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Burnin' the Roadhouse Down is an album released in 1998 (see 1998 in country music) by American country music artist Steve Wariner. It was the first of three albums that he recorded for Capitol Nashville after having been dropped from Arista Records' roster in 1996. It was the second album of Wariner's career to achieve RIAA gold certification for U.S. sales of 500,000 copies, and it produced four Top 40 hit singles for Wariner on the Billboard country charts.


Despite having not charted a Top 40 country single since 1994, Steve Wariner had been finding success in the late 1990s as a songwriter, including the Number One hits "Longneck Bottle" for Garth Brooks and "Nothin' but the Taillights" for Clint Black, as well as Bryan White's Top 20 country hit "One Small Miracle".[2] The success of the songs that he had written led to Wariner's signing with Capitol Records Nashville in late 1997. He also sang duet vocals on Anita Cochran's late 1997-early 1998 Number One hit "What If I Said". "Longneck Bottle", "Nothin' but the Taillights", "One Small Miracle", and this song were sometimes played on radio in dedicated "Steve Wariner blocks".[2]

"What If I Said" was the second single from Cochran's debut album Back to You, released on Warner Bros. Records shortly before Burnin' the Roadhouse Down was issued. This song was not only Cochran's only Number One country hit, but also her only Top 40 country hit, and Wariner's first Number One since 1989's "I Got Dreams". This duet is also included on this album as a bonus track.

Four of Wariner's own singles were released from this album after "What If I Said" peaked, starting with the ballad "Holes in the Floor of Heaven", which peaked at number 2 on the country charts. Following it was the title track (a duet with Garth Brooks which peaked at number 26), and "Every Little Whisper" at number 36. "Road Trippin'", the B-side to the title track, also charted at number 55 from unsolicited airplay. Also included on this album is a song entitled "Love Me Like You Love Me", which Clay Walker previously recorded on his 1996 album Hypnotize the Moon.

Track listing

  1. "Burnin' the Roadhouse Down" (Rick Carnes, Steve Wariner) – 2:07
    • duet with Garth Brooks
  2. "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" (Billy Kirsch, Wariner) – 4:47
  3. "Every Little Whisper" (Kirsch, Wariner) – 3:02
  4. "A Six Pack Ago" (Jim Rushing, Wariner) – 3:40
  5. "Road Trippin'" (Marcus Hummon, Wariner) – 3:32
  6. "Love Me Like You Love Me" (Bill LaBounty, Wariner) – 4:06
  7. "Smoke from an Old Flame" (Jim Weatherly, Wariner) – 3:30
  8. "I Don't Know How to Fix It" (Bill Anderson, Wariner) – 3:49
  9. "Big Ol' Empty House" (Mac McAnally, Wariner) – 3:26
  10. "Closer I Get to You" (Keith Sewell, Wariner) – 3:17
  11. "Big Tops" (Hummon, Wariner) – 3:29
  12. "What If I Said" (Anita Cochran) – 4:52
    • duet with Anita Cochran


As listed in liner notes.[3]

Strings performed by the Nashville String Machine; conducted by Carl Gorodetzky and arranged by Bergen White.

Chart performance

Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 41
Canadian RPM Country Albums 15


  1. Allmusic review
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pond, Neil (November 1998). "Suddenly Steve: After a dry spell, Steve Wariner is back… in a big way". Country America: 74–79. 
  3. Burnin' the Roadhouse Down (CD). Steve Wariner. Nashville, Tennessee: Capitol Records Nashville. 1998. 94482. 

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