Clint Black Week: Black Shares New Recording of ‘Nobody’s Home’ [Watch]
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Clint Black is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Killin’ Time, and he’s sharing a new version of one of the album’s biggest hits, “Nobody’s Home,” exclusively with Taste of Country readers.
Black is taking over Taste of Country to share exclusive new video content every day this week, including some new recordings of some of the album’s key tracks. “Nobody’s Home” was the third single from Killin’ Time, and it also became the third consecutive No. 1 hit from the album, spending three weeks at the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart beginning in January of 1990. Billboard later named “Nobody’s Home” as the top country song of 1990 in its year-end issue.
The song was actually the first track that Black and his longtime collaborator, Hayden Nicholas, recorded after they met. Those demos ultimately led to Black’s deal with RCA and the recording of Killin’ Time.
“It was one that I wrote in a fever,” Black recalls in the clip above. “I was really sick. I was barely able to get out of bed.”
He was writing ideas down at the desk near his bed, and those ideas ended up forming a near-complete lyric to “Nobody’s Home.”
“Which is fitting,” Black says with a laugh, “since for me, the lights were barely on, but definitely nobody was home.”
The idea was inspired by Einstein’s observation that most people only use 10 percent of their brain capacity.
“When I heard that, I thought to myself, ‘What about that other 80 percent?'” Black observes drolly, adding, “It really makes a thinker think.”
The newly-recorded version of the song relies on a simple arrangement based around guitar, bass, drums and piano, but without the lush backing vocals, pedal steel and other arrangement elements that made the studio recording sound so slick, bringing the songcraft, playing and vocal performance to the spotlight.
Visit Taste of Country tomorrow as Black shares one final piece of exclusive content to mark 25 years of Killin’ Time.
Backstage at the 2015 ACM Awards With Clint Black