Jason Isbell Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination Or Negative Test To Attend Shows

The singer-songwriter will cancel concerts at venues that will not comply.

By Andy Kahn Aug 10, 2021 7:23 am PDT

Jason Isbell will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to attend upcoming Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit concerts. Isbell stated he would cancel shows at both indoor and outdoor venues that will not comply with the protocols.

“I’m not saying anyone has to get a vaccine or get a negative test,” Isbell said while making an appearance on MSNBC. “But if you don’t, then you don’t get to come to the show. I think that makes sense.”

Isbell further explained to MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle that was concerned about small venues being shut down again. He stated that people in the music business understand the need to implement safety measures.

“I’m all for freedom but I think if you’re dead, you don’t have any freedoms at all,” Isbell said on MSNBC. “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 pursuit of happiness. And those are in order of priority.”

Isbell put COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative test protocols in place before his three-night run at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas that concluded last night. Supporting the shows in Austin was 68-year-old Lucinda Williams who recently returned to the live stage for the first time after suffering a stroke last year.

Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard took exception to Isbell’s COVID-19 safety protocols, tweeting, “’The unclean may not attend. The poor may not attend. The ignorant may not attend.’ Who knew Jason was so bourgois? Thought he was a blue collar type of guy. Never met him so I can’t say for sure but yeah, this is some elitist ish here, fella.” The Louisiana-native added that he has “working class fans” who could face losing their jobs if they tested positive for COVID-19, adding that he would allow those fans to attend his concerts without prior testing.

That led to an exchange between Isbell and Broussard:

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