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Our Blues Rules weekend began on the Friday before since we were to participate in the festival’s showcase at Lausanne’s Fnac. We got there a 16h as scheduled, but things were running late which was fortunate since we got to see Leo ‘Bud’ Welch who otherwise would have had already finished his set by then. This was cool, although a bit strange, but then again perhaps not. These days the atmosphere of large bookshops tend to be universal in their air conditioned plastic coated cosiness, and I can’t say if the after work shopping crowd – who were most likely unaware of the whats and whys of the event – was much different than what you might find in a similar store in Mississippi. In any case a little stage had been set up and most people were avoiding the nine square meter area directly in front, watching from a safe distance among the DVD aisles.
Leo ‘Bud’ Welch. Photo: Rattlebrained
Even without considering that he had come over the day before Leo ‘Bud’ Welch was pretty amazing. The energy with which he played then and during both his sets on Saturday and Sunday! And he could often be found sitting out at the festival’s paraphernalia stand listening to the other bands, always cheerful, chatting with folks and enjoying it all… like instantaneously transported from someone’s yard party back home. Hats off to you Mr. Welch!
Swamp Train’s set there…