Confederate Railroad first
rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its
unique style and sound.
Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band
for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by
signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their 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 Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous
nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country
The second album, "Notorious", produced one of the group's
most popular songs "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" which
became a No. One video as well. "Elvis and Andy" and "Summer
in Dixie" would further establish the Railroad as one of the most
versatile acts in the business. This album would sell more than one
million. Their overal totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums
From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today
covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking
to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents
will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band
plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right
be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead
singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Wayne Secrest
on bass, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Bobby Randall on steel guitar,
fiddle and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative
audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every
fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture
or just say "hello" is taken care of.
ONE OUTLAW LEFT--I really wanted to do something with David Allan Coe.
We even talked about writing one together, but our schedules just didn't work.
We could both really relate to that, not necessarily because of the content of
our music so much as just the willingness to go against the grain. If there's
any outlaw left, it's still David.
WHAT BROTHERS DO--I was visiting a writers' night in Nashville and heard
this performed. My youngest kids are four and two, close to what this song is
talking about, and it really hit me because of them, the way my four-year-old
will teach the two-year-old all the stuff he knows. In fact, I told my wife Jenni
about it when I got home. Then, both guys who were helping me look for songs,
Al Cooley and John Dotson, brought it to a song meeting at my house. I knew that
had to be a sign.
LIKE A TEMPLE--When we were pulling this album together, I thought this
would make a great duet if I could get George Jones to agree to do it. A lot of
us can relate to this song, but I knew for sure he could.
IT--I've known Craig Wiseman and Bob DiPiero forever, and I've recorded
many of their songs, and I couldn't resist this one by the two of them together.
It's just a fun, uptempo, lighthearted song.
TRASH WITH MONEY--When things first started going well for me, I bought
a nice house in a nice part of Chattanooga. The neighbors were all concerned that
with an entertainer moving in there'd be parties and Harley-Davidsons and naked
women at the pool, not realizing that since I entertain for a living, all I want
when I get home is peace and quiet. Eventually, one neighbor told me, "Hey,
you're the most laid-back person in the neighborhood." I had to write this
TIME--My ex-wife and son lived in Atlanta, and I went down to one of his
football practices one day. It was a two-hour drive each way, and I got there
just as a two-hour practice started. Afterwards, I walked him to his mother's
car for just a minute, and drove home. Out of six hours, I got to spend about
a minute with him. I got to thinking about all the time I'd missed through the
years, and that's where the second verse--and the song--came from.
"R" WORD--I hate political correctness in every form. I don't
like someone telling me what to think. I thought this song tied in very well.
It's by Dennis Linde, a guy who has a knack for capturing the offbeat--"Bubba
Shot The Jukebox" and "Goodbye Earl" are both his, and I think
he's done it again here.
TIME--I've calmed down a lot in the last ten years, but this kind of took
me back to those days where you knew deep down it was all going to catch up with
you someday but you didn't really care yet.
AND RAIN--That song was pitched to me three or four years ago, when we
were doing the "Keep On Rocking" album, but we didn't have room for
another ballad and I had to pass. Then, I thought about it again for this one.
It had stuck with me all that time. It's about as close as I come to a love song.
AS THIEVES--I liked that one because it made me think of my relationship
with the band and crew. We'll have differences between us, but we'd all back each
other up if somebody picked on one of us.
Bobby Randall - (Birthday
Danny Shirley - (Birthday August 12th)
Rusty Hendrix - (Birthday March 9th)
MarkDuFresne - (Birthday August 6th)
Wayne Secrest - (Birthday April 29th)
Mo Thaxton - (Mo was born in Georgia on July 8th and currently lives
in Alabama. Between 1994 and 2006 he was a member of Dr Hook With Ray
Sawyer and he joined Confederate Railroad in October of 2014. Mo learned
to sing parts in church before going to school and he played bass guitar
in the high school jazz band. He heard his first Deep Purple song at
the age of 13 and decided then he wanted to play music for a living.
Mo started in local garage bands like most musicians at age 16 but didn't
play in clubs until his mid 20's. Mo is enjoying life these days out
on the road performing in front of sold out shows with Confederate Railroad
having fun every night and loving what he does.)
Levi Shirley - Road Manager
Bruce Uher - Media Manager
Phone: (615) 564-2580