Steve Wariner Releasing Chet Atkins Tribute Album in June

Steve Wariner will release a new album, My Tribute to Chet Atkins, on June 23. The project is a mix of new music inspired by Atkins’ musical style and Wariner’s renditions of songs from Atkins’ catalog. It will be released on Wariner’s own label, SelecTone Records. “This is simply my way of honoring and paying homage to the genius and talent of the man who, in my opinion, is the greatest and most influential guitarist on the planet,” Wariner said. Atkins produced Wariner’s early albums on RCA and later hired Wariner to play bass in his touring band. Wariner earned 33 Top 10 country hits from 1980 to 2000. He is only one of four musicians personally bestowed the title of “Certified Guitar Picker” by Atkins, who died in 2001.