Clint Black to play sold-out show at Avalon Theatre

Clint Black Photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Clint Black has been gaining country music fans and breaking hearts thanks to those laughing eyes for 30 years.

And he’s not done. His latest album “On Purpose” was released two years ago and he has show dates lined up through September.

His next tour stop brings him to Grand Junction for a show at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. This Sandstone Concerts show is sold out.

Between recent weekend concerts Black took time to answer a few emailed questions about his plan for the Grand Junction show and where he finds inspiration for his music.

Ann Wright: What do you do to care for your voice?

Clint Black: That’s a great question. Most people — even within the industry — don’t really think about that.

Once I’m touring, I stay pretty quiet to preserve the cords. If you think of them like a pitcher’s arm — you wouldn’t have a pitcher tossing the ball all day, the day of a big game. And every show for me is “the big game.”

I also have a warm up routine I do two and a half hours before show time. Between that and the show, I do one short set of warm ups 15 minutes prior, otherwise I rest the cords and let the warm up settle in.

Wright: You’ve sung hundreds of shows and met thousands of fans. Is there something fans consistently ask you?

Black: For an autograph! HA. Mostly, they want to know if Lisa (wife Lisa Hartman Black) is with me. No kidding. Or when we’re going to do another duet.

Wright: Actually, is there anywhere you can go these days where you can find a bit of anonymity (without actually revealing the place)?

Black: I don’t worry about anonymity. I just go wherever I like. Lots of times, I blend in and feel quite normal.

Wright: Where do you go or what do you pull from for inspiration in songwriting? How has that changed over the years?

Black: I’ve always felt if I don’t try to write all the time and instead do some living and learning, I will continue to find things to inspire and different ways of writing about them. Love is always there for inspiration, but there are a million things to write about.

Sometimes, I’m given a script to write for and that’s a fun change of pace.

Wright: What can your Grand Junction fans expect from your show here?

Black: We’re doing a lot of hits, a couple of new songs and a couple of songs by people who inspired me. I also have some funny “asides” that introduce the songs. The show has a very up close and personal feel.

The band is fantastic and they all get a chance to shine. We have some great instrumentalists and I like to hear them play, so it’s a very musical show.

I’m also playing a lot more lead guitar and harmonica. I’ve dedicated a lot of time over the last decade to getting better and better on guitar. I’ve exceeded my own expectations and continue to push myself. Hopefully it will show!


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