By Alyssa Penman
High Desert Daily
(Victorville)– Hundreds of die hard fans braved the fifty degree winds at tonight’s Bucky Covington concert at the San Bernardino County Fair. Heating things up while it was still light, opening act Bomshel took the stage with a rockin’ violin and throaty drawl from the duo Kristy Osmunson and Kelley Shepard. They started the evening off with ten songs, including Top #40 Country hits “Fight Like a Girl” and “19 and Crazy.” Although their glittery guitar straps and blonde hair might seem to fit the name, according to Shepard, “its the things you might not like about yourself that makes you a bombshell.” Even as the temperature dropped and rain drops threatened, the crowd cheered for high energy violin solos covering “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” during “Fiddle” and fans ended the evening on their feet cheering for “19 and Crazy.”
2006 American Idol Finalist Bucky Covington took the stage with his band, opening with a song that set the tone for his set, “American Friday Night,” a feel-good country-rock hybrid. Following that with the nostalgic anthems “When We Were Gods” and “A Different World” Covington paints a picture of carefree Americana that is simple and sweet.
Though the arena was not as full as it would have been without the freezing winds and ominous rainclouds, Covington gave the crowd the full effect of his slightly goofy but goodhearted personality. Encouraging the crowd to get up and move to stay warm and thanking them for sticking it out in the face of such cold, the band performed two covers that have become staples for them: “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley and “Gotta Be Somebody” by Nickelback. After the upbeat, breezy “I’m Good” the band segued into Covington’s self-dubbed “sexy song”, a ballad called “Hold a Woman” that had fans screaming in the front rows.
The final stretch of the concert was one high energy song after another, keeping the audience warm and moving. “Momma Must Be Praying” was followed by “Evil Knievel” and then a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” showing the band’s diverse inspirations. Jumping to the floor, Covington sent the fans into a frenzy as he closed out the show with his hit “Good to Be Us”. After leaving the stage, the audience chanted Covington back out to do an encore. He used the opportunity to introduce the members of the band, including his identical twin brother, drummer Rocky Covington. After showcasing their individual instruments and strengths, the band finished out covering Cheap Trick’s “Didn’t I See You Crying?” Overall, a highly entertaining show full of feel-good songs that would have been perfect for a balmy summer night one might have expected of mid-May.