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They say that the men and women who master the blues are often doomed to live short lives, mirroring the darkness of the soul that the music is based around. But that stereotype is just one of many that 81-year-old Mississippi bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch has shattered in his lifetime. Born and raised in a small country town, Welch spent most of his adult life perfecting his craft busking at town fairs and house parties after long, hard days spent working in the fields or lumber mills. It's a crime, but as strong as his talent was, Welch never received any major attention, and if it hadn't been for one chance cold-call to Mississippi-based record label Big Legal Mess last year, he may have finished out his days without an album to his name.
Thanks to those circumstances, and probably a little prodding from his big buddy up in the sky, Welch was able to form a group and release his album Sabougla Voices earlier this year. A potent mix of down-home gospel and country-blues, the album captures more than a half-century's worth of inspiration from the stellar performer, who will be arriving in the Twin Cities for a handful shows this week. More »