RAILROAD DECLINES COMPENSATION FROM DU QUOIN FAIR
The Band Rejects Payment
Due to Its Guiding Principles
Nashville, Tennessee (August
27, 2019) ACM Award-winning and CMA Award-nominated country band
Confederate Railroad continues its trek across the United States in
support of its Lucky To Be Alive Tour that will conclude
Drawing national attention, this tour has not been the smoothest for
the band. As Associated Press reported on August 6, 2019 Confederate
Railroad was dropped from the performing talent lineup at the Du Quoin,
Illinois Fair 2 months after being secured for the show. Read here:
Concerning the bands decision to decline compensation from the
Fair, the three decade-old band has released the following statement
via its founding member and lead singer Danny Shirley:
On June 24th, 2019, the Du Quoin State Fair agreed to pay us in
full. We contemplated the proper use of this money. The band agreed
we should give it to a charitable organization that directly benefits
the people of southern Illinois. Those so-called tax
dollars [apnews.com] belong to the people of southern Illinois,
and to see some good come from it seemed like the best solution. On
July 19, 2019, we received a multi-page conditional legal release in
order to obtain that payment.
After months of being referred to as promoters of hate and racism, without
one individual stepping forward to cite any such personal occurrence
- ever- and 30 years of performing to the contrary: I simply cannot
and will not accept this money that requires their conditional Settlement
Agreement and Release. Hopefully, they will be guided to put that money
back into the region, as we intended to do.
Weve fulfilled the conditions twice previously with performances
at this fair. The offer was submitted from the fair on April 17, 2019,
and a contract was sent shortly thereafter. Then, on June 4th, the fair
requested a proposed announce date of June 17th and proceeded to advertise.
Im forever grateful and humbled by the people of southern Illinois
and your words of encouragement are deeply felt. A decision was made
for youone intended to mute your voices and cause you to question
your morals. Never apologize for thinking for yourself or let anyone
shame you out of your own common sense.
Our track now leads to Black Diamond Harley in Marionsee you in
RAILROAD RELEASES STATEMENT ON
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR CONCERT CANCELLATION
would like to welcome our newest member of Confederate Railroad Joey
RAILROAD BACK ON THE TRACKS WITH NEW ALBUM, 'LUCKY TO BE ALIVE,' AVAILABLE
Project Features Special
20th Anniversary Version of "Trashy Women" Featuring Willie
Nelson, John Anderson and Colt Ford
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 2,
2016) Multi-platinum recording group Confederate Railroad is
making their return to radio and retail with the upcoming album, Lucky
To Be Alive. The project marks the first album release in nine years
for the Grammy-nominated group, and will be released on July 15 to music
retailers nationwide. The ACM award-winning band are also bringing the
star power on the album, with guest appearances from Willie Nelson,
John Anderson, Colt Ford and former NFL coach, Jerry Glanville, on a
special 20th Anniversary version of the signature smash, Trashy
Lead singer Danny Shirley
observes, Every night we play this song I am amazed and thankful
at its staying power.
In addition to the new, revamped
version of Trashy Women, the highly anticipated album features
all-new material. From the instantly catchy title track, to the feel-good
anthem If I Ever Cross That Line, there is a perfect combination
of intense ballads and infectious upbeat songs. Something new is that
Danny is a writer on seven of the albums tracks. The Blue Miller
& Danny Shirley-produced album showcases the bands unique
style, bringing their southernrock-meets-country-conscience front
and center. Fast Cars And Guitars is another standout song,
with a classic 90s feel that will leave fans of traditional country
music singing and dancing for days. Its revved up by long-time
friend of the band, Hall of Fame member, Charlie Daniels.
Another nod to Dannys
musical roots and ground-breaking track for Railroad is the shimmering
bluegrass jewel Dont Feel As Young As I Used To highlighted
by guest artist Dan Tyminski of Union Station.
Confederate Railroad is
hitting the road in support of Lucky To Be Alive, with a jam-packed
spring/summer tour schedule (see dates below). Fans will be treated
to performances some of their biggest hits including Queen of
Memphis and Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind, along
with new tracks from the upcoming album. Be sure to check out the country-rockers
in a city near you, as they remind concertgoers of the hell-raising,
good-time band they fell in love with 20 years ago.
Lucky To Be Alive Track Listing:
1. Lucky To Be Alive
2. Played The Game
3. The Man I Am Today
4. If I Ever Cross That Line
5. Trashy Women (20th Anniversary) featuring Willie Nelson, John Anderson
and Colt Ford
6. Goodbye Song
7. Somebody Like You
8. Whisky And Women
9. Fast Cars And Guitars
10. Dont Feel As Young As I Used To
11. Psycho Bitch From Hell (Live)
12. Im Not Fallin For That
New tour dates are being
added for the 2015 touring season check the tour dates page and make
your plans to come see us!
As some of you know, I
am not quick to embrace technology- but I am trying. So, in an attempt
to continue my move into the 21st century, I have decided to spend more
time on our website. I have been writing a lot over the past couple
of years and I wanted to let you all hear some of the songs I've been
working on. Some sound like Railroad songs, others are totally different
from anything I've ever done. We'll put up another song every week or
so and I would like you to give me some feedback. This winter, I plan
to use some of this material for a new album, so I really want to hear
your thoughts on these songs. Thanks so much for your continued support,
and let's get some new C.R.R. music out there!
- Danny Shirley
We Would Like To Welcome
Bobby Randall To The Confederate Railroad Family
Bobby Randall was the first
lead guitarist for Sawyer Brown. He appeared with the band on Star Search
in 1983-84. In 1991 he became the only founding member to leave the
group. Randall took a job hosting a Star Search-like talent show, You
Can Be a Star on The Nashville Network (TNN). He was replaced by Duncan
Cameron, formerly of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Cameron has since left
the band as well. Randall also hosted a show called The Wildhorse Saloon
also on TNN. He was the Anchor on a show called Behind the Game that
aired on Fox Sports Net, Recently, Randall Joined the band Confederate
Railroad. Bobby can be found on the tour playing Steel guitar and Fiddle.
The NEW CD Back To
The Barroom (LIVE) is now available!
The long anticipated wait
is over. Confedrate Railroad has released their first LIVE album since
the band debuted in the early 90's. Back To The Barroom (LIVE)
contains several of their classic hits performed live along with a new
song titled "B.B. Gun". For more information about the CD
and to listen to song samples and purchase the CD go to the Store
Section on our website.
Welcome To The NEW
Confederate Railroad Website
Bruce Uher and Daryn Ranta
have just launched the new Confederate Railroad website. We figure a
new year, a new CD so a new website was right in line for the new year
so we designed a a new look and will be working on new content for the
rest of the pages of the site in the next few weeks.
Because of Gates passion
for music, we have set up the Gates Nichols Music Scholarship Fund and
you may contribute to this Fund in lieu of flowers at:
please make checks payable
1364 Winn Road
Douglasville, GA 31034
c/o Dari Harmon
Please note on the check:
for Gates Nichols Music
Please, please contribute
to this Fund in lieu of flowers, you can make a difference in the life
of a child that has a heart for music.
Watch a video on our buddy
We are sorry to inform
everyone that our dear friend and brother Gates Nichols passed away
this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.
Viewing is Tuesday night,
August 18 from 4-8 p.m. at the
Clark Funeral Home
4373 Atlanta Highway
Hiram, GA 30141
then Wednesday, August 19, morning from 9-10 a.m. viewing at Clark and
then Procession will be from Clark Funeral Home at 10:15 to West Ridge
Church located at:
3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy
Dallas, GA 30157
Service will be at 11:00 a.m. at West Ridge, luncheon immediately following
Great article about Gates
All of us here at Confederate
Railroad are deeply sadden to inform you that our band member and brother
Gates Nichols has been diagnost with pancreatic cancer. Gates and his
family are in our thoughts and prayers.
To send your condolences
and to keep up with Gates condition please visit the following link:
You can also send cards to:
358 Abbington Lane
Douglasville, GA 30134
We would like
to welcome Rusty Hendrix our new guitar player.
born March 9th 1960 in Gadsden, Alabama. Rusty drew up in Louisiana,
Georgia and Alabama. The son of Rev. & Mrs. Oel Hendrix. Mothers
name (Jimmie Hendrix) They were in the Missionary Field as well as pastoring
I started playing
guitar at age 8 in church picking up "chops" from my dad (who
also played) as well as my first cousin Jimmy Rutherford. Jimmy also
used to play with the band Starbuck "Moonlight Feels Right"
before their hit records. Rusty also played baseball in little league
through high school. He was a left hander starting from the 9th grade
thru the 12th. grade.
After high school
Rusty moved back to Louisiana to go to college. He played weekends to
make extra money as well. After 2 years he moved back to Alabama and
started playing in local bands all around the southeast where he first
met Danny Shirley.
In 1989 he met
up again with Danny at Mrs. Kitty's nightclub in Marietta, GA. Niteowl,
the band I was in would rotate weeks with the "Danny Shirley Band".
After recording and
writing songs with "Niteowl" I left the band in "94"
to tour with Nashville country artist Greg holland ("Let Me Dance").
After Greg Holland, he came back to Alabama in 95-98 to play in Gadsden
at the Warehouse with Bill Cole & The Click. It was while playing
there where he started hanging out and writing songs with country artist
Mark Wills. In "98" he joined his touring band and in "99"
did the George Strait tour with him. In Sept of "99" he went
to work with Sammy Kershaw until May of "08". he would also
like to thank them for the friendship and great opportunity they gave
him it was a blast! Rusty says "They are great guys!" He is
looking forward to playing with Confederate Railroad and meeting everyone.
I believe it is a truly God Given Honor!
Indian relics, Indian relics, and did he mention Indian relics? Oh ya
and hunting too. Hanging out with family and friends, session work,
volunteer work, picking guitar with friends for schools and the elderly,
sick and shut ins etc. A "God Send" for him!
28th 1985 he married Vicki his wife and they have a daughter Rebecca.