Drew Womack

Drew Womack
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Singer-songwriter Drew Womack knows first-hand the ups and downs of the music industry.  He also knows how to bounce back, not only from a fickle industry, but also from a serious and debilitating health issue that threatened his livelihood.

Today, Womack’s health is restored.  Nearly a decade after being forced to step out of the spotlight, he is cured and pain free. He’s also free from the record-industry establishment, back to making music, his way.

This summer, Womack releases a new album, Sunshine To Rain, on Blue Lightning Records; a label that he co-owns. The album marks a new musical approach; a retro-modern sound Womack jokingly refers to as “Gangsta Folk.” Twelve songs that reveal an intimate snapshot of the singer-songwriter’s recent experiences; songs that reflect a struggle that forced him out of the spotlight, and nearly cost his career.

Womack first hit the national recording scene with his band, Sons of the Desert out of Waco, TX.  Signed to Epic Records in 1997, their debut album, Whatever Comes First, spawned several country radio hits including the title track, which charted in the Billboard Top 10.

Life was looking good as Sons of the Desert began working on its second album.  One of the tunes that Womack was especially excited about recording was “Goodbye Earl,” a comedic song about the murder of an abusive husband. The band had been performing the song in concert and it had become a fan favorite.

After recording the song, a conflict with the record label arose.  Label mates, the Dixie Chicks, also wanted to record the song for their upcoming album. Despite a friendly agreement between the members of Sons and the Chicks to both record the song, a label executive squashed the agreement and vowed to make sure the Sons’ version was never released. “Goodbye Earl,” became one of the Dixie Chicks’ biggest hits.

Frustrated, Womack and Sons of the Desert moved to MCA Records, where they released,Change, and several more radio singles. In addition, Sons collaborated with Lee Ann Womack (no relation) on her blockbuster hit, “I Hope You Dance.”

During the time that he was performing and recording with Sons, Womack was also writing, and collaborating with several of Nashville’s top hit makers. Womack had written nine, top-10 hit songs including Kenny Chesney’s first #1 smash, “She’s Got It All” (co-written with Craig Wiseman). He also had collaborations with Peter Frampton, Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) and Tim McGraw. As a songwriter, Womack earned five ASCAP awards and two BMI awards.

Meanwhile, Sons had racked up three Academy of Country Music awards, a Country Music Association award, two Country Music Television awards and a total of 11 nominations among the most prestigious country awards shows.

The band ventured on and recorded several more songs, but MCA decided not to release them. And once again, those songs went on to become big hits for other artists, including  “God Bless the Broken Road” (Rascal Flatts), “Red Ragtop” (Tim McGraw) and “Raining on Sunday” (Keith Urban). Sons of the Desert soon left MCA and disbanded.

“Being on two major labels was a great learning experience,” recalled Womack. “As an artist, it took me several years to really get a grasp of how it all works. But the most important lesson I learned is that the music industry is a business and the labels make their decisions based on business. Knowing this, I harbor no hard feelings whatsoever.”

In 2003, Womack released his first, self-titled solo album, which resulted in two top-five singles and an international tour.

Just as things were turning around and looking up, Womack, who had already been suffering from recurring back pain, was on tour in Australia when he severely tweaked his back. Upon returning to the States, an MRI revealed that he indeed had broken a vertebra. He faced a major decision: surgery to correct, or risk permanent disability.

“Looking back, I really did not understand or appreciate the degree of the pain and how it was impacting all parts of my life. I simply didn’t understand, until I was out of pain.”

Following the procedure, Womack required an extended recovery period, as well as extensive physical therapy.

Unable to perform, Womack continued songwriting. “There was a point where I just didn’t know how I would return to performing. So, naturally, this inspired me to continue songwriting.”

During this time he also collaborated with many of the leaders of the “Texas Red Dirt” movement, co-writing, producing and singing with artists including Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Abbott and many others who have since become Womack fans.

Ultimately, with the support of these peers, his family and his many fans, Womack was able to start performing again.

Sunshine To Rain is a new beginning as well as a significant musical departure for Womack.  Free from the rigor of tailoring his music to meet the confines of country radio, the new recording has a cutting edge sound that mixes Americana, crossover and the familiar alt-country twang that his fans will instantly recognize. Moreover, the album is infused with unique instrumentation (sitar, horns) on many of the tracks.

“During my recovery, I realized that I needed to write and make music my way, not how I thought others expected or wanted me to write. As I wrote, I no longer heard a country label rep tell me, ‘a sitar won’t fly on country radio.’ Sunshine To Rain is the album I always wanted to make. I believe there is a song for each listener.”

The album’s powerful title track is inspired by a woman that Womack encountered at a liquor store – a victim of alcoholism, ironically packing all her belongings into boxes bearing the labels of the very thing that ruined her life in the first place. Grammy nominated songwriter Radney Foster and singer-songwriter Jess Klein add harmonies to this chilling song. “Rescue Me,” looks at being at one’s lowest point and reaching out for someone to pull them out, while “Through the Night” is about trying to get through an incredibly painful moment that feels inescapable.

Lighter moments on Sunshine to Rain include “I Know Love,” a fun, Lyle Lovett-esque song featuring a horn section and gospel singers, inspired by post-operative pain medication.  Womack started writing the song “Butterfly” with his young son, however the boy lost interest and Womack took it in a different direction. “It’s about a conflicted frog stalking a butterfly,” he says. “The Way Love Rolls” is a lighthearted biography of the singer-songwriter’s life and his starting a family.

With a healthy body, attitude, and musical approach, Drew Womack is jump-starting his career, writing and making music his way – just the way the fans want.

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Average Rating : 4.7              Total Reviews: 35

Drew Womack  10/02/2005            
This is Drew doing what he does best! The guitar work is definitely Drew, none of the Nashville BS, just straight and brutally honest! The lyrics...can't really say anything less powerful and definitely well written. The vocals... outstanding!!!!! The harmonies are so AWESOME and definitely come through in all the songs. This is definitely a fine example of how music is supposed to be!!!
Drew Womack  08/31/2005            
best album of the year
Drew Womack  11/02/2004            
G Dogg MC
This album totaly kicks my ass. Drew Womack at his best. Sounds like the Sons of the Desert record that was never made. "Devil's Been Working Overtime" is classic Drew. Buy one, buy two or three to share with the ones ones, who like me can't stand the Typical Nashville Bullshit.
Drew Womack  10/23/2004            
This is a case over another over-produced album. This album contains 4 tracks that were on Drew's EP album, and they don't sound as good. The biggest wrong-doing was to Hey Daisy, which was by far the best song on the EP. Here, it's been given a pop energy that just doesn't work. Don't get me wrong, there are a few gems like To Her and Back and Fine Art of Failure, but if he wants to make it in Texas Country, he'll have to lose the "Nashville touch."
Drew Womack  10/22/2004            
Hey I love the new C.D. I just laugh my butt off at the Fine Art Of Failure song, and Fastest Way To Texas is a great story. I do think it's very funny that the one song that has Tara getting credit for co-writing is To Her And Back. This C.D. is a awesome mixture of songs, keep it up man!
Drew Womack  10/22/2004            
Old news. Just because you did the Nashville thing doesn't mean that you're welcome to infiltrate Texas. . . The big shot is now one of the boys again . . . by the way . . . sweet guitar tone man. . . This dude is a perfect example of what happens when Nashville insists on using their own players on the records. . . If you can't compete with Rascal Flatts, don't bring your ballads and Kellogg's Frosted Flake commercialism here "buddy."
Drew Womack  10/22/2004            
A+ Album. Drew's got it all - unbelievable lyrics, amazing music, and "the voice". You will not be disappointed by this album. It's right along the lines w/ SOD stuff, with some screamers that BETTER be on radio soon!!! Great stuff.
Drew Womack  10/12/2004            
5 Star and AWESOME! Drew's self-title album "Drew Womack" is compiled of twelve songs...some new, some old...but there's a song for everyone on this CD. Most of us know that Drew fronted Sons of the Desert and if you're looking for the sounds of SOD, you won't find it on this CD. The Drew Womack Band has certainly remixed a couple old SOD songs and have done it well, but let's keep in mind that Drew has souly written six of the twelve songs on this album with the other remaining six he cowrote with songwriters such as Radney Foster, Jim Beavers, Wyatt Easterling, Tom Douglas, Scott Saunders and wife, Tara Womack. Drew is an extraordinary talent which has been overlooked for way too long...in my opinion. This guy should be at the top of the country charts...if not at least in the top 10. Premium Gasoline is a favorite of mine and I can just hear this song as a theme song for NASCAR or perhaps advertising a model of truck...such as another artist (and I won't mention his name) has done. Drew's new single "Hey Daisy", which is undoubtedly the #1 song on the new CD, is a great upbeat song and like one of the stanzas says...I'll give you time and you'll see the light. I really and truly believe that in time all country music lovers alike will see the light to the talent of Drew Womack and his band. If you haven't ordered your copy of the self-titled album "Drew Womack" yet, I suggest you get it and give it a listen. You'll be hooked on the AWESOME, and there's really no other word to describe them, songs included in this CD. Most definitely a 5 Star album! Get yours today!
Drew Womack  10/09/2004            
Drew's talent has done nothing but grown over the years. Fronting Sons of the Desert, an amazing accomplishment in itself, seems to have been OJT for what's he's written now. It just keeps gettin' better and better! He's the total package... haunting ballads, rockin' "driving" tunes and the fun stuff. Lots of radio appeal on this one. This recording seems to give us "the real Drew Womack". I urge you to get several copies, one for the house, one for each car, one for all the Christmas stockings you'll have to stuff this year and then more to replace the ones you'll wear out before then. This is music at it's finest!
Drew Womack  10/09/2004            
"AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!" - Roxanne Craig She's right - this guy kicks A$$. No stranger to the Texas Music Scene, he's on his way to a nationwide outbreak! Original music talently written by Drew, played by Drew and sung beautifully, you guessed it, by Drew! The songs quickly get stuck in your head and you find yourself singing along without realizing it! This guy's...well, AWESOME!
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