NASHVILLE, TENN.Â â€”Country hitmaker Steve Wariner, who celebrates his birthday on Christmas Day, is proud to beÂ included in the PEOPLE Country Special â€œFree Holiday Musicâ€ feature in the current issue (December 2010), on stands now.
Each of PEOPLEâ€™s Country Special issues contains a 2-page feature with photographs and information on 7-10 new tracks by different artists.Â Each track is available as a free download on iTunes ( www.people.com/free).Â The December issueâ€™s playlist is dedicated to holiday music, and Steveâ€™s contribution is â€œDeck the Hallsâ€ from his Guitar Christmas album.Â The instrumental collection of Christmas standards arranged, recorded, and produced by Wariner was inspired by holiday gatherings hosted by his mentor and friend, Chet Atkins.
â€œEveryone would sing and play and remember those beautiful melodies from our childhood,â€ Steve recalls.Â â€œI wanted the album to convey the warmth and intimacy of those picking parties, so the listener will feel as if Iâ€™m sitting in their living room playing for them.â€
Among the holiday standards included on the CD are â€œWhite Christmas,â€ â€œSilent Night,â€ â€œWinter Wonderlandâ€ and â€œThe Christmas Song.â€Â A GRAMMYÂ®-winning guitarist, Wariner played several different guitars on the CD, matching certain guitars with particular songs and musical styles to create a broad landscape of aural textures and colors.Â Among the guitars he used are a handmade Hascal Haile classical guitar, the Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model (1989), which had belonged to Chet, an Olympia dulcimer, a Tacoma Papoose, and Warinerâ€™s own model Takamine acoustic guitar.
Warinerâ€™s next project, a followup to his GRAMMY-winning My Tribute to Chet Aktins, is another instrumental collection, Guitar Laboratory, due in stores on February 8.