Fair To Midland, the not-really-metal-but-damn-well-close-enough outfit from Sulphur Springs, Texas, have parted ways with bassist Jon Dicken, releasing the following statement:

“After 7 amazing years of playing with Fair To Midland, our bassist Jon Dicken has decided it was time for him to move on. We appreciate his hard work and dedication to the band, we love him, and wish him the best in all his future endeavors. Moving forward, we are excited to continue touring and making music.

Unfortunately, however, this has resulted in the cancellation of our European/UK dates in November. We want to send our sincerest apologies to our European friends and fans from across the pond. We will be regrouping in the following weeks and in the meantime we thank you all for your patience and understanding.”

It’s a huge shame, as Fair To Midland released the critically lauded album Arrows & Anchors earlier this year, and as guitarist Cliff Campbell explained in his recent interview with Evan, they were certainly looking forward to playing some of the album for European audiences.

Luckily there’s a live DVD that is still going to plan, so you will hopefully have a chance to glimpse the magic even before they inevitably reschedule:

“Thanks for all of the posts guys. I know Jon appreciates the love. We miss him.

As for the DVD, everything is still according to plan. I actually got a lot of great footage from you guys, and some similar shows that will make for good angles. Its going to be awesome, and I will not let what is going on to stop the progression of Fair To Midland. I also can’t wait for the live DVD in Flint, MI on December 17th. Thanks so much for all of your support in making this happen.

I wish we could have made the European tour happen. I was truly disappointed myself. I love you all.”

Good luck to ’em finding a replacement, and I hope to see them back over here soon!

– CG

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