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Robinson, Covington rock South Carolina stage

Richmond County's Bucky Covington and Jonathan Robinson, along with Barry Brown and Covington's bassist Donald "Ducky" Medlock perform "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" during a free concert in McBee, South Carolina, on Saturday.
William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

MCBEE, S.C. — They both hail from Richmond County. They both spent time playing in Nashville. But they had never shared a stage — until Saturday.

Jonathan Robinson and Bucky Covington, and their bands, both played a free concert following a poker run to raise money for veterans in South Carolina.

The show was held at Brown’s R.V. Superstore, owned by another musician, Barry Brown.

Robinson kicked off the concert at 4 p.m., playing a variety of rock and blues covers along with originals from the extended play recording he released last year.

The next band up was Bad Inc., a Raleigh-based Bad Company tribute band, whose bass player also used to play with several Richmond County groups.

Brown and his high-energy band, featuring a few veterans, were third to take the stage, performing a mix of originals and country covers.

It was nearly 9 p.m. when Covington and his band kicked of their set, with the second song being his 2007 hit single “A Different World.”


He even sang “Happy Birthday” to an audience member, giving former bandmate Eric Whitfield a shoutout for the second verse, which has become a staple for several Richmond County musicians.

Covington later invited audience members up to dance, with Diane Whitfield being the first on stage.

In addition to country, Covington also performed covers of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” and Prince’s “Purple Rain” (ironically just after it stopped raining).

The band also played musical musicians, with Covington trading places on drums with his twin brother Rocky who sang Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” and with bassist Donald “Ducky” Medlock who rocked the mic with Sublime’s “What I Got.”

Robinson and Brown were also invited up to join Covington for a cover of the Georgia Satellites hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”