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Musicians continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 9:32 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 09:32:53-05

INDIANAPOLIS — COVID-19 restrictions continue to impact musicians, and country music artist and Indiana native Clayton Anderson said the last eight months have been tough.

Anderson said he and his band mates have adapted to this new normal, first by figuring out how to connect to their fans during the stay-at-home orders.

"We streamed for eight or nine weeks straight. Luckily, luckily, we were very blessed to have some nice fans tune in and get us through that time," Anderson said.

Outside shows became a possibility once it warmed up and the community knew what to do to keep themselves safe while still enjoying live music

"If we were playing outside, we did really well but everyone was spread out and they could have their space," Anderson said.

As it gets colder and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Anderson told WRTV, he and his band most likely not perform indoor anytime soon, especially as cities and state reinstate restrictions. Despite booking an indoor concert over the summer, Anderson is not sure fans are ready for the crowds that come along with live music.

"We struggled to sell 500 tickets back in the summer. I thought we'd easily do that," Anderson said. "People are definitely still nervous and afraid to come inside. I had the virus and it was not fun. I don't want anybody to get it, show up and risk themselves."

Anderson doesn't want to tell anyone how to live their life, but he has a message for those who enjoy live music.

"I think wearing a mask would be good, being responsible, try to social distance yourself," Anderson said.