Steve Wariner

Induction Year: 2022

Birth Name: Steven Noel Wariner

Birth Date: 12-25-1954

Place of Birth: Noblesville, Indiana

Steve Wariner was born in Noblesville, IN. While performing in a local club, he was discovered by Dottie West, who convinced the 17-year-old to join her band.

Years later, he met his idol, Chet Atkins, who hired Steve as a bass player and eventually signed him to his first recording contract at RCA Records. This launched his career as a songwriter/artist.

Steve’s credits as a songwriter include his own recordings of “You Can Dream Of Me,” “Baby I’m Yours,” “Precious Thing,” “I Got Dreams,” “Where Did I Go Wrong,” “Two Teardrops” and “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven,” which was named 1998 CMA Song and Single of the Year and the 1998 ACM Song of the Year. Steve also has written hits for other artists, including “Nothin’ But The Taillights” by Clint Black, “Where The Blacktop Ends” by Keith Urban and “Longneck Bottle,” a duet that he recorded with Garth Brooks.

Steve was inducted into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. In 2009 — the year he was inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame — Steve released an album titled Steve Wariner C.G.P. My Tribute to Chet Atkins, for which he wrote the majority of the songs. Steve was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019.


"Baby I'm Yours"

(written with Guy Clark)

Steve Wariner1988 #2 Country

"Been There"

(written with Clint Black)

Clint Black w/ Steve Wariner2000 #5 Country, #44 Pop

"Burnin' The Roadhouse Down"

(written with Rick Carnes)

Steve Wariner w/ Garth Brooks1998 #26 Country

"Faith In You"

(written with Bill Anderson)

Steve Wariner2000 #28 Country

"Hold On (A Little Longer)"

(written with Randy Hart)

Steve Wariner1989 #6 Country

"Holes In The Floor Of Heaven"

(written with Billy Kirsch)

1998 ACM Song of the Year, 1998 CMA Song of the Year, 1998 CMA Single of the Year, 1998 NSAI Song of the Year

Steve Wariner1998 #2 Country

"I Got Dreams"

(written with Bill LaBounty)

Steve Wariner1989 #1 Country

"I Should Be With You"

Steve Wariner1988 #2 Country

"I'm Already Taken"

(written with Terry Ryan)

Conway Twitty1981 
Steve Wariner1999 #3 Country, #42 Pop

"Katie Wants A Fast One"

(written with Rick Carnes)

Steve Wariner w/ Garth Brooks2000 #22 Country

"Like A River To The Sea"

Steve Wariner1993 #30 Country

"Longneck Bottle"

(written with Rick Carnes)

Garth Brooks1997 #1 Country

"Nothin' But The Taillights"

(written with Clint Black)

Clint Black1998 #1 Country

"One Small Miracle"

(written with Bill Anderson)

Bryan White1998 #16 Country
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver2013 

"Precious Thing"

(written with Mac McAnally)

Steve Wariner1990 #8 Country

"Two Teardrops"

(written with Bill Anderson)

Steve Wariner1999 #2 Country, #30 Pop

"When I Could Come Home To You"

(written with Roger Murrah)

Steve Wariner1990 #5 Country

"Where Did I Go Wrong"

Steve Wariner1989 #1 Country

"Where The Blacktop Ends"

(written with Allen Shamblin)

Keith Urban2001 #3 Country, #35 Pop
The Stage Dolls2010 

"You Can Dream Of Me"

(written with John Hall)

Steve Wariner1986 #1 Country

Steve Wariner

Induction Year: 2022