Country artist Joe Diffie died March 29, only days after sharing his diagnosis of Corona Virus.
John Prine, Americana Legend, died April 7 from complications of Covid-19.
Only days before the CMA awards, Lee Brice and Tyler Hubbard tested positive for Covid-19. Lady A also missed the CMA award show due to having a member of the immediate family who tested positive for the virus.
Is Nashville doing enough to protect it’s musicians and their fans?
Pinkie and I were planning a bucket list trip to Guitar Town in the near future. But after conversing, we are in agreement that now is not the time for inter state travel. This concept has certainly affected the musical industry more so than it has affected us.
Many artists have spoken out on social media that this pandemic is affecting their entire way of life.
When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, a better person when life is good again. We’ve been brought to our knees. We’ve been so ill at ease, but there are no guarantees but life goes on. And when it’s over I’ll open up my heart and let the whole world in. I’ll try to make amends when life is good againDolly Parton
With the many venues either at limited capacity or closed completely these artists are having a harder time in doing what they do.
Selling out shows and selling merchandise is how singers and their bands make a living. And not to mention all of the behind the scenes that we never see. Think about the soundmen, the guys who set up the equipment, the drivers who get the band and it’s equipment from town to town, show to show? If the star isn’t working, then neither is the backup.
Can these venues and musical artists survive another lockdown?
Many artists have shifted to online events. One way we can help out as fans is to continue to watch them even if only online. We need to continue to buy the merchandise and music. If we only streamed our favorite songs from someplace like YouTube, then these artists don’t get paid. They have no way to pay their bills or to take care of their families.
I posted yesterday what Eric Church said at the CMA Awards.
“Music is about unity…it’s going to take everybody…to unite.”Eric Church
This means us as the fans should be doing more to support the music and the artists we love. I don’t know about you, but for me, without music my life would be a dull blur. I am thankful for the many artists who have continued to write the songs and produce the records even though they have no where to go and perform it for the public. God Bless social media and the writers who are getting the information out on the newest and latest and greatest.
I am ready for the world to get back to some state of normalcy. Until then, I’ll keep my music up loud.