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There is a Nashville-style knock knock going around where you can
make any "what the hell ever happened to" country singer of the past the punchline. Since Clint Black is hitting town, we'll use him. It goes like this:
Clint Black who?
Hmmmph. Tough town...
Nashville radio is known for chewing up its legends and spitting them back out like soggy tobacco chaw when they get a little long in the yellow tooth - Merle Haggard and George Jones haven't had hit singles in decades, and even the New Traditionalists who saved country from the Urban Cowboy wave of pop country in the 80s are fading from memory with Garth Brooks recently ending three year stint in Las Vegas and Alan Jackson's latest record offering up three singles that each died a wheezy death like an old ranch mule barely inside the Top 30.
Clint Black was one of the New Traditionalist who rescued country when his 1989 debut album "Killin' Time" hit country radio with four No. 1 hard country singles. Although Black hasn't recorded an album of new material since 2005, country music needs a few more Clint Blacks, honest to God country singers, and less of the preening cowboy-hatted, tank-topped, wallet-chained jackasses populating the new millennium country charts. -- Chris Hansen Orf
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