2011 SXSW Guide: Crystal Bowersox Picks Her Fave Acts

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Crystal Bowersox has joined Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert as American Idol alumns who failed to take the show’s top spot but ended up faring at least as well as its winners in becoming artists with independent careers and identities. Thanks to Idol, Crystal’s identity is more than a little familiar to most: Scrappy folk/roots singer and songwriter with golden dreads and, more importantly, a knockout voice. Below is the video for “Farmer’s Daughter,” the autobiographical single from her debut album of the same name.

After the jump, Crystal’s picks.

John Popper and the Duskray Troubadors

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“I’ve loved John’s work from way back. He’s first on my list not just because of his awesomeness, and the fact that he will grace the stage with me, but because of his Funk, his Jazz, his inner Hippy and Countryman.  John is quite possibly one of the most talented Songwriters and Harmonica blowers in the world.”

Cee Lo Green

“I’ve been a huge fan on Gnarles Barkley, and beyond. Cee Lo’s retro-active, hip-hop, smooth funky freshness and lyrical style, and overall presence is something I can look up to, listen to, and strive to emulate.  Tell it like it is, Cee Lo.”

The Civil Wars

“Already gifted and successful songwriters, The Civil Wars are a match made in an 1800′s-laced heaven. When I listen to their music, I feel like I’ve traveled to a place of chivalry, romance, guttural impulses and all the while, I am soothed to the soul. Not to mention their live performances are energy charged and evoke my emotions.  Top picks, for sure.”

There are a whopping 2,000 or so acts performing at South By Southwest in Austin this year. A few are household names (Duran Duran, Erykah Badu, The Strokes), some are respected indie veterans (Low, Hieroglyphics) and others feel like they’re about to be the next big thing. We’ve asked a diverse group of 2011 SXSW artists to name acts in the lineup they’d love to see. We’re hoping this ongoing series will serve as not just a guide to the fest, but also an interesting snapshot of today’s music scene.

Thanks to Chrysler and Samsung for sponsoring our SXSW coverage.

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