Buddy Guy became a mainstream star in the late 1980s and early 1990s. If you were booking a jam, you had to have Buddy Guy sit in. He would parlay that notoriety into induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. But his first recording contract was in 1958. It only took 30 years for most folks to find him and almost 50 years before getting the Hall of Fame nod.
Back in the late ’90s, the management of the Colorado Belle hosted a series of blues jam sessions in what was then the Showboat Lounge—a huge staging area where the current Pints brew pub sits. One of the jammers at one of those sessions was John Earl and his band out of Las Vegas.
If you ask gearheads about the reasons behind their passion for classic cars most will tell you it’s a deep seated thing. Maybe it started by hanging out in the garage with their dad or big brother…or maybe it came about through a developed friendship among those with a shared interest. And then again, maybe it started back in the day when guys found out girls liked good looking cars and if they just had a good looking ride, well….
Quite a romance— America and the automobile. Like most love affairs it started slowly, built to a heated passion and cooled to more manageable levels.
The Model T was the recipient of the first titillating glances in this affair of the heart. With the Stutz Bearcat and later Pierce Arrow, things got pretty heated. But then WWII happened and more weighty passions were taken up.