BIO

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Originally from "The New River City" of Radford, Virginia, JC Covey creates and delivers acoustic blues music in his own unique style he calls "strumcussion," a term he coined for the percussive rhythm and riff guitar sound he naturally developed over the years, which helps fill in and provide self-accompaniment during his solo performances. In addition, JC founded  Tribute Song Studio in 2019 to give back with his passion for songwriting by helping honor the people we love while inspiring charitable giving to the causes we care about.


The music influence came early with JC's initial interest coming from his Mom, who adored Elvis, and his Dad, who would play guitar and sing Sam Cooke and Ray Charles songs at the kitchen table throughout his childhood. His music roots go even deeper in Pulaski, Virginia with his Grandfather, who was a professional Old Time & Bluegrass musician and band leader in the 1940's. His local band, James Covey and His Virginia Partners, would become the first music group to be featured on Pulaski's new WPUV radio station in 1946. The band went on to star in their own weekly radio show and later hosted and performed with popular touring artists, such as Bill & Charlie Monroe, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, and Reno & Smiley.


After first hearing the legendary Chess Recordings of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry and the classic rock music of the 60's and 70's as well as seeing American Bandstand, Soul Train, and The Midnight Special on TV, it wasn't long before JC would start to experiment with guitar and singing on his own. Later, after reaching a competent level of playing and forming his first band, a high school chorus class would provide the first formal platform that would place him in front of a public audience at the school's talent showcase event held each year. Several other special events would follow, including the privilege to compose and perform a tribute song at graduation for a popular teacher who happen to be retiring the same year. 


A big fan of live music, JC's own performance experience includes opening act slots at the World Famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip in Hollywood and "The Canyon" venues in Los Angeles where he opened for well-known national acts, such as Jim Messina, Martha Davis & The Motels, Pat Travers Band, Iron Butterfly, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Will Hoge, and Dan Layus. Other notable past gigs include California's Monrovia Music Festival and Virginia's Steppin' Out Festival, Radford Bike Fest, Music at Glencoe, Floyd Country Store, and Draper Mercantile, the latter two of which are official venues on the "The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail." Prior to the professional gigs, JC honed his live performance skills at various coffee shops and book stores throughout Southern Nevada, which included weekly service as both host and performer at the Saxby's Open Mic and Cars & Coffee Car Show events in Henderson as well as being a participant in Las Vegas Blues Society Jam events held at hotel lounges on and off the Las Vegas Strip.


Finally, as a proud military veteran and successful business professional, JC works and resides in Southern Nevada where he is finalizing plans for his second CD ("Strumcussion Blues"), due to be completed and released in 2020. JC regularly performs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas with aspirations to eventually tour throughout the US and Europe.