Garth Brooks has made no secret of his love and respect for Steve Wariner as a singer, songwriter, guitar virtuoso, and friend. So it was no surprise that he performed Wariner’s hit “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame annual induction gala held on October 30 in the Music City Center’s Grand Ballroom.
Wariner was part of the 2022 class of inductees that also included Hillary Lindsey, David Malloy, Gary Nicholson, Shania Twain, and the late Chips Moman.
In addition to “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” which won CMA Single and Song of the Year honors in 1998, Wariner’s long list of hits he wrote or co-wrote includes “Two Teardrops,” “I’m Already Taken,” “You Can Dream of Me,” and “Where Did I Go Wrong.” He also co-wrote and dueted with Brooks on Brooks’ #1 hit, “Longneck Bottle.”
Wariner remarked, “I'm living a dream, really. That stuff when you're a little kid, in a small town in the cornfields of Indiana, you dream about coming here. I never did say, ‘I want to be a star.’ I always said, ‘I want to be a part of making records and writing songs.’”
“There’s no place I’d rather be tonight than right here, celebrating the fact that Steve Wariner is finally where he needs to be, in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,” Brooks said.
Photo credit for both: Bev Moser