To properly ring in the holiday season, Clint Black will set out on a 12-city Christmas tour beginning Tuesday, December 1st, in the Villages, Florida. The trek will make stops throughout New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma, before wrapping up on Sunday, December 20th, back in Black's home state of Texas.
The tour has become something of an annual tradition for the singer-songwriter, and concertgoers can expect material from Black's Looking for Christmas and Christmas With You albums, which, along with renditions of Christmas standards, feature original tunes like "Milk and Cookies," "Coolest Pair" and "The Kid." He'll also perform songs from On Purpose, his first album of new tunes since Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic a decade ago.
Recorded at his Nashville studio, On Purpose is Black's 10th studio album since the neo-traditional (and now-classic) Killin' Time helped change the country landscape in 1989. With myriad changes to the music business since he scored consecutive chart-toppers with his first four singles, Black didn't worry about pleasing country radio programmers with the material he wrote and recorded for On Purpose.
"I like some of the songs I'm hearing [on radio], but we're going backwards with sounds," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "I don't mind hearing reverb and distortion, but I want to hear the different instruments. The musicians who are playing on this record are Mozarts."
Here's the list of Clint Black's Christmas Tour dates:
December 1 – The Villages, FL @ Sharon L. Morse PAC
December 2 – Clearwater, FL @ The Capitol Theatre
December 4 – Pompano Beach, FL @ Isle Casino
December 5 – Saint Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Theater
December 10 – Roswell, NM @ Pearson Auditorium
December 11 – Sante Fe, NM @ Buffalo Thunder Resort
December 12 – Laughlin, NV @ Avi Resort & Casino
December 13 – Wickenburg, AZ @ Del E Webb Center
December 17 – Spencer, IA @ Clay County Events Center
December 18 – St. Louis, MO @ River City Casino
December 19 - Enid, OK @ Chisholm Trail Expo Center
December 20 – The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe