Another front-runner for nicest artist I've ever worked for is Tony and Emmy-award winner Kristin Chenoweth. I played a show with her recently, benefitting the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's educational and cultural programming. She's a really sweet person. Her musical director from New York, Mary-Mitchell Campbell (pictured far right), is a pro, and was a pleasure to work with. I got to know Adrian Walther (the bass player du jour, pictured far left) while we were on a tour years ago, and I'm glad that we finally got to work together again after all this time. And our excellent guitar players rounding out the band were my friend Chris Alaways (second from right), and Rob McNelley (second from left), who I worked with for the first time.

Load in / set up was at noon, followed by a couple run-throughs of the songs. We decided to kill some time lunching at Jack's Bar-B-Que while waiting for Kristin's flight to arrive. Rehearsal was easy: Kristin has a remarkable voice with a great vocal range, and Mary-Mitchell coached the band through the material quickly. Music was made, lots of laughs were had. Overall, it was a nice way to spend the day working. It didn't feel like work.

Paul Eckberg