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Schieffer Faces the Music at Charity Karaoke

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CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer proved Wednesday evening he isn't only brave enough to "Face the Nation," but also to face the music.

Schieffer and his band Honky Tonk Confidential headlined "Karaoke in the Capitol," an annual charity event benefitting "Mr. Holland's Opus," a non-profit that provides instruments to schools.

A country music star in his own right, Schieffer opened the event with "TV Anchor Man," a song he wrote about his day job. But it was Honky Tonk Confidential's rendition of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" that really got the crowd of lobbyists and reporters going.

"When Garth Brooks was in Washington earlier this year, he told me a little secret," Schieffer told the crowd at the Rock and Roll Hotel. "After he recorded this song, he thought it just wasn't quite right. It was already on the radio but he thought it needed something more."

He continued, "He wrote a third verse and I think since Garth told me about it, I think we ought to sing it." Audience members joked Schieffer's song choice was quite fitting for Washington.

Band members CBS News' Diana Quinn and Kaylee Hartung joined Schieffer, who wasn't the only media darling to let his hair down.

NBC's Luke Russert and CNN's Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry and Dan Lothian also delivered memorable performances. Song choices ranged from karaoke classics like Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," to pop songs on the radio airwaves now.

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Christine Delargy
Christine Delargy is an associate producer for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. For more of Washington Unplugged, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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