Whatever Comes First

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Whatever Comes First
Studio album by Sons of the Desert
Released June 3, 1997
Genre Country
Length 43:41
Label Epic
Producer Johnny Slate, Doug Johnson
Sons of the Desert chronology
Whatever Comes First
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Whatever Comes First is the debut album of the American country music band Sons of the Desert. The album was released in 1997 (see 1997 in country music) on Epic Records. It produced three singles for them on the Billboard country singles charts: the Top Ten "Whatever Comes First", as well as "Leaving October" and "Hand of Fate".


"Drive Away" was co-written by Phil Vassar, who would later record the song for his self-titled debut album. Additionally, lead singer Drew Womack later re-recorded "Leaving October" on his 2004 self-titled debut.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hand of Fate" (Michael Lunn, Michael Noble) - 3:47
  2. "Whatever Comes First" (Walt Aldridge, Brad Crisler, Drew Womack) - 3:02
  3. "Leaving October" (Womack, Tom Douglas) - 4:28
  4. "Bring On the Angel" (Womack, Jack Blades, Vinx) - 4:05
  5. "You Can Come Cryin' to Me" (Radney Foster) - 4:04
  6. "Colorado" (Womack) - 4:54
  7. "When It's Right" (Womack, Steve Pippin, Chris Lindsey) - 3:16
  8. "Promises" (Pippin, Womack, Pat MacDonald) - 3:34
  9. "Drive Away" (Phil Vassar, Charlie Black) - 3:26
  10. "Devil on Both Shoulders" (Womack) - 4:08
  11. "Burned in My Mind" (Womack) - 4:57


Sons of the Desert[edit]

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Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 38
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 25


  • Liner notes to Whatever Comes First. Epic Records, 1997.
  • Allmusic (see infobox)