By Dorian Valenzuela

The Josh Abbott Band has made it official through their social media accounts that they will be canceling the shows through at least March 12 after the front man’s father suffered a stroke nearly 3 weeks ago.

Just a week ago Abbott shared a picture of his father in the hospital with his mother kissing his forehead. Showing a visual representation of true love.

True love. I debated whether to post this pic or not but I believe the love shown here is worth sharing in a social media world so full of hate, cynicism, & vanity. It's not a holiday; no one is posing or smiling; it's just my mom being there for my dad. 38 years, for better or worse. It truly reminds me how blessed I am to have such great parents….I also have great friends who supported me for the last 11 days w/ visits, calls, & texts. From free hotel rooms (@claytonisom) to a vehicle all week (@teamt8) to free meals (Cagle's, Arrogant Texan) to cookies (@njisom) and so much more, this week if anything has been a reminder that we are blessed with friends and family. And lastly, thank you all for the posts and messages regarding dad. I'll update you all soon on his status, as we are awaiting some tests this week.

A post shared by Josh Abbott Band (@joshabbottband) on

This week, Josh thanks everyone for their support and we would like to offer ours as well. Our thoughts are with Josh and his family during these difficult times. No one is every truly ready to say goodbye to those we love and hold dearly, and we know that this is one of life’s most difficult moments.

Here is the official announcement:

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