'American Idol' runner-up comes to Club Cafe

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Crystal Bowersox is a busy woman these days, balancing motherhood and dealing with the vagaries of being a working musician on the road.

The Elliston, Ohio, native is touring regularly, playing songs from her 2013 album, "All That For This," and occasionally playing new songs that she is working on for an upcoming album.

Crystal Bowersox
Where: Club Cafe, South Side.
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Tickets: $18;

One of the challenges is hitting the road without Tony, her 5-year-old son, who stays behind in Portland, Ore., where they live. He is cared for by a nanny when his mom tours.

"I feel like stability is really important for him to be with his friends and in one place," she said. "There's a fine balancing act in there. I miss him like crazy and it's tough to be away from him, but he's doing all right."

Last year, Ms. Bowersox divorced her husband, Brian Walker, a singer/songwriter and actor whom she stills talks to regularly.

"It was a rough patch, and he's still my best friend," she said.

One of the songs that the 2010 "American Idol" runner-up has worked into her sets is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." She was asked about finding the emotional center of that song and what she experiences when she sings it.

"It's one of the best songs ever written and there have been moments when I'm singing the song and I reach a place I don't get to with any other song as far as my connectedness to the spirit or God or whatever you want to call it. There's definitely a higher power that I feel flows through me when I'm in the zone."

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