Bucky Covington Diaries: Take Three
This is the third message from Bucky Covington to his fans, a regular Monday feature for awhile:
We just got finished with Country Radio Seminar here in Nashville, and I bragged about you guys all week in interviews. People say, "How are your fans?" I always tell them I have the nicest fans in the world.
When I was on American Idol, everybody had their own message board, and people would get on there and talk. If somebody wanted to be mean, they'd come on there and try to start something â- you know, like, "I think he sucks." Not once did I ever read anything where one of my fans responded by saying, "Well, I think so-and-so sucks." They always said something like, "You know, that's not what we're doing here. That's not our style." You can't ask for better fans than that.
We did a lot of radio interviews last week. And, yeah, a lot of the time you get asked a bunch of the same questions, and you give a bunch of the same answers, but, actually, it's pretty nice. Most of the time, you have to go out on the road to talk to radio. But instead of getting on a bus and going from city to city, we just went from room to room at the convention center. One thing - it's great practice on finding out what your best answers are.
Hobie Hubbard from Sawyer Brown has this thing he does. You know, a reporter can get a bio of band, but sometimes they'll just ask questions like, "Now, how many of you are there in the band?" One time, this reporter was asking crazy question after crazy question. So every time she'd ask one, Hobie would start by saying, "Now, that is a good question," and then he'd answer. She'd ask another question. "You know, that is a good question." When he got off the phone, Mark Miller asked him, "What were you doing?" "Man," Hobie said, "I got so bored, I had to amuse myself."
Peter Cooper, a reporter from The Nashville Tennessean, hung out with us. That guy's a trip. He did a big write-up that came out Friday, which was awesome. One of the radio stations was set up in a bar, so I went over there to do an interview Friday morning. When I finished, there was this lady who wanted an autograph. I didn't have anything to write on, but I turned around, and there was this huge picture of me in The Tennessean. So I just signed it and said, "There you go."
You get to meet all sorts of people at CRS, too. I was on the escalator, and somebody tapped me on the shoulder. Before I realized who it was, I just said, "Hey, man, how you doing?" He said, "You probably don't know me, but my name's Tracy Lawrence." (Yeah, right, I don't know him.) He said he had to tell me something, and he started singing, "We were born to mothers who smoked and drank â¦ "
I said, "Dude, you know my song!"
He said, "I was this close to cutting that song. I had just finished my album, and they sent that song to me. I was going to try to save it for my next album, but I'm glad you got it."
I told him I thought he would've sounded great singing it. He said, "Well, let's just hope it's a No. 1 hit for you."
I also got to meet the guys from Van Zant and a lot of my labelmates at an artists' luncheon the Country Music Association had. Trent Tomlinson, Sarah Buxton, Josh Gracin, theyâre all on the same label as me. One thing I noticed about the acts on Lyric Street: You could tell we were a happy bunch. We were the loudest table there.
This week, we're doing the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, and we're going to Pensacola, Fla., to do some more radio visits. Any time you get to go to Florida, it's a good thing. I'll tell you all about it next week. See you then.