The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 17, 2010

Schmitt trades gridiron for guitar


“I went snowboarding one time, and I happened to catch their show. You can’t put a price tag on what I’ve learned from playing with them.”

The Davisson Brothers Band adds Schmitt to its lineup when scheduling permits.

“We’re kind of West Virginia’s band,” Davisson said. “So a lot of our fans are also Mountaineer fans. They actually play one of our songs, “Big City Hillbilly,” at the Mountaineer games. So it works out well. He will talk to people and sign some autographs before and after the show. He’s a real down-to-earth guy.”

“It has been awesome, to see the fans,” Schmitt said. “I think that everyone respects that I come back to the state. I’m looking to buy a home here. I’ve been a lot of places, but there’s just something special about West Virginia. It just keeps sucking me back in.”

Schmitt has played two seasons with the Seahawks.

“I’m going to be playing for my third coach, so I hope we get it right this time,” he said.

Seattle hired former USC coach Pete Carroll last month.

“He’s proven that he’s a winner,” Schmitt said of Carroll. “I think that he could instill some of that with the Seahawks. It could recharge us with a little of that college atmosphere.”

After 15 years of playing clubs, the Davisson Brothers Band released its self-titled debut CD last March on CharTunes/Yell Records, released in the United States and Canada by E1 Entertainment Distribution.

“You can expect to have a real good time if you come to one of our shows,” Davisson promised.

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