Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 31, 2000
Sons of The Desert give first interview in Winsted
By Ryan Gueningsman
Sons Of The Desert's newest album, "Change," was released to the public June 13, just three days after their Winstock performance.
After their show, I spoke with the Sons' lead vocalist Drew Womack, Drew's brother and electric guitarist Tim Womack, and bass guitarist Doug Virden about their latest release.
In my personal opinion, every song on this album could be released as a single. Each song is written with a style that is unique to the Sons. Some albums have filler songs, or songs that aren't as high a quality as the rest of the album. "Change," has no fillers.
"We think people who have fillers are jerks, actually," joked Drew.
"He didn't actually mean that," added Tim. "We strive for that, not to have fillers."
Doug continued "We try to have fun with every song that we do. That's very important to us to just be ourselves and do songs that fit us."
The first single from their latest release is the title cut. Their next is a song called "Everybody's Gotta Grow Up Sometime," released July 1 in order to give the band time to shoot a video.
"That was just a song we fell in love with," said Drew. "It's hard to find fun songs that aren't really cheesy, so I'm glad we found this song."
The band's post-show meal, which consisted of five oatmeal cookies, had just arrived, so we took a break from the interview to have some cookies and watch Drew make a sandwich.
The subject, then, turned to earlier in the Sons' career, when they were on the Epic record label. The band and Epic split mid-way through the recording of their second album.
"We recorded the second album, which was on Epic, and it (the band's departure from the label) was kind of over a song that we wanted to cut that another band wanted to cut ,as well. We said that was fine as long as we had priority, and things just got real political. We didn't want to be a part of it," said Doug.
"We also found out that the whole label was worshiping the devil," joked Drew. "No, but seriously it was just a conflict and we don't worship the devil, and they don't worship the devil; so it was just a conflict."
"Everything happens for a reason and we're totally excited how it has all worked out so far. We had also heard from friends in Nashville that Tony Brown with MCA, was very interested in us, so we pursued that. Everything it just all kind of happened at the same time. The Epic conflict, and then MCA wanting to sign us, so it's working so far," added Drew.
Tim cracked open a beer and added, "We'll be on the Dwight Yokem tour this summer. At the same time we're also doing our own tour, "Spare Change," to promote the record. So we're doing 25 dates in major cities. We're really happy with the label so far."
I asked the guys what the one thing is that they've never been able to tell people in an interview before that they wanted people to know about the band.
"This is actually our very first interview," joked Doug. "My mom talked to us once, but that was just for the Glee Club newsletter, so this is our first-ever interview."
"Honestly, though, that's a good question," added Drew. "Come up with your own question, I like it."
We discussed a few things that no one knows about the band, and the subject shifted to joking around and people just being themselves.
"We can have a little fun with this interview, right?" asked Drew. "Because we really hope through all of this, we've said something that you can use."
"Seriously though," added Tim. We just have to have fun and to be ourselves. We have fun doing what we do, and what you said earlier, 'we've had a good year,' and everything is happening for a reason."
"We had the best time ever in the studio this time. We found a great mix of songs. Usually, when you are recording an album, you really stress over the songs and we just had great luck during the recording and finding great songs," added Drew.
"I sure hope there's an airport right there," observed Tim as he looked out the bus window towards Winsted Airport. "Because if there's not, that guy's going to crash. He is low to the ground."
After assuring Tim that there is an airport there, the guys turned the tables and asked me a few questions.
We talked about our families, friends, traveling, the government and even war. We discovered that both of my grandfathers and Drew and Tim's grandfather fought in World War II. We spoke about the differences between our generation and theirs, and how hard it would be for any of us to go through what they did.
The subject of touring arose and Drew said "We always have a great time in the Midwest. Midwest crowds are great. When we go down south, some crowds aren't so great, and the reason for that is, see, we're from Texas, and in like, Dallas, and Austin, you can go to a show almost every night. They get so spoiled with shows. There's probably not as much to big country shows and that kind of thing. The people up here really appreciate it, and in turn, we really appreciate it."
By this time, Montgomery Gentry's performance was about half over and the Sons had to head back to Nashville for Fan Fair.
"We found that we just need to be ourselves in interviews. We enjoy drinking beer, and we're just normal guys," said Drew. "We're all happily married, God-fearing, all-American boys."
"That is one hell of a quote right there," noted Tim. "That's what we play, American music, and we're proud of it."
Winstock heard the Sons playing their "American" music, now the rest of the world who will soon experience what the Sons of the Desert have to offer.
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