BREAKING: Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins Reveals ALS Diagnosis

John Driskell Hopkins (Hop) of Zac Brown Band has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Hopkins, a founding and…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 20, 2022

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John Driskell Hopkins (Hop) of Zac Brown Band has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Hopkins, a founding and active member of the award-winning group revealed the news to fans via a video message on Friday, May 20. 

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“I have tough news to share and my brothers and sister have gathered to support me,” he somberly shared in the clip featuring his ZBB bandmates, as well as tourmate Caroline Jones, by his side. “Over the past several years, I’ve noticed some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands. After careful analysis by some of the country’s top neurologists, I have been diagnosed with ALS.”

He went on to share his hope for his future, telling fans, “Because my symptoms have been slow-progressing from the start, we believe they will continue to be slow progressing going forward. God willing, I plan to be rocking with these amazing people for many years to come.”

The group encouraged their followers to help “Hop On A Cure” by texting Hop to 345-345 or by visiting Hop On A Cure is a foundation established by Hopkins to help fund research to make ALS a “thing of the past.” 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, according to 

There is currently no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt or reverse the progression of the disease. According to Hop On A Cure, the life expectancy of those affected by ALS is usually 3 to 5 years from when the symptoms first appear. However, about 10 percent of people with ALS survive for 10 or more years.

Additional information about John Driskell Hopkins’ Hop On A Cure can be found HERE

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.