10 Musicians Making Great Quarantine Content on Instagram Right Now

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10 Musicians Making Great Quarantine Content on Instagram Right Now

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting at my kitchen table. The only other living things in sight are my marmalade-colored cat and a stash of red flowers wilting in a blue vase. It’s been just over a week since things took a turn for the worst, coronavirus-wise, in the U.S., and like many of you, I’m just trying to figure out how to exist right now and care for those around me who may be more vulnerable. Working from home has its perks, but I’ll admit I’m starting to feel a little nutty. You know who else is on the verge of losing it? Vanessa Hudgens, apparently. The actress went live on Instagram earlier this week and made some pretty questionable comments about the spread of COVID-19 (she has since apologized). “It’s a virus, I get it,” she chirped. “Like, I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible but, like, inevitable?” Wow. Someone needs to get a new publicist (or maybe some, like, empathy?). Most traces of the unfortunate occurrence have been expunged from the internet, but I haven’t forgotten.

Thankfully, there are leagues of other, dare I say more thoughtful celebrities putting Instagram to good use during this period of social distancing. For musicians, that can look like a flood of new live videos, a Q&A or a live stream, and there are a few folks who have taken extra care to make your feeds a little less gloomy. Here are 10 artists who are making really great #QuarantineContent (is that a hashtag yet?) despite how bleak everything may seem. If you like what you hear/see, give them a follow, and, if you’re feeling extra generous, find a way to support them. Everyone affected by this virus—especially touring independent musicians—could use a little boost right now.

1. Scott Avett

Scott Avett, of the Avett Brothers, has an unverified personal account on Instagram, and lately he has been straight ripping on a banjo in a string of self-recorded live videos. Let a conductor-hat-clad Avett and his “feral banjo” take you for a walk below.

Good morning from me and this feral banjo. #emptylivingroomconcert

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2. The Tallest Man on Earth’s Kristian Matsson

Kristian Matsson, who records those raw and rumbling folk songs under the Tallest Man on Earth alias, isn’t exactly new to the Instagram game. A follow for him is a follow for live music content all year round, not just during pandemics, but you may find his skilled picking even more delightful to behold right now.

3. Joan Shelley

Another consistently great folk music follow, Joan Shelley is a warm spirit in an otherwise bland Instagram feed. This week, she added “a new song to the collective song book of the great shut-in of 2020,” and even her rough draft is better than most people’s final product. Her gentle songs about nature will provide a much-needed moment of escape from all things pandemic.

4. Mary Chapin Carpenter

This week, veteran folk singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter started a new series called “Songs From Home.” For the first episode, titled “Live From My Kitchen,” she performed the song “Edinburgh” from—you guessed it—her kitchen while her dog Angus trotted around underfoot. If that’s not the definition of peak soothing quarantine content I don’t know what is.

5. Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee

Earlier this week Kevin Morby posted a video of himself boxing a punching bag while listening to The Strokes. Tonight (Thursday), he has plans to go live on Instagram with his partner Katie Crutchfield, who you know as Waxahatchee, and the virtual show is sure to be entertaining and spirited. Tune in at 9 p.m. EST to watch the pair play some songs, welcome some special guests and just hang out.

Day 3

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6. Jason Isbell

Country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell is a shoe-in for great Instagram content any time, but he’s been upping the dose since our collective quarantine began. He has shared clips of everything from himself noodling around on glossy guitars to his daughter Mercy performing a medley with a kazoo and maracas.

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7. Dawes

The gang announced a quarantine beard-growing competition. Need I say more?

8. Kacey Musgraves

If you like your quarantine content served hot with a steaming side of yeehaw, look no further than country’s happy-sad queen Kacey Musgraves. Tip: the good stuff is in the stories.

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9. Lizzo

This one is probably a given for most people (seeing as the flautist/rapper/international pop sensation has more than 8 million Instagram followers), but there’s never a bad time to juice up your social feed with a little of Lizzo’s token positivity. She recently pushed a video of her playing a whimsical cover of Roscoe Dash’s “All The Way Turnt Up” on some kind of wooden pipe (as in: a rustic flute) while incense filled the air as a “meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis,” and it’s as lovely as you’d expect.

10. John Mayer

The sometimes arrogant, always shredding John Mayer already has a weekly Instagram Live program called “Current Mood,” and if you’re already rolling your eyes, check out some of his previous guests: Maggie Rogers, FINNEAS and, most recently, Dave Chappelle. During Chappelle’s episode, the pair shared their insight on our nation’s current infatuation with panic-buying toilet paper.

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