IDOL: Frankie May: ‘Crystal is going to do great things’Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“She’s done beautifully,” said Frankie May, when reached via telephone after “American Idol” concluded May 26. “She has remained true to herself and I know that she loves everyone who has given her so much love and support. Crystal is going to do great things.”
May had not talked to her yet, but said he thinks she’s doing fine since that’s her personality.
May, a bassist who has performed with Bowersox in Toledo and is a friend, is in L.A. for the season finale of “American Idol.”
“She’s a great musician. I love her songs. I mean the covers that we did, she’d make her own. But, the area she really did shine was with her own original music,” he said.
May, who had connections to Bowersox through his parents and her grandparents, first met Bowersox 10 years ago when she was playing with his father, Bobby May, at Papa’s Tavern.
The pair have jammed with each other since their first meeting. Playing together before Bowersox moved to Chicago and after she moved back to Toledo, he said.
The duo has played at the Village Idiot, Papa’s Tavern, Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi and others. Performing around town at various venues, crowds seemed receptive to Bowersox’s music, May said.
“We had a lot of regulars. A lot of people who enjoyed [the performances], even people who were just passing through. We got a very positive response,” he said.
May thought some of the best shows, Bowersox and he had were on Monday nights at the Village Idiot when the two were in tune with each other and the crowd.
In addition to local bars, May played alongside Bowersox at Bowerstock in Ottawa County when she returned for her hometown visit May 14.
It was surprising when Bowersox auditioned for “Idol,” but it was amazing when she made it, May said.
“I was glad to see she got on when she did. She’s a seasoned artist and I know she will do well,” he said.
“It’s awesome seeing her on TV. She deserves recognition that she’s getting. I’m extremely hopeful for her and this competition. But, I know that even if she were to get cut today, there is a lot more on the horizon for her now that she has received this exposure.”