Steve Wariner released his new album, It Ain’t All Bad, earlier this month. This is his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years, and he produced the album and wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs. Wariner released the album on his own label, SelecTone Records. CMTT caught up with Steve and asked him our 10 Quick Quirky Questions.
Q: What is one question no one ever asks you in an interview, but you wish that you would?
A: I wish they would ask me about my children, but nobody ever does. I love to brag on my boys and I like to brag on my wife! She is really talented…she quilts!
Q: What is your favorite U.S. city and why?
A: My first thought is San Antonio, Texas. I just love it down there; it is really a neat place. I love New York too.
Q: It is 3 a.m. and you aren’t asleep. What are you most likely doing?
A: I would say I am probably up painting! I draw and water color and dabble in art. If I can’t sleep I would probably be up finishing a painting I started.
Q: If you could have 5 people over for dinner dead or alive who would they be?
A: Jesus, Paul McCartney, my mother, Abraham Lincoln, Chet Atkins
Q: What has been the best moment of your day so far?
A: I met with Guy Gilchrist today who does the cartoon strip “Nancy.” We had wanted to get together for a long time and we finally did. He brought out some pieces he was working on and I got to see them.
Q: Do you have a bucket list? If yes, name 3 things on your list.
A: Yes. My wife is studying my family’s genealogy and she has traced my family way back to England. So one thing that would be neat is to go back to that part of England and do some research on my family and find some Wariner’s over there. I would then go to the Ukraine and do some research of where my wife’s family genealogy starts. Also, I might want to write a book sometime. I don’t know if I would do autobiographical or fictional, but I would like to try my hand at that some day. I have also really always loved film and I would love to do something with a screenplay maybe one day…I have always wanted to make a film.
Q: Who do you count as your mentor?
A: Well there are two. My father was a great influence and a great teacher. I learned so much from him. Also, Chet Atkins. I would have to credit both of them for being great mentors to me.
Q: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
A: I would try to be kinder. Sometimes I get impatient…especially when I am driving.
Q: What do you consider your greatest success?
A: I would say my family…my children. Career wise I would say being asked to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry was pretty awesome! Also, Chet Atkins gave me a title called “CGP” which means Certified Guitar Picker. There are only 4 of us so that is cool honor.
Q: Tell us something about you that most people don’t know.
A: A lot of people don’t know that I draw and paint. I also do magic! I used to do more than I do now, but I studied it for a while. I love hot rods, and classic cars too!
Steve Wariner’s album “It Ain’t All Bad” is available NOW! For more info on Steve including where you can catch him live check out www.stevewariner.com
If you missed it make sure to check out CMTT’s full interview with Steve here.
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