Rice shared footage from his present, held Saturday on the grounds of the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee, on Instagram tales, which disappears after 24 hours.
The video has since been shared on a number of different social media accounts.
Brushy Mountain is a former jail greater than 130 miles east of Nashville that has been transformed right into a museum and live performance venue.
The video confirmed a principally mask-less crowd packed in collectively, singing and leaping as Rice, 34, urged them on from the stage.
When contacted by CNN for remark, a rep for Rice forwarded a press release from Brian Might, vp of the Brushy Mountain Group, stating, “All native necessities had been abided by for the current live performance, and quite a few precautions had been taken.”
“We drastically decreased our most venue capability of 10,000 to 4,000 most capability (decrease than the state’s advisement of 50%) with lower than 1,000 (954 tickets bought with 809 tickets scanned) in attendance Saturday night time offering ample house within the outside garden space for followers to unfold out to their very own consolation degree,” the assertion learn. “All company got temperature checks previous to coming into the venue and free hand sanitizer was offered to everybody at entry.”
Distributors and employees “had been suggested to put on masks and gloves when interacting with company, and bandanas had been accessible for buy on-site,” in accordance with the assertion, however the venue was “unable to additional implement the bodily distancing advisable within the signage posted throughout the property and are wanting into future various situations that additional shield the attendees, artists and their crews and our workers.”
Native authorities officers didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request to substantiate whether or not the organizers had been in compliance with native necessities.
Fellow nation artist Kelsea Ballerini criticized Rice in a tweet for touring amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Think about being egocentric sufficient to place hundreds of individuals’s well being in danger, to not point out the potential ripple impact, and play a NORMAL nation live performance proper now,” Ballerini, 26, tweeted. “@ChaseRiceMusic, All of us need (and want) to tour. We simply care about our followers and their households sufficient to attend.”
One other nation singer, 37-year-old Mickey Guyton, tweeted in response “An absolute egocentric act. Disgrace on him.”
Artists throughout the music trade have needed to cease touring amid the well being disaster as festivals, reveals and occasions have been canceled or gone digital.
Based on his website, Rice’s subsequent scheduled cease on his tour is about for Friday on the Paramount Arts Middle in Ashland, Kentucky, adopted by just a few dates to be performed on the drive in film theaters in Georgia.
In March, he lamented having to quarantine with a music titled, “Expensive Corona.”
“Expensive corona, you do not know the center of a rustic fan / You do not know that we do not give a rattling,” Rice sang within the video he posted. “So you possibly can reschedule Stagecoach / However you gotta perceive / That you do not know the center of a rustic fan.”