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“The older we get, the more people we know – friends, family members and fans – are being touched by cancer in some way,” Dave adds. “It's just amazing how many people are affected by cancer. That's one reason why this is so important to us.”

Before Van passed away, he asked for two things: for BlackHawk to continue making music for years to come and for his bandmates to do what they could to find a cure for cancer. “By doing this every year, we get to live up to our promise to Van to help find a cure for cancer and to make sure BlackHawk survives day after month after year,” says Henry. “It has a very personal connection for us. We all have a job in this life, and this is ours.”

BlackHawk became a multi-platinum-selling trio in 1993 with the release of their self-titled debut album which spawned the Top 10 hit “Goodbye Says It All,” “I Sure Can Smell the Rain,” “That's Just About Right” and the chart-topping “Every Once In A While.” Five more albums and several more hit songs would follow in years to come including “I'm Not Strong Enough to Say No,” “Almost a Memory Now” and “Postmarked Birmingham.” Their latest album, Brothers of the Southland, was released last July. The project marked the band's first studio album in 12 years.