Bucky Covington will always be one of our favorite contestants to ever compete on the American Idol stage.
It’s hard to imagine what the world of country music would look like without his sincerity, his endearing charm, and his honest approach to songwriting.
With a Billboard No. 1 album to his name and the distinction of being the best-selling debut artist of 2007, Covington has cultivated a successful music career since his Idol days, but something that many people may not know is that he’s also a successful entrepreneur in auto care.
Having grown up working at his father’s body shop in North Carolina, Bucky’s deeply rooted passion for cars has lead him and his brother to open and run two body shops of their own in Tennessee. (Fun fact: a lot of Bucky’s fans are even customers there!)
“The body shops are all family-run businesses,” Covington told Musical Notes Global. “I think that’s my favorite part, honestly. Rocky (my twin brother) and I are able to bond with our dad over cars. It’s a skill that just came kind of naturally to all of us.”
While a talent for fixing up cars may not be a prowess that would be considered useful in music, it has still helped inform his approach to the industry in a unique way. “I don’t know if cars themselves have influenced my music at all,” he said, “but you have to pay close attention to details while working at a body shop. I think that’s helped me navigate through the music business a lot. It takes a lot of precision to record a song perfectly – much like detailing a car.”
Interestingly enough, Covington, who was inducted to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2017, touches on the car theme in his upcoming single “Driving in the Dark,” his first release since his 2018 single “Probably Won’t.”
“The song tells a story about a girl and a guy who fall in love, but they aren’t necessarily the best match for one another,” he revealed. “It’s got a real Bonnie & Clyde type vibe to it. It may or may not be based on a true story…haha!”
Blending country and southern rock, the track has a little bit more of an edge than his previous songs, he said, but it still has that signature Bucky Covington vibe.
“I hope they can just get lost in the song for a few moments,” he told Musical Notes Global about how he hopes fans react to the track. “I hope all music listeners enjoy it!”
As part of the festival, the Idol alum will hold a Fan Club Party at the Opry Backstage Grill on Wednesday, June 5. “Catching up with the fans is always the best part of CMA Fest,” he said. “I feel so honored that they’ve stuck by my side all these years and their support means so much to me. I hope to meet some new people at the party, as well!”
Look out for Bucky’s new single to be released this month. Tickets to his Fan Club Party are $25 (includes performance, lunch and meet & greet) and can be purchased by calling 615-231-8806. He will also appear at Renegade Radio's "The Ultimate Fan Experience" event at The Valentine on Thursday, June 6th.
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