A college band first but as members changed, the band moves and signs a record deal: Sons of the Desert, according to cmt.com.

Sons of the Desert started as a bluegrass band from Waco, Texas, in 1989. Drew Womack joined in 1990 as lead singer and rhythm guitar. From encyclopedia.com, the group named themselves after a Laurel and Hardy movie.

The group relocated to Dallas in 1993 where Brian Westrum on drums and Scott Saunders on keyboard then joined. Later Tim Womack (Drew's brother) joined as lead guitar. Original member Doug Vinder on bass was also still in, according to encyclopedia.com.

As the Sons of the Desert played the honky tonks and dance halls, their sound changed to more country-rock. They then moved to Nashville.

They signed a record deal and their debut album, "Whatever It Takes," was released in 1997. The title song was a top 10 on the charts, according to Drew Womack's website.

In 2000, Sons of the Desert won the CMA Single of the Year with Lee Ann Womack (no relation) with "I Hope You Dance." One year later with the same song, at the ACMs, they won Song of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Single of the Year with Lee Ann Womack.

Drew Womack co-wrote many of the songs on both albums and, when a disagreement about one song, "Good-Bye Earl," top 10 hit for the Dixie Chicks, they left the label, according to his website. He continued to co-write songs such as Kenny Chesney's "She's Got It Alll," and Keith Urban's "Raining On Sunday."

Sons of the Desert disbanded. Drew Womack went on to record. After coming back from a tour in Australia, he found out he had broken a vertebra and had major surgery. He continued to write.

After rehab, he went back to the studio and recorded the album "Sunshine to Rain."