Blackhawk (band)

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General information
origin Nashville , Tennessee , United States
Genre (s) Country music
founding 1992
Founding members
Henry Paul (since 1992)
Electric guitar , vocals
Van Stephensen (1992-2000)
Keyboard , vocals
Dave Robbins (1992-2008, since 2010)
Current occupation
Singing, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Henry Paul
Keyboard, vocals
Dave Robbins
former members
Electric bass , vocals
Randy Threet (2000-2003, 2008-2010)
Electric guitar, vocals
Anthony Crawford (2003-2006)
Acoustic guitar, vocals
Michael Randall (2006-2010)
Electric guitar, vocals
Chris Anderson (2008-2010)
Keyboard, vocals
Jon Coleman (2008-2010)

Blackhawk is an American country band . The founding trio from 1992 has now become a duo.


Blackhawk was founded in 1992 in Nashville by Henry Paul (ex- outlaws ), Van Stephenson and Dave Robbins. The name is derived from a historic racing car called the Stutz Blackhawk . All three had previously worked with numerous stars of the country scene. Stephenson had also successfully released solo albums in the Adult Orientated Rock (AOR) segment and had a top 30 hit in 1984 with Modern Day Delilah . Her accompanying musicians did not officially belong to the band for many years.

At the end of 1993, the first joint single Goodbye Says It All was released , which advanced to number 11 on the country charts. In 1994, the album BlackHawk followed , which reached double platinum status and from which several successful singles were released. Most of the songs were written by the group members themselves. A year later, the album Strong Enough was released, which went gold. For Love & Gravity from 1997, well-known American songwriters composed several tracks with the band, including the rocky Desmond Child , who wrote the greatest hits by Kiss and Bon Jovi . This was intended to underpin and expand one's own merit for having won new listeners for the country genre.

In 2001 Van Stephenson, who had already withdrawn due to illness in February 2000, died of skin cancer and was replaced by alternating colleagues, with Randy Threet recording the next album as well as being part of the cast again later. On their website and on their last album Brothers of the Southland (2014) only Paul and Robbins present themselves as Blackhawk.


Blackhawk plays country music. Henry Paul plays acoustic guitar and mandolin while Dave Robins operates the keyboards . Van Stephenson was responsible for the electric guitar and occasionally for the lead vocals. The actual lead singer for three-part harmony singing was Henry Paul. Because everyone had heard Crosby, Stills and Nash in their youth, this was reflected in their own music. This openness to rock influences made them interesting for groups of listeners who until then had not shown themselves to be receptive to country and who from then on were more positive about this "music of the common people". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music even says that the proportion of AOR and Country is equal.


  • 1994: BlackHawk ( Arista Records )
  • 1995: Strong Enough (Arista Records)
  • 1997: Love & Gravity (Arista Records)
  • 1998: The Sky's the Limit (Arista Records)
  • 2000: Greatest Hits ( compilation , Arista Records)
  • 2002: Spirit Dancer ( Columbia Records / Sony Music )
  • 2011: Down from the Mountain (Mirror Lake Records)
  • 2014: Brothers of the Southland (Loud & Proud)
  • 2014: Greatest Hits & More (Loud & Proud)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Blackhawk. Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. In: Retrieved August 24, 2015 .
  2. a b c d Blackhawk Biography. In: Retrieved August 24, 2015 (Adapted from Colin Larkin: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music ).
  3. a b Van Stephenson; Singer in Country Trio Blackhawk. Obituaries. In: April 12, 2001, accessed August 24, 2015 .
  4. ^ Jörg Staude: Van Stephenson. Righteous Anger / Suspicious Heart . In: Metal Hammer . November 1996, Reviews. Soft metal, p. 52 .
  5. ^ Billboard Singles. In: Retrieved August 24, 2015 .
  6. Music Sales Awards: US
  7. ^ BMG Ariola Munich (ed.): Blackhawk. "Love & Gravity" . Munich August 1997 (laundry slip).
  8. Van Stephenson. In: Retrieved August 24, 2015 .
  9. ^ Blackhawk. In: Retrieved August 24, 2015 .
  10. Thomas Klingebiel: Local Studies with Hank Ein. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is compulsory even for school children in Nashville . In: Der Tagesspiegel . August 23, 2009, Reise ( [accessed August 24, 2015]).