Re: Somebody straighten me out on this... It was my experience when I was living in Nashville that the songwriters would write the song and record it at home or wherever, just vocal and acoustic, to play it for the publisher. Then the publisher would book a small demo studio (many publishers have them in-house) and hire a full band of affordable session players to come cut the song for a couple hours. Sometimes one of the writers might produce the demo session, sometimes the publisher. The point of this full-band demo was for presentation to the label and the artist they were pitching it to. Sometimes, no doubt, some hooks make their way from the demo to the hit single via different people. But there's no way to know how many or how often. And I'm sure some songs get cut soley on the strength of a voice and acoustic (that's what writers nights are for, I suppose). Bill or BGW know more about that, I'm sure.