The country singer didn't include any mushy love songs about wife Lisa Hartman on his new CD

The annals of popular music are filled with stories of superstars who said ”I do,” then heard reviewers complain about artistic decline and ”silly love songs.” But country singer Clint Black thinks he knows how to avoid that risk; his new album contains no mushy songs of romantic infatuation. ”Now that I’m married and so much in love, it would seem like there’s gotta be some song that comes out of it,” reckons Black, ”but I’m not really tryin’ to look for it.”

Black, 30, wasn’t exactly looking for a mate, either. But when former Knots Landing star Lisa Hartman, 36, came backstage after his Houston concert on New Year’s Eve 1990, the singer knew he’d found one — they married on Oct. 20, 1991, not quite 10 months later. To Black the union means ”a balance to my life, and a sense of support I haven’t known anywhere else.”

But not just emotional support. For a time, Black’s mother-in-law, publicist Jonni Hartman, became his personal assistant and is thought to have encouraged him to swap his starched uniform of dress shirt and hat for his current T-shirt, jeans, and often hatless look. If the elder Hartman has been criticized for a ”Hollywoodization” of the singer, the singer isn’t complaining. ”It’s humbling to have all this happen in my career, fall so much in love, and have this perfect life,” says Black. ”It’s more than one person really deserves.”