Country Megastar Clint Black Performs at Irvine Barclay Theatre
Clint Black’s storied career continues to shine with sharp vocals, earnest lyrics and indelible melodies.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 8pm
Tickets: $45, $60, $75, $120
Irvine Barclay Theatre - 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
The country megastar Clint Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and racked up more than 30 top 10 hits and 22 number-one smashes. His 1989 groundbreaking, triple-platinum debut album Killin’ Time, propelled him to superstardom and all but altered the landscape of country music, producing five consecutive No.1 singles.
Three decades later, his storied career continues to shine and his songs have never cut deeper. With sharp vocals, earnest lyrics and indelible melodies, his songs are stellar examples of how strikingly powerful his music can be.
After 30 years of ‘killin’ time,’ Clint Back is ready to celebrate. The multi-million selling country icon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Killin’ Time, which all but altered the landscape of country music.
Clint Black has one of the most storied careers in modern music. He surged to superstardom as part of the fabled “Class of '89,” reaching No.1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-Platinum debut, Killin' Time. He followed that with the triple-Platinum Put Yourself in My Shoes, and then a string of Platinum and Gold albums throughout the '90s. Perhaps most impressively, Clint wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits, including "A Better Man," "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," "Like the Rain" and "Nothin' But the Taillights," part of a catalog that produced 22 No.1 singles and made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era. Along the way, he has sold over 20 million records; earned more than a dozen Gold and Platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada; landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award; and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Raised in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Clint Black is the youngest of four brothers. He began performing with brother, Kevin at the family’s backyard barbecues. After high school, he spent 10 years on the local nightclub circuit and in 1989, he led a movement of young talent that transformed country music into a multi-million-dollar industry in the 1990s.
“I don’t really feel like I was leading a change in country music,” he remarks. “It just felt like big success to me. I would hear things like, ‘So-and-so is going to record, and they’re using their own band because you did.’ Or, ‘So-and-so wants to write more of their own songs, because you did.’ But I don’t feel like I changed anything, other than contributing my work to the big picture. That’s my humble assessment of it. It’s hard to look at myself and see the impact I’ve had. I do know that my songs have touched a lot of people.”
Clint married fellow Houstonian and actress Lisa Hartman in 1991; their daughter, Lily Pearl, was born in 2001, and the family subsequently relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville.
In 2004, Clint scaled the top of the charts by trading lines with Buffett, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney on the Hank Williams classic “Hey Good Looking.” He contributed “The Great Mississippi Flood" to the 2005 post-Katrina charity album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now; and released albums in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Clint’s interest in releasing new music waned when his record label closed its doors in 2008. He explains, “I had interest from major companies to sign deals, but declined.”
But he has hardly been idle since then. He’s written and produced songs for Hasbro’s children’s shows and in 2010 and 2012 starred in the films Flicka 2 and Flicka: Country Pride, the latter with his wife and daughter.
In 2013, the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain began marketing an album of Black’s hits, which continues to sell strongly, and in early 2015, he collaborated with Joe Nichols on a Superstar Duets NBC-TV special for the Academy of Country Music.
In 2015, Clint Black released On Purpose, his first studio album of new material in nearly a decade.
During his years away from releasing records, he had accumulated a large backlog of songs. “For almost every album I have made, I had two or three albums worth of material written,” he comments. “I’ve always had an abundance of songs, probably 30 to choose from for the 10 that I would need to make the best album. For this one, I probably had more like 40 songs to narrow down.”
Black’s On Purpose compiles a strikingly diverse group of his self-produced songs. His ballads “Only One Way to Live,” “Stay Gone,” “Breathing Air” and “The Last Day” have never cut deeper, while his spirited “Beer” and “Better and Worse” are among the most upbeat songs he has ever crafted. “Time for That,” “Doing It Now for Love” and “Summertime Song” are catchy examples of how groove-soaked his music can be.
The lilting “You Still Get to Me” marks Black’s third duet with his wife. “Calling It News” is a wry, topical statement. “The Trouble” is colored by Australian slang.
He dedicated the album to his father, who passed away in 2012.
“My dad was a huge country fan and is the first reason I listen to country music. He is probably the reason I’m a songwriter today. He was my introduction to "who’s behind the music." I grew up wanting to be the writer behind the song. That really all started with him.”
“To him, country music was a sacred thing. From time to time, I imagine him out there just beyond the spotlight, listening. So, I dedicate this album to him, wishing we could share one more release together but alas, the clock ran out. I’ll just live with the faith that somehow he’s able to hear it.”
The year 2018 was a particularly busy year for the Class of ‘89 alum. Always finding ways to challenge himself creatively, Clint produced his first ever holiday musical, titled Looking for Christmas, which focuses on family, love and the magic of Christmas.
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