Twisted J Live presents


Jon Young

Sat · May 25, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


BlackHawk - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
For more than 20 years, BlackHawk has shared a unique sense of harmony with
their voices, their songs and their fans. It’s a harmony that has sold over 7 million
albums, scored some of the most distinctive country radio hits of the ‘90s, and
still draws tens of thousands of fans to their electrifying live performances.
Today BlackHawk continues to honor its past as it forges its future, and does it all
with a commitment that takes their music – and the harmony – to a whole new
“When we started,” says BlackHawk co-founder & lead vocalist Henry Paul, “our
individual careers as writers and performers gave us somewhat of a more
creative sensibility. We were three guys whose goal was to approach country
with smart songs and unique harmonies for people who may not automatically
like country.” Paul had previously co-founded Southern Rock legends The
Outlaws, as well as leading the popular ‘80s rockers The Henry Paul Band. Van
Stephenson had mainstream pop success as an ‘80s singer-songwriter-guitarist
(“Modern Day Delilah”). And Dave Robbins had written hits for Eric Clapton and
Kenny Rogers while partnering with Stephenson to write a series of classic #1
hits for Restless Heart, including “The Bluest Eyes In Texas” and “Big Dreams In
A Small Town”.
“Even though the three of us had a love and appreciation for traditional country
music,” says Dave, “we knew we weren’t going to be that. Henry was coming
from Southern Rock, Van & I were in Nashville, but were writing country songs
with pop sensibilities. When it came to our vocals, we wanted the three of us to
be up front in the choruses like Crosby, Stills & Nash or The Eagles. What set us
apart from the very beginning musically was being true to who we were
BlackHawk’s 1993 self-titled Arista debut album launched with the smash single
“Goodbye Says It All”, followed by the Top 5 hits "Every Once in a While", "I Sure
Can Smell the Rain", "Down in Flames" and "That's Just About Right". The album
soon certified Double-Platinum, and the band received an ACM nomination as
Best New Vocal Group Of The Year. BlackHawk followed up with the hit albums
Strong Enough, Love & Gravity and Sky’s The Limit, which collectively featured
such hits as “I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No”, “Like There Ain’t No
Yesterday”, “Big Guitar”, “Almost A Memory Now”, “There You Have It” and
“Postmarked Birmingham”. It was an unprecedented run of hits for a band that
never quite fit the standard country mold. “Getting a BlackHawk record on the
radio was often a tough sell,” explains Henry, “for the same reason country radio
rejected bands like The Mavericks, The Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss. But we
were committed to smart, strong songs whether they fit the format or not. And the
fans responded.”
But at the height of the trio’s success in 1999, Van Stephenson was diagnosed
with an aggressive form of melanoma. “Van’s contribution to the group was
enormous,” Henry says. “He could be a tremendously gifted songwriter and a
deeply spiritual guy. We found ourselves at a crossroads as a band, and it would
have been an easy time for country music to count us out.”
“Two days before Van passed away, Henry and I went to visit him,” Dave
remembers. “Van was in a wheelchair at this point, and we took him for a stroll
around his neighborhood. We spent the morning just talking, reminiscing about
our career and good times together. Towards the end of our visit, Van said ‘I’ve
got two things to ask of you guys. First, do what you can to help raise awareness
and find a cure for this thing. The other is, don’t quit. There’s still a lot of great
music left in BlackHawk.’” Since Van’s death on April 8th, 2001, the band and its
fans have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for The Van Stephenson
Memorial Cancer Fund at Nashville’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Henry and Dave regrouped and soon returned to the album charts with their
Greatest Hits – dedicated to Van and featuring his final track “Ships Of Heaven”
– as well as 2002’s Spirit Dancer and 2011’s Down From The Mountain, along
with a touring schedule that brought the music to fans like never before. “Our
audiences today are often full of 18 to 30 years olds,” says Dave. “They listened
to us as kids, and still have a love for the music we made. That’s a big part of
what propels us to keep creating as writers and performers.”
For the fans, for the music and for the brotherhood of Henry and Dave, harmony
remains a powerful force. BlackHawk continues to record new music – including
their well-received 2015 Brothers Of The Southland album, a forthcoming
Christmas record and an acoustic greatest hits album – and deliver stellar live
shows, backed by an all-star band of veteran country and southern rock players.
“BlackHawk has a 20-year history of a certain kind of song craft as well as a
quality of performance,” Henry says with pride. “People have always come to our
shows expecting a concert that is emotionally and musically engaging, and the
band still sounds even better than the records, night after night, show after show.
When we take the stage, we work as hard as we ever have. We owe it the music,
we owe it to ourselves, and Van, and we owe it to the fans. Now more than ever,
that’s the true legacy of BlackHawk.”
Jon Young - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Jon Young
Venue Information:
Twisted J Live
2281 N 377
Stephenville, TX, 76401