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Volume 68, Issue 109, Wedenesday, March 12, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Black plays with family at the rodeo

Pin Lim
The Daily Cougar

Other than country western music, there is no musical genre in which family participation is not just encouraged, but almost guarantees marketing success. Monday night at the rodeo was an all-Texas, all-family night with Jerry Jeff Walker and Clint Black bringing along their respective family members.

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Country legend Clint Black circles the Reliant Stadium on horseback before performing at RodeoHouston on Monday. Black stepped into the Monday night slot after scheduled performer Lynyrd Skynyrd was forced to cancel.

After being introduced as a singer/songwriter from Austin, Walker walked fifty yards on the dirt to the stage and proceeded to open the show with "Layin' My Life on The Line," followed by "Charlie Dunn."

He next introduced his son, Django, to the audience and proceeded to sing "Texas on My Mind" with him. Though he seemed unsure of how to relax on stage, Django earned the audienceis approval for his talents.

Jerry Jeff closed his set out with "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance" and "Good Hearted Woman." As he waved to the appreciative crowd before departing on the back of a truck, one can't help but feel that this opening act was half an hour too short. 

Hometown boy Clint Black came blazing in on horseback carrying the Texas flag. After dismounting and greeting the audience, he played "Been There," a harmonica number, with vigor that would have made Larry Adler proud. Of course, any real son of Texas must perform something Texan in theme, and he did just that with "Iill Take Texas."

Black made sure to thank the audience who stayed and watched him perform in place of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He wished lead singer Gary Rossington a speedy recovery before inviting his brothers, Kevin and Brian, to pay tribute to the group by performing "Call Me The Breeze."

What better opportunity is there to plug a new single than in front of 52,158 paying fans? Black did that with his new patriotic song, "I Raq And Roll." The song is nothing like Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue," but it still has its moments. 

Black and his band broke into another tribute to Waylon Jennings with "Are You Sure Waylon Did It This Way?" before putting the audience in a romantic mood with the duet "When I Said I Do" with wife Lisa Hartman Black.

Whether one is a fan of Clint Black or not, one has to give him credit for the real workhorse performance he gave to RodeoHouston despite not being invited in the first place.

<B>Clint Black<P>

March 10

RodeoHouston at Reliant Stadium, One Reliant Park

<B>The verdict<P>: Despite the continuing presence of bad acoustics, seasoned performers like Jerry Jeff Walker and Clint Black managed to make the evening memorable.

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