Confederate Railroad first
rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its
unique style and sound.
Headed by founder and frontman
Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny
Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first
single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was
"She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of
what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama"
and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three
more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave
That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried".
"Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their
signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales
brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award
in 1993 as well as numerous 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" which became a No. 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 would sell more than one million. Their overal totals are 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 plays 100 or so dates each year.
Whatever the venue, they are right at home
be it a fair, a club,
or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates,
Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix
on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously
having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end
of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph,
or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello"
is taken care of.
ONE OUTLAW LEFT--I really wanted to do something with David Allan Coe.
We even talked about writing one together, but our schedules just didn't work.
We could both really relate to that, not necessarily because of the content of
our music so much as just the willingness to go against the grain. If there's
any outlaw left, it's still David.
WHAT BROTHERS DO--I was visiting a writers' night in Nashville and heard
this performed. My youngest kids are four and two, close to what this song is
talking about, and it really hit me because of them, the way my four-year-old
will teach the two-year-old all the stuff he knows. In fact, I told my wife Jenni
about it when I got home. Then, both guys who were helping me look for songs,
Al Cooley and John Dotson, brought it to a song meeting at my house. I knew that
had to be a sign.
LIKE A TEMPLE--When we were pulling this album together, I thought this
would make a great duet if I could get George Jones to agree to do it. A lot of
us can relate to this song, but I knew for sure he could.
IT--I've known Craig Wiseman and Bob DiPiero forever, and I've recorded
many of their songs, and I couldn't resist this one by the two of them together.
It's just a fun, uptempo, lighthearted song.
TRASH WITH MONEY--When things first started going well for me, I bought
a nice house in a nice part of Chattanooga. The neighbors were all concerned that
with an entertainer moving in there'd be parties and Harley-Davidsons and naked
women at the pool, not realizing that since I entertain for a living, all I want
when I get home is peace and quiet. Eventually, one neighbor told me, "Hey,
you're the most laid-back person in the neighborhood." I had to write this
TIME--My ex-wife and son lived in Atlanta, and I went down to one of his
football practices one day. It was a two-hour drive each way, and I got there
just as a two-hour practice started. Afterwards, I walked him to his mother's
car for just a minute, and drove home. Out of six hours, I got to spend about
a minute with him. I got to thinking about all the time I'd missed through the
years, and that's where the second verse--and the song--came from.
"R" WORD--I hate political correctness in every form. I don't
like someone telling me what to think. I thought this song tied in very well.
It's by Dennis Linde, a guy who has a knack for capturing the offbeat--"Bubba
Shot The Jukebox" and "Goodbye Earl" are both his, and I think
he's done it again here.
TIME--I've calmed down a lot in the last ten years, but this kind of took
me back to those days where you knew deep down it was all going to catch up with
you someday but you didn't really care yet.
AND RAIN--That song was pitched to me three or four years ago, when we
were doing the "Keep On Rocking" album, but we didn't have room for
another ballad and I had to pass. Then, I thought about it again for this one.
It had stuck with me all that time. It's about as close as I come to a love song.
AS THIEVES--I liked that one because it made me think of my relationship
with the band and crew. We'll have differences between us, but we'd all back each
other up if somebody picked on one of us.
Joey Recker - (Birthday May
Mo Thaxton - (Birthday July 8)
Danny Shirley - (Birthday August 12th)
Rusty Hendrix - (Birthday March 9th)
MarkDuFresne - (Birthday August 6th)
Mo Thaxton (Mo was born in Georgia on July 8th and currently
lives in Alabama. Between 1994 and 2006 he was a member of Dr Hook With
Ray Sawyer and he joined Confederate Railroad in October of 2014. Mo
learned to sing parts in church before going to school and he played
bass guitar in the high school jazz band. He heard his first Deep Purple
song at the age of 13 and decided then he wanted to play music for a
living. Mo started in local garage bands like most musicians at age
16 but didn't play in clubs until his mid 20's. Mo is enjoying life
these days out on the road performing in front of sold out shows with
Confederate Railroad having fun every night and loving what he does.)
Joey Recker was born
in Baltimore but was raised in Plains, GA. At 9 years old he would sneak
into the unlocked church a few miles from his home to play Gospel songs
and Billy Joel on the piano. He performed in high school and college
show choirs and jazz bands until he joined the military in 1985. Joey
retired almost 30 years later at the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
He was "discovered" in a South Georgia bar playing and singing for local
music lovers and has been on the road with Confederate Railroad since
Tom Johnson - Road Manager
Bruce Uher Sr. - Media Manager