Clint Black

Lisa Hartman knew all about superstardom when she started dating Clint Black in 1990. She had portrayed rock singer Ciji Dunne on "Knots Landing," posed in big hair and skimpy swimsuits for pinup posters and was the kind of TV personality recognized on the streets.

Black, however, was just on the brink of becoming one of country music's biggest singers, having graduated from street performer in his hometown of Katy, Texas, to the Grand Ole Opry to selling 3 million copies of "Killin' Time."

"She understood a lot of what I was going through before I did," Black recalls, in a phone interview from Grass Valley, Calif., where he's on a tour of casinos and theaters. "I was surrounded by chaos. When I would get some time off, the idea of going out anywhere ¿ a mall, you name it ¿ was just 'No, no, I don't think so, I'm tired and I don't want any.' It was pretty overwhelming, to become a celebrity so quickly."<br><br><b>8 p.m. Saturday at Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, Ind.; $35-60; 219-879-7711</b><br><br>Read the full <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-1209-clint-black-20111208,0,226432.story>Clint Black interview</a>

Lisa Hartman knew all about superstardom when she started dating Clint Black in 1990. She had portrayed rock singer Ciji Dunne on "Knots Landing," posed in big hair and skimpy swimsuits for pinup posters and was the kind of TV personality recognized on the streets. Black, however, was just on the brink of becoming one of country music's biggest singers, having graduated from street performer in his hometown of Katy, Texas, to the Grand Ole Opry to selling 3 million copies of "Killin' Time." "She understood a lot of what I was going through before I did," Black recalls, in a phone interview from Grass Valley, Calif., where he's on a tour of casinos and theaters. "I was surrounded by chaos. When I would get some time off, the idea of going out anywhere ¿ a mall, you name it ¿ was just 'No, no, I don't think so, I'm tired and I don't want any.' It was pretty overwhelming, to become a celebrity so quickly."

8 p.m. Saturday at Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, Ind.; $35-60; 219-879-7711

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