In his familiar perch in front of the U.S. Capitol, legendary CBS journalist and "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer looks right at home with some of the most powerful people in the nation. Yesterday, at another Capitol -- the Capitol Theatre -- he told a Yakima Town Hall Series audience stories about competing with the iconic Barbara Walters, sneaking into a meet-and-greet with President Nixon, and attending a Lyndon Johnson rally as a young boy. He had the crowd laughing while still sending the serious message of reforming our political system.
But when I told Schieffer I worked for a local country station, I heard about another side of the Austin, Texas, native: When he loosens up that tie, the 77-year-old sings in a country band, Honky-Tonk Confidential. And the same journalist who writes news stories every day has penned the lyrics to a number of the D.C.-based band's songs.