Bucky Covington, "A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)"

78 Billboard Rating

Bucky Covington leveraged his stint on the fifth season of "American Idol" as a springboard to a country career. His 2007 Lyric Street debut bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country albums chart and spawned top 10 singles "A Different World" and "I'll Walk." This relatable tune from Covington's upcoming sophomore set sounds like another winner. "A Father's Love" describes a stoic parent who's "hard to read, hard to please," but in time, his son realizes that all the little gestures-from checking the oil to changing door locks-are expressions of love. It's a finely crafted song with a sentiment that many will find relatable, and Covington gives an earnest performance that should remind country radio programmers what this talented young artist can do.-Deborah Evans Price

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