When country singer Bucky Covington selected stops for his current tour, he looked for places such as his hometown of Rockingham, N.C. -- a spot, he says, that is two hours away from everything but a NASCAR race.
"You'd have to go out of town to experience anything like a live concert. The idea of this tour is to go to places like that, outside of big cities," Covington said.
It's a choice that's sure to win over fans of the easy-going musician who sings about simple everyday living.
Bucky Covington will perform Friday at Coyote's on Peach Orchard Road, part of a 30-city Hometown tour, which focuses on performances at small and mid-sized cities.
Covington, 33, first hit the national spotlight in 2006 as an American Idol finalist. A few months later he cut a self-titled album, went on tour and watched three of his songs, A Different World, I'll Walk and Good to be Us , climb to the top 10 on country music charts.
Now, four years later, Covington said life has changed but he's still the same guy who loves playing his music and loves his cars. There are seven of them now. Covington first worked at his father's body shop before picking up a guitar.
Covington's Hometown tour coincides with the release of Hometown , a single that will also be featured on an album to be released later this year. Covington promises the new album will be a mix of "some party songs, some sexy songs and some rocking songs," including four he wrote.
One of them, On the Run , will recount the misadventures of life in a traveling band.
"It's a fun time, party song. It's about how before you get in trouble, you have to run," he said. "Though, one of the biggest misconceptions about bands is life backstage. You can't actually go drinking and partying and then put on a show."
Covington brings the energy and edginess of a rock show to his live performances, but with a familiar country sound. He performed with rock bands three years before switching to country music.
"I liked the energy of a rock show, but I didn't understand what the lyrics were saying," he said. "With country music, to me, it was just more natural. I bring some of that energy of a rock show onto the stage. But, I understand this."