PHOTO: Governor Phil Bredesen speaks at the “Our Country, our Future” event in Nashville on Monday / Photo courtesy of the Bredesen for Senate Campaign
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Nearly 2,000 Tennesseans visited the Marathon Music Works venue in Nashville on Monday evening to see the “Our Country, our Future” concert event, supporting U.S. Senate candidate Governor Phil Bredesen.
Headliners at the concert were Jason Isbell, Ben Folds and Delta Rae.
Earlier that same Monday, the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) put out an official statement saying “Phony Phil partners with the unhinged left,” referring to the musicians Jason Isbell and Ben Folds.
While Ben Folds and Delta Rae mostly avoided any political speak, Jason Isbell poked fun at the comments during the event, saying he was “thinking today about how it feels to be an unhinged leftist.” Jason Isbell later spoke about how he had given up drinking and has since he had a child, saying he was “hinged as hell!”
Beyond the remarks, the performances were well received, with almost 2,000 Bredesen supporters filling the venue.
Bredesen appeared onstage and spoke after the performances, thanking the musicians, as well as the audience.
“I’m trying real hard to reach out and talk to all the young people who came as well as everyone else and thank you for being here tonight, it means a great deal to me,” Bredesen said. “This really is a chance to start changing things. It’s not about my winning, I think it’s about sending a message to Washington that it’s time to work for us. I wanted to stand up here and let you all know that I really appreciate you being here.”
Bredesen went on to explain how he had never intended to run for office again after serving as Tennessee’s governor from 2003 – 2011, but that after talking over the idea with his wife Andrea, had decided that “instead of sitting around and complaining,” he “decided to do something about [what’s going on in Washington.]”
“So everybody in this room, I appreciate you being here, but don’t expect me to pay you back,” Bredesen said. “But I am going to pay you forward by being the best damn Senator you ever sent to Washington.”
— Alexander Willis (@ReporterWillis) August 21, 2018