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Clint Black brings boots and tunes to Sparks
by Kayla Dubchansky - Tribune Staff
Feb 18, 2008 | 1767 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Tony Contini - Clint Black rocks on one of his many guitars Sunday night at the Rose Ballroom at the Nugget in Sparks.
Tribune/Tony Contini - Clint Black rocks on one of his many guitars Sunday night at the Rose Ballroom at the Nugget in Sparks.
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Tribune/Tony Contini - Clint Black belts out the high notes in his Texas twang at the Nugget Sunday.
Tribune/Tony Contini - Clint Black belts out the high notes in his Texas twang at the Nugget Sunday.
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Tribune/Tony Contini - Clint Black smiles at the crowd during his two hour set Sunday night at the Nugget.
Tribune/Tony Contini - Clint Black smiles at the crowd during his two hour set Sunday night at the Nugget.
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It was obvious there was a country star at John Ascuaga's Nugget Sunday night. People streamed into the Rose Ballroom donning cowboy hats, boots and belt buckles.

Clint Black showed off his country style with his vocal abilities and musical talent when he kicked off the 8 p.m. show with, "The Shoes You're Wearing," from his album, "Nothing but the Taillights," released in 1997. In the song Black says "shoes don't make the man," but Sunday night they did. Black's cowboy boots, hats and jeans reinforced the country twang and southern-styled music that accompanied not only his fashion but also his music, with a violin, saxophone, piano, drums and a wide range of guitars and bass guitars.

Black showcased music from his first album "Killin' Time" released in 1989 to a new song called "Can't Quit Thinkin'." Black's new song has not been released yet and he described his new song as something from the, "more rockin' side of the disc." The song proved to be very catchy but he didn't give a release date for his new, still untitled album.

In between songs, Black entertained his audience with a few anecdotes about his life, his dad, brother and Willie Nelson, who is one of Black's inspirations. Black described how he entered Nelson's trailer at a music awards show and it was thick with smoke, claiming Nelson had burnt some toast.

"With Willie you gotta watch out for second hand toast," Black said.

Black kept his energy high and fun throughout the night as he sang, danced and smiled for the entirety of his hour and a half long show.

Although Black showed a lot of energy, the crowed remained docile through the love ballad, "Something that we do" except for one couple who were moved enough to get up and slow dance in an aisle of the large showroom.

The audience stayed in their seats until the last few songs of the concert when Black and the band encouraged the crowd to stand up and have some fun.

Black's encore was the most active and entertaining part of the show. Holding on to the popular song "Killin' Time" until the end of the performance, he came out and sang the hit with enthusiasm spurring the audience to get up and sing along. Next, Black switched it up and let drummer Bryan Austin take over the vocals while Black played the drums.

Black ended the show with a cover of the Eagles' song "Desperado" and fans ran up to the front of the stage with excitement to touch Black's hand.

Black's performance made for an enjoyable evening for his country music loving fans.
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Clint Black brings boots and tunes to Sparks by Kayla Dubchansky - Tribune Staff


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