know that idol bloggers are behind her album and they atleast know that single change just makes more sense. I am actually more interested in what ppl outside the idol bubble think of her album specifically ppl who reviewed songs tt get played on AAA or critics / music veterans like RS. Just came across the first review by Direct Music (they didnt watch the show btw).

    Not surprisingly, Daughter’s one non-original, the cookie cutter single “Hold On” by ex-Idol judge Kara Dioguardi and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, is the only real dud here. Conversely, the emotional title track, dedicated (or aimed) at her mother, is a bloodletting revelation of impressive lyrical and melodic power. “Mommy dear” indeed.

    http://www.directcurrentmusic.com/music-news-new-music/2010/11/17/crystal-bowersox-farmers-daughter.html

    Very good review and it nicely captures what the fans have been saying all along. And It looks quite receptive and theres a good chance she would be welcomed by those stations that would most prolly play her songs and has her listening market. I am really looking forward to next couple of weeks, to read what the critics have to say. Ofcos m more excited about 14/12 :)

  95. Crystal retweeted tonight a fan request to make Ridin’ With The Radio her 2nd single. I think that would be a great idea because it’s a Crystal original, upbeat, fun and has an awesome hook.

  96. Crystal retweeted tonight a fan request to make Ridin’ With The Radio her 2nd single. I think that would be a great idea because it’s a Crystal original, upbeat, fun and has an awesome hook.

    I’d 2nd this request – I actually thought it could have been the lead single. However, we’re only just getting the 1st single straight at this point – lol let’s hope we’re talking about FD for a while at least! ;-)

    But yeah, after listening to the performance of it the other night from the vineyard, I went in to work and had RWTR stuck in my head all day. I rarely get songs stuck in my head – they’ve gotta be ridiculously catchy for that to happen, even if I like them a lot.

  97. Just came across the first review by Direct Music (they didnt watch the show btw).

    Crystal was able to shed the shackles of Idol cheese before the show even ended, and now we’re seeing that credibility manifest like wildfire. Mama and her band of merry Village Idiots are knockin’ at the door of a music revolution, so either welcome her in or gtf out of the way!

  98. negativo:
    11/17/2010 at 11:34 pm
    Just came across the first review by Direct Music (they didnt watch the show btw).

    Crystal was able to shed the shackles of Idol cheese before the show even ended, and now we’re seeing that credibility manifest like wildfire. Mama and her band of merry Village Idiots are knockin’ at the door of a music revolution, so either welcome her in or gtf out of the way!

    I SECOND THAT!!!!!

  99. Crystal was able to shed the shackles of Idol cheese before the show even ended, and now we’re seeing that credibility manifest like wildfire. Mama and her band of merry Village Idiots are knockin’ at the door of a music revolution, so either welcome her in or gtf out of the way!

    Initially scared at first, but not so scary if I rally behind this lol…COUNT ME IN AS WELL.

    Nice to see you pumped up :=)

  100. They are both all about the words and the emotions, and the voice that drives them – perhaps an equitable exchange? I’ll take a few listens to FD – maybe you will try “Permanent” and “A Daily AntheM”?

    Just a quick digression – I keep my word, I went and listened to ADAM – DC has a new fan. Love it! I forsee another Idol album joining my collection – he’ll keep Gokey and Crystal company ;-)

    I’m really liking the buzz that seems to be building (maybe slowly and quietly for now, but it’s a start) with the critics about Crystal’s album. That word of mouth publicity can be dangerous, lol – it spreads fast once it takes hold.

  101. I’m confused on what Crystal really wants to do with her music. If she really wanted her music heard, why didn’t she sign with an Indie label before AI. She’s 25 years old, and has been playing music for crowds since she was 10. If a record company approached her with a contract, why didn’t she take it? I’m wondering if she will ever be able to work with a record company, even an Indie. Also, there is already a song titled Farmer’s Daughter, #158 on I-Tunes. Maybe HO would have been the better choice. That’s confusing also.

  102. I’m confused on what Crystal really wants to do with her music.

    I liked that you phrased that as “her” music! It is HER music, and not just a plug & play, formula-pop song sheet. To answer your inquiry, Mama wants to perform and sell her music to as many people as humanly possible.

  103. I’m confused on what Crystal really wants to do with her music. If she really wanted her music heard, why didn’t she sign with an Indie label before AI. She’s 25 years old, and has been playing music for crowds since she was 10. If a record company approached her with a contract, why didn’t she take it? I’m wondering if she will ever be able to work with a record company, even an Indie. Also, there is already a song titled Farmer’s Daughter, #158 on I-Tunes. Maybe HO would have been the better choice. That’s confusing also.

    Well I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think she ever was approached by any. It seems to me that if she had been, she probably would have signed with an indie label, because she really has said that she isn’t interested in mainstream success at the expense of being true to herself.

    As far as songs with the same name, I can’t imagine too many people would buy the song without looking at who it was by. That should be a dead giveaway. You can preview some of the track before you buy it on iTunes too, can’t you? I’m sure if I was buying a single I would preview it to make sure it was the right one. And by this point, most song titles that someone would come up with have probably been used before – I don’t think an artist or label can really actively make decisions based just on the titles of songs. (Fearless is the name of a song by Pink Floyd…that didn’t seem to hurt Taylor Swift too much, did it?)

  104. I’m very pleased that Crystal’s first single is going to be a song she wrote and I think “Farmer’s Daughter is a good choice. I believe that song is very relevant right now because of all the recent attention to bullying. Crystal appeared on Anderson Cooper’s 360 special about bullying and said she was bullied at home as well as at school. Child abuse is a form of bullying and it leaves lasting scars. Crystal has written a number of songs about her abusive mother, some of which were written when she was 16 and 17. She has stated that writing the songs helped her to cope with her unpleasant childhood. So maybe FD will give strength to someone else.

    BTW, Crystal says the album will have a “clean” version of “Farmer’s Daughter”

    Here’s what she wrote about her experience: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/08/crystal-bowersox-just-imagine%E2%80%A6/

    Here’s a review of her CD from someone who does not watch American Idol:
    http://www.directcurrentmusic.com/music-news-new-music/2010/11/17/crystal-bowersox-farmers-daughter.html

    I think Crystal is going to be fine and I believe AAA and Hot AC stations will accept her and play her music.

  105. Such a better fit to promote who Crystal seems to really be as an artist. I think marketing her differently than the usual Idol is a very good idea – she IS different, and I think she could have a nice little career for herself. Can’t wait to get my hands on her album. My husband doesn’t watch much Idol but he *loved* Crystal and is looking forward to her album too :)

  106. That’s a nice review for Crystal. But if the reviewer doesn’t watch Idol, how would he (or she) know whether the other contestants did or didn’t play guitar or write their own songs? :)

  107. Late to the party here. I’ve been a beat behind all week.

    This is good news all around. It’s better for Crystal professionally to release her own single when the rest of the album is almost all written by her anyway. It’s impressive that she accomplished that much coming out of a major label contract like this. I’ve been listening to FD a lot this week. Great version!

  108. But if the reviewer doesn’t watch Idol, how would he (or she) know whether the other contestants did or didn’t play guitar or write their own songs?

    Good question. lol

  109. FD is amazing because of the story it tells and it has a good melody, but as a single I think that it is too dark. It’s like reading a well written sad novel, you do it once but you don’t do it casually and listening to radio is a casual activity.
    For this reason, I wouldn’t pick FD as a single.

    Hold On is not representative of Crystal, and I wouldn’t have picked it either, so I would go for a third option.

    Edited after listening to LWCA

  110. This song is so sad and powerful. Crystal has thousands of mothers now.

  111. girlygirl:
    11/18/2010 at 12:49 am
    That’s a nice review for Crystal. But if the reviewer doesn’t watch Idol, how would he (or she) know whether the other contestants did or didn’t play guitar or write their own songs?

    My guess was that they assumed it – and honestly if you think about it, it kinda would fit that they didn’t watch because this past season had a boatload of musicians (guitar or piano…including those who didn’t play on the show, I believe 9 of the top 12 at least were instrumentalists and I think of those 9 only Siobhan and Aaron didn’t bring out an instrument) as well as a good many songwriters (Tim, Aaron, Casey, Crystal, and Lee that I know of for sure, and probably more than that). That’s not to say how good they were at those things, but face it – S9 did have a good many musicians and songwriters even if it was lacking in other things.

    It honestly seemed like they were all too willing to slam anything they could about AI, but Crystal and her music sorta made it hard for them to see her connection to the show.

    springboard:
    11/18/2010 at 1:07 am
    FD is amazing because of the story it tells and it has a good melody, but as a single I think that it is too dark. It’s like reading a well written sad novel, you do it once but you don’t do it casually and listening to radio is a casual activity.
    For this reason, I wouldn’t pick FD as a single.

    Hold On is not representative of Crystal, and I wouldn’t have picked it either, so I would go for a third option.

    I actually agree with all you said – although I really don’t think Hold On will end up being that bad. But yeah it’s not really representative of her. That said, apparently FD it is, so there we are. (For the record my 1st choice of single, without having heard the whole album yet, would have been Riding with the Radio.)

    Lulu2:
    11/18/2010 at 1:57 am
    This song is so sad and powerful. Crystal has thousands of mothers now.

    I do recall at least though that Crystal has said she and her mother have patched things up…but her mother does hate the song.

  112. But if the reviewer doesn’t watch Idol, how would he (or she) know whether the other contestants did or didn’t play guitar or write their own songs?

    You don’t have to watch it to know what was going on, who the two finalist were, possibly even the names of the contestants. Popular media does that, its all around us constantly. Also if you are a jounalist who covers emerging new artists even if its in AAA format you would still keep tabs on the others, CHR / HAC. You always do your homework, thats how you keep ahead in the game. So I assume he/she watched some of the performances, could be that Crystal was the main reason why and they wanted to check out if there are more like her. So its a lot different than following the show religiously as a fan of the show.

    With regards to who played the guitar I believe there were 3 people who I would call as real guitar players (not amatuers). They are Crystal, Casey and Lee. These three had a hard time leaving the guitar behind for their performances since they always had been performing with their instruments prior to idol. The rest of the people whoever picked for that one or two performances were just amatuers really (tim, mike). In terms of guitar skills I would actually rank casey and crystal on same level and lee a little behind them. If not for the tour and seeing Caseys solos, I would even put him behind Crystal. Crystal is a very good on her guitar skills, she has mastered the skills of guitar picking, did some on the show (me and bobby mcgee, come to my window) but its more evident on her originals (Mine or Mine, Saved by Grace, jus wanna luv ya before I leave) rather than just strumming which was what lee did throughout the show. She also did a variety of styles, bluesy like Gimme One Reason, Gospel like Saved and so on. Also for me someone playing solos doesnt necessarily make him a better guitar player than someone who does great melodies especially if its in the classical sense and does in guitar picking style. In that respect Crystal and Casey (hes a good soloist but hes even better on picking exhibit jealous guy) seems equally good on the guitar. Thats just my opinion. Regarding writing songs, thats been covered here now alot. Getting 8 solos and 2 co-writes makes her the contestant with the most contribution in terms of writing which pretty much says about her songwriting skills, IMO.

  113. I don’t know if Farmer’s Daughter will get radio play, but it is a much more powerful song than HO. Some of us will be more inclined to buy her album….FD gives me chills.

  114. Crystal was able to shed the shackles of Idol cheese before the show even ended, and now we’re seeing that credibility manifest like wildfire.

    I’ll continue to disagree with you Negativo until the day come when Crystal’s name is not consistently mention with American Idol in the same sentence. American Idol cheese is like eating a bag of cheetos, no matter how hard you try to keep the day glow cheese off your fingers you can’t. She may escape sooner than most, but the association is not gone yet.

  115. girlygirl:
    11/18/2010 at 12:49 am
    That’s a nice review for Crystal. But if the reviewer doesn’t watch Idol, how would he (or she) know whether the other contestants did or didn’t play guitar or write their own songs?

    I believe the reviewer cleared that up when they wrote:

    “Not being counted among the millions who watched the ninth season of American Idol — we’d rather be waterboarded with boiling oil — we only know Ms. Bowersox and her debut album from what we’ve heard and read.”

  116. Also, there is already a song titled Farmer’s Daughter, #158 on I-Tunes.

    That’s the “Farmer’s Daughter” by Rodney Atkins. It’s currently #4 on the Country radio chart (and probably one of the reasons that Jive won’t have much luck pushing Crystal’s song to the Country format for a few months if they were to do what some people suggest).

  117. Now, only if Hold On would be replaced with “Sandman”. “Lonely” is better than HO anyway as a radio friendly song, so why keep this bastard on the album, when it´s only potential role has been put to rest.

    9 solo originals, 2 co-writes and 1 iconic classic cover sound like sweet music to me

  118. Kirsten:

    11/18/2010 at 7:36 am
    Also, there is already a song titled Farmer’s Daughter, #158 on I-Tunes.

    That’s the “Farmer’s Daughter” by Rodney Atkins. It’s currently #4 on the Country radio chart (and probably one of the reasons that Jive won’t have much luck pushing Crystal’s song to the Country format for a few months if they were to do what some people suggest).

    Since Crystals song is a much better song I don’t see where the name would be a problem.

  119. Crystal can like Farmer’s Daughter better, that’s her perorogative, but turning her back on the wisdom of trained professionals this early in what might turn out to be her career (she dones’t have an album out yet, so she’s still just a few steps back from starting line) is just stupid. Yes artists have rights and there is artistic integrity to consider, but that doesn’t mean it will sell.

    If Crystal wants to play the music she loves in bars the rest of her life she can choose the songs SHE likes and say to hell with everyone else.

    I disagreed with her fighting openly with the label (don’t disagree with anybody fighting behind closed doors — that’s a great place for fight.)

    But the thing is, because she’s had the exposure now that she has and because she’s met the people that she has, her on-my-own career undoubtedly has a much much better outlook than it did before the show. And, given the mismatch between her music style and the current top-selling stuff, I think she was pretty much destined for an indie or on-my-own career anyway, no matter what happened between her and Jive.

    When you look at the past Idols, pretty much all the ones who got a fair distance on the show, work hard, and aren’t completely personally screwed up in some way have found a way to get a decent middle-class career involved with music, just based on their Idol exposure and contacts and their subsequent work. I think that’ll happen for Crystal, too, and maybe it’s just a cleaner and clearer process because of starting off with her own music exclusively, even if it does probably mean that she’ll never have any time when she gets the full support of a major label. She’s not a major-label kind of musician anyway.

  120. Music revolution? Crystal?

    I doubt it.

    I think it’s a smart strategy to market her as a new artist, but I hear nothing in Crystal’s music that makes her better than the artists I love who haven’t changed the world. Take a listen to Josh Ritter sometime. Amazing, on AAA radio all the time and still releasing his own music.

  121. Music revolution? Crystal?

    I doubt it.

    I think it’s a smart strategy to market her as a new artist, but I hear nothing in Crystal’s music that makes her better than the artists I love who haven’t changed the world. Take a listen to Josh Ritter sometime. Amazing, on AAA radio all the time and still releasing his own music.

    I doubt it was meant to be taken literally. But if she manages to contribute to like minds and musicians, it´s a step in the right direction

  122. I hear nothing in Crystal’s music that makes her better than the artists I love.

    You shouldn’t feel pressured to like her music just because so many others do. No artist, no matter how successful or talented they may be, appeals to everyone. Nobody is twisting your arm.

  123. There is a video in the works for Farmer’s Dauhter (The song). Twittered by Crystal. So I’m sure Jive is just fine w/ her pick of single. They wouldn’t spend that kind of money for something they didn’t believe in. Just my opinion.

  124. Interesting. If you go to the Mix station

    http://www.tunegenie.com/onair/wtmx/

    You can look at what was played each hour. FD was in the 8:00 pm yesterday hour. The link they have set up to hear FD is actually the original (meaning the real original) version.

  125. There is a video in the works for Farmer’s Dauhter (The song). Twittered by Crystal. So I’m sure Jive is just fine w/ her pick of single. They wouldn’t spend that kind of money for something they didn’t believe in. Just my opinion.

    I don’t know. I can totally see a situation where Jive doesn’t totally back this, but they understand that Crystal wasn’t going to sell their chosen song in public, so what’s the point of releasing it.

    I do think the labels have realized that they need to release songs that fit the artists, and they just can’t give someone a song, and expect them to make it believable. But, it’s not like Jive laid out a lot of money for this album, so if it doesn’t work, it probably won’t have a big impact on their bottom line.

  126. I don’t know. I can totally see a situation where Jive doesn’t totally back this

    People have said a lot about what Jive will and will not do, in the past weeks, regarding Crystals album. Most of them are now eating their words

  127. People have said a lot about what Jive will and will not do, in the past weeks, regarding Crystals album. Most of them are now eating their words

    I’m not saying that they don’t back her, or that my concerns are the facts, since just like everybody else, I don’t know what they are thinking. We do know that they were not initially behind Crystal releasing this song, and that their first choice was more radio friendly, even if it didn’t completely represent who Crystal is, in comparison to FD. So far, I haven’t seen how they plan on marketing Crystal, or how they intend to let her demographic know about her music.

  128. I’m not saying that they don’t back her, or that my concerns are the facts,

    I didn´t mean to suggest you did, sorry, if it came out that way. But since Jive has come along this far, seemingly breaking all of their own previous principles, hopefully they don´t intend to stop now, and follow through with they´re decisions thus far. Congrats to Jive, for stepping out of their comfort zone and doing the right thing

  129. Congrats to Jive, for stepping out of their comfort zone and doing the right thing

    That still remains to be seen as well. Right thing for who? For them? For Crystal? For her existing fanbase? We just have to see how it plays out. If FD is a hit and they make money, it was right for both of them. If it’s not, Crystal is probably still happy that they led with her single, but Jive won’t be happy that it didn’t sell, and they’ll probably insist on HO as single #2. Which seems reasonable, if I were a stockholder. If FD doesn’t hit and HO does, then Jive probably should have waited and let FD be single #2. But it’s all clear in hindsight, of course.

  130. I don’t know. I can totally see a situation where Jive doesn’t totally back this

    Why wouldn’t Jive back Crystal’s single? I don’t think they signed her to lose money. If they’re giving her a video then they’re going to back her.

    but they understand that Crystal wasn’t going to sell their chosen song in public, so what’s the point of releasing it.

    Where did you hear that Crystal wasn’t going to sell Jive’s chosen song? Do you have a source claiming this to be a fact or did you just make it up? I’m simply amazed at how people throw out unfounded rumors, often based on their own bias, and imply they are the truth.

    Here’s a thought, maybe Jive decided ON THEIR OWN, after test marketing the songs and viewing all of the feedback as well as listening to Crystal’s reasoning, to use “Farmer’s Daughter” as the first single instead of the HO cover.

  131. sr4mjc, Right for taking a risk (to them if that´s what they felt) and of course Crystal and fans of AAA music. Isn´t it a nature of a business, to take calculated risks, given, they can afford it, if it doesn´t pay off.

    Also, I was refering to the album as a whole, not just the choice of the first single. If FD as a single won´t produce and direct people to the album, “Lonely” is IMO and most others, I´ve read, a better 2nd single than HO

  132. Reading back, I see a post about guitar skills. We all know Casey is a great guitar player, but I don’t know how one could say whether Lee or Crystal is the better guitar player based on their 90 second Idol performances, where they were just accompanying their own singing and would of course want to emphasize the vocal performance, rather than including some awesome but distracting guitar displays.
    Does Crystal play guitar on her album? I just ask because evidently this has been a subject of discussion here in past years before I starting lurking here :). I think David Cook did not. The Beatweek interview in Evening Headlines says that Lee does play on his album. I doubt that’s an Idol first, though.

  133. Does Crystal play guitar on her album?

    Yes but I don’t know if she plays on every song.

  134. Also, I don’t know if Lee or Crystal are better guitar players and I don’t care. I’m not a “my dick is bigger than your dick” person. :)

  135. AndreaH: I’m simply amazed at how people throw out unfounded rumors, often based on their own bias, and imply they are the truth.

    Here’s a thought, maybe Jive decided ON THEIR OWN, after test marketing the songs and viewing all of the feedback as well as listening to Crystal’s reasoning, to use “Farmer’s Daughter” as the first single instead of the HO cover.

    You. Go. Girl.

  136. I think Crystal and Jive are both on the same page. They have a good buzz going about her that seems to continue everyday in some regards. For a newbie I think she is doing quite well in promoting herself.

  137. I think Crystal and Jive are both on the same page. They have a good buzz going…

    Well, they were just in Napa where the wine flows like water.

  138. Does Crystal play guitar on her album? I just ask because evidently this has been a subject of discussion here in past years before I starting lurking here

    Yes but I don’t know if she plays on every song.

    One of the reviews that was posted for her album says that she played guitar on all of the tracks on the album. Shocked me honestly because I do think she’s a good guitar player but I didn’t expect she’d play it for her album – just because. On the discussion as to ranking them, ehh, kinda hard to say really. I would say Casey was by far #1, and then Crystal and Lee are about equal. I think Lee just didn’t do too much because he knew it wasn’t about guitar playing, but rather, singing. Tim is better than people give him credit for – the nice clean finger picking showed me that, but other than that I don’t know about him either. Who knows though, lol…maybe Crystal shreds on the electric guitar on her album somewhere :-P

    Well, they were just in Napa where the wine flows like water.

    Mmm…wine…

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