Clay Walker To Replace Clint Black At The 5th Annual Black Gold Bash

“We sincerely apologize for all inconveniences that Clint being unable to perform at the Black Gold Bash this may bring,” the company wrote in a statement.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 27, 2023


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Clay Walker; Photo by Tonya Lippert, Clint Black; Photo Provided

Clay Walker is stepping up to fill-in for Clint Black at The 5th Annual Black Gold Bash Presented by Oilfield Helping Hands on June 7 in Texas after doctors ordered Black off the road for an urgent back surgery.

On Saturday (May 27), It was revealed that Walker will now headline the event as Clint Black has been forced to postpone or cancel several of his upcoming Summer’s Comin’ Tour dates due to a sudden medical procedure.

“The 5th Annual Black Gold Bash Presented by Oilfield Helping Hands on June 7, 2023, at the Midland County Horseshoe Amphitheater originally with Clint Black as the headlining performer has now been updated to Clay Walker as the headlining performer,” the event wrote on social media. “We sincerely apologize for all inconveniences that Clint being unable to perform at the Black Gold Bash this may bring.”

The event concluded their statement by writing, “so hang on to your tickets because the Black Gold Bash is still going to be a great night of country music with superstar Clay Walker with ticket proceeds benefiting Oilfield Helping Hands.”

According to a member of Clint Black’s team, the “Killin’ Time” singer has to undergo surgery on his back under the advice of his Doctor.

“Based on the advice of his doctors, Clint needs to undergo a procedure on his back prior to this performance,” Black’s team wrote in a press release.

Black’s official website states that the country hitmaker will return to the stage on June 24 in North Carolina at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex.

See a full list of the affected tour dates here.

The news comes just weeks after the country superstar announced his headlining Summer’s Comin’ Tour.

The trek, dubbed the Summer’s Comin’ Tour, was originally slated to kick off on Friday, June 2 at the Cohen Community Series event in Overland Park, Kansas. Black’s tour was expected to wrap up on September 24 at California Center For The Arts in Escondido, California, however, it will conclude later in the year.

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The Summer’s Comin’ Tour comes after he spent the fall on the road with his wife Lisa Hartman Black and their 22-year-old daughter Lily Pearl Black, which was dubbed the Mostly Hits And The Mrs. Tour.

“That’s a wrap on the Mostly Hits and The Mrs. Tour!” Black wrote at the conclusion of the tour. ”Thank you so much to everyone who made these shows so special, and to @lisahartmanblackofficial_ and @lilypearlblack for sharing your beautiful selves!”

The Mostly Hits And The Mrs. Tour kicked off on November 17, 2022, in Burnsville, Minnesota at Ames Center and continued for months before wrapping up on February 5, 2023, in Pensacola, Florida at Saenger Theatre.

Clint Black recently reflected on the tour during an interview with Music Mayhem and recalled one of his favorite moments from the trek, w​​hich was watching his daughter live out her dreams. 

“It’s especially nice as a dad to watch people react to her [Lily] hitting these high notes on a Carrie Underwood song or something and seeing their reaction,” Black admitted. “It’s thrilling to see she has the fire now, it’s lit.”

L to R Lily Pearl Black, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black; Photo Provided
L to R Lily Pearl Black, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black; Photo Provided

He also hopes to bring his family back out on the road in the future. “This is something I hope to do, plan to do, every year,” he shared. “We’re still gonna do 70 cities without Lisa and Lily coming along and then hopefully before the end of the year we’ll be back out with them.”

Additionally, the “Killin’ Time” singer is currently hosting, Talking In Circle With Clint Black, a TV series that airs on Circle Network that finds him interviewing fellow country artists. 

Over the course of three seasons, Black has filmed 35 episodes with special guests like Luke Combs, Tim McGraw, Pam Tillis, Deana Carter and many more.

“It’s brought people into my life who I was already a fan of or just a new fan of,” Black said of the show. ”There’ll be some collaborations that come out of that.”

Talking In Circles With Clint Black

Now, Clint Black is preparing to kick off Season 4 of Talking In Circles With Clint Black, which launches on May 13 at 10/9c on the Circle Network. The new season of the popular TV series will feature special guests Lee Brice, Terry Bradshaw, Charles Esten, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kevin Nealon, and Big Kenny of Big & Rich.

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The 2024 Country Music Cruise

Early next year, Clint Black will join The Country Music Cruise, which begins on January 20, 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visits Grand Turk, Key West and Half Moon Cay before returning to the dock on January 27, 2024. 

The 2024 Country Music Cruise will also feature performances by Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, Joe Nichols, Shenandoah, Home Free, Moe Bandy, Wade Hayes, Darryl Worley, Billy Dean, Jimmy Fortune, Linda Davis, and more. Click HERE to see the cruise’s full lineup.

Hosted by Nan Kelley, the cruise will also feature a Grand Ole Opry at Sea event as well as tributes to Elvis Presley.

The sold-out sailing marks the tenth annual voyage of The Country Music Cruise and fans will set sail aboard the luxurious Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam. 

For a full list of Clint Black’s upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE.


25 – Wilmington, North Carolina – Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College

30 – Shipshewana, Indiana – Blue Gate Performing Arts Center


13 – Albany, Oregon – Linn County Fair

14 – Central Point, Oregon – Bi Mart Amphitheater

15 – Everett, Washington – Boxcar Park

29 – Maquoketa, Iowa – Jackson County Iowa Fair


4 – Round Rock, Texas – Round Rock Amp

5 – Fort Worth, Texas – Billy Bob’s Texas

12 – Charles Town, West Virgina – Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

18 – Peachtree, Georgia – Frederick Brown Jr Amphitheater

27 – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – Crystal Grand Music Theatre


9 – Pendleton, Oregon – Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Museum

23 – Chandler, Arizona – Chandler Center for the Arts

24 – Escondido, California – California Center for the Arts


27 – Overland Park, Kansas – Cohen Community Series


28 – Catoosa, Oklahoma – Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Tulsa

January 2024

20-27 – Beginning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – The Country Music Cruise

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.