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Want to find a better man? This new outdoor summer concert is for you, Boise

How to find concert tickets online from official sellers

Buying concert tickets online can be confusing. Idaho Statesman entertainment writer Michael Deeds offers quick tips on how to search for official sellers and buy tickets at face value, and how to spot reseller sites, where prices often are higher.
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Buying concert tickets online can be confusing. Idaho Statesman entertainment writer Michael Deeds offers quick tips on how to search for official sellers and buy tickets at face value, and how to spot reseller sites, where prices often are higher.

When Clint Black moseyed onto the scene in early 1989 with his debut album, “Killin’ Time,” nobody could have predicted the stampede he would cause on the Billboard country charts.

By spring, Black’s first single, “A Better Man” was the No. 1 Hot Country Song, marking the first time in 14 years that a male artist’s first charted single had done that. (The predecessor? Freddy Fender’s “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” in 1975.) And “Killin’ Time” quickly unholstered three more No. 1 hits — the title track, “Walking Away” and “Nobody’s Home” — launching a career that produced 18 more chart toppers.

Black, 57, will sing many of those favorites Sunday, June 30, at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field. Concert fans nostalgic for ’90s-era country are the prime audience for the 7 p.m. show, which goes on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3. General-admission tickets will cost $50 at Ticketmaster, or charge by phone at (208) 426-1766.

Black had tons more radio hits. But by the early 2000s, his career finally cooled off. The Texas-raised musician left his label, RCA Records, and settled down to spend more time with his family. But for that decade or so, he was massive. Two of the smashes from his debut album — “A Better Man” and “Nobody’s Home” — were even named the top country songs of 1989 and 1990 by Billboard.

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and opinion columnist at the Idaho Statesman. Since starting at the Statesman as a news intern in 1991, he has been a sportswriter and features/entertainment editor. Deeds also has freelanced for The Washington Post, Relix, Country Weekly, Velo News, Beer Advocate and more.
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