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Local guitar hero Steve Wariner won his 4th Grammy at the awards ceremony in Hollywood last Sunday for his tribute to Chet Atkins.
Wariner's recording, 'The Producer's Medley,' won in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance.
"He called his mom and I and said, 'Hey I won a Grammy,'" his father Roy Wariner said this week.
The album is a tribute to the man who gave Wariner his big break in the music business. Roy said his son toured for about 4 years with Atkins, who was one of the deans of country music.
"He would hang around and watch Chet," Roy said. "Steve told him one day, 'I've stolen some of your licks,' and Chet told him 'You didn't steal them you just borrowed them.'"
"He thought so much of Chet," Roy added. "That's one of the guitars that Chet gave him in his will that Steve is playing on the album."
This is the fourth Grammy for Wariner, who has been spending more time producing for other artists than working on his own projects in recent years.
As he spoke of how proud he was of his son Wariner reached to the CD player beside his chair and the now Grammy-winning music began to play.
The 4-time Grammy winner wasn't available for comment at the present time.
Wariner, a long time musician and teacher, said Steve is still in California visiting his son, who is now the lead guitar player for country music star Lee Ann Rimes.