The Duke of South Walton: Documentary screening puts local musician back in national spotlight

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 05:32 PM.

Every Thursday night during the off season, Bardwell can be found at Stinky's Fish Camp where he shares the stage with two young guitarists he calls his godsons: Kyle Ogle and Kenny Oliverio. They perform under the moniker Old Bull, Young Bulls. Ogle and Oliverio are part of the band Dread Clampitt, which performs at The Red Bar on Sundays and Mondays. Bardwell was part of Dread Clampitt for its first three years as he showed his godsons the ropes and encouraged them along. They have been known to perform his songs.

"I got Kyle when he was in the fourth grade and got him started playing," Bardwell told The Sun.

Many in these parts consider Bardwell to be royalty. When asked the question of what advice he would give young performers, Bardwell answered thoughtfully.

"I never seemed to have the level of commitment that was needed," he confides. "I was affected by rejection. Every song I have written, I have bled for. They are all so personal … "

Does he have any regrets?

"Sure, I have regrets," he answers slowly. "Who doesn't?"

What would he change, if he could?

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