Never too late for the blues: Leo “Bud” Welch
If a man plays guitar and there’s no record executive around to hear him, how long will it take for the man to put out his first album? And if he plays both blues and gospel, seeing no spiritual conflict between the two, and supports himself for 35 years as a logger, what does it really mean to say he’s been “discovered” once that album becomes a reality? People in his community were listening all along. Though this could be the plot of an inspirational movie, it’s the real-life story of Leo “Bud” Welch, born in Sabougla, Mississippi, in 1932. Welch started playing guitar when he was twelve, and in January 2014, just before his eighty-second birthday, he released Sabougla Voices with Big Legal Mess Records. He has been touring ever since. He’s the kind of bluesman who attracts a crowd, and his fan base grows with each performance. He plays at Skylight (139 W. San Francisco St., 505-982-0775) on Friday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets for the 21- and- over show cost $17 and are available at www.holdmyticket.com.