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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:29 am

Clint Black, heralded as one of country music’s most prolific singer-songwriters will be at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Thursday for a one night performance.

During the performance Black is likely to play some of his greatest hits like “Killin’ Time,” “Like the Rain,” “A Better Man,” and “Summer’s Comin’.” Black, known as a singer and guitarist, is also proficient on the drums and harmonica.

Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide throughout his career which began in 1989 with the release of his debut album “Killin’ Time,” which went triple platinum.

In a recent interview via email, Black said he was glad to be on tour.

  • After three decades of recording and touring, how do you keep your shows fresh?

I think the best way to keep a show fresh is; to not overbook. When I get tired of the road, it shows on stage. From there, it’s the audience who makes the show fresh. If you came to sound check, you’d know exactly what I mean.

  • Outside of your current tour, what are your plans for the near future?

I’m working hard on new music to release and who to release it through. I have some other plans but they’re premature. I’ve also done some filming to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the “Killin’ Time” release. I’m very excited about how that’s coming along. I’m not sure where it will be seen though, I’m still waiting to hear all of the options on that.

  • Since you have a number of classic hits, is it difficult to add material to your show?

It’s very tough to add songs to the show. Once we get something working for the tour, I tinker a little on the road, but I end up reverting to what I think the audiences are enjoying most. In the beginning of the show, when it’s just me on stage, I play around more with the list and the stories, but once the band gets on stage, we tend to stick to the program.

  • Have you gotten to work with some of your original musical influences? What is your favorite experience from that?

I have worked with many of my musical heroes; Haggard, Jones, Waylon, Buffet, Loggins, Edgar Winter, David Crosby, Eric Idle…, the list is long. It has been beyond what I dreamed about as a kid when I thought about what “making it” would be like. They are all “greats” for a reason and it’s a thrill to see those reason up close and in person.

  • Throughout your tours, you manage to keep a close relationship with your wife. Can you elaborate on the song "When I Said I Do" that you sing with your wife Lisa Hartman, and what it means to you and her?

We’re married 23 years this fall. I’d say “close” is an understatement. We’re best friends. The song I wrote for us was intended to be the true story of us and what we would say to each other when everyone is listening. When she shows up to sing it with me, it’s the highlight of the show and for me, seems to be over before I know it.

  • In your opinion, what do you feel is your greatest accomplishment within the music industry? In your opinion, what do you feel is your greatest achievement outside of the industry?

My lasting relationships are my best accomplishments outside of the music. Within the biz, I’d say; developing as an artist. It’s not easy to do. There have been many throughout my career who’d have been very happy to see me take a back seat to the creation of my songs, and production of the records. I had a lot of encouragement from my songwriting partner and lead guitarist, Hayden Nicholas as well as friend and producer, James Stroud.

  • What would you like for the people of Midland/Odessa to know about you?

I’d like them to know they’re getting my very best, always. I’ll be thinking of almost nothing else but them before the show. I’m very grateful to people who get out of the house and come to a show. Spend their time and money to come see us. I want that night to be the best I can do.

  • What would you like for people to take away from the show?

I like people to laugh and have a good time hearing the music. Maybe, think about the messages in the songs about life and love. Songs have helped me to see the world in different ways, through the lyrics. I’ve actually learned important lessons from songs I listened to throughout my life.

  • For you, what is the most exciting part about being on tour?

For me, it’s a chance to succeed each night at entertaining a crowd. I love a good audience and audiences who are entertained are usually great fun!

  • Is there anything that you want to add?

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