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5 questions with Clint Black

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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:00 pm

One of country music’s most recognizable voices will fill the stage Thursday at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in a stripped-down — and sold-out — show.

Clint Black told fans on Facebook last week that he and his band “will be doing a lot of hits (some revamped for this set up), as well as revisiting some songs I used to play in clubs before my first album.”

The Scottsdale box office has opened a waiting list for any tickets that become available at the last minute.

In the meantime, Black, who we were told was resting his vocal chords in the days leading up to the show, was polite enough to chat with us by email. The musician and actor, who has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, answers a few questions, below.

Q: You posted on Facebook that you’ll be doing “acoustic” shows on this tour. What are fans in for at the Scottsdale concert?

A: The acoustic tour will give me the chance to have a more intimate experience with the audience than I get in larger settings. I will have a small acoustic band on stage with me for most of the show, but I’m very happy to be alone with just my audience and a guitar. I love this type of show.

Q: You’ve accomplished so much in so many genres, from music and acting to business and charity work. What’s something you still want to try that you haven’t done yet?

A: Honestly, right now, it’s all about music for me. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to do a wide variety of things, but it always comes back to the music for me.

Q: What were some of your favorite songs of 2012? What did you download to your MP3 player or listen to over and over again in the car?

A: I have an 11-year-old daughter, so I no longer have control over my own iPod, and certainly not the car stereo!

Q: What can we look forward to next from you?

A: This is a very busy time for me. I will have new music out this year, which of course I am very excited about.

Also, there is going to be a touring production called ‘Aussie Adventure,’ which is a story about an American rancher and his daughter moving to the Australian outback in 1901. It’s an arena show with a large cast of singers, actors and musicians — and 35 horses. I was brought on to write the score for the entire production, which has been a great experience. Because of my own performance schedule, I will not personally be touring with the production, but my music will. I don’t yet know what their plan is for when that goes out.

Finally, I am working on a Broadway play based on the life of Roy Rogers. That will probably go into production in 2014.

Q: Are you a new year’s resolution kind of guy?

A: My new year’s resolution is to become the world’s greatest ukulele player! (Insert [Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso] Jake Shimabukuro laughter here.) Really, I have the same resolution every year: Be a better man.

If you go

What: Country music artist Clint Black in concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17

Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

Cost: $49-$79; tickets are sold out, but there is a waiting list at the box office for tickets that may become available at the last minute. Email BoxOfficeStaff@sccarts.org with your phone number, full name and the number of tickets you wish to purchase to be placed on the list.

Information: (480) 499-8587 or ScottsdalePerformingArts.com

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