Mom and I were really excited about seeing Bucky in concert. When we went to the Idol tour in St Louis last August, it was the one show he missed due to illness. We found out he was coming to Jackson, TN which was only about an hour and a half drive and knew we couldn’t miss it.
Before Bucky’s set during the afternoon they were holding a West TN Idols contest. The contestants were competing for a post in the Colgate Country Showdown which airs on GAC every fall. We missed the first round out their competition due to getting lost in pouring down rain and road construction. When we arrived at the venue they were having an intermission before the start of the 2nd round. Let me tell you, those contestants really liked their Idol songs. The 2006 winner performed Pickler’s “Red High Heels” right before the start of the 2nd round .They had 3 judges from the music business in Nashville. I recognized Deborah Allen (www.debrorahallenpresents.com) as I liked a few of her songs in the 80s and 90s. She later opened for Bucky. The 10 contestants were pretty good, I am bad with names but remember them by performance. The first contestant was a young guy playing acoustic and singing “Home.” I liked his better than the original but unfortunately he didnt place. My favorites of the bunch were a girl who sang Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and a young man who played acoustic and sang Roy Orbison’s “Crying”. He ended up placing 3rd while my favorite gal didnt place. Top honors went to an 18 year old girl who sang Martina McBride’s “Anyway.” She also got to do a 3 song set to open the show before Deborah came on and did “I Wonder” as one of them.
Next up was Deborah Allen, she was really good. She did her set just her and her acoustic guitar. She sang a song of hers from the 90s called “Rock Me, ” a song she wrote that Patty Loveless recorded and a hilarious tune called “Viaggravation.” She closed with a beautiful new song she just recorded called “Last Time For Everything” that made a shed a couple tears.
And then there was BUCKY!
Bucky opened with “Empty Handed” and rocked it. He sang everything from his cd except “Aint No Thing.” The crowd loved him..one gal loved him a little too much as she was screaming BUCKY I WANT TO HAVE YOUR BABY! Seriously though, Bucky put on a great show. During Carolina Blue he came out in the audience and grabbed a little girl he had met in the meet and greet. He took her on stage and sang to her. It was really sweet. When he sang “I’ll Walk” I think I saw the Buckster wipe away a couple tears and get a little choked up. He played some guitar and rocked out on his country rock stuff. He also did some great covers..”Suspicious Minds” he blew me away on. He did “Wave on Wave” which he also did on Idol. Another highlight was an acoustic cover of “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon.” It was great. His encore was “A Different World” which the whole crowd..young, old and inbetween sang along with him and a cover of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.”
He had great interaction with the audience. His brother Rocky is still on drums and him and Bucky were a riot going back and forth with little jabs at eachother. Oh and Bucky did a little dancing too.. threw that Bucky slide in there a bit. For those that asked about Bucky’s hair..it was indeed Big and Sexy!
Anyhow..it was a great show..if he comes to your area..you can’t miss it!!