I've been playing in original bands off and on for about 8 years now. I've never made any money doing this and I keep hearing that the cash is in being a hired gun. So I figured the next step would be to join a cover band. If you've gone this route, how did you get started? I have decent chops and I can pick things up quickly but I don't know any cover songs. I have pro bass equipment (350 watt Ampeg head and 4x10 Ampeg cab + EB/MM Stingray and Fender Jazz) and a PA. I can read music well enough for 24+ hour preparation but I can't sight read on the spot. My biggest concern is that I'd need a band to work with me because I'm new to the cover scene. Or maybe there's another way to make some cash as a bassist?