Steve Wariner eased into the video era of the ‘80s without much trouble, thanks to a youthful look and a relatable personality. With “I Should Be With You,” he gave viewers a behind-the-scenes tour of a film shoot — and all the cameras and gear that go along with it.
Is he really ducking into a phone booth in the middle of a rainstorm? Nope, that’s just the wonder of 20th century technology.
Even if his surroundings were artificial, the emotion in “I Should Be With You” is sincere. Wariner wrote the lonesome ballad about fulfilling a work commitment in California but feeling guilty about not being home when his wife needs him. Wariner carried the heartfelt song to No. 2 at country radio in 1988, marking his 18th Top 10 hit.
Even now, Wariner continues to work the road. He’ll play a solo acoustic show in Cartersville, Ga., on Saturday (April 26), and on May 16, he’ll honor one of his heroes, Chet Atkins, with a special tribute performance in Cleveland.
Dim the house lights and enjoy Steve Wariner’s “I Should Be With You.”