Black Hen Music was started by Steve Dawson in 1995, and began releasing albums in 1996. Black Hen is dedicated to producing music that is diverse, eclectic and primarily acoustic-based. Since its inception, Black Hen has released over 30 albums and continues to expand its roster.

Black Hen Music is distributed in Canada by Fontana North Distribution, in Europe and the UK by Continental Record Services, and in the USA by Burnside Distribution

Some nifty accolades in Black Hen-land include:

7 Juno Awards
17 Juno nominations
4 Maple Blues Awards
11 Canadian Folk Music Awards
1 SOCAN #1 Award
1 Grand Prix de Jazz de Montreal
8 Western Canadian Music Awards
24 Western Canadian Music Award nominations
2 Canadian Independant Music Awards