The Acoustic Room at The Market House
Leo Bud Welch
Leo Bud Welch remembers well the day his cousin’s guitar came in the mail. Welch and another, a younger cousin brought the package to their house on a long walk up from the mailbox and were forbidden to play with it while the older cousin was away. But they could not resist and when the guitar’s owner found them with it, he was so impressed with their playing that he gave them free use of the instrument. So began Welch’s self-education with the guitar.
While gospel is his preferred medium these days, Welch does not see the blues as an evil art form, but as merely a reflection of one’s life, the story of one’s experiences. He is glad to talk about his earlier life but proudly notes that he has never had to worry about hangovers since he began singing gospel.
Lil’ Jimmy Reed-
Lil Jimmy Reed has done opening acts and performed with well-known artists such as, (USA) – Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Marvin Sease, Shirley Murdock, Clarence Carter, Rafel Neal and Family, Lyn White, Tabby Thomas, The Love Doctor, Billy Soul Bonds, Willie Clayton; (UK) – Otis Grand (2006); (Iceland) – Andrea of Bluesman; (Denmark)- Troels Jenson to HpLange; (Sweden) – Sven Zetterberg Bluesband, Harry Banks Buzzers, Paul & The Blue Delivery (Finland) – Pepe Ahqvist and many more would be a much-appreciated reality.
His accomplishments have been recording his own 45 record, and CD’s. Leon also continues to enjoy playing, and performing for various shows, Blues and Jazz concerts, schools, parties, weddings, promotional events, and many more. Leon has also entertained many in the political arena including Gov. Don Seigelman or Alabama. He has also made appearances on the Ann Varmun Morning Show – Dothan, AL. In 1995, the Alabama Blue Society presented Leon with the Alabama Blue Treasure Award. The Alabama Blues Project is dedicated to helping provide a support for the lesser-known bluesmen and women living and performing regularly in Alabama. Leon has also played for many of the festivals around the South including the New Orleans Jazz and heritage Festivals, The Tampa Florida Blues Ship and many small and local clubs in Europe and Korea.
Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play as states “it just get better with time!!”.
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Doug Mac Leod, St Louis, Missouri
A superb guitarist with a style all of his own, holding his audience in spellbound attention as only the best artists can do. Doug MacLeod’s message is essentially an optimistic one, as shown for example by the feel-good Coming Your Brand New Day, Brand New Eyes. The optimism, however, is balanced in the repertoire by acknowledgement of the less desirable aspects of life and people, and there’s a depth to what he does.
It’s not a music about partying all the time. It’s a music about overcoming,” MacLeod said. “Not everybody gets a good shake in this world. Most of us don’t. And this music talks about how you overcome that. When you’re in the bad times – know that you can overcome. And then when those bad times are gone, this music helps you celebrate that, too.” interview with Terry Mullins.
“Welcome back Smokin Joe & Bnois King”
You were with us in 2011 in the marquee , can you can get up close and personal to them in The Acoustic Room at the Market House. Kubek and King, who have been playing together for twenty-five years, twin-frontman lineup is unparalleled on the blues scene, with Joe’s flame-throwing guitar work complemented by Bnois’ cool, jazz-inflected playing and soulful vocals. Their incendiary live shows feature two top flight guitarists intuitively locked in with each other, making for a powerful and irresistible combination.Smokin’ Joe Kubek Featuring Bnois King WebsiteFacebook: Smokin’ Joe Kubek
Checkout last years line-up while we gather ourselves together for 2014
For the 2013 lineup and videos of artists Acoustic Room at the Market House lineup