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83-Year-Old Mississippi Bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch

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83-Year-Old Mississippi Bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch

Two years ago no one outside of Bruce, Mississippi knew Leo "Bud" Welch. Today, he's recognized as one of the last remaining Mississippi Delta bluesman.

Born in 1932, Leo "Bud" Welch began playing guitar at the age of 13. He played for family, friends, and churches while making a living in the logging industry and on the farm for more than 35 years.

This year, at the age of 83, Leo released his first ever blues C.D entitled "I Don't Prefer No Blues."

The album tittle is a quote when Leo talked to the preacher at his church and told him he was recording a blues C.D.

Leo is proof to never give up on your dreams. He also wants to pass the legacy of music along to a new generation.


Director, Cinematographer, and Editor: Brent Foster
Audio, Color, and Additional Cinematography: Nick Brokalakis
Original music by: Leo "Bud" Welch