Jan Johansson receives heart transplant!


Friends of Jan Johansson report that Jan underwent heart transplant surgery on March 19 at UNC Hospital and now has a new heart! According to his wife, Theresa, he will probably be in the hospital for at least a month before returning home. Our thoughts are with him and his family for an easy recovery and many more years of music!

Johansson was born in Sweden and has been playing acoustic music since the age of 14. By the time he was 18, Jan had mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. Jan married Theresa Blue of Carthage, NC, and moved to the U.S. in 1989 after three years of traveling back and forth between the two countries. In North Carolina, Jan began working as a freelance translator and music instructor. He founded Johansson's Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass.

Read about the last benefit concert that was held for him last year.