Grand Ole Opry member Steve Wariner was born on Christmas Day in 1954 in Noblesville, Indiana. He has listed his early influences as George Jones and Chet Atkins, and, at a young age, he began performing in his father’s band and later in local clubs. By the time he turned seventeen, he was hired as a bass guitarist by Dottie West. He has also worked with Glen Campbell and Grand Ole Opry star Bob Luman. During his time with Luman, he signed to RCA Records by one of his biggest inspirations, Chet Atkins. Throughout the late 70s and the 80s, Wariner released eight albums and dozens of singles, including nine Number One hits. In 1996, he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Among his ten total Number One hits, Wariner’s singles include “All Roads Lead to You,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Life’s Highway,” “Small Town Girl,” “Lynda,” “Where Did I Go Wrong” and “I Got Dreams.” All of his singles, from his first in 1978 to his most recent in 2003, have charted within the Top 100 on the Country charts.
In 1992, Wariner received his first Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for the song “Restless,” on which he was a guest vocalist and guitarist alongside Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Mark O’Connor. In 1996, he joined the ranks of the Grand Ole Opry. The following year, he was nominated for another Grammy for Best Country Instrumental on “Brickyard Boogie.” In ’98, he won two CMA awards, for Single of the Year and Song of the Year on “Holes in the Floor of Heaven. In the 2000s, Wariner won three more Grammys, one for Best Country Instrumental on Asleep at the Wheel’s “Bob’s Breakdown,” and two for Best Country Instrumental on “Cluster Pluck” and “Producer’s Medley.”