Bucky Covington greets the crowd during his show with Sawyer Brown in Eldon, Iowa last week; photo donated by a very kind Sawyer Brown fan who wishes to remain anonymous. (Thanks for the great shot!) Bucky Covington's debut CD is in stores now, and his music video is available for online viewing at CMT.com and Yahoo Music. You can buy Bucky's album at Amazon, Best Buy , iTunes, WalMart Music and Target, hear the full version of his single "A Different World" at CMT and GAC, or enjoy samples of songs from the CD at Bucky's official MySpace. An autographed copy of Bucky Covington can be ordered while supplies last at his official site or via his official fan club.
Going by the relative quiet this morning, Bucky's performance at last night's Cat Country 96 tenth-anniversary show must have been a wild rave-up--so far there are no recaps anywhere and no photos at the station's site, but that should change fairly soon. Keep checking! In the meantime, Michigan's getting ready for a double dose of Bucky Covington live. The big B93 Birthday Bash at the Ionia Free Fairgrounds is getting underway; the station does stream, and Bucky's due to take the stage at 4:30 or so. Could there be a live remote interview from the fairgrounds? It can't hurt to log on and listen in. (There's also a full Bash section at the B93 site; it's likely that lots of photos from the event will be posted there as the weekend rolls on.) And of course, if you're not Bashing today, there's still time to get to the Mountain Country Music Festival in Farwell tomorrow, where Bucky performs at 6 p.m.
For those of us who won't be in Michigan this weekend, there's the option of enjoying Bucky on the radio--and today's charts are looking up a bit. Bucky's "A Different World" moved up a notch overnight, and is now #13 on the Mediabase weighted chart and #15 on the Top 500. (Thanks, Buckyflowers.) Opportunity's knocking, y'all! Request Bucky at your favorite local and streaming country stations, and be sure to put in a good word for him at CMT's Top 20 Countdown and GAC's Top Twenty Country Countdown, as well.
And now, a little bonus nagg...um, encouragement. There's been a bit of confusion surrounding "A Different World" lately, especially among those of us who've been faithfully following its progress from the very start, when we bonded over our Sirius online subscriptions on Christmas night. (Ah, memories!) It's been a sweet, slow scenic country drive from the song's mid-50s chart debut to its current status as a solid Top 15 hit. And one of the sweetest parts of this ride are all the new passengers we've picked up along the way--people who didn't watch a single moment of Idol, people who experienced Bucky for the very first time at CMA Fest or another multi-artist live show and loved what they saw and heard, people who simply turned on the radio last month or last week or yesterday and thought "Who's that? Good song, nice voice". There are people hearing "A Different World" for the very first time today.
As another big country hit from this spring puts it, "this is where the rubber meets the road". Even though "A Different World" may be a borderline oldie to us longtime listeners, it's still got lots of juice for Bucky's newest fans--and he's out there on the road working hard to add more happy people to that "newest fan" category. Lyric Street's also "powering up for Top Ten airplay", as they've announced in the trade papers.
Yes, of course there's going to be an exciting new single, eventually, and that's going to be fun to get behind. (If he and we have our say, we've got twenty years of exciting new Bucky Covington singles ahead!) But Bucky's only going to get one first single, y'all--and Bucky's first single deserves to get as far as it can go.
A Top Ten hit his first time out still sounds like a sweet gift to give to him for all the fun he's given us over the past year and a half--and if an extra call or email to Lia, The Big Time with Whitney Allen, Danny Wright All Night, The Bo Reynolds Show, After Midnite or the local DJ is what it takes to help make that happen, I'm up for it.
Finally, a little happy note; Mediabase slips and slides can be discouraging, but the loss of a bullet or a negative spin count is not the end of the world. Just ask the fans of the man with this morning's #10 song on the Top 500--a song that appeared to be in absolute freefall mode just a few days ago. Keep dialing, keep requesting, and keep the faith, everybody!