According to Billboard, Black was one of the first who made country music more popular in the 1990s. He released his first single, “A Better Man,” in early 1989, which went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs.
“Black was an immediate sensation throughout country music, and he played the Grand Ole Opry one month before his debut album, “Killin’ Time,” was released,” Billboard stated. “‘Killin’ Time’ was an immediate hit, going gold within six months and featuring four other hit singles, including the number ones (songs) ‘Killin’ Time,’ ‘Nobody’s Home’ and ‘Walkin’ Away.’ At the end of 1989, he won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, as well that organization’s Best Male Vocalist Award.