[Harp-L] Subject: Stay tuned for a Blues win on American Idol?
And speaking of Jimmy Rogers....
While I know some people look down their noses at American Idol, tonight
in the finals (results tomorrow night), a young female
Blues/folk/country/rock harp-in-a-rack guitar-playing female singer blew the audience away with
her versions of "Me and Bobby McGee'
(here's a previous performance - the finalists got to reprise their best
performances of the season tonight)
and 'Black Velvet' ("Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high"......)
performed here by Alannah Myles (in 1989) - (Crystal's version tonight was
She then sang a bluesy/gospel-tinged and stunning 'Up to the Mountain'
which would be her first record released should she win. Written by Patty
Griffin, it's an emotionally moving powerhouse song which Ms. Bowersox made her
I don't believe half the audience have any clue what kind of singer Crystal
Bowersox from Northern Ohio actually is since most of the tweens who text
their votes wouldn't know Blues/rock or folk if they fell over it. I think
they think of her as country pop.
Tonight she all but cemented her win with 3 terrific performances - if
those who vote have a clue just how good she is...here's hoping, although that
horrible web-site 'vote for the worst' had chosen Lee Dewyze to vote for
just to skew the competition. I quite like Lee since he has the kind of
voice I like listening to, but to have a bona-fide working class non-Hollywood,
American singer/harmonica/guitar player take the top prize on American
Idol would please me enormously and tonight this 24-year old was in a Class of
For anyone still interested...check out this site and listen in to some of
her own songs (she's a singer/songwriter). Farmer's Daughter is
autobiographical. Powerful stuff. Brought me to tears for several reasons besides the
obvious one of giving a voice to motherless, abused children...grown or
not ("...and when you broke my bones I told the School I fell down the
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