Blues artist Kenny Neal, shown playing the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, N.C., in November, is booked by Intrepid Artists International. (Don Muret / Staff) Potentially crowded fall will ‘create a lot of pressure’ on business Rick Booth stays busy planting azaleas in Charlotte, N.C. Buck Williams hangs at his 60-acre spread, a Tennessee wildlife preserve full of deer and wild turkey. In the Bay Area, Tom Chauncey has improved his guitar playing skills. For all three heads of independent booking agencies now working from home, it’s part of the “new normal” as they come to grips with a touring industry paralyzed by COVID-19 and the uncertainty over when their acts can start working again. Much of their time is spent rebooking artists into the second half of the year after a few months of cancellations, but new dates remain on shaky ground as they wonder whether a second wave of… Continue Reading Independent Agencies Rebook and Hope

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