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Terri Clark goes honky-tonkin'

Terri Clark hasn't been heard lately on country radio, but she has plenty going on.

On Friday, Clark will come to Renegades in West Palm Beach, a stop that she worked into a schedule that includes promoting her latest album, co-hosting a morning radio show and beginning work on her next album.

On her most-recent recording, 2012's "Classic," Clark reprises 11 country standards by the likes of Merle Haggard ("Swinging Doors"), Hank Snow ("I'm Moving' On) and Loretta Lynn ("Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' [With Lovin' on Your Mind]"). The album also finds Clark dueting with Tanya Tucker on "Delta Dawn," Dierks Bentley on "Golden Ring" and Reba McIntire on "How Blue."

"Reba was my childhood hero growing up," Clark says. "I'd get my guitar and sing, 'How Blue.' If I knew I'd ever sing that as a duet with her, I'd have died. It was a pinch-me moment."

Clark, 45, recently ventured into co-hosting "America's Morning Show" with Blair Garner on New York's WNSH-FM, which converted to a country format in January.

"I want to challenge myself," she says. "Blair is the one with the radio experience, and those of us in there with him follow his lead. Sometimes, I just talk in my best Reba voice."

Hailing from Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada, Clark got her Nashville start playing for tips at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a honky-tonk across the alley from the historic Ryman Auditorium. From 1995 to 2004, she had hits with songs such as "Better Things To Do," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "Girls Lie Too" and "I Just Wanna Be Mad."

Clark remains popular in Canada, where she won the Canadian Country Music Association's Fan Choice Award not only while in her prime but also in 2006, 2007 and again this past September. "I didn't go to the awards show this year, but I found out I had won," Clark says. "I was blown away by the whole thing. But I guess my fans were on a mission."

Clark sees no difference between her Canadian and American fans. "They're all the same," she says. "What moves people, moves people, no matter where they were born."

Clark is planning to release her next album in February, and is working with Michael Knox, best known for discovering Jason Aldean. For now, Clark is playing small shows at bars in the United States and in Canada.

"I wanted to make an effort to get out and have sweaty fun and raucous shows," she says. "It's just a lot of fun. At a club, people can hang out, have a few drinks and be themselves. I feel like part of a great big party, rather than performing. There's no better place to play honky-tonk music than in one."

Terri Clark

When: 10 p.m. Friday; Shane Duncan will open

Where: Renegades Country Bar and Grill, 600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach

Cost: $15


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