Allison Russell, Brittany Howard, Sheryl Crow Protest Tennessee Drag Ban with Love Rising Benefit Concert

Hayley Williams, Maren Morris, Julien Baker, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and more will also perform

Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 8, 2023

Artists including Allison Russell, Brittany Howard and Sheryl Crow will take part in a benefit concert organized in response to the state of Tennessee's anti-drag legislation.

Taking place March 20 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Love Rising's lineup also includes Maren MorrisJason Isbell, Paramore's Hayley WilliamsJulien BakerAmanda Shires, Yola, Joy Oladokun, Hozier and more.

Proceeds from the event will go to Tennessee Equality Project, Inclusion TennesseeOUTMemphis, and the Tennessee Pride Chamber in partnership with Looking Out Foundation.

Signed into law last week, Tennessee's Senate Bill 3 (SB3) restricts "adult cabaret performances" in public or in the presence of children. The legislation was passed alongside a separate bill banning gender-affirming health care for transgender youth in the state.

"As a queer, intersectional artist and mother, raising my child in Nashville, it's important to me to support these wonderful Tennessee LGBTQIA+ advocacy organizations, working so hard to build bridges, reduce harm and promote equality for all Tennesseans," Russell said in a statement. "LGBTQIA+ contributions and creativity are foundational to every genre of modern song and arts performance. I think it speaks volumes that so many in our community are feeling the same call to support, celebrate and uplift!"

Isbell added, "SB3/HB9 and SB1/HB1 are clearly targeted attacks on Tennesseans who haven't done anything wrong. These bills add up to an attempt to eradicate a valuable part of our community and force good people to live in fear. We can't in good conscience just stand by and let that happen."

Tickets for Love Rising are now on sale, with further information available via Ticketmaster

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