In the business I'm in, there is a lot of rejection. But playing for the troops, I feel real appreciated and honored. It's a validation of my talents.

The trip to Iraq was one of the most grueling and hardest things I've ever done. One day it was 140 degrees. But it was also the most rewarding experience. I never felt so appreciated. I've played a lot of bars and at sterile corporate events, but the troops really welcome you with open arms.