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Music – 1982 – Down Home Country Music Special – Steve Wariner – I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me

Steve Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist…..who started out as a backing musician for Dottie West…..while also working with Bob Luman and Chet Atkins before beginning a solo career in the late 1970’s. He has released eighteen studio albums for multiple labels….which included the Nashville divisions of RCA, MCA, Arista and Capitol Records….along with his own SelecTone label….as he charted more 50+ singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts….of which ten reached # 1….with “All Roads Lead to You”, “Some Fools Never Learn”, “You Can Dream of Me”, “Life’s Highway”, “Small Town Girl”, “The Weekend”, “Lynda”, “Where Did I Go Wrong”, “I Got Dreams”, and “What If I Said”….which was a duet with Anita Cochran. Three of his studio albums have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies in the United States.

In addition to writing or co-writing most of his own songs….Wariner holds several writing credits for other artists such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Bryan White, and Keith Urban…..while winning four Grammy Awards….one for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals….and three for Best Country Instrumental….cuz this was a man with a musical style defined by his lead guitar work….his lyrical content….and his stylistic diversity.

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