Sons of the Desert
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From 1989, the Sons Of The Desert, named after the Laurel And Hardy film, played contemporary bluegrass music and enjoyed a good following in Waco, Texas, where the members were students at McLellan College. Drew Womack, then an opera student, joined the band in 1990 as lead singer. A member of the band at the time was bass player Doug Virden. By 1993 the band was based in Dallas, where keyboard player Scott Saunders and drummer Brian Westrum joined up. Drew Womack then brought in his older brother, Tim Womack, as guitarist.
Initially, the Sons Of The Deserts repertoire was drawn from material performed by artists such as Steve Earle, the Desert Rose Band, Restless Heart and Shenandoah. Gradually, though, in addition to putting their own spin on this material, they began including more of their own work. Mostly, this came from Drew Womack who had begun writing songs as a small child and his ability helped give the band a different and...