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John Bryan to Replace Jamie Johnson with The Grascals

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John BryanIt was announced yesterday that Jamie Johnson, founding member of the Grascals, is departing the band after over 10 years and will be replaced by John Bryan. Jamie has been fighting depression for some years now and his departure will help him with that issue plus allowing him to spend more time with his family and son.

Jamie and his friend Terry Eldridge found a bond in bluegrass music. That bond is what created the super group, The Grascals. Johnson's Indiana roots and his appreciation for the Osborne Brothers' harmonies helped create the bond with Terry. From his early start with the Wildwood Valley Boys and later with the Boys from Indiana, his time with Gail Davies band and the Sidemen, Jamie has created his own unique harmony sound with bluegrass as the foundation.

John Bryan, from Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers, has been performing the music he loves since 2005. Originally playing banjo, John transitioned over the years to the guitar. Some of his greatest influences are Dudley Connell, Jim McReynolds, Ira Louvin, The Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. His unique high lonesome tenor and high lead vocals will be an asset as he joins his new team of outstanding artists.

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