• Special to the Daily Leader
Live on Stage will be kicking off its 2010-2011 season of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the James Maskus Auditorium at Liberal High School.
Those who have yet to get their season tickets for all five concerts may be able to do so at the door of Tuesday night’s concert. It will be the last opportunity to obtain season tickets for this year.
For more information, call James Jackson at 655-7355.
Tuesday night’s concert will feature Buddy Jewell, who burst onto the country music scene in 2003 when he won the coveted title of USA Network’s first ever Nashville Star. A true crowd favorite from the premiere episode to the finale, TV audiences and critics alike fell in love with Buddy Jewell’s gentility, enthusiasm and true musical passion.
Buddy’s self-titled debut album on Columbia Records was certified gold, and garnered two back-to-back top five hits with “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song),” the latter debuting higher than any other new artist single in the 10 years prior to its release. Buddy Jewell debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Album charts, and was recognized by the ACM, CMA and CMT Awards with multiple nominations.
“There are thousands of people who move to Nashville every year trying to do what I do and what I have gotten to do,” Buddy said. “I look back at my time on Nashville Star and I’m thankful for it. It opened so many doors for me, and introduced me to my fans. That experience was, and will continue to be, a very important part of my career. I’m now moving forward musically with a confidence I wouldn’t have, if not for my experience with Nashville Star.”
Jewell’s fan base is stronger than ever. The success of that relationship has always been built on a foundation of mutual respect and admiration. Buddy remains as immensely loyal to them as they to him. “They are amazing,” Buddy said of his fans. “They have followed me and supported me through thick and thin. They have kept me motivated, and I’m grateful to them for that.”
Described by critics as “a genuine talent,” “a true Nashville star,” and “a heckuva songwriter,” Buddy Jewell is an extraordinary entertainer, a well-rounded performer, and an undeniable crowd pleaser.
Buddy Jewell, an Arkansas native, is a true southern gentleman both on and off the stage. He has always reached out to his community and beyond, and considers his roles as spokesperson for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, the most important of his career. “I believe in giving back,” asserted Jewell. “Everyone can make a positive difference. With a little time and a little effort, we can make this world a better place. I believe that. I want my kids to believe that.”
Four of Jewell’s biggest fans are his wife of 20 years, Tené, and their three children; Buddy III, Lacey (the true inspiration behind “Help Pour Out the Rain”), and Joshua.
“I’m so incredibly lucky,” Buddy said graciously. “I have a wonderful and blessed family and a job that I love. It doesn’t get any better than that.”