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Country mega-star Clint Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and racked up 57 charted singles, 31 top 10 hits and 22 number one smashes including “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Like the Rain,” “When I Said I Do” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights.” On Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., he will perform in his Lied Center debut.

Prolific singer/songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in the world. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status on country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.

Black’s continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the triple platinum “Killin’ Time,” marked a shift in the industry, with a return to the more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music. Released while Black was still an unknown Texas-based artist and writer, “Killin’ Time” boasted five #1 hits – unprecedented from a debut album in any genre – and won Black a collection of awards that included: Country Music Association Horizon Award, Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite New Male Country Artist, Academy of Country Music Best New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Best Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Album of the Year (“Killin’ Time”), and Academy of Country Music Single of the Year (“A Better Man”).

For Black, “Killin’ Time” was only the beginning. “Put Yourself in My Shoes” followed in 1990, and quickly went triple platinum. Since then, Black has had nearly two dozen #1 hit singles, and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits – all of them his original compositions, which is itself a notable rarity in popular music. The overall number of his awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, surpasses the number of his hit records, while he has performed for a staggering number of dedicated music fans in concerts through the years.

Tickets for Black’s performance on Oct. 23 are on sale online at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

This performance is generously supported by Swanson Russell and Gold Event Sponsor Melvin Kurpjuweit.