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9 – Driver Wanted // Driver Williams, Guitarist for Eric Church & Songwriter

This week, the guides sat down with the guitarist from Eric Church’s band, Driver Williams. By far one of the coolest dudes to set foot in the bedroom with an English Lit degree. Driver has an interesting background growing up in the country music business but wanted nothing more than to be in a metal band. Brandon and Jason dig deep into his life, and they talk a lot about Driver’s influences in metal; Metallica, Dimebag Darrell, Hatebreed, etc and how he made his way back to the world of country. This episode is chocked full of stories like hanging out with Dimebag Darrell from Pantera, how the rock fans embraced Eric Church in a time that rock was dying, getting kicked off the Rascal Flatts tour, and how Driver’s song “Smoke A Little Smoke” was co-written with Eric Church and Jeff Hyde, becoming the most played song on American Jukeboxes. This episode is for players, songwriters, metal fans, and Eric Church fans…DRIVER WANTED!


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If you wanna make it here, be here.

-Driver Williams on the importance of relocating, SMI Episode 9

Driver Williams father, Jody Williams, “there’s no better champion for songwriters” just released this great article and offers hope to young songwriters in a troubled time for music:

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Driver breaks down what happens as a songwriter with a pub deal. Here’s a great “101” from BMI on the “Pros and Cons of Signing Publishing Deal.”


Ian White from Safe House Tattoo does all of Driver’s work:


Driver co-wrote “Smoke a Little Smoke” which consistently on the Top 10 charts of most plays on American Jukeboxes!

Driver’s official gear endorsements:


More information on Driver’s publisher, Big Deal Music:


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Brandon Harrington // SMI Co-Host, A&R, Music Director, Video Editing
Jason Kurkimilis // SMI Co-Host, Lead Audio Production & Engineering
Christian Barker // Executive Producer

Special thanks goes out our episode sponsor, Fat Bottom Brewing.
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