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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 keep 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 and 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, Chase Rice 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, Maren Morris is hoping that will mean good news for country artists and their fans who have been waiting patiently for live music since the abrupt shutdown in mid-March.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She’s based in Chicago, but she’s always leaving her heart in Nashville.

@alisonbonaguro