Country music legend Clint Black is returning to the Corn Palace, bringing new country sounds he’s excited to share with his South Dakota fans.
Making his second trip to the World’s Only Corn Palace, the country music singer-songwriter said the overwhelming support during his first performance in Mitchell on Jan. 11, 2013, has him eager to perform here again. Black is slated to take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday for this year’s Corn Palace Festival.
“I really love seeing the support for country music in Mitchell and in South Dakota, and I remember seeing all ages at the show I performed a while back at the Corn Palace,” Black said in an interview with The Daily Republic, noting an older-aged demographic of fans typically make up the crowds in larger cities. “You don’t see that in Mitchell. Country is somewhat of an exclusive genre in South Dakota.”
While Black will be exposing the Corn Palace crowd to some of the new styles he’s developed, the iconic hit songs that have put the award-winning country artist in an elite category of musicians will be on full display. Black’s performance in Mitchell is part of the Still ... Killin' Time 30th Anniversary Tour, which kicked off in March. It’s been 30 years since his first hit single “Killin’ Time” landed him atop the U.S. Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks list in 1989, and Black said the six-month tour has been nothing shy of amazing.
Although he’s known for his acoustic guitar skills and vocal power, Black said he’s been exploring the realm of playing electric guitar and harmonica.
“I’ve been enjoying playing the electric guitar, and it opened up a new world to me as a performer,” Black said. “It’s allowed me to be more expressive as a musician, and it’s something I get excited to go out and share. But I love playing the songs that made me into the artist I am today.”
Backed with a plethora of prestigious awards from the 1989 Academy of Country Music Awards, which includes Album of the Year, and being named the Top Male Vocalist, Black is proud of his celebrated career.
Black's career includes 13 albums, many of which he produced on his own. Black’s ability to write his own songs helps better express who he is on stage.
“I work really hard to write my own music, and I’m really proud of my work. I’m giving you as much of it as I can when you come to the show,” Black said. “I wanted to make country music that stood the test of time.”
Watching the album he released in 2015 called “On Purpose” climb to No. 13 on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums list that same year, it’s safe to say Black’s music has stayed relevant since his first album released in 1989.
While Black’s approaching the latter half of his music career, the Texas native doesn’t have any plans of slowing down.
“I want to keep getting better at it, and I know I can get better,” Black said. “As long as I feel like I’m getting better, I will keep playing and writing music. If you see me on any given day, I will have a guitar in my hand, practicing.”
His passion for country music alone is motivation for him to continue developing his career, but a few country music legends have helped inspire the 57-year-old along the way. To no surprise, Black said he draws inspiration from the likes of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, two legendary country music artists he credits for inspiring him.
Though his music is steeped in traditional country music, Black said that Eric Clapton has a special place on the list of his favorite artists.
“Clapton can play just as good — if not better than — most young music artists, and he’s proof you can always keep getting better,” Black said. “But for country music inspiration, the Merle Haggards and George Straits of the world are people who have been instrumental in keeping me going.”
Off the stage, Black has journeyed into acting. He’s made appearances on several well-known reality TV shows, including the ABC sitcom Hope and Faith, along with competing in Celebrity Apprentice."
Black's band includes some of the people who have been with him since the beginning of his music journey in the 1980s.
In addition to being a country music star, Black is also a husband and father.
Closing out his tour in September, Black credits his wife, Lisa Hartman, and daughter, Lily Black, for providing the support system he needs to continue performing and making country music.
“I’ve been beyond blessed with the support of my wife, and when I get down or need my spirits to be lifted, she is there for me, always,” Black said of his wife, who is a well-known actress. “We’ve been able to raise a beautiful daughter through our busy careers, and we’re blessed.
All seats are reserved seating, and ticket prices are $42 to $55, depending on the seating section.