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Crystal Bowersox talks her new album, Patsy Cline and 'American Idol'

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Crystal Bowersox is feeling pretty good about things right now.

And why not? The singer-songwriter is touring, has a new album due out later this month and will perform the role of Patsy Cline on Broadway this summer.

Not too bad for the former "American Idol" contestant.

"I'm so grateful for everything in my life that's led me to the moment that I'm in now," Bowersox said. "I feel like it's all been very serendipitous. I'm just really happy in the place and time I'm in."

Onstage
Crystal Bowersox with Monte Mar
» Where: The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW
» When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
» Info: $20 in advance, $22.50 day of; 202-787-1000; thehamiltondc.com

Bowersox performs Thursday at the Hamilton.

With her new album, "All That For This," scheduled for a March 26 release, Bowersox feels at ease, more open.

"One big goal before I even started working on this record was to just be more open than I ever had been before and allow things to take shape on their own without standing in the way," said the 27-year-old. "A lot of times you try to control the situation. Sometimes you just have to loosen your grip and allow things to happen as they naturally would."

"All That For This" is Bowersox's sophomore effort and follows her 2010 debut, "Farmer's Daughter." The new album even features a duet with Jakob Dylan -- son of Bob, and of Wallflowers fame.

Later this year, Bowersox will play the title character in "Always ... Patsy Cline" on Broadway. She said she was contacted for the role.

"I'm really excited," Bowersox said, adding she grew up listening to Cline's music and knows all her songs. "I've got some big boots to fill."

Bowersox was born and raised in Ohio, and now lives with her husband and son in Portland, Ore. She said she likes living in Portland, including the laid-back music scene.

In 2010, Bowersox came to national attention on the ninth season of "American Idol." She finished second to Lee DeWyze.

"You can miss out on a lot in life due to your attitude," Bowersox said of being on "Idol." "I went from complete obscurity to not being able to walk down the street without somebody stopping me. It was a little bit of a culture shock.

"Now, looking back, I'm so grateful that I ever graced that stage," she continued. "It brought me every opportunity and every positive thing in my world today. It's the reason I have a career, and I'm so happy I did it."

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