Before the formation of Blackhawk, Stephenson and Robbins had already co-written various number one hit songs for Restless Heart, a country pop band. In the 1980s, Van Stephenson released two solo hit songs independently. Henry Paul was a part of the Outlaws band before the formation of Blackhawk.
The band signed up with the Arista Nashville Record label in 1993 under which they released their first single, “Goodbye Says It All.” The song reached the eleventh spot on the Billboard Hot Country charts. Their debut album BlackHawk came out in 1994. It was given a multi-platinum certification by the RIAA. All through the 1990s, Blackhawk recorded and released many chart topping hits, three more albums along with a Greatest Hits record.
In 2000, Van Stephenson left the band due to health reasons. Randy Threet, a former member of the band Outlaws, substituted for him. Threet made his debut appearance on the fifth album of the band, Spirit Dancer. In 2003, Threet left the band and was replaced by Anthony Crawford. Later Michael Randall joined the band for the next four years. Dave Robbins took a break from the band for two years order to pursue his career in songwriting. Threet joined the group again. Ever since then, the lineup of the band has been Randy Threet (backup vocalist and bass guitarist), Chris Anderson (lead guitarist and backup vocalist), Henry Paul, (lead vocalist and mandolin player), Monte Yoho (percussionist and drummer) as well as Dave Robbins (keyboardist and backup vocalist).
Tom Lipsky, the owner and the president of the Loud & Proud Records believes that the upcoming album, Brothers of the Southland, is the Blackhawk’s evolution as a country band. Although the music of the band is the same, it is a beautiful fusion of harmony with melody, along with lyrics that are purposeful as always.
Having sold more than seven million album copies, Blackhawk has become legendary in the country music circuit. In 1999, tragedy struck the band when Van Stephenson was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away in 2001. Dave Robbins and Henry Paul honored his dying wish to keep Blackhawk alive. They did so and further made the known Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund in his honor.
Over a span of nearly 21 years now, the career of the band continues with them performing live in concerts and coming up with a new album after more than a decade. Their music has touched the hearts of all age groups. Furthermore, Blackhawk’s sound has been a huge catalyst in getting non-country music fans to like the genre. The legend of the band continues to date with an increase in their fan following. The show at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis is expected to be a successful one. You can now book your Blackhawk tickets and enjoy the evening.