Bucky Covington: CMAFest & New Song “Driving in the Dark”

Courtesy of Jason Myers Photography

Bucky, can you describe your hometown of Rockingham, North Carolina. How has it shaped your music?

Rockingham is a very small town…we have a Dairy Queen though! Haha! Everybody knows each other and my hometown has always been so supportive of my career.

What was the first country song you remember listening to?

“Heartland” by George Strait.

The windows are rolled down and the stereo’s turned up! What song is playing?

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus — love that song!

Bucky Covington’s self titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best selling debut artist of 2007 and delivered three consecutive Top 10 singles to country radio (“Different World”, “I’ll Walk”, and “Good To Be Us”), and a total of six charted singles.

Is there anything in particular you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?

I just hope people are able to make a connection with my music. Some songs are feel-good songs — very upbeat — while others are slower and tell a story. People come up to me all the time and tell me how certain songs have affected them. There’s no feeling like that. It means a lot.

If you were starting a label what one artist (besides yourself) would you build it around?

I don’t think there’s any artist like him, but probably Elvis. To me, he’s timeless. People still listen and know his songs today. I really like artists who are able to bounce back from anything.

Any pre-performance rituals?

I don’t really have any rituals, but I do like to jump around a bit before I go onstage. My shows are pretty high energy!

Craziest thing to happen on tour?

My brother and I like to ride street bikes whenever we can. I ran out of gas about five miles away from a gas station, so I grabbed Rocky’s hand and he pulled me to the gas station!

You best takeaway tour memory to date?

I’m not sure I could pick just one! I released my first album in 2007 (ed. note: Bucky Covington) and it went straight to #1 on the charts. Right after, I toured with Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, which was a lot of fun and I have some great memories from then.

We all have songs that connect us to memories. What are some of yours?

Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a big one for me. It’s one of the songs I sang at my American Idol audition. I still sing it live at my shows every now and then.

Your message for fans?

It sounds cliché’, but thank you for supporting me all of these years. I couldn’t have done it without you all!

Something you wish people would ask you in an interview?

That’s a tough one! I like fun, out-of-the-box questions. I’ve done a lot of interviews and usually get asked the same questions. It’s always interesting to have to sit and think of an answer to a question I’ve never been asked.

Covington’s Body Shop, Rockingham, N.C., where Bucky and his brother worked as teenagers.

You and your brother Rocky are co-owners of Covington’s Collision Center. What drew you both to car repairs?

Our dad owns a body shop in North Carolina. Rocky and I grew up at the shop at started working there when we were teenagers. It’s something that’s always come natural to us. The only downside is I can’t smell all that well now! Paint fumes will do that to you! Ha! I love music and my career, but cars are still a big passion of mine.

Have you completed any car restorations?

Unfortunately, we don’t do restorations at Covington’s Collision Center— because I hate doing them! Haha! We work on wrecked cars. Give us a call if you ever need us!

What is your dream car?

My dream car has always been a ’68 Camaro (ed. note: ’68 Camaro facts) and I’m happy to say I now own one!

My grandfather ran a used car lot in Chicago — remember lots of stories about cars he worked on to get them ready for resale. Does your daughter Kennedy share your passion to work on cars?

She’s more into her dance recitals and glitter dresses right now — maybe one day!

When you’re not writing or performing, what do you like to do with Kennedy?

We love playing outside, going to lunch, singing songs — one of my favorite pictures of Kennedy is her sitting on my guitar as a baby. She’s such a cool kid — I’m a lucky dad!

Will you be at CMAFest this year?

Yes! I have a few shows scheduled during the week and I’m also planning to have a fan club party.


Covington will be hosting a fan party at the Opry Backstage Grill on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM! Your $25 ticket includes lunch, performance, and meet and greet! To reserve tickets email CCoale@GaylordHotels.com.

He will also be at The Valentine on Broadway June 7th — part of Renegade Radio’s World’s Longest Fan Club Party.

Any new songs coming out?

My new song “Driving in the Dark” is set to be released next month. I’ve been in the studio working hard on it for the last few months, so I’m really excited to release it.

Favorite song to perform live?

It’s gotta be either “Good To Be Us,” “I’ll Walk,” or “A Different World.” Those were my three big hits and they’re always fan favorites. But I do like to change things up and add a few cover songs in when I perform — Michael Jackson, Prince, Pink Floyd, and Cheap Trick are just some of the artists I’ve covered.

Best advice you’ve been given to date?

“Kill ’em with kindness.” I have that tattooed on my arm to always remember.

Tell us what your fans mean to you and how you include them in your journey.

My fans are so much more than just “fans” to me — they’re my friends. I always get excited seeing familiar faces in the audience, but I love meeting new people too! I’ve gotten to know many of my fans personally and I’ve watched young ones grow up over the last 10+ years. It’s a little surreal thinking about it, but such a cool experience.

If you could put together a tour which artists would you take with you?

I’m awful proud of my buddy Billy Ray Cyrus right now, so definitely Billy!

What would surprise your fans to learn about you?

I love to cook! I’m a big seasoning guy. I love to play around with different flavors and grill during the summertime.

Who’s currently on your playlist?

I have a lot of Tim McGraw and Jonny Lang on my playlist, but I love all kinds of music. A lot of people might not know this about me, but I love the crooner sound.

Name 3 things you always have with you.

Sunglasses, my phone and my guitar.

How do you all balance your music with other obligations?

I love what I do so much that I don’t really feel like I have to balance anything. It makes life a lot easier. The days when I’m in the studio, I’m happy. The days when I’m out on my boat, I’m happy. The only tough part is being on the road away from my daughter — thank goodness for FaceTime!

How has your family supported your career?

They’ve been so supportive. My sister-in-law was the one who convinced me to try out for American Idol. My family members are always at my shows — it means so much to me seeing them out in the audience when I’m on stage.

Your perfect day off would include?

A day on the lake with my family! I love being outdoors.

What’s ahead musically for you in 2019?

I’ve got a couple new songs in the works and I’m actually shooting a music video for “Driving in the Dark” as we speak. It’s going to be an exciting year!

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