Some U.S. Country Stars Are Pretending There's No Pandemic and Playing Concerts Anyway

Chase Rice and Chris Janson played packed shows over the weekend

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jun 29, 2020

Across Canada and much of the U.S., live music has been put on hold due to the pandemic, with experts and promoters estimating that concerts won't be able to resume in full force until fall 2021. Regardless, some U.S. country musicians are plowing ahead with their shows — social distancing be damned.

Country singer Chase Rice performed at Tennessee's former Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. The venue has a capacity of 10,000, and even though the capacity was reduced to 4,000, all that meant was that the fans were able to pack closer to the stage.

A video posted by Rice on Instagram, captioned "we back," shows the crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder without a mask in sight. That's an image of the show above; see the footage below.

The venue said in a statement to ABC News, "We are evaluating the series from top to bottom [and] implementing further safety measures." Country band Sawyer Brown are scheduled to play the same venue on July 18.

Country star Chris Janson similarly shared footage of his Saturday night concert at Filer, ID's Hwy 30 Fest. He reportedly deleted his Instagram and Twitter posts about the show following a backlash.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are still on the rise in the U.S. The rate of infection is increasing in 36 states — including both Tennessee and Idaho.

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