Yesterday, I found myself sitting down with Trisha Yearwood in the kitchen with a mix of Christmas songs and Linda Ronstadt crooning while her husband Garth Brooks was on the roof stringing holiday lights.
I applied to be a seat filler with hopes of learning how this highly unusual profession works. Could this be the key to unemployment? Could filling seats fill bank accounts? It turned out the answer was no because the salary is zero.
There are a boatload of artists who play to packed venues in the here and now. It's rare that pop singers, country singers -- or any genre of artists for that matter -- have a long shelf life when it comes to maintaining a high-profile career.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to exchange a few words with many terrific songwriters and artists ranging from Billy Joel and Garth Brooks to Jimmy Jam and Jimmy Webb and even an exec or two as they that walked the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame awards show.