Nineties hitmakers BlackHawk are returning with a new project of never-before-heard songs from the early days of their career. Blue Highway is set for release on June 24 via BFD/Audium Nashville, and the album’s first single, “Baby The Rain Must Fall,” is available now.
The album features twelve archival tunes from 1992 that were only recently mixed and mastered with bass, drums, electric guitar and mandolin. The compilation features the vocals of all three original members of BlackHawk–Henry Paul, Dave Robbins and the late Van Stephenson, who died of cancer in 2001. All twelve cuts were written by the trio.
“Looking back on BlackHawk’s beginnings, I’m always reminded of the innocence and personal character of our songwriting, and both the fragile beauty and strength of our voices,” says Paul. “For Van and Dave and I, it was magic watching this exciting chapter in our life’s musical journey unfold. This album once again brings the three of us together and sheds light on the dawn of our creation in those early days.”
“This collection of songs brings home the fact that it wasn’t by chance that Van and Henry and I got to have this dance with you,” adds Robbins.
Paul and Robbins are dedicating the upcoming release to the memory of their departed bandmate. In 2006, BlackHawk established the Van Stephenson Cancer Research Fund which, since its inception, has generated over $400,000 for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
“Without Van, BlackHawk would have never been, and his uniquely beautiful talent was at the heart of all we did,” explains Paul. “Dave and I continue to honor our last promise made to him by keeping BlackHawk together and doing what we can do help find a cure for cancer.”
Blue Highway Track List:
1. Don’t Put Yourself Down
2. Baby The Rain Must Fall
3. Southern Wind
4. I’m Gonna Find a Way
5. Where The Wild Roses Grow
6. Not By Chance
7. Heavy Hand
8. Heart With a View
9. Blue Highway
10. Breathe The Night
11. One Good Reason
12. Wide Open Spaces
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