Nov. 8, 2017
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
By Phillip Smith; Nov. 9, 2017
Crystal Bowersox blessed CSPS with her third appearance on November 8th. With an acoustic guitar strapped around her shoulder, the songstress was joined by drummer Derek Louis, and bassist Lucas Morton. It was a perfect evening for music, as Bowersox belted out two fabulous sets, much of which can be found on her new Alive album.
The Season 9 American Idol finalist initiated her show with a stellar cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. It was fantastic. “Broken Wing” was s such a lovely song, being sung from the heart as effortlessly as Bowersox makes it seem. She gave a terrific performance on “Staycation”, which teased Steve Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle“, and suavely segued into Bob Marley’s “Everything Gonna Be Alright”. Laying out a roadmap to her heart in song, Bowersox beautifully sung “He Calls Me Angel”. “The Ride”, a tale of a gonzo off-the-cuff trip with a bad news scoundrel, co-written with Lance Carpenter, kept the audience in the palm of her hands. In closing, she delivered a bodacious finale with a couple of striking covers, The Eagles’ “Desperado”, and Janis Joplin’s “Bobby McGee”.
All photos by Phillip Smith
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