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A talk with Bucky Covington, coming to Wild Bill’s Friday, July 1

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Bucky Covington was about to release his second album in 2009 when Lyric Street, his label, went kaput.

And in this day and age of shrinking fortunes in the record business, he has struggled to find another label. In an interview earlier this week, he said he’s getting close to a deal with a new label though he can’t say who yet. “It held me back more than a year,” he said. “It was frustrating. There was nothing I could do about it.”

In the interim, he makes most of his money touring, though he has only one full album under his belt. Fortunately, that album generated several modest hits (”I’ll Walk,” “It’s Good To Be Us,” “A Different World.”)  He’s also released three other singles, none which made the top 20.

With his income, he was able to afford to purchase a 90-acre farm outside of Nashville. Most of it is actually woodland and trails, not a farm with tomatoes and corn. He does mow six or seven acres of grass with a $9,000 lawn tractor. “Great thing about 90-acre farm is there’s always something to do,” he noted. “Aggravating thing about a 90-acre farm, there’s always something to do.”

“I absolutely love my job,” Covington said. “I like talking to you. I like meeting people at meet and greets.” The aw-shucks North Carolina native with an identical twin finished eighth season five, the most popular season in terms of ratings and arguably, in terms of depth and post-”Idol” success.

He knew in 2006 that where he was, “Idol’ was his best route to stardom. He couldn’t afford to go to the Memphis auditions but Hurricane Katrina forced “Idol” to move it to Greensboro, N.C. So he was able to try out and make it on the show. But he had no cash and the weekly stipends on “Idol’ didn’t cover his expenses at home. He had to borrow $500 from his dad while on the show.

Once he got the $100,000-plus money from the “Idols Live” tour, he used some of it to buy a bus, as well as create Bucky Covington LLC and build his team. “One thing is whether you come in 10th or first, you need to hit the ground running,” he said, the minute the show is over. “You have to realize you aren’t nearly as big as you think you are. You’re as hot as the next season.”

Fortunately, he built goodwill within the country world and always struck fans as the real deal. He will be at Wild Billl’s on Friday, July 1. “Country music fans don’t like the person for the song,” he said. “They like the person for the person.”

He has played the venue before. “I remember it’s huge and those beer girls, they kind of rock!” he said.

Divorced around the time of “Idol,” Cpvington has found a new girl and was recently engaged, he said. And his twin brother Rocky has been married for many years. But he said his new guitar player does look like him and I presume he’s available.

IF YOU GO
Bucky Covington
Wild Bill’s
9:30 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2011
Tickemaster: $15-$100

17 comments Add your comment

Highlander

July 1st, 2011
5:25 pm

I was never a big fan but he seems like a nice enough guy.

Cookie

July 1st, 2011
7:00 pm

I have seen Bucky live the last time he was at Wild Bill’s last year and he puts on a super high-energy show. He is definitely a good ole’ boy!

Mercedes S.

July 1st, 2011
8:49 pm

US Mag review of Cookie’s “This Loud Morning” (stupid title, btw):
** out of ****
Poor Favid Cook. The rocker hasn’t really lived up to his American Idol title since his season 7 win., And while his nimble guitar work and gruff voice are still in fine form on his second CD, they’re squandered on yet another homogenous set of songs. Sadly, it’s another forgettable collection of cliche-soaked lyrics (”We were born to live forever” he sings on “Right Here With You”) scrawled over identical, by-the-numbers rock tracks.

Mercedes S.

July 1st, 2011
8:49 pm

Of course I mean DAVID Cook

[...] American Idol [...]

Seth T

July 2nd, 2011
1:06 am

Back from a couple days in the salt mines and a hot fill-in outdoor gig tonight – by hot, I mean hot and humid to the point of heat-stroke and totally exhausted. More torture than fun for the band.

Hey Deidre, my comment about Pre-idol experience or stage-work for the contestants was not in respose to anything you had posted – in fact, I greatly enjoy your comments and I think you are spot-on with your insights and knowledge of the talent shows., That comment on “Who Won The Voice” thread was because I had seen a couple comments about how The Voice was using Pro’s so to speak, and Idol was all amatuers. Still a bit of a misconception for some, but not for the majority of the people on this site.

K & CF – Thanks for posting the link on Dia Frampton and her former record deal.

All the best to Bucky, always glad to hear how he is doing.

Seth T

July 2nd, 2011
1:31 am

While most probably know these tidbits of info about The Voice top 4, might be of interest to someone:

Beverly McClellan, 41, plays several instruments, doesn’t read music and has played in Clubs for years.

Dia Frampton, 23, has had a band with her sister Meg – was on a record label but was dropped. She is half korean and half Dutch.

Vicci Martinez, 26, has opened for or performed with – Annie Lennox, Sting and Jonny Lang. She stated that she won a regional audition for American Idol when she was 16, season 1, but decided not to compete because she didn’t feel ready at that time.

Javier Colon, 34, was with Capitol Records – did 2 albums and was dropped from the label. Has doing shows on college campuses and clubs past few years.

Source: USA Today Newspaper

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2011
7:26 am

Seth, I think the mix up might have been my fault. I often said that The Voice was using pros as opposed to Idol and I guess the implication was that Idol used all amateurs. What I meant was more that Idol didn’t seek out pros and that many contestants on Idol were singing for the first time in front of a large crowd rather than a high school assembly or their church. Idol seems to be the home of singers who have never actually made a living, meager or otherwise, as singers, while many of The Voice contestants this season were living off their singing(supplemented by other jobs I’m sure).

JTesla

July 2nd, 2011
6:20 pm

Thanks for the interview Rodney.

“and those beer girls, they kind of rock!”

Wait, I thought Wild Bills was the gay bar. Which one was that again?

Speaking of Gay Bar… I wonder if an Idol contestant could get this song cleared to perform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTN6Du3MCgI

Rodney Ho

July 2nd, 2011
7:14 pm

Nope. Wild Bill’s is very much a country bar…

JTesla

July 2nd, 2011
7:56 pm

OK, I was thinking of another bar that had… what I thought was an odd name for the type of bar that it is. Not that certain bars need to be named certain things of course, it’s just that I’m a little slow at times and truth in advertising helps me out a bit.

For those that care: I now have a Georgia connection. My neice just moved to Augusta. So now I’ll be keeping an even closer eye on the storms and local events.

Seth T

July 2nd, 2011
10:12 pm

True, true. Idol will have far less “seasoned” artists and more younger aspiring talent than “The Voice’. The latter seemed to aim more at pulling-in some “under the national radar” seasoned stage veterans. It did become an interesting mix for a while, with young Xenia and Casey Weston competing with some far more polished and experienced performers

Idol also provides more time for the young contestants to work-through the “boot camp” process, to move toward the top.

SYLVIA FAULKNER

July 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

I HAVE LUVED BUCKY COVINGTON SINCE HE WALKED OUT ON THE IDOL STAGE! I HAVE SUPPORTED HIM SINCE THE GET GO AND I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO MEET HIM OVER & OVER AGAIN AND YOU WILL NOT MEET A MORE NICER GUY ANYWHERE! HE ALWAYZ MAKES TIME FOR HIS FANS AND HE HAS ALOT OF LOYAL FANS BACKING HIM UP! I HAVE BEEN A BUCKANEER SINCE 2007 AND I WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE EVERY BUCKY SHOW I CAN! BUCKY KRAZY IN TONEY ALA!

Branch Loveless

July 3rd, 2011
9:41 am

JTesla – you are probably thinking of Swinging Richards that kelly&carriefan mentioned several months ago. That is a strip bar for gay males if I recall correctly. I mean, just the name itself implies such, right?

JTesla

July 3rd, 2011
11:22 am

I thought there was another bar where many of the past Idol contestants would perform. It’s name wasn’t as obvious as Swinging Richards… awesome name, that is truth in advertising right there.

Branch Loveless

July 3rd, 2011
5:24 pm

A spot of research has revealed another possibility: Smith’s Olde Bar. Apparently it has hosted sets by “Idol” alums such as Michael Johns, Taylor Hicks, Elliot Yamin, etc.

Whiskey Willie

July 4th, 2011
2:51 am

Seth…you just tryin a little too hard buddy. don’t suck up so much…