Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2021) — Last week in Nashville at the fifth annual Freeborn Jam benefit concert, held at The City WineryHenry Paul and Dave Robbins, members of country group BlackHawk, continued their annual tradition of donating to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.  

Paul and Robbins presented a $25,000 check to Vanderbilt on behalf of BlackHawk’s “Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund.” Stephenson, a founding member of BlackHawk, passed away from melanoma in 2001. 

“BlackHawk’s commitment to fund cancer research continues as we strive to honor Van’s dying wish, ‘That we do what we can to try and find a cure,'” says Paul. “This effort started more than twenty years ago and will continue into the foreseeable future.” 

“What an honor for Henry and I to support Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center year after year in memory of our friend and original co-founder of Blackhawk, Van Stephenson,” adds Robinson. 

Collectively since 2006, BlackHawk’s “Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund” has generated $400,000 for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. BlackHawk’s Freeborn Jam, held each fall at Nashville’s City Winery, helps generate charitable contributions to these efforts. 

About BlackHawk

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 the group’s music – and harmony – to a whole new level. For more information, visit

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