New tour dates are being added for the 2015 touring season check the tour dates page and make your plans to come see us!


As some of you know, I am not quick to embrace technology- but I am trying. So, in an attempt to continue my move into the 21st century, I have decided to spend more time on our website. I have been writing a lot over the past couple of years and I wanted to let you all hear some of the songs I've been working on. Some sound like Railroad songs, others are totally different from anything I've ever done. We'll put up another song every week or so and I would like you to give me some feedback. This winter, I plan to use some of this material for a new album, so I really want to hear your thoughts on these songs. Thanks so much for your continued support, and let's get some new C.R.R. music out there!

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- Danny Shirley


We Would Like To Welcome Bobby Randall To The Confederate Railroad Family

Bobby Randall was the first lead guitarist for Sawyer Brown. He appeared with the band on Star Search in 1983-84. In 1991 he became the only founding member to leave the group. Randall took a job hosting a Star Search-like talent show, You Can Be a Star on The Nashville Network (TNN). He was replaced by Duncan Cameron, formerly of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Cameron has since left the band as well. Randall also hosted a show called The Wildhorse Saloon also on TNN. He was the Anchor on a show called Behind the Game that aired on Fox Sports Net, Recently, Randall Joined the band Confederate Railroad. Bobby can be found on the tour playing Steel guitar and Fiddle.

The NEW CD Back To The Barroom (LIVE) is now available!

The long anticipated wait is over. Confedrate Railroad has released their first LIVE album since the band debuted in the early 90's. Back To The Barroom (LIVE) contains several of their classic hits performed live along with a new song titled "B.B. Gun". For more information about the CD and to listen to song samples and purchase the CD go to the Store Section on our website.

Welcome To The NEW Confederate Railroad Website

Bruce Uher and Daryn Ranta from and have just launched the new Confederate Railroad website. We figure a new year, a new CD so a new website was right in line for the new year so we designed a a new look and will be working on new content for the rest of the pages of the site in the next few weeks.


Because of Gates’ passion for music, we have set up the Gates Nichols Music Scholarship Fund and you may contribute to this Fund in lieu of flowers at:

please make checks payable to:

1364 Winn Road
Douglasville, GA 31034
c/o Dari Harmon

Please note on the check: for Gates Nichols Music Scholarship

Please, please contribute to this Fund in lieu of flowers, you can make a difference in the life of a child that has a heart for music.

Watch a video on our buddy Gates:


We are sorry to inform everyone that our dear friend and brother Gates Nichols passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

Viewing is Tuesday night, August 18 from 4-8 p.m. at the

Clark Funeral Home
4373 Atlanta Highway
Hiram, GA 30141

then Wednesday, August 19, morning from 9-10 a.m. viewing at Clark and then Procession will be from Clark Funeral Home at 10:15 to West Ridge Church located at:

3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy
Dallas, GA 30157

Service will be at 11:00 a.m. at West Ridge, luncheon immediately following service.

Great article about Gates (Click Here)


All of us here at Confederate Railroad are deeply sadden to inform you that our band member and brother Gates Nichols has been diagnost with pancreatic cancer. Gates and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

To send your condolences and to keep up with Gates condition please visit the following link:

You can also send cards to:

Gates Nichols
358 Abbington Lane
Douglasville, GA 30134


We would like to welcome Rusty Hendrix our new guitar player.

Rusty Hendrix, born March 9th 1960 in Gadsden, Alabama. Rusty drew up in Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. The son of Rev. & Mrs. Oel Hendrix. Mothers name (Jimmie Hendrix) They were in the Missionary Field as well as pastoring churches.

I started playing guitar at age 8 in church picking up "chops" from my dad (who also played) as well as my first cousin Jimmy Rutherford. Jimmy also used to play with the band Starbuck "Moonlight Feels Right" before their hit records. Rusty also played baseball in little league through high school. He was a left hander starting from the 9th grade thru the 12th. grade.

After high school Rusty moved back to Louisiana to go to college. He played weekends to make extra money as well. After 2 years he moved back to Alabama and started playing in local bands all around the southeast where he first met Danny Shirley.

In 1989 he met up again with Danny at Mrs. Kitty's nightclub in Marietta, GA. Niteowl, the band I was in would rotate weeks with the "Danny Shirley Band". After recording and writing songs with "Niteowl" I left the band in "94" to tour with Nashville country artist Greg holland ("Let Me Dance"). After Greg Holland, he came back to Alabama in 95-98 to play in Gadsden at the Warehouse with Bill Cole & The Click. It was while playing there where he started hanging out and writing songs with country artist Mark Wills. In "98" he joined his touring band and in "99" did the George Strait tour with him. In Sept of "99" he went to work with Sammy Kershaw until May of "08". he would also like to thank them for the friendship and great opportunity they gave him it was a blast! Rusty says "They are great guys!" He is looking forward to playing with Confederate Railroad and meeting everyone. I believe it is a truly God Given Honor!

Hobbies include: Indian relics, Indian relics, and did he mention Indian relics? Oh ya and hunting too. Hanging out with family and friends, session work, volunteer work, picking guitar with friends for schools and the elderly, sick and shut ins etc. A "God Send" for him!

On September 28th 1985 he married Vicki his wife and they have a daughter Rebecca.