Jewell, the first winner of the "Nashville Star" singing competition, was hurt in a fall from a ladder while hanging Christmas lights at his Nashville home Nov. 19. He underwent surgery last Wednesday to insert three screws and a two-inch metal plate on his left wrist. Jewell decided against performing in a 20-city Great American Country Christmas Tour that runs from Thursday through Dec. 21.
He is being replaced by "American Idol" alumnus Bucky Covington. Also on the bill are Deana Carter, Julie Roberts, Blue County and Steve Azar.
"I am sure some of y'all have already purchased tickets for the Christmas tour, and we strongly encourage you to still go," Jewell's wife, Tene, wrote on the Web site. "It's going to be a great show, and I would hate for y'all to miss out because of Buddy's unfortunate accident."