In 2003, Buddy Jewell became somewhat of an unlikely winner on Nashville Star. Buddy was 41 years old at the time of his appearance on the show – a late age for a budding country star. The crowds rallied behind the singer and he was able to pull off a sound victory even edging future country star Miranda Lambert in the process.
Soon after the show Buddy released his first major album produced by country star Clint Black. Two top three singles followed and Buddy seemed a surefire bet for hitmaking for some time. Soon after the first album went gold things seemed to lose steam for Buddy and his career. One more album followed on the major label, but it never seemed to have the same enthusiasm from the label.
Buddy and his label parted ways and soon he was out on his own.
Something I didn’t know until recently was Buddy released an independent album just a couple years ago.
Country Enough – Buddy Jewell
Country Enough included some great tracks including the title track. Buddy’s classic deep vocals are there on this fast paced rambling track. This is the kind of music that first drew me to Buddy’s music back in those early days on Nashville Star. The song sees a guy going through a few stages in life where he realizes he and a few others are country enough.
There was never any doubt with fans that Buddy Jewell was country enough. He had the few major hits and the gold album to prove it. Things didn’t work out after that and it’s kind of a shame because Buddy Jewell is wonderful on the radio. I wish there were more like him to listen to on the radio.
In the meantime check out the album and…