After high profile gigs as the backup band for legends like David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck, Confederate Railroad got their big break when they signed with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut self-titled album, “She Took It Like A Man”, went quickly to #26 on the country charts, a small preview of what was about to come. The next two singles, “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” quickly shot to the top of the charts. Now on a serious roll, the next three songs released, “Trashy Women”, “When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back”, and “She Never Cried” zoomed to the top of the charts. The success of “Trashy Women” led to a Grammy nomination and became the band’s signature song. The album with six hits and nearly three million copies sold brought Confederate Railroad numerous awards and worldwide recognition, including the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.
The second album, “Notorious”, produced one of the group’s most popular songs, “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind”, a chart-topper that became a Number 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 went on to sell more than one million copies. One of the most successful bands of their time, Confererate Railroad has 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.
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 still plays approximately 100 dates each year. The band is comfortable in any venue – a fair, a club, a festival or outdoor stage. Original member and founder Shirley, lead singer and vocalist, are accompanied by Mark Dufresne on drums, Way Secrest on bass Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Cody McCarver on keyboards and vocals lead the show and involve the audience in the booty shakin’, country rock show that leaves everyone on their feet begging for more.
Depot Days is scheduled for September 28 on Front Street in Downtown Newport. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and spend the afternoon listening to the free music that includes local country gospel group The Dunhams, JR Rogers, Ace Cannon, Sleepy LaBeef, Newport’s own international star Sonny Burgess and the Pacers, Austin, Texas’ legends The Derailers and ending with the fabulous Confederate Railrod starting at 8:45. In addition to the music, there are vendors, food, hundreds of dollars in door prizes, and Jackson County’s Best Backyard BBQ contest. Admission is free. More information is available at www.depotdays.org, on Facebook or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 523-3618.