Jason Isbell has announced that for the foreseeable future, concertgoers will need to show proof of COVID vaccination or a current negative test to attend one of his shows. "If the venue won’t allow that, we won’t play," he wrote on Twitter.
He went on MSNBC to talk with Stephanie Ruhle about his decision which may not please all of his fans. "All the response I've gotten from people in the business has been positive," Isbell told Ruhle. "They understand that we could go back to not working at all and a lot of these smaller venues, they aren't going to be able to reopen if they go through another round of shutdowns...they're just getting so much pushback from some of the governors of certain states who want to kowtow to their political base and try to make people think that their freedom is being encroached upon. I'm all for freedom but I think if you're dead, you don't have any freedoms at all. It's probably important to stay alive before you start questioning your liberty. It's life and then it's liberty and then it's the pursuit of happiness."