Confederate Railroad, David Allen Coe to perform in Daviess County in September

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – David Allen Coe and Confederate Railroad will be performing at the Daviess County Lions Club Fairgrounds in Philpot on September 14 as part of “The Last Outlaw Tour 2019.”

The concert will also feature David Allen Coe and five other “country outlaw” acts.

It will run from 2-11:30 p.m.

Confederate Railroad fair cancellation

Earlier this summer, the State of Illinois canceled a state fair appearance by Confederate Railroad due to its use of the Confederate flag.

A spokesman for Governor J.B. Pritzker said the administration prohibits using state resources “to promote symbols of racism.”

Confederate Railroad was dropped from a scheduled August 27 appearance at the DuQuoin State Fair.

The band’s logo features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags. The flag has been criticized as a racist emblem of slavery and segregation, but supporters say it represents history.

This is the statement Confederate Railroad released at the time of the cancellation:

“As many of you know, we were scheduled to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin, Illinois on August 27, along with our friends Restless Heart and Shenandoah. We have since been removed from that show by the Illinois Department of Agriculture because of the name of our band. 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. I would also like to thank the actors, athletes and fellow country music artists who have spoken out in support. It has been brought to my attention that several people have asked both Restless Heart and Shenandoah to cancel their shows in protest of our cancellation. I have spoken to both acts and encouraged them to perform as scheduled. 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! Thank you for your support.”
-Danny Shirley, Confederate Railroad

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(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)

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