“American Idol” alum goes out of his way for a special young fan Photo: Passion Publicity
Photo: Passion Publicity

Bucky Covington surprised one of his youngest fans in between tour stops Aug. 3, giving him the birthday gift of a lifetime.

Austin Weaver struggles with cerebral palsy and considers Bucky’s 2008 top 10 hit, “I’ll Walk,” his theme song. Since Bucky was scheduled to perform in the Weaver family’s hometown of Belpre, Ohio, the night of Austin’s eighth birthday, his mom contacted a concert promoter to see if Bucky would be willing and available to perform at Austin’s birthday party.

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After hearing the little boy’s story, Bucky, who’s the father of a sweet little girl himself, jumped at the chance to make this young fan smile. With his band in tow, the Season 5 “American Idol” alum performed a rare private concert at a birthday party for Austin and his friends, held at Austin’s home. It was undoubtedly the best birthday gift the boy could have received.

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Bucky recently released “Happy Man,” a six-song set he co-produced. The EP is the North Carolina native’s first independent album. This October, Bucky will be honored in his home state when he’s inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame.

Lindsay Williams is a freelance writer based in Nashville, where she’s spent more than a decade writing about music. A graduate of Samford University, her work has been published in a variety of regional and national media outlets.
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