Leo “Bud” Welch passed away December 19, 2017 at the age of 85. Born in 1932 in Sabougla, Mississippi, Welch spent his entire life in the area where he was raised.
A sense of place has long permeated the music of J.D. Wilkes. He’s a native of Paducah, Kentucky, an area where musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people.
Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Bette Smith reconnected with her musical roots in Memphis and Mississippi – and fulfilled a promise to her late brother in the process