What was billed as an album release party for Steve Wariner's latest work, Faith in You, turned into a multi-layered celebration at Nashville's Caffe Milano Tuesday afternoon, April 25.
First, Capitol Nashville president Pat Quigley
presented Wariner a gold plaque for a half-million sales of his most recent album, Two Teardrops. He also received
another plaque for co-writing the hit "Longneck Bottle" on labelmate Garth Brooks' mega-seller Sevens. Then, he celebrated
even more songwriting success with co-writers Bill Anderson and Terry Ryan, who helped Wariner pen the Top 5 singles "Two
Teardrops" and "I'm Already Taken," respectively.
And if all that weren't enough, Wariner's wife, Caryn, surprised
Steve with something he'd been eyeing in a California music shop.
"The kids and I went out to L.A. with Steve a while
back and he really wanted this guitar," Caryn said, bringing out a white, 1960 Fender Esquire for her stunned husband.
family theme carried on as Wariner previewed some of the cuts from his upcoming album. His youngest son, 16-year-old Ryan,
joined his dad onstage and made his performing debut on "Bloodlines," a blues-flavored guitar instrumental that closes Faith
in You. When the crowd gave Ryan a standing ovation, Steve proudly remarked, "Well, I've ruined another one."
show continued as Wariner, backed by a nine-piece band, played more than half the new album, including the title cut which
was co-written with Anderson.
"This song started out as a poem for Bill's daughter, Terri," he said.
the short set, Wariner seemed relaxed and happy to be sharing his new music. In addition to trademark ballads, he kicked it
up a notch with uptempo tunes such as "High Time" and "Make It Look Easy." A four-piece horn section slipped onstage for "Katie
Wants a Fast One," a song Wariner has described as "mambo meets Hank Sr." (On the album, "Katie" is sung as a duet with Garth
Faith in You, Wariner's third Capitol album, will hit record stores May 9.