Still…Killin’ Time 30th Anniversary Tour
Clint Black is back. The country music legend makes his return to the spotlight with his recently released album, On Purpose, after years away. Flush with tracks, the new album proves that Black has not been idle during the interim. The man whose thumbprint can still be seen on the genre performs in Hayes Hall on a tour marking his return to the industry.
The multi-million selling country mega-star is releasing On Purpose, his first full-length album of new songs in a decade and he’s doing it on his own terms.
Raised in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Clint Black is the youngest of four brothers. He began performing with his brother Kevin at the family’s backyard barbecues. After high school, he worked construction for a year and spent 10 years on the local nightclub circuit. He auditioned for a Nashville recording contract in 1988. The following year, he led a movement of young talent that transformed country music into a multi-million-dollar industry in the 1990s.
He 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.
Black took on new challenges in addition to producing records, touring and writing songs by becoming an actor and a video director. He has founded several song publishing companies. He has been a musician recording and playing live with Kenny Loggins, Toto, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett and others. His vocal collaborators have included Martina McBride, Wynonna, Roy Rogers, The Pointer Sisters, Waylon Jennings, Bruce Hornsby, Eric Idle and Steve Wariner. Among his songwriting partners have been Wariner, Merle Haggard, Michael McDonald, Marty Stuart, Bill Anderson and Jimmy Buffett. He released albums in 2004, 2005 and 2007. But his interest in releasing new music waned when his record label closed its doors in 2008.
Lately, Clint Black has been crafting On Purpose. During his years away from releasing records, he says he has 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.”