Crystal Bowersox has taken a great deal of influence from singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco. She even uses her lyrics to hammer home philosophical points.
"I keep quoting Ani DiFranco: 'If you're not getting happier as you get older / then you're f---ing up,'" Bowersox says. "It's true. I feel like at this point in my life, I've noticed the serendipitous ways things have been for me. I've worked very hard, but there's also been lots of luck. Every moment has lead to this moment I'm in now, all the bad and all the good. In my darkest days, I did not really believe it was going to get better. But it did, and now I'm on the good side of things, and I'm kind of surprised that it all worked out."
She's explaining the thinking behind the title of her new album, "All That for This," out March 26. It's a superb set -- wonderfully written, beautifully performed and expertly produced -- and a refreshing follow-up to her post-"Idol" major-label debut, 2010's "Farmer's Daughter."