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Confederate Railroad Releases Statement on Illinois State Fair Concert Cancellation

Confederate Railroad
Photo credit:Yetive Simmons Photography

Today, country and southern rock group Confederate Railroad released the following statement regarding the band’s removal from the Illinois State Fair: 

“As many of you know, we were scheduled to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin, Illinois on August 27, along with our friends Restless Heart and Shenandoah. We have since been removed from that show by the Illinois Department of Agriculture because of the name of our band. This was very disappointing as we have played this fair before and enjoyed it very much. The outpouring of support from Confederate Railroad fans, fans of other acts, and the public in general, has been both overwhelming and very much appreciated. I would also like to thank the actors, athletes and fellow country music artists who have spoken out in support. It has been brought to my attention that several people have asked both Restless Heart and Shenandoah to cancel their shows in protest of our cancellation. I have spoken to both acts and encouraged them to perform as scheduled. Live concerts are how we pay our bills and feed our families. I would never want to see another act lose a payday because of this. Please go out to hear these two great bands. As I have said many times onstage, I am by no means a saint but, I am a man of faith and I have faith that God will see us through this as well as whatever comes next! Thank you for your support.”

-Danny Shirley, Confederate Railroad

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got its big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from its debut album (Confederate Railroad) was “She Took It Like a Man.” It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. The next two singles, “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, “Trashy Women,” “When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back,” and “She Never Cried.” “Trashy” would lead to a GRAMMY® nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group Award in 1992 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation. For more information, visit confederaterailroad.com.

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