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Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series. In each “In Our Own Words” post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as we all navigate a new normal.

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Obviously, this is brand new for all of us as humans. We were on tour in Canada. We were sitting in Ottawa, watching the news and wondering what to do. At that point, shows were still scheduled and some of our fans on social media were saying, “Go home. It’s inconsiderate of you to still be playing shows at this point.” And I thought, holy cow, that makes sense. Then the shows were called off. The promoter said, “You better go home while you can while the border is still open.”

I’ve been writing songs and planting a garden. My wife and I are homeschooling our son, who is 6. It’s strange. Blackberry Smoke has been touring for 20 years and this may be the most time I’ve stayed home in 20 years. I’d be lying if I told you it was easy. 

As a band, we want to work. I think a new business model may emerge from this, a digital concert model. Right now, I keep wondering at what point is it going to be OK to put on a show and invite a thousand people to come out? 

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