Critics slam country artists for playing for unmasked crowds

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2020

The 34-year-old singer took to Instagram on Monday evening, sharing a video he made to address the concert, which was attended by 4,000 fans in Petros, Tennessee on Saturday night.

'For those who don't know, I had a show in East Tennessee, I took a video of the concert, everybody had a blast, but then once I posted the video, a lot of people seeing that online, had a big problem with how the show looked, ' he added.

"I understand there's a lot of varying opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music biggest thing is y' guys are everything to me so your safety is a huge priority".

Chase insists he wants everyone to have fun but be safe, and the good news is his upcoming shows should be safer by design. because they're mostly drive-in concerts.

Rice has a number of upcoming dates on his tour schedule throughout the remainder of the summer stopping in states where concerts are now, technically, allowed-though after how the first tour stop played out, who knows what the fate of the remaining scheduled dates will be.

He's set to play other venues in the coming months, and those organizers tell us they're monitoring and will decide what actions and safety plans will need to be put into place. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait.

Jason Isbell tweeted, "Boy y'all really throwing the term "country star" around today".

Country singer Chase Rice performed at Tennessee's former Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

Talking with Variety, Brian May, Vice President of the Brushy Mountain Group who hosted the concert noted that despite the footage, " all local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken".

May said the venue has a normal capacity of 10,000, but only 954 tickets were sold in advance and state guidelines allowed for 50% capacity in an outdoor venue. Meanwhile, all vendors and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves when interacting with guests. It looks like trying to be strict about social distancing seems virtually impossible.

The Brushy Mountain spokesperson added they "were unable to further enforce the physical distancing recommended in the signage posted across the property and are looking into future alternative scenarios that further protect the attendees, artists and their crews and our employees".

The "Eyes on You" crooner announced his next live performance in Kentucky on Friday will be a drive-in show in order to ensure the safety of fans.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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