Steve Wariner to Host NAMM’s 2013 Top 100 Dealers Awards on July 12

Photographer: Joe Hardwick

Photographer: Joe Hardwick

GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Award-winning entertainer Steve Wariner will host the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)’s 2013 Top 100 Dealers Awards at the annual summer music product trade show, Summer NAMM, in Nashville, Tenn. on July 12. The top music instrument, product and sound retailers from around the world will be recognized with Awards that have been dubbed the “retail Oscars” by Music Inc.

Wariner will release his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years, It Ain’t All Bad, on Sept. 10. He has won four GRAMMY Awards, four CMA Awards, and one ACM Award, among others. Among his best known hits are “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “Tips of My Fingers,” “Kansas City Lights,” and more. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Music City Walk of Fame, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. Visit,, or on Twitter @SteveWariner for more information.

“I’m honored that NAMM invited me to host, and I look forward to celebrating with the Top 100 Dealers,” said Wariner, a skilled guitar player who was mentored by Chet Atkins. “As a musician, I can’t wait for the opportunity to hang out with music retailers and learn about the newest instruments and equipment.”

This year, the number of retailer entries in the Top 100 rose dramatically, elevating the competition and making way for many new names on the list.  Music product retailers were judged by a panel of impartial expert judges, selected by but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM, using a numeric rating on the following criteria:

• Understand that great customer service is the key to success of a retail store
• Are a proven community advocate for music education and music-making
• Provide a retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
• Design a floor plan, merchandising and marketing that encourages repeat sales
• Prepare for future success with sound planning, marketing and training initiatives
• Use the web and social media in engaging, effective ways

During the award show in Nashville, excellence in seven divisions including Dealer of the Year will be recognized in front of a crowd of industry leaders and peers. Categories include, Best Exterior Presentation and/or Merchandising Display; Best Marketing and Sales Promotion; Best Online Presentation; Support Music Advocacy; Music Makes a Difference; Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year;” and Best Special Event.

See the full list of the 2013 Top 100 Dealers:

The Top 100 Dealers Awards is an industry event and not open to the general public. All NAMM Members are invited to the Awards on Friday evening during Summer NAMM. The event will be held in the Davidson Ballroom in Nashville’s new Music City Center.  Members of the Music Industry can register for Summer NAMM online:



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