Comprised of a trio of seasoned professional musicians, Blackhawk became one of the most successful new country groups of the mid-'90s, scoring a string of Top 10 hits from their first two albums. Featuring Henry Paul (lead vocals, mandolin), Van Stephenson (guitar, vocals), and Dave Robbins (keyboards, vocals), the band formed in the early '90s, releasing its first single, "Goodbye Says It All," on Arista Records in late 1993. Other hits from their debut album included "Every Once in a While," "I Sure Can Smell the Rain," "Down in Flames" and "That's Just About Right."
Strong Enough, Blackhawk's second album, was released in 1995, with the hits "I'm Not Strong Enough to Say No," "Like There Ain't No Yesterday" and "Almost a Memory Now." Love & Gravity followed in 1997, with The Sky's the Limit appearing a year later. They issued their first hits collection in mid-2000.
Stephenson died of cancer in 2001. After various incarnations, Blackhawk hired Anthony Crawford as its third member. An album on the independent label Rust Records is scheduled for 2006.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide