RIP Johnny Hughes. Poker historian, author, professor, former band road manager, hustler and Texan.
Best gift Johnny Hughes gave me was believing in me at a time in my life when I didn't believe in myself. Thanks for that Johnny Hughes. You will be missed, dear friend.
Johnny Hughes also gave me best advice on surviving Vegas and being on road nonstop: "You can have one vice, one drug, and one girl. Never have more that one of each. Otherwise you askin' for trouble son!"
Image: Johnny Hughes with Amarillo Slim at The Horseshoe snapping pic with $1 million display in downtown Vegas.
I caught the documentary about the Lost Basement Tapes and never-recored lyrics by Bob Dylan during his self-imposed exile in Woodstock. T Bone Burnett gathered a group of musicians (dubbed The New Basement Tapes) to cut an album "Lost on the River." The recording sessions were filmed for a doc by Sam Jones director of the Wilco doc).
Here's one of the tracks featuring Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) on vocals...