- Hit songs include "Some Fools Never Learn," "Small Town Girl," "The Weekend," and "I Should Be With You"
- Member of the Grand Ole Opry
- Multiple CMA, ACM, BMI, and Grammy awards
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and Grand Ole Opry member Steve Wariner has made indelible contributions to the world of country music, starting when he joined Dottie West’s band as her bass player at age 17.
Seven years later, in 1980, after working for Bob Luman and his musical hero Chet Atkins, Wariner scored his first Top 10 hit, “Your Memory,” on RCA Records. More than 30 additional Top 10 singles would follow, including 14 No. 1 songs like “The Weekend,” “Small Town Girl,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Tips of My Fingers” and “Where Did I Go Wrong.”
Wariner has also written many hit songs recorded by others, including Garth Brooks’ “Longneck Bottle” and “You Can’t Help Who You Love,” Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends,” Clint Black’s “Nothin’ But The Taillights” and “Been There,” and Bryan White’s “One Small Miracle.” His formidable songwriting skills have earned him 16 BMI Country Awards and 10 BMI Million-Air Awards.
In addition to his songwriting awards, Wariner has won four Grammy Awards. He won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards in 1998 for his No. 1 hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” which was also the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year in 1999.
With three gold albums to his credit — I Am Ready, Burnin’ the Roadhouse Down, and Two Teardrops — Wariner was asked to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. In 2002, he started his own label, SelecTone Records, for which he has released three albums.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on April 20, 2008.