Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is a CountryMusic artist who began as part of the "Class of '89," a batch of highly successful artists from that very year which also introduced Music/AlanJackson, Music/GarthBrooks and several others. This new wave of artists helped reintroduce ThreeChordsAndTheTruth to the genre. Interestingly, he was managed by Music/ZZTop's producer, Bill Ham.
Black made waves in 1989 with his debut single "A Better Man", which made him the first male country artist in 15 years to send a debut single to number one. The next three singles from his debut album ''Killin' Time'' also went the distance, and he only missed the top 10 once between then and late 1998. Although his commercial success dwindled in the 2000s, leading to a departure from Creator/RCARecords, he has continued to record. Between 2004 and 2008, he owned the Equity Music Group label, which released albums by him, Music/LittleBigTown, Carolina Rain, Laura Bryna, Kevin Fowler, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Black also has a few acting roles to his credit, and he has been married to actress/singer Lisa Hartman since 1991. She sang backing vocals on his last #1 hit, "When I Said I Do".
!!Tropes present in Black's work:
* AdvertisedExtra: Lisa Hartman Black got chart credit on "When I Said I Do" entirely for singing a backing vocal.
* BrokenWinLossStreak: The 1997 single "Still Holding On" (a duet with Music/MartinaMcBride) snapped a 24-song streak of Top 10 hits dating back to his debut single, having just missed at #11.
* ChristmasSongs: ''Looking for Christmas'' in 1995 produced chart entries in "'Til Santa's Gone" and "The Kid". The former continued to re-chart every Christmas until 2000, when ''Billboard'' changed the country charts to disallow re-entries of Christmas songs. The album was re-issued in 2004 via Equity with two new tracks.
* DrowningMySorrows: "Killin' Time".
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The 48-second harmonica solo that launches "State of Mind".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "You're the only lock that's made to fit my key" in "Straight from the Factory".
* HappyRain: "Like the Rain", in which he says that he never liked the rain until he walked through it with his lover, and now he's "falling for [her] just like the rain".
* HurricaneOfPuns: "Tuckered Out," In which basically about how many CountryMusic acts you can fit into one song, for example:
-->I've seen more than a Little Texas, and a Playboy[[note]]as in Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys[[/note]] always knows
-->A man does what he [[Music/MarkWills Wills]] as long ss he stays on his toes...
-->: I'm [[Music/MerleHaggard haggard]], worn and [[Music/WaylonJennings wailing]] From the bottom of my Restless Heart/Don't know why the Black cloud's tailin' me,there seems to be no [[Music/DollyParton parting]] from the dark...
* LeavingFoodForSanta: "'Til Santa's Gone (I Just Can't Wait)". Hint: It was originally called "'Til Santa's Gone (Milk and Cookies)".
* LyricSwap: In "Nothin' But the Taillights", the narrator's ex kicked him out of his truck and drove off in it. In the first chorus he's "walking in the moonlight", and says "that's a pair of taillights I may never see again". In the second chorus he's "''talking'' in the moonlight", thinking over the situation. The last chorus is his plan for when he finds her and gets the truck back: ''she'll'' be walking in the moonlight, and "that's a pair of taillights she ''won't'' ever see again."
* NewSoundAlbum and UnpluggedVersion: ''D'lectrified'', recorded entirely with acoustic instruments.
* RecordProducer: He was produced by James Stroud from his debut album through ''Nothin' but the Taillights'' (a 10-year span), with Mark Wright as an additional producer on his debut. From ''D'Lectrified'' onward, he produced by himself. He also produced ''Series/NashvilleStar'' winner Buddy Jewell's debut album, and a couple albums by acts on Equity
* SequelSong: "No Time to Kill" references "Killin' Time".
* ShapedLikeItself: "Wherever You Go"..."there you are".