"I'd been on Star Search, back in the early '90s, and I'd done my share of talent contests," Jewell explains, as foot traffic wanders past the storefront."My wife said, 'We moved here and said we'd turn over every rock to get you a record deal.' So I went to the audition." After landing a spot on the show, Jewell, then 41 and married with three children, moved into a house off Music Row with the other contestants.
Many have become household names, like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, and — lest you think being a pretty blond singer is requisite for achieving post-reality show success — Dr. Waking up with a boom mic over your head is a drag, and having a camera crew track your every move — and then hand the footage over to editors and producers who can portray you however they choose — is exhausting and somewhat terrifying.
(Unless you are a Kardashian, and hence comfortable spending entire episodes on the size of Kim's butt or — apologies for the visual — Khloe's camel toe.) While reality show participants have different motivations for temporarily signing away their lives, once the show and their dirty laundry have aired, the impact on their individual careers, relationships and lifestyles is monumental.
I guess it's like shopping for a dress; they usually don't buy the first dress they try on." Surviving the show and its frat-house living arrangements turned out to be the easy part.
When Jewell won, he also won a contract with Columbia, which immediately pushed him into the studio with Clint Black as producer. During the CMA Fest that year, he played to thousands of fans at The Coliseum — now LP Field — just days after the release of "Help Pour Out the Rain." "It was an experience ...
The cloying scent (nearly visible, like in a cartoon) leads to Arcade storefront No.
12, anchored by a psychedelic vintage Volkswagen Beetle in the front window.Buddy Jewell sits at the front table of Peace, Love & Little Donuts, a tiny bakery with vinyl records lining the walls and classic rock blaring from the speakers.He's a tall, imposing figure, but friendly and genuine.You've seen him around town, but you can't quite place him.Maybe he's your coffee barista, or the stranger you played darts with at The Villager, or the guy you passed on the running trail at Shelby Bottoms yesterday.Yet Jewell remains grateful for what Nashville Star did for his career.