Long, cool Clint Black goes digital route
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
– Clint Black's first ever digital EP with his new single "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" drops March 4 at all digital sites.
"The Long Cool EP" will also feature "The Strong One" and Black's new duet with his wife Lisa Hartman Black, titled "You Still Get To Me." All of these songs will also be found on his next full-length studio release, which will be in stores May 27.
The iTunes version of the EP will feature an exclusive fourth bonus track: Harry Nilsson's hit, "Everybody's Talkin'."
Before the EP hits the digital sites, fans will be able to hear Black's latest single, a cover of the Hollies 1972 hit, on country radio.
"I've always loved this song, and cannot keep from turning my radio up all the way whenever it comes on," Black said. "There are a lot of songs from the past I would love to record, but this is such an exciting record, I decided to experiment with it first to see if I could make it a fit for me. I wanted the new music to first be about rhythm and this song has a beat that can't be... dare I say it... beat. Everyone loves this classic. And it adapted very well to fiddle and steel guitar. Who'd have thunk it?"
Black reunited with James Stroud, who co-produced some of Black's biggest hits, including five number one singles ("A Better Man," Put Yourself In My Shoes," "Killin' Time") from his debut CD "Killin' Time."
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The Love Songs
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Drinkin' Songs & Other Logic
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The "others" are a sober bunch, treated like they're much weightier songs than they actually are. "Too Much Rock" and "Code of the West" are message songs with no clear message. "Back Home in Heaven" is like corn syrup: sweet, light and lacking in flavor. The rest are even less memorable. The drinking half contains far better fare. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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