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Busker to idol: Crystal Bowersox continues to ride her wave of popularity from her stint on ‘American Idol’

Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox will release an EP that was recorded during her last trip to Santa Fe.

Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox will release an EP that was recorded during her last trip to Santa Fe.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Crystal Bowersox is taking a page from blues legend B.B. King.

She performs about 300 shows a year.

“It’s just the way I like it,” she says during a recent interview from San Francisco. “He’s built a career where he enjoys touring. I do, too. I like meeting new people and seeing new places.”

Bowersox has come a long way since busking in the streets of Chicago. The “American Idol” alum has built a loyal following in music.

She’s released two albums – “Farmer’s Daughter” and “All That for This” – and has more music on the way.

In fact, the last time Bowersox was in Santa Fe, she took some time to record with producer Jono Manson. During that session, she was able to pull together five songs but the project got shelved. The singer has revived the songs and had them mastered in California and will be releasing them later this year.

“These are my Santa Fe sessions,” she says. “I’m so inspired by the Southwest and I really fell in love with Santa Fe. I wouldn’t mind living out there at some point.”

And, the 28-year-old is finding a balance between music and being a mom.

“My son will come on tour with me when he gets a chance,” she says. “Most of the time, he will stay with family.”

Bowersox says her son is 5 years old and is showing some interest in music.

“He really likes to play air guitar,” she says. “Which is interesting because when he was smaller, he wanted nothing to do with music because he knew it’s what took mom away for a while. Now he has drums and everything.”

While Bowersox is gearing up to release those songs, she is staying busy with touring. She says it’s important to remain on the road because the trips inspire her.

“I get to listen to people’s stories and see how they’ve overcome obstacles,” she says. “We all have our own journeys and we are all connected in some way. This is why I will stay after the show and meet and sign things. I enjoy the interaction.”

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