The Charlie Rich chestnut “Behind Closed Doors” has been covered by countless artists since it first hit the top of the country charts in the Spring of 1973. From Loretta Lynn to Diana Ross, Dolly Parton to Perry Como and Ronnie Milsap to Bobby Womack, many artists have taken their crack at it over the years since. We can now add veteran singer/songwriter Steve Wariner to that expanding list, as part of another stellar edition of the Country Music Association’s “Forever Country Cover Series.”
An acclaimed artist in his own right, inducted into the Music City Hall of Fame in 2008, Wariner is familiar with number one hits. He scored 10 of his own as a performer during the 1980’s. He also penned chart-toppers “Longneck Bottle” for Garth Brooks and “Nothing but the Taillights” for Clint Black in the nineties.
Wariner’s expressive tenor provides the vocal warmth necessary to take on this classic. Yet it’s his tasteful trademark finger-style playing on perhaps his best instrument, acoustic guitar, that steals the show here. The combination enables this dual-threat vet’s rendition to become a welcome addition to the “Behind Closed Doors” canon.
Fans reminded of the great work he’s capable and yearning for more are in luck. Steve Wariner’s 20th studio album, All Over The Map, is due out Oct. 28 via SelecTone Records. The set includes “When I Still Mattered To You,” a previously unreleased song he co-wrote with the recently dearly departed Merle Haggard.