While country artists continue to be personally plagued with a Covid-19 diagnosis — Lee Brice and Tyler Hubbard just this week — other artists are out there trying to get back to making music for a living.
And when they looked around and saw college football games with fans filling seats (in a socially distanced way and with diminished capacity, but still), they started to wonder, “Why not concerts?” It stands to reason that if 25,000 fans can fill the University of Texas’ Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial stadium, why can’t live music happen? And if presidential election celebrations can happen all over the country with no restrictions on attendance, why not live music?
That’s what country artists like Morgan Wallen, Brian Kelley, Chase Rice, Michael Ray and Chris Lane are asking themselves this week, after nine months of silence.
And after the news on Monday morning (Nov. 9) that a vaccine may be closer than we think — thank you so much, Pfizer and BioNTech — Maren Morris is cautiously optimistic that that will mean good news for country artists and their fans who have been waiting patiently for live music to return since the abrupt shutdown in mid-March.