On Friday, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced that drummer J.J. Johnson would be leaving the group to pursue other artistic opportunities. The band confirmed Johnson’s departure via social media.
Johnson served as the drummer for TTB, alongside Tyler Greenwell, since the band’s conception back in 2010 after previously handling the kit duties for John Mayer. While his departure may seem sudden and abrupt, TTB assured fans that they look forward to a new evolution of the band in the future.
“After ten years as a member of Tedeschi Trucks Band, drummer J.J. Johnson has decided to move on from the band to pursue other artistic opportunities,” the band wrote in an Instagram post.
The statement continued, “Thank you J.J. for a decade of inspiring collaborations on stage and in the studio, and our enduring friendship! We look forward to bringing a new evolution of TTB to the stage one day soon.”
J.J.’s last show as the drummer for Tedeschi Trucks Band happened much earlier in the year when they wrapped up a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium on February 29th. Of course, shortly after that run, the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread throughout the United States, causing the long-term postponement of large gatherings across the country, including the entirety of the band’s summer tour. TTB’s next performances are now scheduled for summer 2021, beginning with a performance at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL on June 26th. Read the full statement about Johnson’s departure below and head to the band’s website for the latest lineup and tour information as it becomes available.
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