Big Dave McLean Blues Blast nomination!!

We are thrilled to announce that Big Dave McLean has been nominated for the 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards....for his album "Faded But Not Gone" ***Acoustic Blues Album of the Year 

Voting is open to the public, starting July 2015 at so get your votes in for Big Dave!!!

4 WCMA Nominations!

Black Hen Music has received 4 Western Canadian Music Nominations this year...awards will be held in September in Victoria, B.C.!! Nominations for us this year are: Independent Record Label of the Year, Blues Recording of the Year (Jim Byrnes "St. Louis Times), Blues Recording of the Year (Big Dave McLean "Faded But Not Gone"), & Roots Solo Recording of the Year (Colleen Rennison "See The Sky About To Rain)...we are very grateful for these nominations, and congratulate all the other nominees this year!!

New Leaf Rapids video

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming album Lucky Stars by Winnipeg duo Leaf Rapids (consisting of Keri and Devin Latimer of Nathan)...and we would like to share this little video performance of Leaf Rapids performing their song Virtual Machine, accompanied by Steve Dawson on guitar...enjoy & look for their new album to be released April 14th, 2015!!

Black Hen Wins Label of the Year!

Black Hen Music takes home the 2014 Western Canadian Music Award for Label of the Year! Many times nominated, & first time won! Congratulations to all the other nominees, and thanks so much to all of our awesome artists, publicists, graphic artist, photographers, agents, managers, distributors, and everyone who makes Black Hen run...both on stage and behind the scenes, & a special thanks to Factor, and the whole administrative team there!! YAHOOOOOOO!!!

Canadian Folk Award Nominations

3 Canadian Folk Award Nominations just announced for Black Hen!! Instrumental Album of the Year (Steve Dawson), Producer of the Year (Steve Dawson) & Contemporary Album of the Year (Colleen Rennison)! Awards take place in Ottawa in November. Go Black Hen!!

American Blues Scene reviews St. Louis Times

"The really cool thing about this album is that if we close our eyes and just listen, we are instantly carried away to Blues City Deli, a favorite local spot for live music..." {American Blues Scene}

Rattlesnake Cage Top 50

Steve Dawson's "Rattlesnake Cage" makes list of Alternate Roots "Top 50 albums of the year so far"

Winnipeg-based duo "Leaf Rapids" NEWest Black Hen artists

Check out this interview and profile on Juno-award winning Winnipeg-based artist/duo "Leaf Rapids"...they're the newest Black Hen artists & they're recording an album this August in Nashville, TN at the all new Henhouse Studio!!

Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations!

We're super excited to be nominated in 3 categories at this year's upcoming Western Canadian Music Awards, that will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba! Nominations include LABEL OF THE YEAR (woot woot!), PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Steve Dawson), & INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Steve Dawson's "Rattlesnake Cage").

Steve Dawson makes list of 9 Folk Artists from Aux Magazine!

Steve Dawson was recently added to a list of 9 Folk Artists that "...Prove Canadiana is alive and well" from Aux Magazine!

Check out the full list and article here: