Release Date: July 8, 2014
About The Album
Multi-platinum-selling country group BLACKHAWK have signed with Loud & Proud Records and are working on their first studio release in 12 years. The band (guitarist/vocalist Henry Paul and keyboardist/vocalist Dave Robbins ) are currently in Nashville with co-producer Dale Oliver (Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman), putting the finishing touches on their new album Brothers Of The Southland, currently scheduled for a July 8th, 2014 release.
“Brothers of the Southland is the product of BlackHawk’s evolution,” says Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky. “It represents the band through the years and their many hits, the adversity they faced and Henry and Dave’s decision to continue their musical journey together. BlackHawk’s sound remains a beautiful blend of melody and harmony with genuine and purposeful lyrics and Loud & Proud is excited to be their label partner. We know their legions of fans are going to love experiencing this new music.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with Tom Lipsky and Loud & Proud,” says Henry Paul. “His belief, commitment and appreciation for our music has us excited for the future. We’re looking forward to the next chapter of our story.”
Along with third founding member Van Stephenson, Henry Paul and Dave Robbins exploded onto the country music landscape in 1993 with their self-titled album and top 10 hit single “Goodbye Says It All.” Three more hit singles followed (“Every Once In A While,” “I Sure Can Smell The Rain” and “That’s Just About Right”), propelling the album to platinum status. They maintained that pace in the years that followed, scoring a dozen top ten hits, including two number ones, while selling more than seven million records. Tragedy struck in 1999 when Van was diagnosed with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. After a long and courageous fight, Van lost his battle in 2001. Henry and Dave honored his dying wish that BlackHawk continue to make great music and fight for a cure. They established the Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund in his memory, donating the proceeds of their efforts to the Vanderbilt Cancer Research Center.
Over the course of their amazing career, BlackHawk’s songs have touched people young and old. Their unique musical character has been a catalyst in bringing non-country music fans to the genre. Twenty-one years after their arrival, BlackHawk’s legend grows.
“Brothers Of The Southalnd” single.
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From USA Today, about the single/title track, “Brothers Of The Southland”: (read article)
BlackHawk’s Henry Paul and Dave Robbins pay tribute to the acts Southern-rock roots with Brothers of the Southland, premiering at USA TODAY.
Before forming BlackHawk in 1993, Paul had been a member of The Outlaws, known for its ’70s hits There Goes Another Love Song and Green Grass and High Tides. He’d also had success on his own, fronting the Henry Paul Band. BlackHawk took him into the country world, where he, Robbins and Van Stephenson had 10 top-20 hits between 1993 and 1999.
Brothers of the Southland, the title track to the first BlackHawk album in 12 years, pays tribute to Southern rock’s fallen heroes, like Ronnie Van Zant and the other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in a 1977 plane crash; the Marshall Tucker Band’s Tommy and Toy Caldwell; Duane Allman; and the Outlaws’ Hughie Thomasson, Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones. With its somber pride, it’s like a cross between the Charlie Daniels Band’s The South’s Gonna Do It Again and George Jones’ Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.
“There are so few members of my peer group from that generation left,” says Paul, 64. “There have been so many tragic footnotes to that story, it’s almost like documenting where you come from, so that you don’t forget.”