Here’s a Bunch of Awesome Merch to Buy From Artists With Tours Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic in early March, each new day has brought another wave of postponements and cancellations: of parties, community events and, perhaps most upsetting for country music fans, festivals and concerts.
In a matter of a few short weeks, artists' springtime tour calendars have been decimated by the spread of the novel virus and the attempts being made to stop it. Dozens of country music festivals and hundreds of tour dates have been pushed off or canceled all together for the year, wreaking havoc on one of the main sources of income for artists.
While we're asked to socially distance ourselves and wait things out by quarantining at home, some stars have begun using social media to play shows for fans. Sometimes, those performances are accompanied by requests for tips for themselves (or, generously, donations to a charity) — but that's still a drop in the bucket compared to what a tour would bring in. If you've got a bit of cash to spare (perhaps from a now-refunded concert ticket?) and are looking for another way to support your favorite artists, consider the list below. We've rounded up a bevy of awesome merch for you to browse through: T-shirts, sweatshirts, koozies, vinyl and even some more obscure items (playing cards, anyone?) are all among the offerings.
Support Artists Affected by Coronavirus by Buying This Merch: