Originally from the "New River City" of Radford, Virginia, JC Covey creates and delivers acoustic blues and soul 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. Also, JC prides himself in keeping his live sound simple and raw by limiting the use of special effects to standard reverb and EQ settings.
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 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 the new WPUV radio station in 1946. The band went on to star in their own weekly radio show and later hosted and played with legendary acts, such as Bill and Charlie Monroe.
After first hearing the legendary Chess Recordings of Muddy Waters and the classic rock music of the 50's, 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 platform that would place him in front of a public audience for the first time at a music event for the student body. 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 outdoor festivals, opening for headliners, historic venues, car shows, conferences, coffee houses, and many other public and private events. Also, as a proud military veteran and successful business professional, JC works and resides in Southern California where he is finalizing plans for his second CD ("Strumcussion Blues"), due to be completed and released in early 2019. JC performs regularly around Los Angeles and the surrounding areas with aspirations to eventually tour throughout the US and Europe.
Photo by Daniel Escamilla.