Joe Biden’s Claims He Was Arrested In Soweto
Big questions over Biden’s claims he was arrested in Soweto trying to see Mandela
Former US Vice President Joe Biden has told a story about being arrested in South Africa during several presidential campaign events in February, but there’s no evidence he’s ever mentioned the incident ever before. Biden has told the story – in which he says he was arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in the 1970s – at two events in Nevada and one in South Carolina, according to the New York Times. But the New York Times reported that after a deep dive into Biden’s memoir, past speaking events, and interviews, they found that he had never spoken about the arrest until the 2020 presidential race.
“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” Biden said at a South Carolina event on February 11. “I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on [Robben] Island.
The New York Times reported that Biden mentioned the 1970s South Africa trip in his 2007 memoir, but made no mention of an arrest. According to HuffPost, Biden spoke about a 1977 visit to the South African Embassy in Washington in 2013 but did not reverence being arrested. Biden said at the time that he met with anti-apartheid leaders, though Mandela was still in prison and they did not have a chance to meet. Former civil rights activist and Georgia congressman Andrew Young, who was a US ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 to 1979 told The New York Times that he traveled to South Africa with Biden and did not recall an arrest.
“No, I was never arrested and I don’t think he was, either,” the 87-year-old Georgia congressman Andrew Young said. “Now, people were being arrested in Washington. I don’t think there was ever a situation where congressmen were arrested in South Africa.” The Biden campaign has not yet responded to Insider’s request for comment.
– Business Insider South Africa
Kassi Ashton Isn’t Listening To Her Exes Sob Stories In New Song, ‘Violins’
Kassi Ashton lost her ‘give-a-damn’ in her new funky tune, Listen to the song below!
Kassi Ashton is dishing out some serious sass in her new song “Violins.” Dedicated to several unfaithful exes, the Missouri native isn’t about to listen to their sob stories and take them back.
“We (myself, Natalie Hemby, Luke Dick) were sitting in Luke’s studio one morning. We got on the subject of my ex’s and how all of them had been unfaithful to me,” Kassi shared of the inspiration behind the song. “We were discussing the steps of getting over it and how they usually all come running back, whining, begging for a second chance. That’s when I rolled my eyes, raised two fingers to my ear and mimicked what my dad used to call ‘the world’s smallest violin’ to accompany their take-me-back tears.”
She continued, “I started joking, saying that for most, I didn’t even care to serenade their second chance efforts. I didn’t have time for that because I have better shit to do. It was Natalie’s idea to call it ‘Violins’ and Luke brought the funk. I just had to bring the attitude and experience.”
In the tune, Ashton shows off her don’t care attitude with lyrics like “I can’t hear the violins you’re playin’, there’s no symphony inside my head. I’ve got my own marching band, guess I lost my give a damn.”
The song is the latest from the edgy singer/songwriter. She’s previously released the ode to her hometown “California, Missouri” and the ear-catching song “Taxidermy.” Listen to “Violins” below.
Christmas Lights And Family are the Brother Osborne’s
Favorite Things About the Christmas Season
These are a few of their favorite things – Christmas lights and time with family make the holidays brighter for Brothers Osborne
Studies show that the earlier you decorate for Christmas, the happier you are, for John and TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne there’s nothing like a good Christmas light display to get them in the holiday spirit.
“I love the overall feel and look at that time of year, because it’s starting to get really cold then and everything’s coming to a halt. It stays dark so you have a lot of Christmas lights. I just love Christmas lights – they put you in such an amazing mood,” says John. “Just the sounds, like all the Christmas music and even shopping, which is quite possibly one of the most hectic things to do during the holidays. Even if we have all our shopping done, we’ll still go to the mall just because it’s so alive and vibrant and the colors and the music and the lights. I just love it. It’s a bit sensory overload, but I kinda dig that.”
The lights and sounds of the holiday are a favorite for the Bros, but the slower pace of the season is also a much-anticipated event, giving the award-winning brother duo time to take a step back from their hectic lives and appreciate some well-deserved time off with family.
“I think part of just holidays in general when mostly there’s nowhere to go, everything is shut down so you’re like forced to finally like… ‘you have to be a family and hang in this house,’” says TJ. “Particularly as of late with John and I traveling a lot, we don’t get a lot of family time at all. And so, as time goes on, I really value that more and more.”
Spending time with their family will be a welcome recharge as the duo plan to spend much of 2019 out on the road for their own headlining tour. The trek, featuring Ruston Kelly, Devon Gilfillian and Lucie Silvas, will run through April.
Luke Bryan Performs ‘Sunrise Sunburn Sunset’ for 30000 Fans at Nashville Block Party
Luke Bryan treated 30,000 fans to a free outdoor concert in downtown Nashville on Sept. 10 to celebrate the grand opening of his new restaurant, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink.After openers DJ Rock, Chelsea Field and Jon Langston got the party started, Luke hit the stage for a 90-minute set that included appearances by Cole Swindell and Ryan Hurd.Check out Luke performing his recent No. 1 hit, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” with Ryan Hurd, one of the song’s co-writers.
Farewell Angelina the Hot Seat poll winner
For Farewell Angelina, loyalty is important. The country quartet relied on their loyal fan base to win them a coveted spot in the 2017 Taste of Country RISERS class. As a group their loyalty to one another shines through, and each is individually loyal to where she came from.
Look no further than the creature comforts they bring on the road. Nicole Witt travels with her grandfather’s fiddle, a 1922 model so well loved that the varnish has worn off at the thumb grip. For Lisa Torres, it’s her husband’s old sweatshirt. Lauren Lucas brings a sentimental artifact from before her time, a 1943 photo of her grandparents, taken the year they married. “I’m named after my grandmother, my middle name, so she was one of my biggest fans and we were very close. She helped raise me,” Lucas says.
Rare is a modern country band with double fiddles, but Witt and Andrea Young play around and through each other with affection and aplomb. Lucas and Torres strum guitar. All four women sing. “Off stage, we really enjoy spending time together,” Witt says. “We all enjoy a good glass of wine, there are some fitness enthusiasts in the band, so there’s a lot of that going on. But we love football and sports and there’s lots of things outside of music that we enjoy collectively.”
The group of longtime friends and sometimes collaborators solidified just recently with the addition of Lucas. Prior to that, each had known one another from late-night jams and unofficial hangs around town. It’s a classic Nashville story that proves hard work and the right attitude will pay off. Fans made Farewell Angelina the Hot Seat poll winner in January. Unlike the other RISERS, they were 100 percent chosen by fans.
“For me, I would have been as loyal as our fans were to Little Texas,” Lucas says. “When I was a teenager I would make trips to Nashville from Columbia, South Carolina. I was starting to sing in Nashville already, and I would listen to cassette tapes of Little Texas through the entire drive. When I would get dressed in the morning I would sing it in my hairbrush and would pretend that they asked me to be the only female band member of Little Texas.”
“And she told them this a couple weeks ago,” Young chimes in. “Yes, we wrote together, met them, did a show, and I poured my heart out to them.” Farewell Angelina — named after a Bob Dylan song — will be heavy on the road in 2017. In between live dates they’ll be writing and recording new music.
It ain’t always easy to take care of business being a woman in country music. Jillian Jacqueline has experienced the setbacks and hurdles firsthand when it comes to her career, but she doesn’t let them get her down. In fact, those struggles propel the rising star to work even harder to achieve her goals. The “Reasons” singer always strives to find the courage within herself to look past any roadblocks she encounters and always cheers on her peers as they face struggles within the industry as well. In her eyes, if one female wins, they all win.
“It’s a tremendous amount of responsibility, just because I know there’s a lot of girls that are watching this next class, because I was one of them. I was watching the Marens and the Kaceys, being like, ‘I want this to work. Don’t slow down. Be brave.’ We’re all kind of cheering them on because watching them break open doors means there’s a path for us to also keep going,” Jacqueline explained to Sounds Like Nashville.
Recognizing those who came before her, Jacqueline finds confidence within her heroes as well. Mentioning the likes of Shania Twain, Faith Hill and so many more women before her that carved out the path she intends to follow, the “God Bless This Mess” singer seeks out their inner wisdom and studies how they kept grounded even when the industry wasn’t swinging the pendulum in their direction.
“You cannot do it without the trailblazers first,” Jacqueline told SLN. “I know they felt that way about women before them. There’s such an amount of respect for all the girls in this genre that are doing what they do right now. I’ve met so many of them, and I’m always blown away at the amount of confidence and inner strength that they’ve all had to find over the years.”
Remember When Willie Nelson’s House Burned Down?
When Willie Nelson came home to find his house on fire in 1969, he made a mad dash into the burning home to save two things … and that’s where the story becomes the stuff of legend. Nelson has told the story many times of returning home from a Christmas party in Nashville to his home in Ridgetop, Tenn., on Dec. 23, 1969. When he arrived back at his property, he found his house in flame
“By the time I got there, it was burning real good,” Nelson told People, “but I had this pound of Colombian grass inside. I wasn’t being brave running in there to get my dope — I was trying to keep the firemen from finding it and turning me over to the police.
Country music’s most well-known toker even has his own line of marijuana. Getting a chance to puff with Nelson is a rite of passage bestowed upon only the most worthy in country music, and it’s a memorable experience (or so we hear). Actually, it may not be memorable if you can’t remember it.Nelson also rescued his guitar, Trigger, and the incident marked a turning point in his life and career. He had been struggling for years to establish himself as a recording artist inNashville, where he had a track record of writing successful songs for other artists. But Nelson’s music and image were oftentimes at odds with the straightlaced suits and syrupy “Nashville Sound” that dominated Music City in that era, and after the fire, he decided to relocate to Austin, where he dramatically changed his sound and began sporting the long-haired look that would become his trademark.
The result was a career overhaul for Nelson, who began to dig in and make the kind of music he’d always dreamed of. In 1973 he released Shotgun Willie, which has gone on to be a classic. He followed it up with a decade-long streak of work that included Red Headed Stranger, Stardust and Always on My Mind, among others, and ended with Nelson as one of the biggest stars in country music.
Over the years, Trigger had become so widely associated with Nelson that it’s almost difficult to imagine him playing anything other than the battered old instrument, and of course, Nelson’s continuing fondness for and advocacy of marijuana is widely documented.
Cole Swindell Toasts “Flatliner” at Tootsie’s
Nashville Honky-Tonk Turns 57 with Swindell No. 1 Party
Cole Swindell and his “Flatliner” co-writers Jaron Boyer and Matt Bronleewe took over Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Tuesday (Oct. 10) to celebrate their hit Dierks Bentley collaboration. The song went at No. 1 on the Mediabase chart and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart in August.
Bentley couldn’t make it to the party to see Swindell, Boyer and Brownleewe get showered in congratulations, praises and plaques. But several members of the Music Row community packed into Tootsie’s third floor bar to help them celebrate over drinks, hot wings, chips and salsa. The event preceded the honky-tonk’s 57th Birthday Bash, which Swindell headlined.
Sony/ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg, peermusic’s Kim Wiggins and Warner Music Nashville’s Cris Lacy each spoke about their clients’ achievements and the success of “Flatliner” before giving the floor to the night’s honorees.
“This was a hit because people freakin’ liked it,” Lacy said. “And you would think that it wouldn’t need to be said … I stood in the middle of a crowd of 20,000 people in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who were raising their beers and screaming and clapping and losing their minds on a Friday night when Cole and Dierks came out to sing ‘Flatliner.’
“There have been so many articles written about what is and what isn’t country music. I read them. They criticize our music. I want to tell you, that’s not an insult to Cole. I’ve got a bunch of stats that tell you how amazing he is. That’s an insult to the people who buy our music. Those people are the backbone of our industry.” Swindell agrees. Before the party, he told CMT.com his career wouldn’t be what it is today without his fans. His No. 1 priority is making them happy.
“It’s about honoring those that didn’t make it home that night [in Las Vegas] for me and knowing that these fans, we wouldn’t have a career without them,” he said. “Our music brings people together and as a songwriter and as an artist, I want to try to put a smile on people’s faces.
“Knowing that I’m in the situation to write songs that can help people through tough times, that’s what I think about when I think of country music,” he added. “It’s those songs that got me through tough times as a kid and as an adult.”
In just over three years as an artist and a songwriter, Swindell has accumulated six No. 1s on Billboard‘s country airplay chart, five platinum singles, one gold single, a platinum debut album and a gold sophomore album.
Lacy surprised Swindell with a platinum plaque commemorating “Middle of A Memory.”
“Stay Downtown” is the fourth single from Swindell’s sophomore album You Should Be Here. He told CMT.com plans for a third album are in the works.
Blake Shelton and Usher Team Up to Sing “Stand By Me” at Hand in Hand Telethon
More than 100 celebrities in three cities teamed up for a multi-network telethon last night (Sept. 12) that has raised more than $44 million for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The hour-long telethon—Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief—was staged live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Times Square in New York and the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles.
Miranda Lambert Invites Rogers, Bowen On Stage For Haggard Cover
On Wednesday night, Miranda Lambert invited fellow Texans Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado. The three swapped verses on the Merle Haggard classic “Sing Me Back Home”, paying tribute to both Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell, who played guitar on the original.