I play for a guy who is a terrific singer, good intuitive guitarist, and amazing at getting a crowd to go where he wants to take them. He has personality plus, he's warm, he's generous...and he has no more idea about how to run a band than the Man in the Moon. His backing group has been a revolving door for years. He can attract good players, but he can't keep them, because sooner or later he screws them over money. He's not evil. He's not even a bad person. He's a working musician with a wife and a house and most of the time he's broke. Because he lives hand-to-mouth, he can't see past that next $100 he can skim. He's also his own worst enemy, because he insists on paying anybody who sits in with him. Well, there's only one pot, and if it gets split an extra way, then somebody's share has to go down. Where he got this idea I don't know. I think it is an aspect of his being a real charmer: He wants everybody to like him, and he'll promise everybody diamonds just to make them smile. Then, of course, he never delivers. I'm thinking about giving him a serious talking-to. I think he has to quit booking himself and get some professional representation. I think he needs somebody who can tell him that if he can't pay his players what he promises, he's always going to end up the loser. Telling me to walk away will not be helpful. I mean, I will if I must, but I really think he's got big talent that he's frittering away with penny-ante nonsense. I'd like to find a way to get him on the straight and narrow. If any of you have been in this situation and have anything constructive to say, I'd sure appreciate hearing it.