Jamie Johnson on leaving The Grascals

Jamie Johnson has asked us to share a statement as he departs The Grascals. He was an original, founding member of the band, which got it’s start as Dolly Parton’s Nashville-based road band when she was doing a more bluegrass sound.

Touring with them for the past 10 years, Johnson fronted their stage show and served as a primary spokesman for the band, in addition to his lead singing duties.

Here’s Jamie’s statement…

Jamie Johnson“I wanted to wish the Grascals a huge future loaded with fun and success!! I wouldn’t trade my time with them for anything, and I am so thankful to God and the friends and fans who made it all possible.

The time has come for me to step away and focus on me, my health, my family and, most importantly, my son Cole train!

Not many know that I have suffered from depression over the last few years and it has taken a toll on me personally, my music, and my family. With the grace of God and support from friends, I am ready to overcome and be the man I want to be.

I am trading in my Grascals shirt for a T-Ball shirt that says ‘Coach’ on the back, and I am so excited about this next chapter in my life.

I want to thank The Grascals for helping me see this and always being there for me and showing me love and giving me advice…they want this for me as much as I do so we can all grow old together.

I’m ready to love me again!!! God Bless to all!! Jamie

ps….GOOD LUCK TO JOHN in his journey with the Grascals!!”

I’m sure we’ll all be hoping to see Jamie performing again soon, once he gets his health and his life on track. Depression is a tough battle, which no one should be embarrassed or afraid to confront.

Best of luck to Jamie!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.