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Album Review

Bucky Covington was one of those charmingly unformed American Idol contestants who had plenty of charisma and an interesting voice but couldn't quite pull it together, yet he stayed on the show for a long time in its fifth season because he had a genuine sweetness buried beneath his gruff voice. That sweetness earned him fans, including plenty who saw Carrie Underwood become the first country Idol just the season before, but Carrie always seemed like a pop Idol: smooth, pretty, assured, and well-manicured, just right for Skechers ads. Bucky wasn't so smooth. He sounded and seemed like a good old Southern boy, too rough even for Nashville Star, which surely was the core of his appeal, and also made his eventual mid-season dismissal not so surprising; despite all his charm and enormous potential, he was far from the best singer on the show. Nevertheless, he had the raw elements of a true country star, something that led to a record deal with Lyric Street, which had him record his debut album with Mark Miller, best known as the lead singer of Sawyer Brown. Miller helps polish Bucky into a genuine modern country singer, smoothing out the rough edges in his voice and finding just the right blend of rocking country and down-home corn to showcase his gravelly growl and all-American charm. Make no mistake, Bucky Covington has been designed to appeal to the middle-American and Southern fans who kept Bucky on AmIdol for weeks. It's filled with songs celebrating an "American Friday Night," songs where the country boy is longing for his home back South ("Carolina Blue"), songs where Bucky imagines that heaven would be a lot like his hometown. There's a strange nostalgic undercurrent here, as when Bucky is thinking back to his childhood on "The Bible and the Belt" (his mother taught the former, his father the latter). Such rose-tinted family memories are par for the course in country, but what's a little odd on Bucky Covington are the very specific "Different World" and "Back When We Were Gods," where Covington looks back on a childhood that was quite different than today ("We were born to mother, who smoked and drank/Our cribs were covered in lead-based paint") and remembers running around with his high school pals just before Desert Storm in "Back When We Were Gods" — two songs that are designed to sound true to listeners who were adolescents during the first Bush administration. Born in 1977, Bucky is a bit too young to be part of this camp — he would have been 14 when Desert Storm launched, he was in grade school at the peak of the Super Mario Brothers craze — but this cultural carbon-dating reveals exactly what audience Bucky Covington is intended to capture: thirtysomethings raised on John Mellencamp and now listening to Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson. It's country music with anthemic pop hooks and a rock edge, country music that's been crafted with a clear eye on its demographic, which may make it a little crass, but it's still effective commercial country because the songs are melodic, the production crisp, and above all, they're delivered by a singer who is thoroughly likeable. On record, Bucky appears as genuine as he did on the show, but his vocals are stronger than they were on TV: he's not only more confident but his phrasing is more musical and he can now tell a story — perhaps not in an original way, but in an engaging way. This newfound strength is showcased well on this well-made piece of country-pop product. Ultimately, Bucky Covington is the sound of a Nashville pro like Mark Miller translating Bucky's TV persona onto record: it may be slick and calculating, but there's pleasure in that professionalism and, thanks to Bucky, there's a ring of truth to the album. After all, Bucky is still enough of a good old Southern boy to be likeable no matter how slick his surroundings are. He may not be driving the car, but he's on the ride of his life and he's enjoying every second of it.

Customer Reviews

Bucky Covington- a gritty infusion

Bucky's debut is infused with his personality. He has a real sense of humour and has known a tough time. A joyous, head bobbing offering perfect for summer beaches and long drives on the highway. The song choices flow cohesively despite their different beats. He has touched his rock edge, shown he is a classic country singer with others, left some ballads for us sentimental fans and has even included a tear-jerker. Bucky conveys emotion with the genuine spirit of a singer enjoying the material he has chosen. His vocal grit is unique setting him apart from other current country stars. This CD is a real gift for a debut. Enjoy the clear production quality by Mark Miller with great instrumentals by prominent Nashville musicians (check out the names!) I'm ready for your next 30 years Bucky! Loving it completely. Pogo

awsome

i love it, he is really good!!!!

Amazing

I just love this album, great work

Biography

Born: November 08, 1977 in Rockingham, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rock-influenced country singer Bucky Covington first rose to fame in 2006 as a contestant on the televised talent hunt American Idol. Covington was born on November 8th, 1977, in Rockingham, North Carolina, where he grew up along with his twin brother, Rocky. Bucky was bitten by the music bug after seeing blues guitarist Jeff Healey in the movie Road House, saying "I remember...picturing myself on-stage with a pair of sunglasses on, playing guitar and singing, and thinking, that would be cool." Bucky...
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