In the Studio With Steve Wariner

The recording studio and the painting studio

If Steve Wariner offers to take you into his studio, it’s anybody’s guess if it will be his music or his art studio. The “Certified Guitar Player”—as dubbed by the original C.G.P., Chet Atkins—is as adept with a paintbrush as he is with a guitar and, depending on the day, could as easily be found in front of an easel as a mixing board.

“I’ve always got my artwork going,” he tells Country Weekly. “I’ve got a couple of paintings going right now. Four or five days I’ll work up here on music, and then I’ll go, ‘You know what? I’m going to take a day off and go paint.’ So, I’ll get my paint stuff out and paint a couple of days. My pool house is set up for my little art studio. So, I’ll step away from here and go do that for a few days, and then I’ll go, ‘Man, I’m jonesing to go do more music.’ So, it’s a nice balance. I kind of go back and forth.”

And it’s been that way since he was a young boy. His parents would dole out paper and paints one day and the next he’d be onstage playing with his father’s band. The one place where he was a bit less successful was the basketball court. “That was a disaster,” he says, laughing. “I was so slow and couldn’t jump.”

For more on Steve, his art and music, and his new album, It Ain’t All Bad, pick up the Sept. 16 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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