1973 - At age 17 Steve joins Dottie West’s band as bass player. He performs on the Grand Ole Opry, then based at the Ryman Auditorium, for the first time.
1975 - Steve joins Bob Luman’s band as bass player. Luman records several songs written by Steve.
1977 - Chet Atkins (one of Steve’s heroes) hires Steve as his bass player and signs him to his first “singles” deal with RCA Records. Steve’s first recording session was on August 17, 1977, at RCA’s famous Studio B, with Chet producing.
1978 - Steve releases his first single, “I’m Already Taken.” The song, written by Steve, was re-recorded and released in 1999 and was a Top 5 hit.
1980 - Chet Atkins “fires” Steve from his band when Steve scores his first Top 10 hit, “Your Memory.”
1982 - RCA releases Steve Wariner. The album contains four hit singles—“Your Memory,” “By Now,” “All Roads Lead To You” (his first #1 song), and “Kansas City Lights.”
1984 - Steve signs with MCA Records and begins a string of ten #1 singles while on the label, including “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Small Town Girl,” “Lynda,” and “I Got Dreams."
1988 - Steve earns a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with Glen Campbell for “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.”
1991 - Steve signs with Arista Records.
1991 - Steve wins his first CMA Award--Vocal Event of the Year for “Restless” from Mark O’Connor & The New Nashville Cats with Mark O’Connor, Vince Gill, and Ricky Skaggs.
1992 - Steve wins his first Grammy--Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “Restless.”
1995 - Steve receives a CMA Vocal Event of the Year nomination for “Workin’ Man Blues,” with Lee Roy Parnell and Diamond Rio.
1996 - Steve is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Arista Records releases Steve’s first instrumental album, No More Mr. Nice Guy, featuring Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Leo Kottke, Larry Carlton, Bryan White, and many others. Steve is sole producer of the album.
1997 - Received official “c.g.p.” status from Chet Atkins, who surprised him with a plaque and special recognition.
1997 - Garth Brooks’ single, “Longneck Bottle,” written by Steve and Rick Carnes, debuts at a record-breaking #10 and reaches #1 in four weeks.
1998 - Steve’s duet with Anita Cochran, “What If I Said,” reaches #1 and earns at TNN/Music City News Award for Vocal Collaboration. It is also nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year. Four songs written by Steve—“One Small Miracle,” “Longneck Bottle,” “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights”--simultaneously hold spots on the country singles charts. He signs with Capitol Records and releases Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down, which is certified gold that year. He wins Single and Song of the Year honors at the CMA Awards with the #1 hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven.”
1999 - “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” earns 2 Grammy nominations for Steve--Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. He wins the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Award for Best Male Country Guitarist, wins the ACM Song of the Year Award for “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” and receives CMA nominations for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year (Two Teardrops).
2000 - Steve receives 3 Grammy nominations, including Best Country Song for “Two Teardrops,” and wins a Grammy for his contribution to Asleep at the Wheel’s Best Country Instrumental winner, “Bob’s Breakdowns.” Two Teardrops is certified gold by the RIAA.
2001 - Receives Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental for “Bloodlines,” with his son Ryan Wariner.
2002 - Steve receives the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award for his charitable work. He forms SelecTone Records and releases “This Christmas Prayer,” the first single from his forthcoming CD, Steal Another Day.
2003 - Steve releases Steal Another Day in February.
2005 -Steve releases This Real Life in August.
2008 - Steve is inducted into Music City Walk of Fame.
2009 - Steve wins Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance for the track "Cluster Pluck" from Brad Paisley's album Play with Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason and Redd Volkaert
2009 - Steve honors Chet Atkins with the release of Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins. The 11-song collection, produced by Steve, honors the legendary guitarist and producer who was also his friend, mentor, producer and former employer.
2009 - Steve participates in Chet's induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame.
2009 - Steve inducted into National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame.
2009 - Steve receives BMI Million-Air Awards for writing and publishing four songs ("Nothin' But the Taillights," "Holes in the Floor of Heaven," "I Should Be With You" and "Where the Blacktop Ends") that have reached new million performance levels. The Million-Air Award recognizes songs that have earned more than one million performances on U.S. television and radio. To date 11 songs written by Wariner have achieved Million-Air status, with three titles reaching multiple plateaus, resulting in his receiving a total of 15 Million-Air Awards.
2010 - Steve wins Best Country Instrumental Grammy Award for “Producer’s Medley” from Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins.
2011 - Steve releases Guitar Laboratory in February.
2011 - Steve is inducted into Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on April 7, 2011.