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Brian Dugger

Buddy Jewell on the mend

Buddy Jewell, the winner of the first season of "Nashville Star," is home recovering after having surgery to repair his left wrist, which he broke when he fell from a ladder while hanging Christmas lights on his home.

Because of the accident and surgery, Jewell will not take part in the "GAC Christmas Tour," which is stopping in Toledo on Dec. 11.

"My doctor just didn t think it d be a good idea. I would ve been on a bus for 21 days straight, and he didn t want me waking up at 3 in the morning and wandering around and bumping into something," Jewell said from his Nashville-area home this week.

Despite having screws and a metal plate put into his wrist, he said things could have been a lot worse.

"I was actually lucky I put my arm out because if I hadn t, I would have hit my head on the curb and probably killed myself."

And over Thanksgiving, Jewell found somebody to commiserate with in his pal George Jones, who broke his right wrist in a fall last month.

"George and [wife] Nancy invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner, and we were joking that we could feed each other," Jewell said with a chuckle.

Jewell lost his record deal with Sony earlier this year, but he s moving ahead with his career. He s spent several months writing new songs. And although he s not ready to make an official announcement on all the details, Jewell said another label is helping him begin work on a new album, which he will begin recording in January.

"I m only 3 minutes, 30 seconds away from being back on top," he says. "It only takes one hit."


It appears that Troy Gentry has his legal troubles behind him. Monday, he pleaded guilty in Duluth, Minn., to a misdemeanor charge of falsely registering a captive bear as being killed in the wild. He agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, give up hunting, fishing, and trapping in the state for five years, and forfeit the bear s hide and bow he used to shoot the animal. The bear was killed in 2004 in a 3-acre private enclosure. It was not alleged that the bear was killed illegally, only that it was tagged improperly.

In a statement, Gentry said: "I did participate in improperly tagging the animal I shot, without realizing the seriousness of what I was doing. For that, I am truly sorry. I relied on the experts around me for guidance, and I regret that today, not so much because I was fined and punished, but because it appears that I don t have respect for the law. This has been a humbling experience for me, and one which I deeply regret."


Carrie Underwood s popularity doesn t appear to be waning. Her debut album, "Some Hearts," was certified quadruple platinum a couple of weeks ago for sales of more than 4 million copies. Last week, sales of the album jumped 67 percent from the week before as her current single, "Before He Cheats," continues to maintain a stranglehold on the top of the radio charts. It has been No. 1 for five weeks. Carrie sold 101,000 copies of her album last week, and Christmas is just around the corner. Wow!


"Penguin, James Penguin" is a fun song from Brad Paisley on his holiday album, "Brad Paisley Christmas." Here s what Brad has to say about James: "We decided to go ahead and tell the story of how Santa gets his information. In the early part of the 1900s, 1800s, 1700s, back then he could just land on his sleigh, and he could drop the presents through a chimney. Well, it s gotten a lot more complicated.

He s got to have alarm codes and information before he walks into a house. He s got to know how to disable the alarm, and they ve got to tell him those things, so he needed someone who knew high-tech equipment, and that s James Penguin, who s a secret spy. So anyway, I m really glad we could sing his theme song for him."


Years down the road, we re going to look back at George Strait s career and just shake our heads. In an era of Kenny, Toby, Dierks, Tim, and Faith, George remains unequaled in popularity.

This week, Strait received his 32nd platinum album certification for "It Just Comes Natural," which was released in October. His holiday album, "Fresh Cut Christmas," also was recognized for selling 1 million copies - in one week!

Strait has now sold almost 70 million albums, and he had his 53rd No. 1 hit recently with Give It Away," the first release off of "It Just Comes Natural."

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