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HOMETOWN: Noblesville, Indiana

BIRTHDAY: December 25th

FAMILY: Wife Caryn, sons Ryan and Ross, stepchildren Jason and Holly Parents Roy and Ilene

INTERESTS/HOBBIES: Basketball and baseball, painting (watercolors) and drawing, collecting guitars, magic, old cars

INSTRUMENTS: Guitar, bass, drums. Steve owns an extensive collection of guitars, including the first one he ever learned to play, the first one he bought, one given to him by Chet Atkins, and his very own limited edition Takamine model.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Roy Wariner, Chet Atkins, James Burton, Jerry Reed, The Beatles, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell

BEGINNINGS: At age 9, Steve started playing bass, and later drums, in his father’s band.

MUSICAL “BREAK”: Discovered by Dottie West at age 17 while playing in a club in Indianapolis. She hired him on the spot as her bass player, and he toured with her for three years. Steve went on to play bass in Bob Luman’s band. Through guitar virtuoso Paul Yandell, he met his idol, Chet Atkins, who hired Steve to play bass in his band. Chet eventually signed Steve to his first recording contract at RCA in 1977.

FIRST SESSION: August 17, 1977, Chet Atkins producing RCA’s Studio A in Nashville


  • “All Roads Lead To You”
  • “Some Fools Never Learn”
  • “You Can Dream Of Me”
  • “Life’s Highway”
  • “Small Town Girl”
  • “The Weekend”
  • “Lynda”
  • “I Should Be With You”
  • “I Got Dreams”
  • “Where Did I Go Wrong”
  • “The Domino Theory”
  • “Tips Of My Fingers”
  • “What If I Said”(Duet with Anita Cochran)
  • “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven”


  • I Am Ready (Arista) – certified 1994
  • Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down (Capitol) – certified 1998
  • Two Teardrops (Capitol) – certified 2000


  • It Ain’t All Bad (2013/SelecTone)
  • Guitar Laboratory (2011/SelecTone)
  • Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins (2009/SelecTone)
  • This Real Life (2005/SelecTone)
  • Steal Another Day (2003/SelecTone)
  • Guitar Christmas (2003/SelecTone)
  • Faith In You (2000/Capitol)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2000/Hip-O)
  • Two Teardrops (1999/Capitol) - GOLD
  • Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down (1998/Capitol) - GOLD
  • Super Hits (1998/BMG)
  • The Hits (1998/MCA)
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy (1996/Arista)
  • The Best of Steve Wariner (1994/MCA)
  • Drive (1993/Arista)
  • I Am Ready (1991/Arista) - GOLD
  • Greatest Hits Vol. II (1991/MCA)
  • Christmas Memories (1990/MCA)
  • Laredo (1990/MCA)
  • I Got Dreams (1989/MCA)
  • I Should Be With You (1988/MCA)
  • Greatest Hits (1987/MCA)
  • It’s A Crazy World (1987/MCA)
  • Down In Tennessee (1986/RCA)
  • Life’s Highway (1985/MCA)
  • One Good Night Deserves Another (1985/MCA)
  • Greatest Hits (1985/RCA)
  • Midnight Fire (1983/RCA)
  • Steve Wariner (1982/RCA)

TV: “ACM Awards,” “CBS This Morning,” ‘CMA Awards,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Today,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” among others. Recorded theme song for ABC hit TV series, Who’s The Boss.

AWARDS: 4 Grammy Awards with 11 nominations, 4 CMA Awards, 1 ACM Award, 16 BMI Country Awards, 15 BMI Million-Air Awards, among others.

He has been inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame and the Music City Walk of Fame.

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