(WSIL/ABC) – Members of Confederate Railroad are sharing their side of the story after Illinois canceled a state fair appearance over the band’s use of the Confederate flag.
A spokeswoman for Governor J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that the administration prohibits using state resources “to promote symbols of racism.”
The group was scheduled to perform at the Du Quoin State Fair on August 27.
Danny Shirley of Confederate Railroad issued a statement, encouraging people to see the two bands still slated to play Du Quoin on August 27.
“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
(This story was originally published on July 10, 2019)