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Farmer's Daughter is the debut album of American Idol season nine runner-up Crystal Bowersox. It was released on December 14, 2010, through Jive Records.

Farmer's Daughter
Crystal Bowersox - Farmer's Daughter.jpg
Studio album by Crystal Bowersox
Released December 14, 2010 (2010-12-14)
Recorded June–October, 2010
Length 42:34
Producer David Bendeth
Crystal Bowersox chronology
Farmer's Daughter
All That for This
Singles from Farmer's Daughter
  1. "Farmer's Daughter"
    Released: December 13, 2010
  2. "Ridin' with the Radio"
    Released: 2011



After placing second on Idol, Crystal was signed to a deal with Jive Records and RCA's former sister record company 19 Recordings. Originally, Crystal wanted to delay the release of the album until early 2011, but ended up moving the release date to December 14.[1] She is also to cover the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth," stating "its lyrics are relevant no matter what era it is, whatever war we're in and issues in the world," she said. "The song is always relevant." It was revealed that Chad Szeliga, who is well known for his drumming for bands such as Breaking Benjamin and OurAfter, has contributed drum tracks to the songs "Arlene", "Finally Got It Right" and "Hold On" which was written by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.

The song "Holy Toledo" was played during Idol when she returned home. This is the first time an Idol contestant's own song was played during the show before their departure.[2]


"Farmer's Daughter" was released as the first single on December 13, 2010. "Hold On" was supposed to be the first single, but was switched to "Farmer's Daughter." The music video for "Farmer's Daughter" premiered on her website on December 16, 2010.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [4]
The New York Times     [5]
Yahoo! MusicPositive[6]
Chicago Tribune    [7]
Entertainment WeeklyC[8]
New York Daily News     [9]
USA TodayMixed[10]
The Dallas Morning NewsB+[11]
Slant Magazine     [12]
Paste Magazine          [13]

Critical receptionEdit

The album received mixed to positive reviews. Allmusic gave the album 2.5 stars out of 5. Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle said the album "failed to live up to Idol hype."[14] Metacritic gave the album 63 out of 100 based on six critical reviews.[15]

Commercial successEdit

In the United States, the album debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 58,000 copies[16] and as of October, 2011 has sold 205,000 copies.[17]

In Canada, the album debuted at number 90 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[18]

Track listingEdit

1."Ridin' with the Radio"Crystal BowersoxDavid Bendeth3:26
2."For What It's Worth"Stephen StillsBendeth3:18
3."Farmer's Daughter"BowersoxBendeth4:09
4."Holy Toledo"BowersoxBendeth3:51
5."Lonely Won't Come Around"
  • Bendeth
  • Harris
6."Hold On"Bendeth3:13
7."On the Run"BowersoxBendeth3:23
8."Kiss Ya"BowersoxBendeth3:09
9."Speak Now"BowersoxBendeth4:48
10."Mine All Mine"BowersoxBendeth3:34
  • Bowersox
  • Brian Walker
13."Finally Got It Right" (Bonus track, iTunes album pre-order only)Bowersox  


As noted at allmusic:[19]

  • Crystal Bowersox: Vocals, acoustic guitar
  • David Bendeth, Tommy Byrnes, David Ryan Harris, Nick Moroch: Guitars
  • John Widgren: Dobro, pedal steel
  • Jeff Kazee: Acoustic and electric piano, organ, keyboards, accordion
  • Zac Rae: Keyboards
  • Geoff Rockwell: Keyboards, programming
  • Ryan Syzyka: Harmonica
  • Sean Hurley, Frankie May, Greg Smith: Bass
  • Chuck Burgi, Dorian Crozier, Dan Korneff: Drums
  • Chad Szeliga: Drums, percussion
  • Memo Acevedo: Percussion



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  12. ^ "Crystal Bowersox: Farmer's Daughter | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  13. ^ georgei on December 22, 2010 (2010-12-22). "Crystal Bowersox: Farmer's Daughter :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  14. ^ JOEY GUERRA, Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle (2010-12-13). "Bowersox debut fails to live up to Idol hype - Houston Chronicle". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  15. ^ "Farmer's Daughter Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  16. ^ a b "Crystal Bowersox's 'Farmer's Daughter' debuts with 58K sales". 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  17. ^ a b American Idol: With Scotty McCreery's Successful Debut, Did Universal Learn From Sony's Mistakes?
  18. ^ a b "Crystal Bowersox's 'Farmer's Daughter' tops Lee DeWyze's first-week album sales - From Inside the Box - Zap2it". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  19. ^ Personnel at allmusic
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