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Austin City Limits

Clint Black with Special Guests (#2503)

In 1989-90, Black was included among a circle of highly touted "new country" artists creating an intense buzz in Nashville. His pure, honky-tonk voice and superb songwriting abilities quickly propelled him into the upper tier of country music's elite. He captured the Country Music Association Horizon Award in 1989 after his first album, Killin' Time, became a multi-platinum success. The following year Black released a triple-platinum album entitled Put Yourself in My Shoes which earned him the 1990 CMA Award for Best Male Vocalist. USA Today opined "Clint Black. You'll be hearing his name a lot. There may never have been a country performer who has created a bigger stir right out of the box. Or one placed in such a perfect position to become the next superstar." Black's career continued to rise with a succession of five platinum selling albums over the next eight years. The former Houston honky-tonker landed more than 25 top-10 hits, including 19 no. 1 hits - all of them self-penned. His star power grew to such heights, that in 1996 he earned a coveted star on the celebrated Hollywood "Walk of Fame." D'lectrified, Black's most recent album is also the first for which he earns credit as producer. Black envisioned an all-acoustic album that would reflect both traditional country as well as pop-rock music styles. "There is not a single electric instrument on the album, but you wouldn't know it unless you were told. It is, truly, totally, unplugged," says Black. USA Today' s Brian Mansfield declared that D'lectrified "is one of Black's finest hours on disc, a tip of the hat that shows just how much musical territory country's mainstream leaves unexplored." Three of the songs on D'lectrified are unplugged reinterpretations of previous hits "Burn One Down" (with Edgar Winter), "No Time To Kill" and " Something That We Do." "I really got the idea from listening to Eric Clapton's rearrangement of "Layla" to really approach the songs from a new point of view, almost as new songs," the popular singer says. "This idea of an unplugged album sort of brings up its own connotations, its own images [for the songs]." Highlights of Black's evening in the Austin City Limits spotlight include "Tail Lights," "Live and Learn," and "Been There," as well as "When I Said I Do" with his wife Lisa Hartman Black, "I'll Take Texas Anyday" with towering Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, and a tribute to legendary country picker Chet Atkins on "Ode to Chet" with Austin guitar slinger Eric Johnson. Black found the Austin City Limits setting ideal for his first ever taped concert performance. "For me it was like a great intimate show with a wonderful audience," said the singer. "A little voice in the back of my head was saying, 'Finally, I'm on Austin City Limits.'"
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Series Description: AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music and beyond. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. All find a home on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage.

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