Kelsea Ballerini Calls Out Chase Rice for Holding Concert Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2020

Country singer Chase Rice performed at Tennessee's former Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. The singer, who appears at the end of the second clip, is not wearing a mask, nor are any of the fans who are clearly visible in the video clips, despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) still being prevalent in the state and throughout the United States.

"Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people's health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now", Ballerini says.

Mickey Guyton expressed her concern that the concert will exacerbate COVID-19 cases in the state, tweeting on Sunday, "This is happening in Tennessee where cases are spiking y'all".

In a since-deleted Instagram video, Rice posted footage of the concert with fans standing shoulder to shoulder in a massive crowd with the caption, "we back". @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour.

The L.A. Times reports: "Representatives for Rice, when reached Sunday, declined to comment".

However, the company that owns the Tennessee venue, Brushy Mountain Group, told Fox News that, despite appearances, it was complying with local requirements on social distancing.

However, in a statement shared via HollywoodLife, Vice President of the Brushy Mountain Group, Brian May argued that the venue's 10,000 capacity was reduced to less than 50 percent in order to keep the 4,000 people who were allowed to attend, safe.

The company added that all guests were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue, which provided free hand sanitizer and offered bandanas for purchase on-site. Less than 1,000 people were reportedly in attendance.

Country star Cam added her own take to the situation, too, calling Rice and fellow male artist Chris Janson - who also held a concert over the weekend - "long hanging fruit".

Even if the venue was at less than half capacity, concert-goers did not abide by social distancing guidelines and did not wear masks.

Regardless, he admitted that they were ultimately unable to force people to respect the recommended social distance and insisted they were looking into future solutions for that problem.

The venue will now reevaluate its safety measures "from the top to bottom" to further enhance the safety of attendees, performing artists and others.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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