Nothin' but the Taillights

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Nothin' but the Taillights
Clint Black, Nothin' But the Taillights.jpg
Studio album by Clint Black
Released July 29, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Country
Length 46:22
Label RCA
Producer James Stroud, Clint Black
Clint Black chronology
Looking for Christmas
(1995)Looking for Christmas1995
Nothin' but the Taillights
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars link
Entertainment Weekly C+ link
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars link

Nothin' but the Taillights is the seventh studio album by country singer Clint Black. Black co-wrote many of the songs with others and played much of the guitar himself for this album.

"Something That We Do", "Nothin' but the Taillights", and "The Shoes You're Wearing" were hit singles. The latter two of those three songs reached #1. The album is currently certified platinum by the RIAA.

"Still Holding On" was co-written with Matraca Berg and Marty Stuart and performed as a duet with Martina McBride. This song was also included on McBride's Evolution album, also released in 1997.

"Ode To Chet" is an ode to guitar player Chet Atkins and features Steve Wariner, Larry Carlton, Dann Huff, Hayden Nicholas, Mark Knopfler, and Atkins and Black themselves on guitar.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Clint Black/Hayden Nicholas except where noted.

  1. "Nothin' but the Taillights" (Black, Steve Wariner) – 3:50
  2. "That Something In My Life" (Black, Kostas) – 2:52
  3. "Our Kind of Love" (Black, Shake Russell) – 4:09
  4. "Loosen Up My Strings" – 3:30
  5. "Still Holding On" (Black, Matraca Berg, Marty Stuart) – 4:01
  6. "Something That We Do" (Black, Skip Ewing) – 3:57
  7. "The Shoes You're Wearing" – 3:29
  8. "You Don't Need Me Now" (Black, Russell) – 3:42
  9. "What I Feel Inside" – 4:30
  10. "You Know It All" (Black, Wariner) – 4:17
  11. "Ode To Chet" – 3:13
  12. "Bitter Side of Sweet" – 4:28




  • Clint Black—producer
  • James Stroud—producer
  • Kevin Beamish—engineer
  • Ricky Cobble—assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Mark Hagen—assistant engineer
  • Richard Hanson—assistant engineer
  • Ronn Huff—arranger, conductor
  • Julian King—engineer, mixing
  • Pete Martinez—assistant engineer
  • Glenn Meadows—mastering
  • Patrick Murphy—assistant engineer
  • John Nelson—assistant engineer
  • Gary Paczosa—engineer
  • Ray Rogers—assistant engineer
  • Craig White—mixing assistant

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 43
Canadian RPM Country Albums 5


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country CAN AC
1997 "Still Holding On" (with Martina McBride) 11 1 50
"Something That We Do" 2 67 4
1998 "Nothin' but the Taillights" 1 116 1
"The Shoes You're Wearing" 1 118 1
"Loosen Up My Strings" 12 6
1999 "You Don't Need Me Now" 29 31