By Hollie Deese
Rocky Covington, 38, and his twin brother Bucky have always done a lot of things together. It naturally comes with being part of a package deal when you are born just minutes apart. And growing up they both gravitated toward music.
“My first instrument was the acoustic guitar, and Bucky got a drum,” Rocky remembers. “Somewhere along the lines, we swapped. I got the drum and I gave him my guitar.”
All through middle school the two of them went through musical training, Bucky playing the trumpet, the trombone and guitar, while Rocky took on the drums, percussion and trombone.
“By the time we started singing in rock bands, and classic rock bands, and country bands, we already had a background of music in general,” Rocky says.
But for the past three years the two of them have been growing their car collision center in Westmoreland, helping motorists get back on the road following any number of issues, from a cracked windshield to scraped bumper and all wrecks in between. They do mobile estimates and even offer pickup and drop-off services too.
“We started out a little slow; but the past year we have just been slammed and very fortunate,” Rocky says. “I think it’s just because we’ve been here a while and word-of-mouth has just been getting out. People obviously know my brother, and I think that our last name might help out a little bit.”
If the name Covington sounds familiar it is because Bucky appeared on the fifth season of “American Idol.” The two even tried out for the iconic, now-defunct singing competition at the same time, just not together. And it may have been what was needed to give one twin the edge over the other.
“We didn’t want to go on as a twin gimmick, so we were about 20 minutes apart,” Rocky says. “We each had different judges and I went first. I didn’t do a good job and kind of knew I didn’t do a good job. I think Bucky said he watched me do what I did and pretty much showed him everything what not to do.”
It worked out for Bucky too, who finished in eighth place the year Taylor Hicks won.
“He went out there and did a really good job,” Rocky says of his brother. “It was a great show with awesome opportunities. You really can’t replace that in our lives. It definitely was a milestone, I’m sure, in Bucky’s life and even in mine. I’ll never forget the things that we got to do.”
Today, the brothers’ focus is on building their car collision business. Bearing the same name as their father’s shop in Hamlet, N.C., the Covingtons have carried over the respect to cars and customers they learned from their father, and his father too.
“Me and Bucky were supposed to be third generation to take it over,” Rocky says of the old family business back where they grew up. “My grandpa started it, and my dad runs it now, and we were going to be third generation. Obviously, the music thing kind of took off for us, so we come over here in this area.”
“I like doing the collision repair,” he says. “It’s very easy to do good customer service if you’re doing something that you like doing and you’ve got a lot of expertise in.”
Rocky handles the day-to-day operations at the garage while Bucky spends more time on music, but it isn’t out of the ordinary to see the two of them jamming on stage together from time to time.
“Bucky comes up here and does shop talk pretty much, or he works on his own stuff but it’s usually just me and a couple other employees,” Rocky says.
And Rocky still performs too with his own band, MedRock, performing locally around middle Tennessee at places like AweDaddy’s in Gallatin.
“I used to do drums and tour manager for my brother, but the shop got a little too busy and I had to come off the road,” Rocky says. “Now I just do percussion with them on some gigs.”
The Covingtons also like get as involved in the small, tight-knit community they have grown to love as much as possible.
“We pretty much always are a part of the Westmoreland football team,” Rocky says. “And I always do the Little League baseball. For some reason I just love to watch the little kids run around those bases. Of course, all my friends are having kids now, so it’s kind of cool when they wind up on the team. We try to support all the athletes around here, because me and my brother did that growing up. We know how important it is.”
And the fact that their business only continues to grow proves to Rocky and his brother that they made the right decision bringing their skill set to Sumner County.
“We really want to thank everyone for standing by us and trusting us when we were such a new business in town,” he says. “It’s really paid off. “We love the people, love the small town. There’s no traffic and everybody waves at each other.”