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Singer-songwriter Clint Black to play the Paramount

Staff Report • May 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars.

To date, he has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs, eligible for major single release, also achieved hit song status on country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide.

Black will take the stage Friday, May 17 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. Show time is 8 p.m.

Gold Circle tickets for the first five rows in the left and right center sections are $100 each; individual tickets are $52 each.

While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.

Black’s continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it.

The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the Triple Platinum “Killin’ Time,” marked a shift in the industry, with a return to the more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.

Released while Black was still an unknown Texas-based artist and writer, “Killin’ Time” boasted five No. 1 hits — unprecedented from a debut album in any genre — and won Black a collection of awards that included the Country Music Association’s Horizon and Male Vocalist of the Year awards; the American Music Awards’ Favorite New Male Country Artist; Academy of Country Music’s Best New Male Vocalist and Best Male Vocalist awards, along with its Album of the Year honors for “Killin’ Time” and Single of the Year Award for “A Better Man.”

For Black, “Killin’ Time” was only the beginning. “Put Yourself in My Shoes” followed in 1990, and quickly went Triple Platinum. Since then, Black has had nearly two dozen No. 1 hit singles, and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits — all of them his original compositions.

With such a long and productive career, Black still keeps his output as fresh now as when he was a hungry, up-and-coming artist. When he felt that his music was in danger of becoming a bit repetitive in the late 1990s, Black shook things up by leaving his label of more than a decade and taking a much-needed break to reevaluate where he wanted to take his career next.

At that time, he and wife Lisa Hartman Black decided to start a family, and the birth of daughter Lily Pearl subsequently gave Black a new perspective and vigor that affected not only his personal life, but his professional and creative sides as well.

In 2003, he founded Equity Music Group, an especially artist-friendly record company that became home to his own recordings, as well as those of other like-minded artists. It was his company that launched Little Big Town’s career with their Platinum-selling album “The Road to Here.”

Black’s highly anticipated debut album for the label, “Spend My Time,” received great critical acclaim, and the label went on to earn Billboard’s No. 2 Independent Imprint of the Year and No. 4 Independent Label of the Year across all genres in 2006.

For more information, or to order tickets, call the Paramount Box Office at (423) 274-8920 or visit www.etix.com.

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