There’s been a Clint Black sighting! And there’s been a Clint Black signing! And now one of the lost artists of country music’s famed “Class of ’89” is back in the saddle, and one of the most forward-thinking and upwardly-rising record labels in Nashville have landed arguably their biggest fish yet.
Announced (7-21), Clint Black is back in the record making business, partnering with the indie label Thirty Tigers to release an album sometime this fall. With 20 millions records sold and 22 #1 singles, Clint Black’s re-emergence in music after an extended hiatus comes at a time when many of his “Class of ’89” compadres are seeing resurgences in their careers as well, including the recently-unretired Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson who just released a new record.
UPDATE (8-2-15): According to an Amazon pre-order listing, the new album will be called On Purpose, and will be released on September 24th.
“Thirty Tigers has an independent spirit,” said Black in a statement. “They believe in allowing artists the creative freedom to create music we can all be passionate about. What’s more, I value and appreciate that their focus lies squarely where it belongs on the music.”
“Thirty Tigers is a place that values not only great songwriters, but great performers,” Thirty Tigers President David Macias says. “Clint is one of the format’s best at both. I could not be more excited about this new album it’s long overdue and for Thirty Tigers to get the chance to work with an artist of Clint’s caliber, whose music I’ve loved for so long, is truly an honor.”
Clint Black’s career arc has been unusual to say the least. After his major success in the early 90’s, he took three years off after the birth of his daughter in May of 2001. It was great for his family life, but terrible for his career, and ever since then Clint has been the butt of disappearance jokes. His last official full length studio record was ten years ago when he released Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic. He also released an EP in 2008 and a few compilations here and there.
The signing certainly gives an air of legitimacy to Thirty Tigers as an outfit that can contend with the mainstream. Black’s name had been thrown around as a possible candidate for Scott Borchetta’s NASH Icon label. Thirty Tigers also recently opened a radio division, which will allow them to contend with majors on that medium as well. Thirty Tigers is famous for letting artists own their own labels and music, and has launched names such as Stugill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and Aaron Watson.