American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox exuded a hippie-chick, coffeehouse artist persona while competing on the show, but for her debut album, Farmer’s Daughter, the newly hitched singer-songwriter appears to be leaning heavily towards country. Smart move, Mama Sox. Will Crystal’s debut steal Lee DeWyze’s thunder when his lite-rock album drops? (If we’re judging from album cover art alone, we think she’s already way ahead — this chillin’ photo fits Crystal’s laid back vibe perfectly.) Preview her tracks “Farmer’s Daughter”, “Hold On” and “Lonely Won’t Come Around” below.
Back in May, we shared our thoughts on how we thought Crystal should manage her post-Idol career, requesting that she bypass Kara DioGuardi and stick to the likes of songwriters and producers like Glen Ballard and Jewel. Alas, Mama Sox did not heed our advice — her track “Hold On” was co-written by DioGuardi and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Urg. Good luck with that one, Crystal. (Listen to Kara singing a demo of the track here.)
Her 12-track album also includes a cover of “For What it’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield.
We’re bobbing our heads to each of these songs, but we think “Farmer’s Daughter” in particular has an extremely good chance of being a massive hit on the country charts. Can’t you just hear Crystal performing that tune on the copious amount of country music awards shows there are every year? We can.
What do you think of Mama Sox’s tunes? Tell us!