Former ‘Idol’ will perform Jan. 23 as part of Country Showdown weekend
By EARL WATT • Daily Leader
In 2007, Bucky Covington released his first album, and it quickly became the No. 1 country music CD in the nation.
Now with his second album hitting the airwaves, Covington is becoming a country superstar.
Organizers of the Liberal Booster Club Country Music Showdown have confirmed that Covington will be performing in Liberal in January.
Joe Denoyer and Rhett Wettstein organized the first-ever Country Music Showdown in January 2009 and raised about $2,000 for the Booster Club.
The event allowed 25 local and area singers the opportunity to compete for judges as well as audience approval. A combined score led to Stephanie Bunger winning the first-ever competition.
Organizers wanted to take the event to the next level, and Covington was secured as the marquis act on the second day with the top three Showdown contestants opening for the country superstar.
“One way we could take the Showdown to the next level was to make it a weekend event and have a concert on the second night,” Wettstein said. “Since we had a singing competition that was country, and Bucky Convington came from Idol, it was a wonderful combination. We looked into it and he agreed to come to Liberal.”
The Showdown and Bucky concert are fundraisers for Liberal High School Booster Club. Proceeds will be used to benefit Redskin athletics.
“It will be tremendous to have an artist of his caliber here in Liberal,” Denoyer said. “With his Idol history and the success of his first CD and soon to be released second CD, it should be a great show for the entire area, and a great fund-raiser for the Booster Club.”
Wettstein attended a Covington concert earlier this summer at Hillsboro.
“He puts on a great show,” Wettstein said. “It is very upbeat. It’s entertaining all the way through. He does his own material and also covers other groups, from Elvis to Stevie Wonder.”
The concert will take place in James Maskus Auditorium at Liberal High School Jan. 23, and the Country Music Showdown will take center stage the night before.
This year, more than $2,500 in cash and prizes will be given to the top performers in the Showdown.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 5, and a Showdown kick-off preview will take place that evening at the Christmas parade with special guest Stephanie (Bunger) Musick.
For more information go to www.lhscountryshowdown.com.