It is no surprise that as a graduate of the American Idol School of Country Music Superstardom, Bucky Covington was ready to step in at a moment’s notice when asked to join the GAC Country Music Christmas Tour. The decision could prove to be a career changing move that will increase his visibility and prove to his peers he knows what it means to pay his dues. Not to mention, what his name and Idol affiliation can do for ticket sales on a tour that lacks a stand-out country star.
The call to action came no less than two days prior to opening night, but Covington, as an unsigned artis,t was happy to oblige despite his lack of Christmas music repertoire. The Knoxville News Sentinel has reported that Covington’s manager asked him “Do you know any Christmas songs?” to which he replied, “No.”
Utilizing the ability to learn songs on the fly, a skill honed on the American Idol stage, Covington seems like a natural fit to take the place of Buddy Jewell, who was unable to participate in the tour due to an injured wrist. Jewell won the first season of the countrified singing contest known as Nashville Star, and has gone on to have a successful recording career himself, hitting #3 on the U.S. Country Billboard charts with “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)”.
One of Covington’s best performances on American Idol was his cover of the woe-be-gone “Best I Ever Had” by Gary Allan. He nailed the lamenting tone and sad eyes, recreating the forlorn melancholy found in Allan’s every love-lost word. My favorite version of the urgent Christmas song “Please Come Home for Christmas” was covered by Allan in 1997, and will be performed by Covington on the GAC Christmas Tour. A delightful coincidence for fans and perhaps Covington’s career.
If he can compete and perform in the same league as Gary Allan, he’s sure to continue to attract attention and land that allusive recording contract. He shares the GAC stage with the likes of Steve Azar, Blue County, Deana Carter and Julie Roberts. Each performer, including Covington, will be singing our Christmas favorites as well as their own original hits. If you'd like to judge for yourself, there's still a few more dates available on the tour.
There have been a lot of Scrooge-like behavior and bah-humbug retorts directed at country music artists’ coming off of American Idol with ready-made careers, but it seems that Bucky Covington may avoid the controversy all together with a slow, steady climb to the top.
It is here that I’ll remind country music fans, and mega-watt stars; there is more than one way to decorate a Christmas tree.Powered by Sidelines