Today Black Stone Cherry announced that bass player/vocalist Jon Lawhon would be leaving the group. Lawhon, along with Chris Robertson (vocals/guitar), Ben Wells (guitar/vocals) and John Fred Young (drums) formed the band in 2001.
No comment on the reasons for the departure or Lawhon's future plans have been released thus far. The band's official notice reads:
To all of our amazing fans,
It is with a heavy heart we inform you that Jon Lawhon has decided to take an indefinite sabbatical from music and touring for personal reasons. As such, Jon will be stepping down as a member of Black Stone Cherry.
We love Jon, which him all the best in all his future endeavors and will cherish the memories and legacy we've built with him over twenty years as a band. We ask that you please respect Jon and the band's privacy regarding this matter.
In the meantime, we can't wait to play more rocking' Black Stone Cherry shows in 2021 and onward! Please stay on the look-out for the ew shows announcing near you!
Sincerely, Black Stone Cherry.