Sunday, April 16, 2017

CD Review: Leo Bud Welch Continues To Amaze With His First Live Album At 85 Years Old

Blues artist Leo "Bud" Welch waited until he turned 81 years young to release his debut album. Welch was a lumberjack down in Mississippi for 30-plus years, where he picked up the sound of the blues. After retiring from his long-time job, Welch entered the studio and created an amazing solo album titled "Sabougla Voices" (review jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com).

Now at 85 years young, Welch recently released his first live album titled "Live At The Iridium." It features 17-tracks of classic delta blues, which fits Welch's demeanor and vocal tone perfectly. He starts out with the slow blues of "Praise His Name" and "Still A Fool," as the words he sings ring true. He picks the tempo up with the classic tones of "Go My Mojo Working," then gets down and dirty on the slow blues of "Five Long Years." He keeps things simple, delivering only what is needed in "Sweet Little Angel" and keeps the tempo rolling with "Po Boy," before closing out the show with covers of the blues classics, "Rollin' & Tumblin'," "Good Morning Little School Girl" and "Sweet Home Chicago."

The new release comes with a DVD of the entire show, plus a bonus interview with Welch and a video biography. Leo "Bud" Welch still has a few live shows lined up. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new live album "Live At The Iridium," please visit leobudwelch.com.

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