If it seems like Bucky Covington has been MIA the past few years it's because he has. After placing 8th on "American Idol" in 2006 and scoring 3 Top 20 hits in 2007 and 2008 he was suddenly cast adrift when his former record company folded. Now according to the Huntington (West Virginia) Herald-Dispatch he has signed with a new label and will releasing fresh material in an upcoming CD.

Well we haven’t exactly put out a press release on it yet. It’s a great company. It’s a great company that’s moved into Nashville. I’m the first country artist they’ve signed. I’m absolutely thrilled. The guy that’s heading it up, Van, is also from North Carolina like myself. So far, I’m also working with a lot of people who were on Lyric Street. Of course, when Lyric Street Records shut down, everybody goes a little somewhere and a lot of the folks have gone over to this company. So I’m looking very much forward to working with some of these folks again.

via Blogs @ herald-dispatch.com: Idol Chit-Chat: Bucky Covington Talks New Label, Drunk Tweeting and BLT Sandwiches.

Bucky will be playing a limited number of shows before years end with more to follow in 2012.