Award-winning artist collaborated with critically acclaimed musicians
including Ricky Skaggs, Duane Eddy, Eric Johnson and more
Tenn. – For his 20th studio album, four-time GRAMMY Award winner Steve
Wariner knew he had to do something really special. When All Over The Map began coming together, it became clear just what that would be.
12-track album evolved into a remarkable tribute to the Grand Ole Opry
member’s influences, both living and deceased, in addition to a
celebration of his lineage. While packed with acclaimed guest musicians,
the set — to be released Oct. 28 on SelecTone Records — artfully
showcases Wariner’s own musical talents. In addition to producing the
album, he plays guitar, upright bass, drums and both pedal and lap
steel, as well as singing on seven of the songs. (The other five are
classic instrumentals.) Wariner also penned 10 of the tracks.
touching tribute to late mentor Chet Atkins, titled “CGP,” takes its
name from the coveted title Atkins bestowed on Wariner: Certified Guitar
Player. On the track, Wariner enlisted the talents of the only two
other living musicians to have earned the same title from Atkins, Tommy
Emmanuel and John Knowles. The album also includes “When I Still
Mattered To You,” a song Wariner wrote with Merle Haggard on a cruise
ship in 1996 but had never previously recorded.
friend Ricky Skaggs, who Wariner won his first GRAMMY with in 1992, is
featured playing mandolin on “Down Sawmill Road.” Other celebrated
musicians featured on the album include: Musicians’ Hall of Fame and
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy (“Nashville Spy-Line”), GRAMMY
Award winner Eric Johnson (“Meanwhile Back In Austin”), Greg Martin of
The Kentucky Headhunters (“Way It Goes”) and Jack Pearson (“Drop Top”).
it’s Wariner’s own family that provides the bulk of the inspiration for
the album, which was 20 months in the making. Throughout the creation
of the album, Steve relied heavily on his son Ross, who lives in New
York, for advice and consultation on the technical production aspects of
the album. He wrote the Western swing tune “Mr. Roy” as a tribute to
his musician father, and “Down Sawmill Road” is named for the Kentucky
road where his mother grew up. His GRAMMY-nominated son Ryan Wariner
wrote and plays on the track “The Last Word.” Wariner reached back deep
into his rich family history for the album’s closing instrumental track,
“Augustine’s Dream,” inspired by his maternal four-times great
grandfather who served in the Revolutionary War.
to play and record with these wonderfully creative people means the
world to me. I am grateful to all! Some I’ve collaborated with before,
others..well, it’s pure bucket list for me! This project is the perfect
example of what keeps me going…what keeps me excited,” notes Wariner.
“Traveling into territory I’ve never been to before. And there’s lots of
that here on this album. It’s hard to describe the joy I feel making
music with my sons…and family for that matter. Now I know how my
father used to feel. I am so very proud of my musical roots and
heritage. ”
his storied career, Wariner has achieved 14 No. 1 songs and more than
30 Top 10 hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of
Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got
Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,”
“Lynda” and more. An award-winning songwriter, Wariner has also composed
hit songs for Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Garth Brooks
(“Longneck Bottle”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”) and Keith Urban
(“Where the Blacktop Ends”), as well as artists such as Country Music
Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway
Twitty and Don Williams; pop music icon Peter Tork (of The Monkees);
R&B singer Ruben Studdard; bluegrass music’s Del McCoury Band and
many more. Wariner is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. For
more information, visit
Photo Credit: David McClister

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