But whether or not Dennis Britt succeeds in being heard on a national scale, this time around he will do it his way or not at all. "I could not have more well-wishers, more great friends,"he beams. "I've gotten to play with the cream of the crop in town. Everybody's like, 'I don't know why you never made t, man.' The thing I've only recently realized is that I have made it. I have the respect of my peers. I have a wonderful family. I've been doing what I love for fifteen years and I'm still doing it. When somebody comes up afterward and says, 'That song talks about me,' you've made it. You might not get the financial compensation or the fame, but you've made it."