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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the text from Lost Trailers bassist Andrew Nielson's Facebook wall went out to band followers recently, many of them came away shaking their heads.

Did the text, filled with allusions to "living out a dream," mean what it seemed to imply?

That question was answered definitively a few days later when word spread on the country music blogosphere last week that the Trailers, who had twice been nominated for Academy of Country Music Awards and had had a Top 10 album and single to their credit, were calling it quits.

"We started this band as a bunch of high school friends with a dream of making music, and we've taken that dream to incredible places that have opened a lot of doors for us," band co-founder and former Albany resident Geoffrey Stokes Nielson, Andrew Nielson's older brother, said in a statement. "I look forward to thanking the fans on our tour dates throughout this year; they've always been there for us. I'm excited for the future, continuing to create new music that becomes part of people's lives."

Trailers co-founder Ryder Lee, who had shared lead vocal duties with Stokes Nielson early in the band's career but had recently become the Trailers' primary singer, also issued a statement: "After tens of thousands of miles, songs that were heard all over America on country radio, and years on the road together, members of The Lost Trailers will pursue their own projects by the end of the year. The band will continue to tour to the end of the year, which includes remaining dates on the Country Throwdown tour, (which will wind up in Mountain View, Calif., Sunday).

"I'm thrilled to finish playing out the shows on the calendar for our fans; we've been blessed to have their unending support over the years. I'm very much looking forward to the next phase of my career."

Attempts to reach Andrew and Stokes Nielson and Lee over the weekend were not successful.

The Lost Trailers, which also included guitarist Manny Medina and drummer Jeff Potter, had their biggest hit in 2008 when their album "Holler Back" and its title song both charted on the Billboard Country Music charts.

Andrew Nielson's text that provided many with the first notice of a pending Trailers breakup, included the statements, "We tasted success, but I'm sure Ryder, Stokes, Potter and I will taste more individually. We're friends and family first, and that will never change."

Nielson also wrote: "Potter, Manny and I will follow our hearts to the next gig. Stokes and Ryder started this band eight years ago, and I'm thankful that they brought me on. I've lived out a dream."

The Trailers website has remaining band tour dates listed in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Mississippi, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota. The Trailers' lone Georgia show listed on the website is July 16 at Cowboys in Atlanta.