Katy-raised Clint Black was a crucial part of country music's third or fourth great pop-culture heist in the late '80s, releasing debut Killin' Time in 1989. The album cover featured the then 27-year-old twanger standing against a wall with his cowboy hat in his hands, ready to unleash the album's five singles on a world gearing up for another cyclical fascination with sad songs and steel guitars. Between Black, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks, the continuing reign of King George (Strait, duh) and a cast of female dynamos, the genre was dominant on radio and on the charts. Though since relocated to Nashville, Black has stayed close to his Houston roots and made a run of adventurous albums along the way. The unplugged D'lectrified, released in 1999, featured a cover of Monty Python's "Galaxy Song," with the iconic comedy troupe's own Eric Idle guesting.
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