Scott Holt: One of a Kind
By Carl Kurek
About five years ago I was trying to decide what day my wife Rina and I would finally go to Buddy Guy’s January shows. After checking out all the opening acts I finally picked the show that the Scott Holt Band was going to play. They told us to get there early so we did and got a table right in the front row at the stage. Once Scott took the stage and started playing I was amazed at what I was hearing and seeing as he put his Fender Stratocaster through a blistering workout. I kept turning to my wife and shaking my head in disbelief and telling her, ”I can’t believe how really good this guy is.” You could tell the feeling he put into his playing came from deep within his soul, reminded me so much of Stevie Ray Vaughan. After that night we decided that we would watch the schedule and come and see Scott play again when he was back at Legends.
The next time he came back to Legends he was the main act this time and we got there early as the club opened to insure we would be sitting in the same seats again. At one point during the show Scott was playing a solo and to my amazement he walked off the stage and continued playing right in front of me. He then turned and started to walk behind where Rina was sitting, then he stopped and to our surprise he took his guitar off and put it over her onto her lap! He then bent down behind her and started playing his solo again as she held the guitar. I stood up and immediately started taking pictures as he played, then he stood up and just went back up on the stage and told her to keep playing! Finally after a few minutes of her strumming the guitar he came back off the stage but [pullquote]instead of taking his guitar he put his Hendrix jacket over her and kept telling her to play more! [/pullquote] Finally he took his jacket and guitar back and went back up on stage, by this time my wife was on cloud nine and smiling from ear to ear. After the show Scott came out to sign some CD’s we purchased so we officially introduced ourselves to him and he was just a regular guy that treated us so nice.
Show after show we would be sitting in the same seats right in front of the stage, and once the new Legends opened we picked out our seats in the front of the stage there too. By this time we had gotten to talk to the band many times and even meeting Scotts’ wife Buffy at one of the January shows. It was no surprise that she was just as nice, giving us both hugs and treating us like we were old friends. It was so amazing that we became friends with not only incredible musicians but wonderful people who treated us like part of the family. Not only did we see Scott play every show at Legends but we also started traveling to see him play at clubs in Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Peoria, and Illinois.
One very special night at Legends I had arranged with Scott and his bass player Dan Eubanks to help give a special birthday surprise for Rina, for my 50th birthday she bought me a Buddy Guy Black & white polka dot Stratocaster that she had Buddy sign for me. So I decided to purchase a Stratocaster guitar and had to sneak it into Legend and give it to Scott before the show. During the show he actually played her guitar for one song and during the second song he stopped and told everyone that the guitar was not his and was actually for someone in the audience.[pullquote] Scott then took the guitar off and looked at Rina and told her, “this guitar is for you Rina, Happy Birthday” [/pullquote]and he then came off the stage and put the guitar on her lap and started playing it from behind her again. After the show we got the band to sign the guitar and take a picture with her which we have framed right next to the guitar along with all the CD’s and posters that Scott has signed for us.
This past April was our 30th wedding anniversary and I wanted to do something special for Rina, I had already done a surprise party for our 25th but if I was going to do another party I needed to add something really special. I contacted Scott to see if it would be possible for him to actually play for our anniversary as a surprise for Rina and he told me that it would be an honor for them to play for us. I had decided to play a “Lets Make a Deal” game with my wife at the party and I made a large curtain to hide the band’s equipment on the stage. I got Rina up in front of the stage and I had two wrapped boxes, inside one had a gag gift and one with a mothers’ ring. Once she picked a box I then told her she could keep the box or she could trade it for what was behind the curtain. Of course she picked the curtain, but I still let her open the boxes and she loved the Mothers’ ring, which was the box she picked. I then turned her around with her back to the stage and had my son Carl Michael and his cousin Brian move the curtain and when I turned her around Scott started playing “Messin with the Kid”! I actually had to hold her up as she became overcome with emotion, tears running down her face as she watched Scott playing for us. After the song we went up on stage and introduced the band to our guests and told them the story of how we became friends with Scott. Another surprise that I had worked out with Scott was for me to actually take the stage and play guitar alongside him as we played “Coldshot” by my favorite guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. After the party Scott signed more of his cd’s and a poster he gave us that had our anniversary party listed on it. So many wonderful thing have happened to Rina and I after that first day at Legends, we have met and talked with Buddy Guy for almost three hours, became friends with his daughter Carlise, Mark Maddox and the wonderful bartender Courtney. But most of all we have Scott and Buffy Holt, Dan Eubanks and Tom Larson that we consider part of our family!