Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.
It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Buddy Jewell, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 10 October 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Buddy Jewell who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Thursday 10 October 2013.
'Thanks so much for asking me for a quote about Gene Watson. I am happy to oblige.
Gene Watson is the epitome of what a real country singer is all about.
His voice drew me in the first time I heard him sing 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' and hits like 'Fourteen Carat Mind' kept me coming back for more.
He is truly one of the greatest country singers ever!'
Thank you, Buddy Jewell, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Buddy Jewell...
Buddy Jewell was born Buddy Jewell Junior in Lepanto, Arkansas on Sunday 2 April 1961. He began playing guitar after buying one from a schoolmate during childhood, and saved the money that he earned bagging groceries to buy guitar lesson books.
Buddy Jewell also listened to the music that his father, also named Buddy, played for him, and was taught by his uncle Clyde how to play 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus'.
By the time he was fifteen years old, Buddy Jewell had also taught himself how to play Johnny Cash's 'I Still Miss Someone' (written by Johnny Cash and Roy Cash).
Johnny Cash () recorded 'I Still Miss Someone' and included the track on 'The Fabulous Johnny Cash' (Columbia Records, 1958); the album was re-issued on Tuesday 19 March 2002 with six additional tracks.
After graduating from Osceola High School, Buddy Jewell attended Arkansas State University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Buddy majored in television and radio in college, although he left in his junior year to marry, despite the marriage only lasting two-and-a-half years.
Buddy Jewell later moved to Camden, Arkansas when he was twenty-one years old, in order to pursue a musical career. It was while he was in Camden, Arkansas that he discovered a band called White Oak, which was seeking a new lead singer.
Whit Oak was a band which was sponsored by a booking agency whose roster also included Canyon and a band founded by a then-unknown Trace Adkins.
After touring with White Oak for four years, Buddy Jewell moved to Dallas, Texas where he took a role in a gunfighing show at Six Flags over Texas. Buddy later entered a singing competition which was sponsored by the band Alabama, whose music was also an inspiration to him. Buddy Jewell won the competition's top prize, which was an opening slot for the band.
After winning the competition, Buddy Jewell competed on 'Star Search' where he won 'Male Vocalist' on several episodes. He later decided to move to Nashville, in 1993, and found work two years later as a demo singer.
As a demo singer, Buddy Jewell recorded more than five thousand demos; among the songs which Buddy recorded demos for were 'A Little Past Little Rock' for Lee Ann Womack (No.2, 1998), 'You're Beginning To Get To Me' for Clay Walker (No.2, 1998), 'Write This Down' for George Strait (No.1, 1999) and 'The One' for Gary Allan (No.3, 2002).
Buddy Jewell: 'One In A Row' (My Little Jewell Music, 2001) Buddy Jewell: 'Far Enough Away' (My Little Jewell Music, 2002)
Buddy Jewell also saw the release of two albums which he released himself independently; 'One In A Row' (My Little Jewell Music, 2001) and 'Far Enough Away' (My Little Jewell Music, 2002). Having been rejected by several record labels at this point, Buddy supported himself with the money that his second wife made at her nail salon.
In 2003, Buddy Jewell competed in the first season of the television singing competition 'Nashville Star'. He became the show's first winner that season and was soon signed to a recording contract with Columbia Records Nashville.
On Monday 5 May 2003, two days after his win, Buddy Jewell's debut single 'Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)', which was written by Buddy Jewell, was shipped to radio. It became the highest-debuting single by a new country artist since the singles charts were first tabulated via Nielsen SoundScan in 1990.
'Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)' reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 2003, and also reached No.29 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart the same year. The track was the first single from Buddy Jewell's self-titled debut album, 'Buddy Jewell' (Columbia Records, 2003), which was produced by former RCA Records artist Clint Black and was recorded in ten days.
Buddy Jewell's self-titled debut album, 'Buddy Jewell' (Columbia Records, 2003), also included two further tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:
'Sweet Southern Comfort' (written by Rodney Clawson and Brad Crisler) (No.3, 2003)
'One Step At A Time' (written by Burton Collins and Stacy Widelitz) (No.38, 2004)
Buddy Jewell's self-titled debut album, 'Buddy Jewell' (Columbia Records, 2003), also included the following racks:
'I Wanna Thank Everyone' (written by Marty Dodson and Tom Shapiro)
'Today I Started Loving You Again', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Bonnie Owens (Tuesday 1 October 1929 - Monday 24 April 2006) (duet with Miranda Lambert)
'Abilene on Her Mind' (written by Buddy Jewell and Jim Weaver)
'One In A Row' (written by Buddy Jewell and Thom McHugh)
'O'Reilly Luck' (written by Will Rambeaux, Thom Shepherd and Steve Williams)
'Why We Said Goodbye' (written by Tom Douglas and Billy Kirsch)
'I Can Get By' (written by Clint Black)
'You Know How Women Are' (written by Dave Duncan and Fred Knobloch)
Buddy Jewell's self-titled debut album, 'Buddy Jewell' (Columbia Records, 2003) sold 500,000 copies and earned a 'Gold' certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
On Tuesday 26 April 2005, Buddy Jewell saw the release of 'Times Like These' (Columbia Records, 2005), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:
'If She Were Any Other Woman' (written by Brett Beavers, Connie Harrington and Kelley Lovelace) (No.27, 2004)
Buddy Jewell's 'Times Like These' (Columbia Records, 2005) also included the following tracks:
'Me Lovin' You' (written by Rick Bowles and Josh Leo)
'Back To You' (written by Walt Aldridge and Brad Crisler)
'You Ain't Doin' Right' (written by Tony Lane and Craig Wiseman)
'Addicted To The Rain' (written by Larry Wayne Clark and Buddy Jewell)
'I'd Run' (written by Jimmy Ritchey, Sam Tate and Annie Tate)
'Dyess Arkansas' (written by Buddy Jewell)
'Glad I'm Gone' (written by Buddy Jewell)
'Times Like These' (written by Buddy Jewell, J. B. Rudd and Vip Vipperman)
'Run Away Home' (written by Burton Collins and D. Vincent Williams)
A second single, 'So Gone' (written by Marc Beeson, Paul Jefferson and Sonny LeMaire), was released from Buddy Jewell's 'Times Like These' (Columbia Records, 2005), but it failed to chart.
By the end of 2005, Buddy Jewell was dropped from the Columbia Records' roster.
Buddy Jewell did not see the release of another single until 'This Ain't Mexico' in 2008, which was a self-released single. The track was included on 'Country Enough' (Diamond Dust Records, 2008), which was released on Tuesday 1 July 2008, but the single did not chart.
Buddy Jewell's 'Country Enough' (Diamond Dust Records, 2008) also included a cover of 'Dance With My Father', which was written by Richard Marx and Luther Vandross (Friday 20 April 1951 - Friday 1 July 2005); this track was also released as a single, but it too did not chart.
On Tuesday 12 July 2011, Buddy Jewell saw the release of 'I Surrender All' (Diamond Dust Records, 2011), a country-gospel collection, from which two tracks were released as singles; 'Somebody Who Would Die For You' in 2009 and 'Jesus, Elvis And Me' in 2011, but both failed to chart.
Another track included on Buddy Jewell's 'I Surrender All' (Diamond Dust Records, 2011) was 'When I’m Good And Gone', which Buddy co-wrote with his good friend Leslie Satcher; this ballad, with heartfelt sincerity, reflects on the hopes and dreams of a dedicated husband and father.
Connect with Buddy Jewell at buddyjewell.com