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Leo “Bud” Welch Sr. was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in 1932. He picked up a guitar for the first time in 1945.

By 1947, at age 15, Bud could play well enough to perform in public and garnered the blessing of many elder guitar players. He was offered an audition by BB King but could not afford the trip to Memphis.

His debut album Sabougla Voices was released January 7, 2014 just two months before his 82nd birthday.