(Rolling Stone) Danny Shirley says he and the band he formed more than 30 years ago are under fire, all because of their name. Confederate Railroad, who earned a 1993 Grammy nomination for their hit “Trashy Women,” had their performances at two local fairs in Illinois and New York canceled last month.
In New York, the Ulster County executive’s office is at odds with the county’s agricultural society over who exactly disinvited Confederate Railroad from the Ulster County Fair. But in the Illinois case, the decision to nix the band from the DuQuoin State Fair lineup came from Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose office cited the administration’s stance that state resources not be used to “to promote symbols of racism.” Namely the small Confederate flag that is visible on the group’s logo, a historic Civil War-era steam locomotive known as “The General.”
But Shirley, 63, says the real reason for their ouster is because of the band’s moniker.