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BRK- JR / Bio

Born in Van Buren in 1961, this Arkansas native began his musical journey in September of 1973, at the age of 11, due to the untimely death of his hero the late Jim Croce.
"I was watching T.V. the evening of September 14th of 1973, Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special to be exact, when this guy came on singing a song called "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown".
I thought it was the coolest song ever. Still do. Six days later he was killed in a plane crash while out on a make-up tour. I knew right then that I wanted to be a singer/songwriter."
Buddy got his first guitar in 1981 and began teaching himself to play through books, tapes, friends suggestions, and hands on experience. He had his first tune penned by the end of 1982. He has 80 songs copyrighted so far. "I choose quality over quantity."
Over the years, his tunes have been played on the radio in 10 states.
"My musical influences run from Buddy Holly to Jim Croce and all the outstanding singers and songwriters inbetween."
He has won finalist, runner up, and suggested artist awards through VH-1's song of the year contest. He is also a two-time karaoke champion.
Almost 32 years to the day of his hero's death, Buddy answered the call from a local radio station to enter an on air karaoke contest. He became KOOL 104.7 FM's, Fort Smith, Arkansas, radio contests very first winner. What did he sing?
Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" of course!
He won again a few weeks later singing Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road". Not bad for a guy who's never been on tour!
"Well you know, being a touring performer is a hard, hard life. I like playing and singing for my local friends.
At 51, I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I'm more like a late summer! :) My reality is, I've got a good home and a decent job. I'm one of the lucky ones.
I just have to keep working at it and hope that the business either pulls me, or at least some of my tunes, in someday.
It's okay with me if I'm not the one to sing them on the road."
He is a member of BMI.
His songs include talented musicians that consist of former, and current, members of bands such as "Gray Ghost", "Black Oak Arkansas", "Judge Parker", and "Molly Hatchet."
He's currently working with producer/arranger Dennis Smith at www.smithtrax.com as well.
Strange but true, he's also known as a Jeff Goldblum look-alike!
"Since I've grown the beard, they've started calling me Evil Jeff Goldblum... lol"

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Buddy Ray Kelly, Jr.
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Singer Songwriter / Folk Rock / Rock, Blues, Americana

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Mulberry, AR