LIMA — Country musician Clint Black is currently promoting his album, “On Purpose,” his first full-length album of new songs in a decade. Folks attending his Lima concert — Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Civic Center — will hear one or two songs from this new album, along with a lot of hits and deep cuts from prior albums. He will also share some funny stories and he’s been known to share an impression or two of his favorite artists.
“I really enjoy playing music and making people laugh,” said Black.
Black is known for writing his own songs. There was one exception in 2005, but he has written or co-written every song with that one exception.
While Black has been busy with his new album, he was also busy co-writing a Broadway style holiday musical, “Looking for Christmas.”
“Built around my collection of original Christmas songs. It will be premiering in San Diego November 20, at the Old Globe Theater. I won’t be appearing in the show myself, but I’m excited to see our cast bring it to life,” said Black.
His musical prowess also includes playing instruments. He taught himself how to play the harmonica, harp, guitar and a little bit on drums. He can also “peck out a thing or two on piano, but it’s rudimentary.”
While he’s known mostly as a country musician, Black has dabbled in the television and movie fields as well. He has appeared in the comedy film “Maverick,” television shows, “Wings,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack,” “Going Home” and “Anger Management.” Black has also appeared as himself on “Nashville Star,” “Las Vegas” and “Secret Talents of the Stars.”
To date, he has no television or movie appearances scheduled.
“I don’t have anything in the works, but you never know! Just when I don’t expect it, I get an offer I can’t refuse,” said Black.
Black was born in New Jersey, but his family moved to Katy, Texas, when he was a year old.
“I have older brothers who were starting to play instruments, and that got me interested,” said Black. “There’s music in the family; my great-grandfather immigrated from Sicily to America after a concert tour with a symphony orchestra. He played violin. I didn’t know him, but both of my parents loved music and played the radio and records a lot.”
Black’s interest in country music developed in the 1980s once the country genre moved toward the more traditional George Jones and Merle Haggard style. His first album, “Killin’ Time” was released in 1989, which was a commercial success. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and was certified platinum in 1990. Five singles off this debut album reached No. 1. Black has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1991.
That was the same year, 1991, that he married actress Lisa Hartman. The couple recorded “When I Said I Do” in 1999, which reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. They collaborated on another song, “You Still Get To Me” in 2015, and they’re planning on releasing a duet around Christmas.
“We’ve re-worked one of the songs from my first Christmas album into a duet. Fans should be able to get that in time for Christmas,” said Black.
Black and his wife have a daughter, Lily Pearl Black, born in 2001. After her birth, Black took a three-year break from the music industry to stay home with his daughter.
His daughter has shown a natural ability for music, and she sang with him on stage in San Diego this past July 4.
“She has a wonderful voice and a natural acting ability. She’s a lot of fun,” said Black.
While his heart swells in the country music genre, he enjoys all music.
“I love rock and roll, jazz, bluegrass and big band music. Some of my biggest influences outside of country would be James Taylor, The Eagles, Buffet, Steely Dan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, etc. I’ve been wearing out Mark Knopfler’s ‘Shangri-La’ CD lately. But it’s a huge list of greats in my collection,” said Black.
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