Jason Isbell drops out of Bristol Rhythm & Roots reunion over vaccination policy


Jason Isbell has been extremely clear about his COVID concert policy: To see any of his shows, you will need to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus within the last three days. When a venue in Houston refused to comply with this policy last week, Isbell just canceled her show there. And now he has announced he has scrapped the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Tennessee – which he was due to headline – after the festival announced it would not institute a vaccine or negative test mandate.

“The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has had numerous conversations with our local, regional and state leaders to assess the options available to us regarding one of our artists requiring our customers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of attending the festival,” festival organizers said in a statement. “After exploring all options, we have concluded that we cannot impose a vaccine mandate or negative test policy at this time without a state mandate.”

In response, Isbell tweeted a link to the statement with the caption, “We will not be appearing at the Rhythm and Roots Reunion this year. Everyone be safe!


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