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Rock band Confederate Railroad fires back at Illinois state fair after being removed from performance lineup


By Julius Young | Fox News


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A Southern rock band called Confederate Railroad is firing back after it was barred from performing at an upcoming state fair in Illinois over its name and use of the Confederate flag.

Formed in 1987 in Atlanta, Ga., Confederate Railroad was tapped to play the Du Quoin State Fair on Aug. 27 in Du Quoin, Ill. as part of “90s Country ReLoaded Day,” the New York Post first reported, citing local media.


In a statement to Fox News, the band confirmed they have been removed from the show by the Illinois Department of Agriculture because of the name of the band.

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“This was very disappointing as we have played this fair before and enjoyed it very much," read the lengthy statement by lead singer Danny Shirley. "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."



The statement continued: “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!" Shirley wrote.


Rusty Hendrix, Danny Shirley, Mark Dufresne, Wayne Secrest and Bobby Randall of Confederate Railroad perform at the Fremont Street Experience during the 2014 Downtown Hoedown on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic) (Getty Images)

The band’s response came after their performance cancelation was first addressed by the fair’s manager, Josh Gross, in a statement provided to the Du Quoin Weekly, the Southern Illinoisan reported.

“The Illinois Department of Agriculture has removed Confederate Railroad from our 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup,” Gross said. “While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”

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When reached for comment by the Southern Illinoisan, the state Department of Agriculture declined to iterate when the band was initially booked, whose decision it was to pull the act or why Confederate Railroad was removed from the lineup, according to The New York Post.

Fellow musician and country music legend Charlie Daniels was one of many to voice their displeasure with the State Fair’s decision to ax the rock group, writing in a tweet on July 5, “This political correctness thing is totally out of control.”


An unspecified photo of country rock band Confederate Railroad. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Redferns) (Getty Images)

“When a fair cancels the Confederate Railroad band because of their name its giving in to facism [sic], plain and simple and our freedom disappears piece by piece. Sick of it,” read the tweet.

A Facebook group has since been created over the band’s treatment and had garnered nearly 2,800 members as of Tuesday.

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Among others irate over Confederate Railroad’s cancelation is Oak Ridge Boys member Joe Bonsall, who summoned the man upstairs to help with his disbelief.

“I have played the @DuQuoinFair many times over the decades ... however, I must say that canceling @confederateRR JUST because their name is CONFEDERATE RAILROAD is a crock of crap!!! These are good men singing good songs... God please help us all ...” wrote the singer and banjo player who provided a local newspaper clipping detailing the banishment.

However, all is not lost for fans of Confederate Railroad, as the Southern Illinoisan reported that other venues in the region are working to book the rock and country band for a makeup show.

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“To me, this isn’t about getting people to our business. If whoever else in Southern Illinois ends up bringing them in, I won’t be mad. This is about Southern Illinois proving a point,” Joe McKinney, the manager of entertainment at the local Field of Dreams event venue, told the news outlet.

“This choice was made by a select few up north who are offended, instead of what the majority want, and the band was completely disrespected.”


Julius is an LA Entertainment Reporter for Fox News.
 

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Well, Confederate Railroad is a damm good band, and Illinois continues to not surprise me.
Their loss.
 

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Lets just suffice it to say that Charlie Daniels hit the nail squarely on the head. Political correctness is totally out of control.

Maybe its about time the rest of us took control of our country back from the horrific damage the Democratic party is causing to it.
 

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Lets just suffice it to say that Charlie Daniels hit the nail squarely on the head. Political correctness is totally out of control.

Maybe its about time the rest of us took control of our country back from the horrific damage the Democratic party is causing to it.
Agreed. My wife and kids say that their not sure if my filter is broken, or that I just never had one.
 

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I avoid states of confusion and there cities like the plague. If you want to be there, that’s not my problem...
 

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I like em, something lost in the translation. The band should have been told this before they went out of their way to show up at that fair.
 

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I love confederate railroad. Saw them in concert in 1993, in Kearney Nebraska. My oldest son was just over a month old we had aisle seats, third row, we put plugs in my sons ears and he was asleep by the third song. At that time their song trashy women was real big and they had the girls with them they cqlled the trashettes. After the concert they were all signing autographs and the trashettes wanted to take Briar on the road with them.
 

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I avoid states of confusion and there cities like the plague. If you want to be there, that’s not my problem...
It is your problem as well. Hide and watch. This type of thing is coming to a city near you. Count on it.

Politicians want to stop anything that has to do with Southern heritage.Statues of Southern statesmen, flags and soon they will make it politically inkeerectum to say Ya'll.
 

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It is your problem as well. Hide and watch. This type of thing is coming to a city near you. Count on it.

Politicians want to stop anything that has to do with Southern heritage.Statues of Southern statesmen, flags and soon they will make it politically inkeerectum to say Ya'll.
Hide? Really? I just don’t go to Illinois. I also don’t go to Washington dc. New York City. Etc etc. I know full well the sh.t is spreading. If I’m hiding it’s in plain sight... I like your term. Politically inkee rectum..
 

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This political correctness got old with me the first time I became aware of it.

I don't really care that some northern states populations dislike the words, names, music or customs that are my heritage.
 

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I thinks the Fair management did it more, so people would not leave the fair. Up North when they hear the word Confederate their first reaction is to run. Just saying
 

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This has more to do with the venue's fear of what people will think and any lawsuits they'll get over hosting something someone will consider offensive (the name and the flag) than it is over their issues with anything southern.
Seriously, that's all it is. They want to avoid the suit that would likely happen later.
Not saying it's a good reason, but I'd bet this is the primary reason for all this.
 

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I thinks the Fair management did it more, so people would not leave the fair. Up North when they hear the word Confederate their first reaction is to run. Just saying
It’s not northerners or Yankees as you say but libtards and communist scum and there everywhere... Most are scared of everything and unwilling to act on anything...
 

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It’s not northerners or Yankees as you say but libtards and communist scum and there everywhere... Most are scared of everything and unwilling to act on anything...
Liberals are like Vampires, but instead of a cross hold up work boots. They will run far away. :tango_face_wink:
 

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. . . . The band should have been told this before they went out of their way to show up at that fair.
if they did that, it wouldn't have had the "impact" that they wanted to make
with their big decision and announcement.
common courtesy hasn't been in use in the mainstream for a long time
 
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