One week from today on Sept. 10, country music legend Steve Wariner will release his first new, non-instrumental album in more than eight years, It Ain’t All Bad. The four-time GRAMMY and CMA Award winner, who has placed 14 songs on top of the charts, produced the album and wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs. The album will be available at retail stores nationwide and everywhere digital music is sold. To pre-order It Ain’t All Bad at Amazon.com, click HERE.
It Ain’t All Bad is already receiving rave reviews. Chuck Yarborough of The Plain Dealer wrote “For the first time in his career…he’s got a collection of songs that perfectly mesh his poignant baritone and that guitar prowess. And he’s got himself to thank for it…The truth is it AIN’T all bad; as a matter of fact, it’s all good. Grade: A.” And, Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville wrote, “Thankfully, the wait is over…Wariner is at his most musical diverse ever… time and experience has made him even better as a vocalist and an artist.”
CMTedge.com debuted Wariner’s song “‘48 Ford” on its Americana and Classic Country pages last week. To hear the song, written by Wariner and Jim Rushing, click HERE. Wariner has been previewing additional tracks from It Ain’t All Bad on his website, www.stevewariner.com, and introducing each song with an exclusive video interview.
Prime Country – Sirius XM Channel 58 will launch a “Steve Wariner Album Release Celebration” on Friday, Sept. 13 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 15. Wariner recently performed a live in-studio performance that will air on Sept. 13 at 6:00 PM/EDT; Sept. 14 at 11:00 AM/EDT and 9:00 PM/EDT; and Sept. 15 at 2 PM/EDT and 11 PM/EDT. During the weekend, Prime Country will also play one song from his new album each hour as well as his classic hits. All songs will feature intros and behind-the-scenes stories from Wariner.
Recently, Wariner sat down with ABC News Now’s “What’s the Buzz?” and talked about his new album, which can be viewed HERE. He also taped “A Few Minutes with…” for FOX News Radio with reporter Jeff Monosso that can be heard HERE.
Wariner will participate in “Country Music’s Biggest Morning” on the day his new album is released, when he will reveal the 2013 CMA Broadcast Award Nominees live on Sept.10 at 7:45 AM/CDT. As part of the festivities, he will also perform two new songs from It Ain’t All Bad. Fans can watch a live stream of the event at www.CMAawards.com.
Later that same evening, Wariner will present an award at the Seventh Annual ACM Honors held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, celebrating the non-televised special honorees and winners from the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.
On newsstands now, the October issue of Vintage Guitar features a story on Wariner’s 1962 Fender Jazz Bass, which was a gift from his Uncle Jimmy when he joined Dottie West’s band as her bass guitarist. Wariner has used the bass ever since, from his sideman gigs with Bob Luman and Country Music Hall of Fame & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chet Atkins through his days as a superstar artist. He can also be heard playing this guitar on Atkins’ album with Mark Knopfler, Neck and Neck.
Peter Tork, best known as a member of The Monkees, recently recorded “Crash Course in the Blues” for his new digital solo album, available for purchase on his website HERE. Wariner wrote the song with Don Cook and John Jarvis and originally recorded it on his classic I Am Ready album in 1991. I Am Ready was recently combined with another classic Wariner album, Drive (from 1993) for a U.K. re-issue earlier this summer.
And, as previously announced, the NANCY comic strip featured a tribute to Wariner and the 88th birthday of the Grand Ole Opry in its Sunday, Aug. 25 edition. The strip, illustrated and written by Guy Gilchrist, is syndicated internationally in 80 countries (approximately 400 newspapers), and viewed by 57 million readers around the world. See the strip HERE. Gilchrist will present the original strip to Wariner and the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, Oct. 5 during a 3:00 PM/CDT Wariner concert at the Opry House as part of the Grand Ole Opry’s Birthday Bash Weekend.
For tour dates, video guitar lessons, and more information, visit www.SteveWariner.com. Follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/pages/Steve-Wariner/324938920704, on Twitter @SteveWariner, and on YouTube at youtube.com/stevewarinerofficial.
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