|STEVE WARINER - BIOGRAPHY||
One of country's most versatile performers, Wariner's gone seemingly unnoticed for each of his skills: as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Wariner grew up in suburban Indianapolis, interested in The Beatles on the radio, and 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, Wariner 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 "Country Sunshine." Wariner moved on to work as a sideman for Bob Luman and signed with RCA Records in 1976. His career developed slowly -- he didn't put out an album until 1982 -- and in the beginning, the low-tuned guitars and wide range of his singles brought frequent comparisons to the early Glen Campbell hits. Gradually, Wariner took more personal direction in his recording career, and his albums became progressively more guitar-oriented as well as both more adventurous musically and more insightful lyrically.