It was a tremendous shock to hear of Kurt's passing. Kurt was a musical role model for both me and my brother Dennis. We were three years younger, and Kurt kind of took us under his wing. I have fond memories of our Dad driving us to Kurt's house to hear "The Princemen" rehearse in his basement. Kurt had a magical combination of talent, showmanship, passion, and humor. His singing and guitar playing was always inspired and soulful. He always treated us with courtesy and respect. He gave freely of his talents as a teacher and as a performer. I am so glad that Dennis and I got a chance to reconnect with Kurt at "Nitefall on the River" a few years ago, along with former "Princemen" Rick Wynant and Dave Merrill. Kurt was a true prince of a man. He will be sorely missed and always loved. My old 45 rpm copy of "Love is a Beautiful Thing" by the Princemen is a treasured memory of Kurt. He truly deserved his place in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rest in peace, dear friend. Our deepest sympathy to Deb and the family.