The DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois dropped CONFEDERATE RAILROAD from performing at their “’90s Country ReLoaded Day” . . . and it’s because of their name.
This started when a political newsletter out of Springfield, Illinois called Capitol Fax asked whether or not people thought the band playing at a state-owned facility was appropriate. Especially considering Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln.
Somehow, that led to the Illinois Department of Agriculture telling the fair’s manager to drop the band. The nearby“Pinckneyville Press” believes the decision “appears to reflect racial sensitivity concerns.”
As of yesterday, there’s no statement from Confederate Railroad. But a couple of other country artists have come out firing.
CHARLIE DANIELS Tweeted, “This political correctness is totally out of control. When a fair cancels Confederate Railroad because of their name it’s giving in to fascism plain and simple, and our freedom disappears piece by piece. Sick of it.”
JOE BONSALL of the Oak Ridge Boys posted, “I’ve played the DuQuoin Fair many times over the decades, [but] canceling Confederate Railroad because their name is a crock. These are good men singing good songs. God please help us.”
SHENANDOAH and RESTLESS HEART are still scheduled to perform at the August 27th show. Even if you’re not familiar with Confederate Railroad, chances are you’ve heard their song, “Trashy Women”.