Can’t See Your Favorite Artist on Tour Because of Coronavirus? Watch These Virtual Shows
In mid-March, the rapidly increasing spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus brought country music's booming live show industry to a halt. Shows, festivals and even full tours have been put on hold. Nashville's Lower Broadway, home to many honky-tonks and celebrity-owned bars, has been temporary shut down, and major events (even the 2020 ACM Awards) have been postponed.
Of course, it wasn't long before country artists -- many of whom depend on their tours and live shows for a sizable portion of their income -- got creative. Some, such as Chase Rice, used their downtime to work on writing songs: In his case, the result was a song directed at the virus itself. Others looked for ways to help: For example, Martina McBride mobilized her Team Music Is Love charity to help not only those impacted by coronavirus-related school closures, but also those hit hard by the tornado that hit Middle Tennessee in early March.
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley provided financial assistance to his Whiskey Row employees after the venue's temporary shutdown took effect, and the Grand Ole Opry is keeping the music playing, albeit without a live audience. Other stars, such as Keith Urban, turned to digital solutions: The superstar staged a mini-concert on Instagram and encouraged fans to sing along from home.
In fact, the concept of virtual and livestream performances has quickly emerged as a solution for a number of performers. In recent days, a slew of artists have made plans to spend some time with their fans -- just via a computer screen.
Read on for a list of all the artists you can see over livestream concert while you're self-quarantining. The Boot will keep this list updated with new performances as they're announced.
Ongoing, 9:30PM ET: Whiskey Jam's Risky Jam
The curators of Whiskey Jam, a series of bi-weekly free shows in Nashville, have announced Risky Jam (get it?), "an hour of friends, whiskey, music and fun. Nothing formal, just something NORMAL." Keep an eye on Whiskey Jam's Instagram page for each night's lineup and how to tune in.
Ongoing, 7PM-11PM ET: Live From Robert's Western World
Iconic Lower Broadway honky-tonky Robert's Western World is offering a variety of sets via Facebook Live each night, directly from the venue (don't worry: They're closed to the public and following protocol!). The artists are accepting requests, and a virtual tip jar will be set up for each musician playing. Find each night's sets on RWW's Facebook page.
Ongoing: Saturday Nights at the Grand Ole Opry
As of March 13, through April 4, all Grand Ole Opry performances except for those on Saturday nights are canceled. The Saturday night shows, however, will go on, without an audience. Hosts, artists and staff will present the shows live at the Grand Ole Opry House, and they will be broadcast live via radio (SiriusXM and WSM 650 AM in the Nashville area), online (Opry.com or WSMOnline.com, the Grand Ole Opry and WSM mobile apps, and the Circle network's Facebook and YouTube pages) and on TV (the Circle network).
Ongoing: Live Sets From John Rich's Redneck Riviera
In the same spirit as Robert's Western World, Redneck Riviera owner Rich is livestreaming performances from his Lower Broadway bar. Fans should keep an eye on the honky-tonk's Facebook page for the latest scheduled performances. A virtual tip jar is available via PayPal.
Ongoing: Yoga With Kylie Morgan
Country up-and-comer Kylie Morgan is a certified yoga instructor, so she's using her time at home to teach classes via Facebook Live. Morgan held her first virtual class on March 17, and although she doesn't have a set schedule in place, she'll be doing them a couple times each week. Check her Facebook page for the latest.
Ongoing: Third Man Records' Daily Livestream Performances
Third Man Records has rolled out Third Man Public Access, a daily series of live-streamed performances at 1PM ET. The sets kicked off on March 19 with a performance from new age pedal steel player Luke Schneider.
Ongoing: Mary Chapin Carpenter Sings "Live From Home"
Mary Chapin Carpenter performs live from her Virginia kitchen (with help from her dog, Angus) in her new "Live From Home" series, a live-streamed Facebook series she launched in response to the COVID-19 cancellations.
Ongoing: Penned Up Wednesdays
Take "four bored writers," put 'em together on Instagram Live and watch 'em play brand-new songs. Matt Stell will host a new crew of guests each Wednesday "until the end of the world is over."
Ongoing: Brandy Clark's You Can't Come Over, But You Can Come In Livestream
Brandy Clark recently released a brand-new album, Your Life Is a Record, but her tour plans have been affected by the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, Clark is continuing to celebrate her new project with a weekly standing appointment with her fans -- and some well-known friends -- on Instagram and Facebook Live.
Ongoing: Shut In & Sing 2020: A Festival to Stay Connected
Orchestrated by musician Natalia Zukerman, Shut In & Sing is an online festival jam-packed with Americana, country and alt-country artists. Performers include Amythyst Kiah, the Ballroom Thieves, Chely Wright, Dylan LeBlanc, Emily Scott Robison and a slew of others.
Beginning on March 19, Fans can tune in via StageIt to see the performances. The virtual lineup will extend through the weekend and beyond, with performances scheduled each weekend through April 5. The "festival" will operate on a "pay what you can" model, with the artists splitting the earnings from each night's show.
Ongoing: Wade's World Friday Shows
Texas country artist Wade Bowen is ready for a "quaranstream" (get it?) -- or, well, quite a few of 'em. Beginning on March 20 at 9PM ET, he'll be doing Facebook Live events to connect with fans. Ahead of time, fans can text (830) 240-7978 to make song requests or ask questions.
Ongoing: Hey Y'all With Stephanie Quayle
Quayle is hosting a daily morning talk show on Facebook Live while she's stuck inside. Fans can tune in weekdays at 11AM ET to catch the show, filmed live at Quayle's Summerfield Farms in North Carolina.
Ongoing: Wino Wednesdays With Thompson Square
The country duo's Keifer Thompson is also hosting Cooking With Keifer on Sundays.
Ongoing: Music From the Mountains
Reckless Kelly's Willy Braun will share acoustic performances on Sundays at 8PM ET.
March 30, 5:30PM ET: Thomas Rhett's Instagram Live
March 30 is Rhett's 30th birthday -- and he'll have a special announcement!
March 30, 6PM ET: Justin Moore's Birthday Livestream
Celebrate Moore's birthday with him online!
March 24, March 31, April 7 + April 14: Hunter Hayes' Lab Sessions
Hunter Hayes played an entire virtual concert (dubbed #Rescheduled) on March 16; now, he's planning a series of sessions in which he'll build an entire song from scratch. "It's like taking my studio on the road … the show gets built in front you," Hayes explains. Four Lab Sessions are currently planned; keep an eye on Hayes' socials for details.
March 20, 8PM ET; March 27, 9PM ET + April 3, 9PM ET: Brantley Gilbert's Fire't Up Friday
Gilbert's using his time at home to check in with fans via weekly Q&A sessions on Instagram. He'll be joined by his wife, Amber, on March 20; YouTube comedian Josh Pray on March 27; and a to-be-announced guest on April 3.
April 4, 9PM ET: Queer Country Quarterly
Hosted by Karen & the Sorrows, Queer Country Quarterly is going virtual for the month of April. In addition to Karen & the Sorrows, catch Mery Steel, Andrew Sa and Viva. More information is available on Facebook.
April 5, 3PM ET: The White Buffalo's Interactive Livestream Show
The White Buffalo -- a.k.a. singer-songwriter Jake Smith -- is among the artists who have had to postpone shows amid the virus outbreak, and he's planning an exclusive, interactive livestream show for April 5.
"Due to all these canceled concerts, gatherings and events we've decided to do something special," Smith writes on social media. "Since you cannot come to us we will come to you via your computers and world wide webs.."
Tickets for the show are $10. The White Buffalo will perform fan favorite songs as well as some new brand-new tunes from his upcoming album, On the Widow's Walk.
March 17, 3:30PM ET and 8:30PM ET: Ron Pope's Acoustic Living Room Sets
Ron Pope is currently taking requests for his virtual shows that kick off in his living room at 3:30 PM ET on March 17. A second set will take place later in the day at 7:30 PM ET, and both will be broadcast on Facebook and Instagram Live. In a teaser for his show, Pope jokes that his toddler -- a "howling baby," who's sitting at a kitchen table wearing a bib that reads "#hangry" in the clip -- might even make an appearance during his set.
March 17, 9PM ET: The Young Fables' Facebook Live Show
Country duo the Young Fables will go live on Facebook on March 17 at 9PM ET. On their Instagram page, the band says that "[b]eing an independent musician during times like these can be very challenging but we are grateful for the support from people like YOU. Love all of you so much! Please, stay safe."
March 17, 9:30PM ET: Josh Abbott's Instagram Live Acoustic Show
Josh Abbott Band are another act planning to go live on Instagram for an acoustic set. The show takes place on March 17 at 8:30 PM CT, and in a post announcing plans for the show, the group doesn't mention any cover or cost to tune in.
"Sometimes it's just beer & tacos on a Tuesday night. Sometimes it's a live acoustic show in Insta. Old stuff, new stuff, couple cover too," they write.
March 18, 2PM ET: The Shires' Good Years Listening Party
The Shires, one of the UK's leading country acts, released a brand-new album, Good Years, on March 13. They'll celebrate the project on March 18 with a virtual listening party via Instagram.
March 18, 7PM ET: Dillon Carmichael's Whatcha Want Wednesday Instagram Live
Dillon Carmichael is taking requests for his Instagram Live performance, scheduled for 7PM ET on March 18. Drop a comment or a DM on his social media pages to ask for a song, and then tune in.
March 18, 8PM ET: Drake White: Live From Whitewood Hollow
Drake White is planning an acoustic show that he'll broadcast live over Facebook and Instagram. Called Drake White: Live From Whitewood Hollow, the show will take place on March 18 at 8PM ET, and White will accept donations for the show over Venmo. He shared the news over social media with a digital concert poster, offering fans multiple ways to watch.
March 18, 8PM ET: Ray Wylie Hubbard Goes Live on Facebook
Like the rest of us, Ray Wylie Hubbard is trying to keep busy. Join him in the effort, won't you?
March 18, 8PM ET: Keep the Music Playing
Shenandoah, Michael Ray, Aaron Tippin and others will come together for a livestream concert, dubbed Keep the Music Playing, on March 18 at 8PM ET. They'll be performing from Nashville's SIR Rehearsal Studios, though no live audience and minimal staff will be on hand, to keep within CDC recommendations. Inside Edition's Megan Alexander will host the event, which is being sponsored by Foundry Records; it's free to watch, but donations are being accepted, both for those affected by the coronavirus and those still hurting from the March 3 tornadoes in Middle Tennessee. Fans can find the show on all of the involved artists' Facebook pages.
March 18, 8PM ET: Classic '90s Country Night, Live From the Tiki Tonk
Jake Owen will bring the '90s country party to fans' houses on March 18. As anyone who's tuned into his online acoustic sets will tell you, it's gonna be a good time! Now, how do we get a copy of this sweet gig poster?!
March 18, 8PM ET: Jordan Davis' Quarantine Sessions
March 18, 9:30PM CT: "Jammin'" With Tyler Rich + Hunter Hill
Music, humor and a mixology class? Sounds good to us! Make sure your bar is stocked and tune in.
March 19, 2PM ET: Hanging With Hardy
March 19, 3:30PM ET: Facebook Live With Ashley McBryde
Ashley McBryde will take questions and play songs during a Facebook Live session on March 19. She'll also -- bonus! -- be raising money for MusiCares, a music industry-focused charity.
March 19, 5PM ET: Rachel Wammack
Up-and-comer Rachel Wammack will play her entire EP and then some on the afternoon of March 19. Follow her on Instagram to watch.
March 19, 6PM ET: Brad Paisley's Instagram Live Show
Brad Paisley's going live, and he's taking requests. Ahead of his Instagram live show, the singer shared a phone number that fans can text with their ideas for which songs he should perform during the show. He also hinted that some friends might join his performance, too.
March 19, 7PM ET: Michael Ray's Concert From the Couch
We've always wished for comfier concert seating, so perhaps we should count our blessings? We'll ponder it as we watch Michael Ray perform live from his couch.
March 19, 7PM ET: 'Til Further Notice
Willie Nelson, Margo Price and more artists are teaming up for a virtual music festival in place of the canceled 2020 Luck Reunion on March 19. The annual event at Nelson's Luck, Texas, ranch is off because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic -- but the first-ever 'Til Further Notice event is on.
'Til Further Notice is scheduled for 7PM ET, and will stream live, for free, via LuckReunion.com and Twitch.TV. A virtual tip jar will be available for fans to offer the involved artists a monetary thank you for their time; all donations will be divided "equally and transparently," and each artist can donate their portion of the tips to a charity or a fellow artist in need. Click here for more information.
March 19, 8PM ET: Riley Green Live
March 19, 8PM ET: Avenue Beat's Instagram Live Show
Avenue Beat will perform live and answer fan questions on Instagram. The rising act put together a hilarious, COVID-19-themed promo for their upcoming show.
March 19, 8:30PM ET: Travis Denning's Beer's Better at Home Livestream + Q&A
March 19, 9PM ET: Kalie Shorr's The Social Distancing Tour, Part I
Kalie Shorr is among the artists who had to postpone a tour, and she's planning a series of online concerts, called the Social Distancing Tour. The first installment of the from-home trek kicks off on March 19 at 9PM ET, and fans can watch live here. Access to the show costs $5.99, with a portion of the proceeds going to tornado relief efforts and benefiting those affected by virus-related closures.
March 19, 10PM ET: Kelsea Ballerini's Album Countdown Livestream
Kelsea Ballerini had a week full of album release-related appearances booked -- but now that she's stuck at home, she's finding a different way to connect with her fans as she releases her third studio album, Kelsea. The star will host an Instagram live album release party on March 19 at 10PM ET, to count down to midnight, when the record will be available.
March 19, 11PM ET: Maggie Rose's Virtual Concert Live From East Nashville
Maggie Rose will offer a full band show live on Facebook on March 19. Stay up late, y'all -- it'll be worth it!
March 20, 12PM ET: Kassi Ashton Livestream
Ashton's ready for a virtual hang on March 20 ... We're just hoping she'll show off some of her latest clothing designs!
March 20, 3PM ET: Bloodshot Records Virtual Day Party
Bloodshot Records' SXSW party can't happen as planned this year, so they're "taking this thing to the web!" The good news there is that now everyone can hang and check it out. They'll be streaming acoustic sets from seven acts on Facebook -- and accepting tips.
"It's BYOB, so plan accordingly," the caution. "You can't stream a beer."
March 20, 6PM ET: Cole Swindell Q&A
With his tour plans postponed, Swindell will hang with fans on Instagram instead on the evening of March 20. Follow him on Instagram to follow along.
March 20, 6PM ET: John King's Tunes From the Tub
John King is going live on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube on Friday (March 20) from -- you guessed it -- a bathtub. The singer says he'll play some tunes, but cautions fans that he won't be dressed in a suit (or in his birthday suit.)
March 20, 7PM ET: Lindsay Ell's Virtual Birthday Party
If Lindsay Ell can find a way to celebrate her 31st birthday despite being forced off the road and shut in her house, than the least we can do is join her in the fun! Follow Ell on Instagram for a Friday night hang on March 20.
March 20, 7PM ET: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's Banjo House Lockdown
Join Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Facebook Live on March 20. They'll be coming live from their house to yours; after all, Fleck says, "Life without other people is fine, but life without banjos would be intolerable! So we’re gonna sing and play our banjos to keep everyone from going batty."
March 20, 8:30PM ET: Matt Stell's Everywhere But (Actually) On Tour Livestream Show
March 20, 10:30PM ET: Tyler Rich Acoustic Concert
March 21, 8PM ET: Dylan Jakobsen's Facebook Live Event
If you're unfamiliar with Jakobsen, now's a great time to get to know him. Use this time wisely: Discover a new artist!
March 22, 2PM ET: Sunday Funday With Chris Young
They can tell us to social distance, but they can't take our Sunday Funday! Grab your computer and hang out with Young ... Just remember to BYOM (that's "bring your own mimosas")!
March 22, 4PM ET: Day Drinking Q&A With Tyler Rich + Sabina Gadecki
It'll be just like Sunday Funday with your crew ... but, you know, not. Find Rich on Instagram to hang.
March 22, 7PM ET: Good Vibes Live With Chris Janson
What we need right now is positivity, and who better to bring that to us than Janson? His Sunday night set will certainly be a mood-lifter.
March 22, 8PM ET: Gabby Barrett + Cade Foehner, Live From Home
Former American Idol contestants Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner -- now married -- will bring some tunes live from the couple's home to fans' homes on March 22. Follow the couple on Instagram or Facebook to watch.
March 22, 9PM ET: Tony Lucca Goes Live
Lucca will try to add some levity to your Sunday night on March 22. Stream his set via Instagram or Facebook.
March 17-March 23, 8PM ET: BJ Barham's Livestream Concert Series
American Aquarium are among the acts adapting their live show to an online format, and what's more, their upcoming livestream shows will have a distinct structure. On Instagram, frontman BJ Barham explains that the quarantine has given him time to revisit some of the band's older material.
"Falling back in love with songs I haven't played in years got me to thinking ... maybe other folks might want to hear these songs/stories as well?" he writes. "That said, I've decided to spend 45 minutes (30 minute show / 15 minute encore) each night for the rest of the week live-streaming shows from my living room."
Each show will focus on a different album from a different era of American Aquarium's career, beginning with their 2008 album Dances for the Lonely on the first show night, March 17. On March 23, Barham will conclude with a show featuring brand-new songs from the band's forthcoming new album, Lamentations. Tickets for the shows cost $15, and can be purchased on StageIt.
March 23, 1PM ET: Abby Anderson Live
Anderson has an infectiously bubbly personality, so she's sure to add a little sunshine to your day.
March 23, 3:30PM ET: Ashley McBryde Live
Anything introduced with a Muppet is sure to be a good time. 'Nuff said.
March 23, 4PM ET: Tenille Townes' Request Time
Got requests? Townes wants to hear 'em. Text her, then tune in.
March 23, 5PM ET: Urban Underground
Urban wasted no time staging a streamable set, and he'll do it again on March 23. If you missed the first one, don't make the same mistake twice.
March 23, 7PM ET: Garth Brooks' Inside Studio G: By Request
Brooks' weekly Facebook Live event will be a little bigger on March 23: SiriusXM's The Garth Channel will broadcast the show, which will feature an appearance from Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, and will find the pair playing songs and answering fans' questions. "Music is just one of those things that is more fun when you have people to dance with you,” Brooks says in a statement. "Since we are all being asked to be apart, this seems to be a cool way to come together."
March 23, 7PM ET: Morgan Wallen Live
Fans can also catch Wallen's set on Facebook.
March 23, 9PM ET: Orville Peck: Live Tonight
Peck will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of his album Pony with a virtual party. Bonus: There's merch!
March 19 + 24, 5PM ET: Noah Schnacky's Instagram Live Show
Noah Schnacky will go live on Instagram on March 19 and March 24 for a pair of virtual shows.
March 24, 6PM ET: Caylee Hammack's Livestream
Hammack's "too bored" -- aren't we all? -- and is looking for some company. Join her for drinks (BYOB, obviously) and a chat -- "nothing formal," she notes. Comfy clothes are a must.
March 24, 6:30PM ET: Kendell Marvel's Honky-Tonk Happy (1/2) Hour at Home
Marvel will take 30 minutes for an acoustic Facebook Live set on March 24. For those feeling generous, he'll have a donation link set up to raise some money for his band and crew, who are currently out of work because he can't tour.
March 19, 20, 21 and 24, 8PM ET: Karen Waldrup's Cabin Fever Worldwide Video Series
Singer-songwriter Karen Waldrup is abating her cabin fever -- and fans' -- with a series of Facebook Live performances. Each night's show will take on some flavor, so to speak, from the town in which she was supposed to be performing: Dallas, Texas on March 19; Vidor, Texas, on March 20; Houston, Texas, on March 21; and Memphis, Tenn., on March 24. Fans can sign up as a supporter ($4.99) to get access to all four shows.
March 24, 9PM ET: Honky-Tonk Tuesday
If you've never been to American Legion Post 82's Honky-Tonk Tuesday, now's your chance! Virtual dance lessons will be followed by live music. Be sure to tip your
March 25, 3:30PM ET: #AllCoopedUp With Ashley McBryde
March 25, 8PM ET: Drake White's Wednesday Night Therapy
Sounds like something we could all use right now ...
March 26, 5PM ET: Jimmie Allen Live
Attention, Allen fans! Be by a screen on the afternoon of March 26.
March 26, 8PM ET: Cody Johnson Live
Add a little bit of Texas country to your Thursday night with Johnson's virtual show!
March 27, 3PM ET: Brian Fallon's Local Honey Release Party
Gaslight Anthem frontman and solo singer-songwriter Brian Fallon's tour has been postponed, so he'll celebrate his new album's release with a Facebook live event on release day. Tune in for a set full of album cuts, fan requests, covers and more.
March 27, 9PM ET: Dierks Bentley's Bud Light Dive Bar (Virtual) Tour Stop
Bentley will play a home-bound show for Bud Light's Dive Bar Tour, on both Facebook and Instagram. The country star and the show's organizers are encouraging at-home attendees to donate to the American Red Cross.
March 28, 9PM ET: Rachel Reinert's Full Album Acoustic Concert
Reinert's celebrating her new album Into the Blue with a live-streamed concert, and she's donating the proceeds to both Nashville tornado relief efforts and those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit MyKey.Live to watch.
March 28, 9PM ET: Charlie Worsham Live From the Station Inn
March 27, 3PM ET: Ingrid Andress' Lady Like Release Party
Andress' debut album arrives on March 27, and what better way to celebrate?!
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