Buddy Jewell joined by Clint Black, Marty Raybon and The Bellamy Brothers

Buddy Jewell honored by induction into Arkansas Walk of Fame


Buddy joined by Clint Black, Marty Raybon and The Bellamy Brothers on current single


By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine



Country music’s Buddy Jewell was honored by his home state, Arkansas, in a special ceremony, 26 May, 2023.  During the ceremony, Jewell was inducted into the Arkansas Walk of Fame, along with five other recipients.


Each inductee was selected for being born in or having lived in Arkansas for a significant length of time, making a significant contribution in their field and being nationally known. Lepanto, AR native Buddy Jewell was honored at the walk at 629 Central Ave followed by a free concert in the Bridge Street Entertainment District featuring Jewell as the headlining act.


Accepting the award, Jewell humbly thanked God, his wife and all of his family and supporters for the distinction. Watch the induction video here https://youtu.be/DJRNh5It__4.


“What an incredible honor it is for me to be honored by my home state and to add my name to a lot of prestigious people that are here,” he added.


On a personal note, it is always a delight when I see my dear friend Buddy Jewell receive the recognition he so richly deserves. We have been friends for many years and he has certainly ‘paid his dues’ along the road to success in music. Moving to Nashville to follow his dream, he became an in-demand demo-singer, recording more than 5,000 demos for music publishers and songwriters pitching songs to recording artists and record labels.


His big break came in 2003 when he was the winner of the first season of the nationally televised singing competition Nashville Star, beating out eleven other contestants including Miranda Lambert. That win led to a record deal with Columbia Records resulting a Gold-certified debut album and chart hits such as “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain.”


During the induction ceremony, Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said, “Buddy Jewell is a prime example for all Arkansans and others that with grit and determination you can achieve your dreams and goals at any age. Buddy has never lost his Arkansas values and continues to give back with his work for St. Jude, the USO and many other worthy causes.  Buddy Jewell makes Arkansas proud and we are very proud as well to have him in the Walk of Fame.”


Buddy has been recognized by the Grammys, ACM, CMA, ABC Radio Networks, ICMA, ICGMA and CMT with multiple awards and nominations. In 2011, he won the International Country Gospel Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” and “Crossover Artist of the Year” awards. In 2015, he was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. In 2018, his #1 Christian Country hit, “I’m There,” won the ICMA “Song of the Year” and in April 2019, Buddy won ICMA “Male Vocalist of the Year.”


Jewell recently released a special re-recording of “Sweet Southern Comfort” featuring his friends Clint Black, Marty Raybon and The Bellamy Brothers.  Find that song, more of his music and details about his upcoming international tour dates at his website: https://buddyjewell.com, where you can also find links to Buddy at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. #BuddyJewell


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