“Happy Man” is the right name for this EP. For a lot of reasons. There is no way Bucky Covington could be unhappy. He has a lavish number of faithful fans who have been following his career since he first stepped out on the American Idol stage. He has a debut album that went to No. 1 in 2007, selling more than 400,000 copies. He has three consecutive top 10 records, and one that landed in the top 20, all from that first album. He still fills theaters, fair arenas, clubs, and festival venues with fans who love him. He is still making music, and having a great time doing what he does. And, he has a beautiful finance’ and an adorable daughter – and, absolutely every reason to be a happy man. Great choice for the title of this new EP.
I’m one of those fans who has kept up with Bucky’s career since his 2007 American Idol eighth-place finish. There have been a lot of changes for Bucky. We all watched his success as a Lyric Street Records artist; kept up with his struggle after Lyric Street closed; seen him spend some time with E1 Entertainment, and now, while this independent artist may be out on his own, he is definitely not out. He is making some great music for all of those fans who have stood by him, waiting for more. And, I have a feeling the songs on this new EP will be making some new fans for Bucky, too.
Bucky produced his new music alongside Grammy Nominated producer Dale Oliver and is very excited to finally be able to share it with his fans. Along with this being Covington’s first EP release as an independent artist, this also marks his first project release in 3 years. The new EP released digitally July 14th as “I Feel Ya” shipped to country radio, with independent promotion at Music Row and Grassroots stations.
I absolutely love the song “Happy Man”. It’s the last song on this six-track EP, and it’s the one I’ve been listening to over and over most of the afternoon. What a great song! I’m going to tell you about all the songs, but I have to start with this one. I am a very positive person. I can find good in all situations, and I always look for the best in people. And, in this song, I saw a lot of me. Bucky didn’t write this one, but I bet he could have. I can hear a great deal of ‘this is what I [Bucky] have been going through’ in the lyrics. There’s some struggling to make ends meet, there’s having a hard time getting your music played on the radio, there’s a little poking fun at himself in this song, too. But, I think it’s my favorite song on the entire EP. It’s up-tempo, it’s Bucky. It’s that familiar voice, with some fun, fantastic lyrics. You get lines like “I’ll get my redemption and all kinds of attention when radio starts playing this freaking song,” coupled with an energetic, high-spirited beat, and a bit of awesome banjo. Yep, I would love to hear t his one on the radio!
The EP starts off with the song, “I Feel Ya,” and while this song reminds me a lot of what we’re hearing on the radio today, it still manages to remain distinctively ‘Bucky”. There are a few parts of the song that get a little more repetitive than I would like, but it is the song title….and, I almost get the need to keep repeating, “I feel ya, I feel ya, I feel ya, I feel ya”. This isn’t my favorite song on the EP, but the song is fast and it has a lot of energy. I can already see Bucky jumping around on stage while he sings it.
The third song is “Girl You Get To Me”. It’s another song that falls in that crack somewhere between mid-tempo and fast. this song is very likeable, but not that memorable. Maybe this one sounds just a little too familiar. Almost like we’ve heard it before, but you quite place where or when. And, then you realize that you haven’t heard this song before, you’ve just heard things that it reminds you of.
After listening to “Girl You Get To Me”, I wasn’t quite ready for “I’m Saying Something”. I was almost surprised when it came on. He really slows things down with this one. It’s a ballad. It’s a story. It’s about a relationship. I liked this one a lot. I don’t think our Top 40 Country Radio stations are going to like it as much as I do. But, I hope I’m wrong about that. The tempo, as well as Bucky’s vocals and the emotion in his voice, put me in mind of “I’ll Walk”. This is a really good song.
Don’t get in a hurry to speed things up after “I’m Saying Something” comes to an end. Bucky isn’t quite ready to step on the gas yet. He follows that one with “Somewhere Looking Beautiful”. And as you might guess from that title, he’s talking about someone, somewhere – looking beautiful. That someone is a person he once loved, that he isn’t with anymore, and he’s quick to admit it is his own fault that he lost her. I love the feeling Bucky puts into his music. He doesn’t just sing. He tells a musical story. I think I want to listen to that one again, too.
Most of Bucky’s fans will remember the next song. It’s called “Buzzin’.” Bucky had this one out back in 2014. this is the perfect summer song. “Font porch chillin’, back yard grillin’, sun coming out gotta love this feelin’, outdoor thrillin’, lemonade sellin’, it can only get better if the good Lord’s willin’.” Oh yeah, that definitely says summer. And, it goes on to add things like bean bag tossin’, barefoot walkin’, hound dog howling at the firewood poppin’…. and on and on it goes. I love these lyrics. You wouldn’t think a song called “Buzzin” could be poetic. This one is. With a very fun tune and a bouncy rhythm, there is nothing not to like about this one.
So there you have it six songs ready for you. You can get your copy on iTunes.
Bucky Covington Happy Man EP track listing:
1. “I Feel Ya” (Eric Mallon, Ruben Estevez, Jason Afable)
2. “Girl You Get To Me” (Dale Oliver, Serg Salinas, Michael Harter)
3. “I’m Saying Something” (Matt Warren)
4. “Somewhere Looking Beautiful” (Bucky Covington, Dale Oliver, Dan Couch)
5. “Buzzin” (Brad Hull)
6. “Happy Man” (Shannon Lawson)
About Bucky Covington: Bucky Covington’s self titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best selling debut artist of 2007 and delivered three consecutive Top 10 singles to country radio (“Different World”, “I’ll Walk”, and “Good To Be Us”). In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Bucky’s national television appearances have included Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show and Fox & Friends. Bucky’s recent singles include last summer’s feel good tune “Buzzin”, and “Drinking Side of Country” (duet with Shooter Jennings), which reached over 2 Million views on YouTube in only 2 short days following its premiere.
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