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Clint Black’s ‘Nothin’ but the Taillights’ Turns 15

Nothin' But the Taillights
RCA Nashville

‘Nothin’ but the Taillights’ — which turns 15 years old today, July 29 — was Clint Black‘s second-to-last album on RCA Records and his last platinum record. It featured four hit singles, including the title-track, which along with ‘The Shoes You’re Wearing’ would go to No. 1 in 1998.

Black handled much of the guitar duties on this album. It was also filled with superstar collaborations, including Martina McBride (‘Still Holding On’), Alison Krauss (‘Our Kind of Love’) and a handful of great guitarists for the tribute to Chet Atkins, called ‘Ode to Chet.’ Steve Wariner, Dire Strait‘s guitarist Mark Knopfler and Atkins are three of the five axeman on the song.

The album received mixed reviews, with Allmusic saying Black “has less twang to his music than ever before, but he remains a charismatic vocalist.” The Grammys love the project, however, and the singer earned multiple nominations in 1998, as well as one for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1999 for the album’s namesake song. Ultimately, Black didn’t win any hardware for the album, but it speaks to his high level of professionalism as he approached would what be a career transition a few years later.

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