Confederate Railroad Dropped From State Fair Lineup

Confederate Railroad at the Bond County Fourth Fest

Fresh off a very successful concert at Fourth Fest Saturday night in Greenville, country rock band Confederate Railroad continues to be immersed in controversy over its name and use of Confederate symbols in its logo.

Prior to the Greenville performance, it was announced the band’s August 27 show at the Du Quoin State Fair had been cancelled by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which runs both stare fairs in the state.

The fair’s manager stated “While every artist has a right to expression, we believe the decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in the state.”

The state already had a contract with Confederate Railroad for the appearance.

At the Greenville concert, the band’s lead singer Danny Shirley made a few comments on stage regarding the Du Quoin cancellation.

He has also issued a statement, “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.”

Fourth Fest had its biggest crowd ever with Confederate Railroad in the music lineup.

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