Cherryholmes, the award-winning family bluegrass act that began more than ten years ago, have announced they are officially disbanding to pursue other interests. The group, comprised of the father Jere Cherryholmes, his wife Sandy Lee and four children, began in 2001 as a way to help the family heal in the aftermath of their oldest daughter's untimely death.

"Nearly twelve years ago, God sent our family on an amazing adventure," the group said in a statement. "We are blessed to have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, playing the music we've created and loved. We've seen the beauty of our great country as well as much of the world. We've met and made true friendships with our icons. It has been an honor to receive several Grammy nominations and Entertainer awards. Of course, the honor of regularly performing on the Grand Ole Opry is the pinnacle of our experiences. We all look forward to the next chapter of our adventure."

Cherryholmes released four albums on Ricky Skaggs' label, which they admit makes their decision that much more difficult. "We want to thank Ricky Skaggs and our friends at Skaggs Family Records for all they have done to help us -- for believing in us, encouraging us, praying for us, and working long hours to help us get our music out," the statement continues. "Most of all, we want to thank all of you, our friends and fans, for your love and support over the years. It has been our privilege to be allowed to entertain you. Please check our schedule for performances through May 6 and 7. We hope to see you there or somewhere down the trail."

The band's final album, 'Cherryholmes IV: Common Thread' was released this past September. It was, according to band member Cia Cherryholmes, a perfect way to wrap up their legendary career. "There is a difference for us with this album," Cia tells The Boot. "With every record we have put out, we have grown because we started so young ... Now we're at a stage where everyone is grown, and there is a different writing perspective for everybody. In a sense, this is a more mature record for us. We tried really hard to say something that meant something."

The band will play their final performance on May 7 at Houstonfest in Galax, Va. See their tour schedule here.