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One of country music's most versatile performers, Steve Wariner grew up in suburban Indianapolis, interested in the Beatles on the radio as well as Chet Atkins and George Jones, the artists his father listened to most frequently. He started playing music in his dad's band, and by his high school years, he was playing local clubs. At age 17, he caught the ear of Dottie West, who persuaded him to join her band, and in that position he ended up playing bass on her classic 1973 single "Country Sunshine." He moved on to work as a sideman for Bob Luman and signed a singles deal with RCA Records in 1976. His career developed slowly, and in the beginning, the low-tuned guitars and wide range of his singles brought frequent comparisons to the early Glen Campbell hits. His first really successful single was "Your Memory," which peaked in the country Top Ten in early 1981, followed by "By Now" and "All Roads Lead to You," which topped the country charts in December. RCA released another couple of singles before finally issuing his debut album, Steve Wariner, in the fall of 1982. He returned to the country Top Ten in 1983 with "Midnight Fire," which became the title track of his second album, and "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers." Wariner's career really took off when he left RCA for MCA in late 1984. His first single for the new label, "What I Didn't Do," made the country Top Five in early 1985, setting off a string of 18 consecutive Top Ten hits that included the chart-toppers "Some Fools Never Learn," "You Can Dream of Me," "Life's Highway," "Small Town Girl," "The Weekend," "Lynda," "Where Did I Go Wrong," and "I Got Dreams" (the last two Wariner compositions). This run took him into 1990, when he switched to Arista Records. He had considerable initial success on the new label, with his first Arista album, I Am Ready, going platinum (none of his previous albums had even gone gold) and his first three Arista singles making the Top Ten. And he shared a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration with Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill for "Restless," a track on Mark O'Connor's album The New Nashville Cats. Wariner scored a country Top Ten hit with "If I Didn't Love You" in the summer of 1993, but his record sales were declining. His 1996 instrumental album No More Mr. Nice Guy, his first release in three years, did not chart, but that year he joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1997, he sang with Anita Cochran on "What If I Said," and the single topped the country charts in early 1998, just after Garth Brooks' recording of Wariner's composition "Longneck Bottle" had gone to number one. This twin success reinvigorated his career. He signed to Capitol Records, Brooks' label, and released "Holes in the Floor of Heaven," which made the country Top Five, winning the Country Music Association's awards for Song of the Year and Single of the Year. Burnin' the Roadhouse Down, his debut album for Capitol, reached the country Top Ten, went gold, and crossed over to the Top 50 of the pop charts. He followed it with 1999's Two Teardrops, which also went gold; the same year, he shared his second Grammy for Best Country Instrumental for the Asleep at the Wheel track "Bob's Breakdown." His third Capitol album, Faith in You, was released in May 2000. ~ William Ruhlmann & Tom Roland
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Albums by
Steve Wariner

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    It Ain't All Bad

    14 songs

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    Guitar Laboratory

    12 songs

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    Guitar Christmas

    13 songs

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    This Real Life

    16 songs

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    Steal Another Day

    12 songs

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    No More Mr. Nice Guy

    15 songs

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    Two Teardrops

    12 songs

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    Burnin' the Roadhouse Down

    10 songs

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    Christmas Memories

    10 songs

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    Drive

    10 songs

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    I Am Ready

    10 songs

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    Life's Highway

    9 songs

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    The Hits Collection: Steve Wariner

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    Where Did I Go Wrong

    10 songs

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    Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [MCA]

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    Ultimate Collection

    10 songs

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    Super Hits

    10 songs

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    Greatest Hits [MCA]

    13 songs

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    Faith in You

    10 songs

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    I Got Dreams

    10 songs

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    I Should Be with You

    11 songs

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    The Hits Collection

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    My Tribute to Chet Atkins

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Top Songs by
Steve Wariner

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  2.   Life's Highway
  3.   Lonely Women Make Good Lovers
  4.   You Can Dream of Me
  5.   Some Fools Never Learn
  6.   I Got Dreams
  7.   Midnight Fire
  8.   All Roads Lead to You
  9.   Holes in the Floor of Heaven
  10.   Small Town Girl
  11.   The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  12.   What I Didn't Do
  13.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  14.   The Weekend
  15.   Two Teardrops
  16.   Your Memory
  17.   Where Did I Go Wrong
  18.   Lynda
  19.   I Should Be With You
  20.   Heart Trouble
  21.   Starting Over Again
  22.   Baby I'm Yours
  23.   Burnin' the Roadhouse Down
  24.   Katie Wants a Fast One by Garth Brooks
  25.   Hands of Time
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Steve Wariner

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    Country Christmas

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    Classic Country

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    Chris Young: I Am The DJ

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Alan Jackson: DNA

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    '90s Country

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    The Country Vault


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