Good Guys by Bucky Covington

There’s a phenomenon in the music industry known as the “sophomore slump.” It’s a belief that an artist’s second project won’t be as good as their debut, mainly because they don’t have the time to work on their second album the way they did their first. Bucky Covington blows that theory out of the water.

As good as Bucky’s self-titled debut album was, the tracks that he sounded most comfortable on never saw the light of day. With Good Guys, he sounds so at ease on every track that it’s surprising to learn that he co-wrote just one song on the project: the raucous, fun Shooter Jennings duet “Drinking Side of Country.”

Yes, Bucky can definitely rock, but make no mistake, he is as adept at the beautifully written heartbreak ballad “I’m Alright” as he is on the rambunctious, tongue-in-cheek “Mama Must Be Prayin’.” Meanwhile, the classic R&B groove of “Hold a Woman” could become the biggest belly-bumpin’ tune of Bucky’s career.

Some may scoff that a North Carolina boy is covering Lionel Richie’s “Sail On,” but it works well. Respectful of the iconic stature of the original version, Bucky doesn’t deviate from the original arrangement; he just lends his gravely warmth to it.

And speaking of warmth—songs about the struggling economy and unemployment in the U.S. have sadly become a mainstay in country music these days, but rarely is the topic broached with such authenticity as in “I Want My Life Back.” Be prepared to feel a catch in your heart when you hear it. Sophomore slump, indeed. 

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