Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday news: rainy days and hot announcements...

Bucky Covington shares a smile with a fan at his Lycoming County Fair show earlier this summer; photo courtesy of the_mumbler, who shares more beautiful shots from the concert here. (Thanks again!) 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.

If you're curious about last night's wild times in Ohio, head to the Chillicothe Gazette site, where Bucky Covington's unexpectedly eventful concert at the Ross County Fair gets a photo-illustrated rainy retrospective:

Relentless rains didn't dampen Bucky Covington's sprits as he he sat in his tour bus surrounded on all sides by a mud puddle.

"This is where it gets fun," Covington said.

Covington was in town to perform at the Ross County Fairgrounds when a surprise storm buried the track in mud and sent fans rushing into the grandstand. Mud tracks stretched across the floor of his bus as he motioned me in with an easygoing smile for an interview.

"Don't worry about the mud...it's already messy, come on in out of the rain," he said. "All the people stayed and that's great. We're going to go out there and have fun."

And from the looks of this classic concert photo, they went out there and had a lot of fun, indeed. (I dare you not to smile back at that one. Or this one!)

Of course, the big news in that article has nothing to do with the weather: "His next single 'Good to be Us' is set to drop in September." Sometimes the littlest sentences cause the biggest buzz...

Now that we know which song, and when, we can take a deep breath and smile for a moment--we've got experience when it comes to helping a great single get from point A to the upper part of the charts, so we know what fun September holds! For right now, the best thing we can do for Bucky's next hit is to support his current hit at full throttle. Success breeds success--and whatever bragging rights "A Different World" garners during its chart run will be factored into playlist decisions once "It's Good to Be Us" crosses your local program director's desk.

Will Bucky's next single be a follow-up to a Top Five hit, a Number One hit (yeah, I said it--Lia said it last night, too, so I've got some expert back up), or will it reach some sweet spot in between? We can be a part of the answer to that question with a second wind of solid support--and we can also take pleasure in the undeniable fact that "A Different World is a hit, no matter how the numbers run. (It really is good to be us--wow. I know all of us were dreaming of this back in the days of the "Bucky Covington CD Cover Un-contest" and the Hugo's Homecoming conference call, but to be sitting here discussing the merits of Bucky's debut Top Five hit moving even higher...now that's what I call good.)

There's a bit of opportunity on the charts this morning--"A Different World" is still
#5 on the weighted listings and #6 on the Top 500 at Mediabase, but today's weighted chart reveals not one but two mature hits starting their graceful fall down the list. What's a little alarming is how close the superstar behind Bucky is leaning in! Keep requesting "A Different World" at your favorite local and streaming country stations, be sure to vote in those local "Top X at X" countdowns, and call your favorite nationally syndicated country radio shows, both weeknights and weekends. The bigger a hit single #1 is, the better reception single #2 gets...

If you'd like to sing along with Bucky live, catch him with Rocky, Don, Hans and Shaun at the Belpre Homecoming in Belpre, Ohio this evening. (Say hi to Kathy of Team Covington if you'll be there, and have a blast!) This weekend brings two highly anticipated indoor concerts back-to-back; Bucky and the band will play the elegant State Theatre in State College, PA tomorrow (tickets available at the State Theatre online box office; directions to the easy-to-get-to venue are available here for those driving in from out of the area), and they'll rock the house at the legendary Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach, Delaware on Sunday (tickets available at Ticketmaster; this is a 21 and over venue.) Bookmark the tour schedule at Bucky's official site, and you'll be good to go...

More very soon--have a fantastic Friday!

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:45 AM

    YEA!! "its good to be us" drops in Sept...Great song choice. YEP

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  2. Hi, Anon! Was just about to pose the "so, what do y'all think?" question, but I see you're one step ahead of me... :) Good morning!

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  3. Anonymous6:26 AM

    I'm glad they chose a fast one! I still want to see ADW get up there too so Aug. will be busy.

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  4. Anonymous6:32 AM

    What great news to be greeted with this morning! It is a perfect follow-up song, a catchy feel-good fun tune that Bucky does so well! It is bound to be a big hit for him!! We WILL wake up smiling!!! It IS GOOD TO BE US! ~ moon

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  5. Anonymous6:32 AM

    It's Good To Be Us...That is great news Winnie. I LOVE this song.

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  6. Anon, I agree with you on both counts--uptempo is definitely the way to follow an easygoing beauty like "A Different World", and who can resist a sweet catchy breathless love song? I am looking forward to boosting Bucky's current single's hit status and rallying behind his next hit when it's officially released to radio.

    Gotta love this CD! So many excellent tunes to choose from. :)

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  7. Anonymous6:33 AM

    This is the song I picked as my favorite when his myspace had the question ..cannot believe it is the one...!!!Cannot wait for the video!!BF

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  8. Hey, Anon and Anon--yep, that is one that'll be fun to hear on the clock radio first thing in the morning!

    (Am I the only one who still uses an old clock radio? That should have been a reference in "A Different World"... :)

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  9. Anonymous6:36 AM

    It's not my favorite on the CD but I still like it a lot. Very good choice - extremely catchy and fun with a nice sing-a-long chorus.

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  10. Anonymous6:37 AM

    BTW, I use a clock radio Winnie. AND I have a wind up alarm clock. How's that for nostalgia?

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  11. Hi, Buckyflowers! You're right, the video for this one should be fun--if Trey Fanjoy is at the helm again, we've got another visual delight ahead. :)

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  12. Waving at Moon--I didn't see your sig there, how are you? And a shoutout to the clock radio users of the world--retro chic is in. (Wind up clocks are chicer still... :)

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  13. I love that song.... It's upbeat and totally a fun tune.. Yes I have a clock radio too....am I showing my age.

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  14. Hi, Pizzi! Hey, clock radios have nothing to do with age--I know a little girl who has one. (Okay, it's a Hello Kitty clock radio or something, but still--that counts! :)

    I totally envy you that Bottle and Cork show. Wish we could all be there with you but we are sure going to love hearing all about it--have fun!

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  15. Beesims9:08 AM

    Count me in as one who is thrilled with the song choice for the second single. It is such a feel good song and it always makes me turn up the volume on the car stereo. I had initially thought that "American Friday Nights" would have been a good, up tempo second single and would do well being released at the start of the football season, but I think IGTBU has more universal appeal. Once they get around to releasing "I'll Walk", Bucky will have a surefire number 1 hit and possibly a platinum CD. But even if those things don't happen, I am more than happy with the way his post Idol career has developed.

    And yes, it is good to be us and it's good to be me because I will be seeing him this Sunday at the Bottle and Cork. Woo Hoo!!!!

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  16. Beesims, good to see you and and have a fantastic time--sure wish we could sneak up that way and surprise you and Pizzi! (Hmmm...you, Pizzi and Bucky all in the same place--is Dewey Beach ready for this wild party-a-brewin' up there?)

    I think this will be a very easy single for radio to get behind--everbody can relate to a sweet, exuberant love song! "A Different World" is still in full bulleted play this month, and now we've got a second big one to look forward to--it's going to be an awesome autumn.

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  17. Anonymous9:55 AM

    If this news is true or not....ADW still has a chance of going up with so many in negative now....so if you never requested before....start now please...and if you have been requesting all along...try to amp it up this week and next. Top 3 would be lovely!!! :D

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  18. Top 3 would be fab--thanks, Anon! Yep, there is some desirable chart territory yet to be conquered where "A Different World" is concerned...

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  19. mumbler11:49 AM

    LOVE the choice of song for the second single! Great song to follow ADW!

    On a side note, Bucky's CMT Insider clip is on CMT Loaded now (this is what is supposed to air tomorrow afternoon). If you go to CMT.com and click on CMT Loaded, it should be the first video under the 'Featured' tab.
    It sounds like the kids that went really enjoyed him coming to the Idol Camp!

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  20. Anonymous1:15 PM

    Oh Mumbler...thanks for the heads-up....that is so freakin' cute. hahaha Those kids sure loved them some Bucky! Adorable! :D --Kasper

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