Feature Friday: Bucky Covington
Written by Hanna Branch
If you’re a fan of the show American Idol and have been watching since the start, there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with the name Bucky Covington. This young country music artist caught the attention of millions on the show back in 2006, and has continued to make a name for himself ever since. Major releases such as “A Different World” and “I’ll Walk” shot Covington to the top of the charts.
Since the excitement of American Idol, Covington has moved to Nashville in order to continue to pursue his music career, but has not forgotten his roots. Growing up, Covington loved working on cars with his father. Now, he owns two body shops in Tennessee alongside his twin brother, Rocky.
Recently, Covington had the opportunity to work on an upcoming movie, Brother’s Keeper. Continue reading below for this week’s Feature Friday interview where we talk about this amazing opportunity, how moving to Nashville has inspired Covington’s songwriting, his upcoming single, and more!
If you’re in the Nashville area, you can catch Bucky Covington performing on June 5th at the Opry Backstage Grill and on June 6th at The Valentine!
Q: You have certainly come a long way from being on American Idol to now having two full length albums, several EPs, and multiple singles. What has the overall experience been like for you?
A: It’s been incredible. I get to live out my dream every day and still have to pinch myself sometimes. A lot has changed in the industry since I was on American Idol. We didn’t have Spotify and digital streaming or anything like that – MySpace was the big thing then! It’s been interesting learning the new dynamics of the business.
Q: Nashville is an amazing place because of its musical diversity. How has living in that city shaped how you write music, or even what you choose to write about?
A: I’m from a small town in North Carolina called Rockingham. It’s a great place, but there weren’t many chances to become the “next big thing” there. When I moved to Nashville, so many opportunities were at my feet. There are music venues all over, talented songwriters everywhere – it’s really the perfect spot for any musician. I still do a lot of my writing outside, though. I have 90 acres of land and love being outdoors. Now it’s just a lot easier to get together with some buddies to write a song!
Q: I've read that before music, you were very into working at your father's body shop, and continue to do so now. What has been your favorite car to work on?
A: I was working at my dad’s shop when I auditioned for Idol. My twin brother, Rocky, and I now own two body shops of our own here in Tennessee called Covington’s Collision Center. I like older model cars – I think my 1968 is probably my favorite one.
Q: I know you've recently been working on a new movie called "Brother's Keeper." What has this exciting experience taught you? Have any new songs or potential ideas for songs come out from working on a film like this?
A: It was a really awesome experience. I’ve acted a bit in the past – I was in the Hannah Montana movie with my buddy Billy Ray Cyrus back in 2009. It’s a lot different than recording a song in a studio, but I’ve definitely been bitten by the bug. I’m always writing songs, so you never know!
Q: What do you hope for fans to get out of your music, both older songs and ones still to come out?
A: I really just hope they can feel some kind of connection to my music. Maybe it brings back a certain memory for them, makes them happy – or a song just gets stuck in their head! My fans mean the world to me and I love meeting them all when I’m on the road. People always come up to me and say stuff like, “Hey, man! ‘Good To Be Us’ is still one of my favorite songs!” It’s a great feeling. My new single “Driving in the Dark” is set to be released in June. I’m currently filming a music video for it, too. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!