Leo Welch

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Leo Welch
Also known asLeo "Bud" Welch
Born(1932-03-22)March 22, 1932
Sabougla, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedDecember 19, 2017(2017-12-19) (aged 85)
Bruce, Mississippi, U.S.
GenresDelta blues, gospel blues, country blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years active2014–2017

Leo "Bud" Welch (March 22, 1932 – December 19, 2017) was an American gospel blues musician and guitarist. He started his music career in 2014, with the release of the album Sabougla Voices by Big Legal Mess Records. His subsequent studio album, I Don't Prefer No Blues, also recorded for Big Legal Mess, was released in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Welch was born on March 22, 1932,[1] in the town of Sabougla, Mississippi.[2] He was a lumberjack for 30 years while he learned his musical craft in the Mississippi Delta, where he learned to play various instruments, including the fiddle, harmonica, and guitar.[2]

Music career[edit]

His music recording career started in 2014,[3] after he was secretly recorded performing at his manager's birthday party. He released his first album, Sabougla Voices, on the Fat Possum label.[4][5][6] The subsequent album, I Don't Prefer No Blues, was released by Big Legal Mess on March 24, 2015.[7][8][9]

His 2019 release, The Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name, was chosen as a 'Favorite Blues Album' by AllMusic.[10]

Late Blossom Blues[edit]

The award-winning[which?] feature documentary Late Blossom Blues (Ö/US, 2017) by Austrian filmmakers Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer and Stefan Wolner is a portrait of Welch.


Welch made a brief appearance in a documentary about Elvis Presley called The King, directed by American filmmaker Eugene Jarecki.


Welch died at his home in Bruce, Mississippi on December 19, 2017, aged 85.[4][11]


  • Sabougla Voices (January 6, 2014, Fat Possum / Big Legal Mess)
  • I Don't Prefer No Blues (March 24, 2015, Fat Possum / Big Legal Mess)
  • Live at The Iridium (March 31, 2017, Cleopatra Blues)
  • The Final Session (December 21, 2017, Cleopatra Blues)
  • The Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name (March 8, 2019, Easy Eye Sound)
  • Don't Let the Devil Ride (April 12, 2019, Fms Fenn Music)


  1. ^ "The Official Leo Bud Welch Website". The Official Leo Bud Welch Website. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "Leo Welch: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Lorenz, Zadro. "Review: The first European experience in Verona'". A-Z Blues. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Kerzner, Barry (December 19, 2017). "Leo 'Bud' Welch Dead at 85". American Blues Scene. Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Leo Welch, Sabougla Voices". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Maine, David. "Leo Welch, Sabougla Voices". PopMatters. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Leo Welch, I Don't Prefer No Blues". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Child, Ben. "Leo Bud Welch, I Don't Prefer No Blues". PopMatters. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Honeyman, Lins. "Review: Leo Welch, I Don't Prefer No Blues". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "Favorite Blues Albums | AllMusic 2019 in Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Barretta, Scott (December 20, 2017). "Mississippi blues guitarist Leo "Bud" Welch dies after decades of playing". The Clarion-Ledger.

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