Country star Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman Black sing ‘Mostly Hits’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 3
From a press release:
This fall, Grammy Award-winning country music superstar Clint Black is hitting the road with his wife, actress and singer Lisa Hartman Black, to perform live together on the Mostly Hits & The Mrs. Tour, which stops at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
Doors at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $39.50, $39.50, $49.50, $69.50, $79.50, and $125, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, tickets are only available online at kirbycenter.org, ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m. Members can call 570-826-1100 to purchase tickets.
“Clint and Lisa Experience” pre-show packages are also available at kirbycenter.org.
It has been three decades since the release of Clint Black’s groundbreaking debut album “Killin’ Time.” The genre-altering record cemented the country music icon as one of the truest traditionalists in the game, and his widespread influence can still be felt in the works of artists today.
Having sold over 20 million records and earning 22 No. 1 career singles; nearly two dozen gold and platinum awards (U.S. and Canada), a Grammy Award; numerous CMA, ACM, and American Music Awards; and being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Black has had one of the most storied careers in modern music. The Houston-raised musician has certainly come a long way from the Texas nightclub circuit where he first began.
On June 19, 2020, the seemingly unstoppable legend continued forward with the release of his 12th studio album, “Out of Sane.” The self-produced record not only stays true to sounds that birthed country music, but also progresses the genre to today’s sensibilities. Still, he holds firm in making music that doesn’t fit a mold or conform to current popularity.
“I try to make records that don’t fit into a trend,” the producer/guitarist said. “I never wanted to start a trend, and I’m not going to chase a trend either. To me, a great band will always sound great, today and in 10 years. If you listen to this record, it’s not about fitting into today’s country, or yesterday’s country, or tomorrow’s country – it just is.”
This country superstar understands that people consume music in the real world, but to create something that endures, a whole lot of lab time is required. Laughing, he explained the album’s title – a lyric from the road boogie “What I Knew Then” – comes from the dual states of mind that come into play with making records.
“I have a studio on my property, so I can walk out there and never finish working because I have this passion for it. But so many hours can drive me insane – I don’t sleep; I’m exhausted and completely consumed. It’s like a radio that clicks on in my sleep, to get up and get back to work. The music comes out of the sane part of me, and the record itself the insane.”
The lead track from “Out of Sane” is the unadorned piano ballad “America (Still in Love with You).” It plays as an intimate song of romance, yet serves as a pledge to the fundamental truths and values of the country at a time of incredible divisiveness.
A collection of material that will certainly stand the test of time, “Out of Sane” is one of the most personally gratifying albums Black has ever recorded.
“‘Out of Sane’ is made up of all original songs, except for one cover. I recorded it with a varied collection of musicians – some from my band and some with session players. I believe it’s one of my best albums ever, and I think my fans will love it,” Black said.
“They’ve been asking for new music for a while, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to deliver after five years since the last studio album.”