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Clint Black to take stage in Greensburg

| Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
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Country singer-songwriter Clint Black
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The Stickers (from left) Joe Wodarek, Jim Wodarek and John Wodarek performed in 2012 at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

The Palace Theatre in Greensburg will be a little more country on Friday night when country music legend Clint Black and Western Pennsylvania's own The Stickers take the stage.

Singer-songwriter Black has long been heralded as one of country music's brightest stars. His 1989 debut album Triple Platinum “Killin' Time” is heralded by CMT as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.

Since then he has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs and sold more than 20 million worldwide, including nearly two dozen No. 1 hit singles, and almost as many top five and top 10 hits. Black has won a large number of music awards, including Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year and many others.

Opening for Black for the first time is the local band The Stickers. The group includes brothers Joe Wodarek on lead vocals, John Wodarek on bass guitar and backing vocals and Jim Wodarek on drums. Rounding out the band are keyboardist Jay Casper and Dawson's own Jay McKnight on guitar.

“We are more the new-style country. We are big into storytelling and letting the music paint the picture,” said John Wodarek, 41, of the South Hills of Pittsburgh. “Clint's a storyteller as well, and we kind of have the same style. We both tell stories that real people can relate to and enjoy. Clint is a master at that.”

The band has been touring the United States for the past 2 1 / 2 years appearing with national artists such as Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins and Hank Williams Jr. — just to name a few.

During the tour, the band has been performing at a variety of venues, including being a featured artist at Jamboree in the Hills and the CMA Festival in Nashville.

“We were the only unsigned artists at the CMA Festival, and being down there and being able to sing next to guys we grew up listening to was kind of surreal for us,” Wodarek said.

The band has taken its music to the global stage, charting five songs in the United States and four songs in Europe, including many top 10 songs overseas.

Joe Wodarek, 39, of Pleasant Hills said it is very special to be able to share success with his brothers.

“It's very surreal because when it gets exciting and you have an ‘oh wow' moment, you can turn around and see your brother sharing that moment with you,” he said.

He believes the audience is going to love the show.

“They are going to love how entertaining we are. My motto is life is good, and at the end of the show if you didn't have a good time, then we didn't do our job,” Wodarek said.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at the theater at 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. Ticket prices are $45, $55, $65, $75 and $85. For tickets, go to www.thepalacetheatre.org or call the box office at 724-836-8000.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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