Wednesday, July 06, 2011

CLINT BLACK:Country Superstar opens up about his career, family life, ups and downs and why he loves playing in CERRITOS! LCCN EXCLUSIVE!

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Note: This is an interview I conducted with Clint Black on Tuesday at the Los Cerritos Community News.  Clint opens up about his life, his ups and downs, how music has changed in the past 25 years, and why he loves playing at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts!  Visit the LCCN Interview with Clint by clicking here. Also in this clip is Brian Hews, Publisher of the LCCN! Thanks Brian!
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By Randy Economy
Los Cerritos Community News
Staff Reporter

Nashville, TN
Clint Black is busy this summer writing, performing, and spending as much time as he can beating the heat of Nashville by splashing around in his pool with his 10 year old daughter Lily and wife actress Lisa Hartman-Black by his side.
“I have been with my nose to the grindstone writing, developing some new projects, and doing the dad thing,” Black told the Los Cerritos Community News on Tuesday.
“Lily (his only child) is 10 years old now and doing great, working on some new water tricks this summer like, kick dad off the float,” Black snickered. “I am still trying to get the water out of his ears from being in the pool on 4th of July.”
The multi-Grammy Award winning recipient will one of two headlining acts to kicking off the 2011-12 season of the famed Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts next weekend July 16, and 17. Black will hit the stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 17th.

Appearing one day earlier before Black, and kicking off the new CCPA season will be “Dick Fox’s Golden Boys,” featuring three of the most popular teen idols of the late ’50s and early ’60s including Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte, and Bobby Rydell.

Black, who will be turning 50 next year, says that much has changed in the music industry over the past two and a half decades from when he first came onto the scene, and some of it has “not been good” for artists like him.

“We have had great advances with that have made the business both good and bad. Music wise we have seen the natural evolution of styles that we have always seen, but the technology has really hurt the record companies to the point where it is harder and harder for them to make a profit, which really hurts the artist,” Black said.

He said that artists usually make their money being on the road at concerts and performing at live shows. “But when you do an album or record it usually takes years before you can see a profit, then when you bring in the piracy issues it can’t really hurt an performer or band in the long run.”

“The issue of piracy is huge in our business,” Black said. He told the LCCN that the best way his fans can show their support is to buy cd’s, dvd’s and disks in nationally established retail stores such as Target, Costco, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy, and more importantly “see it in person.”

“When I started getting successful in the 1980’s the internet was just getting started,” Black said, and he said that the future will continue to be new challenges for the next generation of musicians, bands and solo acts. “The recording industry is in terrible, terrible shape and I think it has a huge impact on music culture,” Black said.

He also acknowledged that after working with and for music companies in the past, his effort to venture out under his own label did have initial success with the signing of “Little Big Town,” who has since left him to work with music giant EMI. Black said that even EMI is struggling in these hard economic times. “We couldn’t have picked a worst time to open a record label he said.
Black will be on tour during the next several months, and he can’t wait to get to Cerritos.

For the rest of the LCCN Interview with Clint Black goYOUR CITY TV at the LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS! 
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Fan in San Diego said...

Totally cute interview.

Anonymous said...

Way way cool. Love the "hat" question. Priceless!

No Wayster said...

Randy, HOW in the HELL did you GET CLINT BLACK on the phone....?


Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!