Country star Clint Black strums in Grass Valley

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As part of their continuing “Off Site Series,” The Center for the Arts presents multi-platinum recording artist Clint Black in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. “We’re thrilled to bring world-class performers to Nevada County,” said center director Julie Baker. “It’s exciting to expand into the genre of country music.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. “We are delighted to partner with the Center for the Arts in providing wholesome, family-style entertainment that everyone can enjoy. Clint Black is all of this and more,” said Kimala DeSena, fund development specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs. One-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica. Black’s continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the triple-platinum Killin’ Time, marked a shift in the industry, with a return to more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music. For Black, Killin’ Time was only the beginning. Put Yourself in My Shoes followed in 1990, and quickly went Triple Platinum. Since then, Black has had nearly two dozen No. 1 hit singles, and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits — all of them his original compositions. Black flexed his acting chops with a cameo in 1994’s “Maverick” (alongside Mel Gibson), as well as with roles in films such as 2000’s “Going Home” (with Jason Robards) and the starring role in 1998’s “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack.” KNOW AND GO What: Clint Black in Concert presented by The Center for the Arts When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 Where: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley Tickets: VIP: $75, reserved seating and parking; General admission: $45 members, $55 non-members available at The Center Box Office at (530)?274-8384 ext. 14 or online at