After performing to a crowd of just under 1,000 people Saturday at Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, Chase Rice drew anger across social media from several users – including fellow country star Kelsea Ballerini, who called the “Eyes on You” singer “selfish.”
“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,” she wrote. “@ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait.”
According to TMZ, The Brushy Mountain Group said “all local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken,” including temperature checks, reduced crowd capacity and other measures.
However, the venue said they were unable to enforce social distancing as signage recommended. A video posed to Rice’s Instagram story showed many concertgoers shoulder-to-shoulder singing near the front of the stage.
Chase Rice just played a concert to an enormous crowd of unmasked fans here in Tennessee. For once, I am at a loss for words. pic.twitter.com/wB47u1EaFd
— Lorie Liebig (@lorieliebig) June 28, 2020
Chris Janson also shared footage of a packed audience his Hwy 30 Fest performance in Filer, ID Saturday, which has since been deleted by the singer.