Clint Black w/ The Mother Truckers 4/30
If you haven’t heard yet, Rozone Productions has been working hard for us music-lovers this spring, bringing in some outstanding country acts to Austin’s favorite hill country venue, Nutty Brown Cafe. Located just a short little drive outside of town, Nutty Brown has been home to some of the best live shows played by some of the biggest Texas acts, and this week is no exception. Coming off a fantastic show last week (Blake Shelton and Neal McCoy), Rozone has decided to bring another legendary country star–Clint Black–to play out under the stars this Friday, April 30th, alongside Austin’s own country-rock group–The Mother Truckers.
Years ago, two independently acclaimed musicians (Josh Zee and Teal Collins) met at an open mic night… and the rest was history. Combining their energies and talents in 2002 into a band known as The Mother Truckers, Josh and Zee became the core of a group that has created a kick-ass blend of country, blues, and rock for 8 years now. With critically acclaimed albums under their belt, the group has made a strong name for themselves in the Austin scene–placing on The Austin American Statesman’s Top 10 list, snagging a spot on KGSR’s top albums of the year, and winning “Best Roots Rock Band of the Year” at SXSW a few years back. As they have steadily toured around the country, The Mother Truckers have performed at summer festivals such as Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic, High Sierra, and Bumbershoot and have opened for a number of top acts including Dwight Yokum, Hank Williams 3, and Robert Earl Keen. Coming to us this Friday with their creative songwriting and energetic live performance, the band will open for country legend, Clint Black.
Although Clint Black was technically born in New Jersey, the country star spent the majority of his formative years down in Katy, Texas, where, at a young age, he began to show signs of future musical stardom. As music became a constant in his household, Black decided to pick up the harmonica at age 13 and penned his first song one year later. Learning the guitar at age 15, he joined his older brothers’ band, eventually dropping out of high school and becoming a solo act. Focusing on country music (after he credits George Strait and Reba McEntire for changing the face of the genre), Black managed to build his local rep and gain the attention of RCA Records, who signed him in 1987. Over the next few years, Clint released his first album (Killin’ Time), scored four straight Number 1’s, and received the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award (shortly followed by their award for Male Vocalist of the Year). Black released 6 albums throughout the 90’s, all of which reached various levels of certified platinum or gold, but as the millennium hit, he decided to take a short sabbatical. While re-assessing his musical career, he eventually founded of his own record label (Equity Music Group) where he released two more studio albums. Throughout his entire career, Black has amassed more than 30 singles on the Billboard Country Charts (22 of which have reached Number One) and has also remained committed to contributing to the song-writing on every album released. Black explains that “a song is more than just something to sing. It’s something to learn from. It’s somebody else’s true feeling. I’m always trying to get at the meaning. … When I write a line, I’m doing the same thing. I’m looking at it from the perspective of if I was driving down the road listening to it, what am I gonna get out of it?”
Needles to say, Clint Black is a country legend, who has been in the game (and remained relevant) for over twenty years. With his epic songs and massive reputation, there’s no doubt that tickets for the show this Friday will go pretty darn quick. To find out how to get tickets, head over to the Do512 event page for the show, and make sure you click “I Like It” for a chance to win one of THREE pair of FREE tickets! Hope to see you there!
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