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Black Stone Cherry’s Jon Lawhon stepping away from band due to “personal reasons”

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Black Stone Cherry bassist Jon Lawhon is leaving the band.

In a statement posted Wednesday morning, the Kentucky rockers announced that Lawhon is taking “an indefinite sabbatical from music and touring for personal reasons.”

“We love Jon, wish 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,” the statement continues. “We ask that you please respect Jon and the band’s privacy regarding this matter.”

Lawhon is an original member of Black Stone Cherry, and has played on all the band’s albums. In fact,  Lawhon’s departure marks the first change in Black Stone Cherry’s lineup since the group was founded in 2001.

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