15 minutes with … a musician and small business owner | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a musician and small business owner

Larry Joe Gruber

Age: 52Place of birth: Cedar Rapids, Iowa; raised in Longmont area.Occupation: Owner/guitar repairman – Glenwood Music, Inc.When did you move to Garfield County and why? From Vail in 1988 to enroll children in local schools and live in Glenwood Springs.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? Pay off debts and buy a 1950s car.First or best job ever? Ski bus driver in Vail in the early 1970s, and now playing guitars all day long!!Favorite fashion designer brand? Michele at Elite Style in Glenwood Springs – she is so talented!!

Best vacation ever? Family vacation to San Diego last year.What do you do in your spare time? Ski, read, play bass guitar for Big Daddy Lee and the Kingbees, and enjoy my family.Greatest accomplishment? Marrying Michele and raising our daughters Shanti and Sheena.Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life? I think about concepts from the books “Celestine Prophecy” and “You Were Born Rich.”Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliché to live by? “This too shall pass!”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An Indian, then Ricky Nelson.If you only had three TV channels, what would you watch? NBC, Fox, Comedy.Any tattoos? No, that would be funny!If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Albert King, Miles Davis, and their favorite drummer; have tequila, rib-eye steak and Jimmy’s Volcano cake, and talk and play music ’til morningWhat’s the greatest invention of all time? Besides maybe electricity or the printing press, the electric guitar and blues music.What advice would you give to a would-be small-business owner? Do not start out undercapitalized, and always pay the government first each month.

FavoritesMovie: “Back to the Future”Breakfast cereal: CheeriosSong: “Black Queen” by Stephen StillsSingers: Albert King, and Shanti and SheenaMusical instrument: guitarBand or musician who has performed at your store: Each week is very inspiring, so many great local musicians, it is a real treat to record them and hear cutting-edge original music.Athlete: John ElwayFood: Mexican and ItalianWeb site: glenwoodmusic.comPlace in Garfield County: Harvey GapSport to watch: Broncos football

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