Black hat-wearing country singer Clint Black and his band are unplugging for Wednesday's show at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.
"What's nice about the acoustic tour is it means a much more intimate experience with the audience than I would get in larger settings," he said in an email interview.
"I will have a small acoustic band on stage with me for most of the show. There are certain fan favorites that we will almost always play, and then there are only 100 other songs I can bounce in and out of the show based on my mood that day. I love this kind of show!"
Black, 50, performed at the Gallo Center once before in 2009. A frequent visitor the area, he performed in 2011 at the Stanislaus County Fair and in 2007 at the Turlock Community Theatre.
He broke out in 1989 with his critically-acclaimed debut "Killin' Time." He went on to write, record and release more than 100 songs. His hits include "Walkin' Away," "Where Are You Now," "Cadillac Jack Fever," "The Shoes You're Wearing" and "Nothin' But the Taillights."
He hopes to release a new album some time this year his first since 2007's "The Love Songs."
"I have been writing songs steadily since my last record, and I feel like 2013 is the time for them to be heard," Black said. "The exact timing and details are still in the works, but we should be coming out with my next album within a year, and we will be showcasing a few of the songs on this tour."
Black continues to act in movies and appear on TV. He played ranch hand Toby in 2012's "Flicka: Country Pride" and 2010's "Flicka 2," two direct-to-DVD sequels to the 2006 film "Flicka," about a beautiful horse. His wife Lisa Hartman-Black and their 11-year-old daughter Lily appeared with him in the 2012 installment.
"Having a young daughter, the idea of creating family programming really appealed to me," said Black.
"I had so much fun making the last one with my wife and daughter, I would be selfish to want anything else from the experience. They are terrific family movies that I hope inspire others to be better people."
He has appeared on several reality TV shows over the years, including NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and PBS' "History Detectives." But he said he's taking a break from that for now.
"Honestly, it's all about music for me right now," he said. "I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a wide variety of things, but for now I want to stay focused on this tour, the new album, and all that follows from there."
He is writing the score for a touring production called "Aussie Adventure," a story about an American rancher and his daughter moving to the Australian outback in 1901. The show will be presented in arenas, with a large cast of singers, actors and musicians, plus 35 horses.
Black is working on a Broadway play that's based on the life of Roy Rogers that is expected to go into production in 2014.
In the meantime, he's looking forward to being back in Modesto. "I can't wait to hang out with y'all, get ready for a great show!" he said.
WHAT: Clint Black
WHERE: 8 p.m. Wednesday
WHEN: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100