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
Sun Through The Clouds (Instrumental) by Matthew Morgan, Marmoset Music
Special Thanks to:
Leo "Bud" Welch, Vencie Varnado, Dixie Street, and Preston Kanak
RODE Microphones, Marmoset, and Zylight
About the Project:
While I'm Here | The Legacy Project is a series of videos that profile living legacies while they're still doing what they do best ... turning life into legacy.
I decided to start this project after missing out on the chance to tell the story of a man from my hometown who dedicated his life to helping others. That man's name was Frank Dymock. For years, Frank opened his garage to the public and sharpened skates free of charge. He wouldn't accept a dime. He was an icon in the place where I grew up, and I always wanted to tell his story while he was still here.
Regretfully, I let time pass, and Frank passed away before I had the chance to tell his story. This project is dedicated to him and to countless others who live selflessly and truly leave a legacy, forever impacting the lives of the people lucky enough to cross their paths.
This project is 100 per cent a passion project. It's self funded and something I wanted to do to pay it forward to people like Frank.