Sponsored by Nash County Tourism Development Authority
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 homebe 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.
Joey Recker - (Birthday May 13)
Mo Thaxton - (Birthday July 8)
Danny Shirley - (Birthday August 12th)
Rusty Hendrix - (Birthday March 9th)
MarkDuFresne - (Birthday August 6th)
Wayne Secrest - (Birthday April 29th)
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 January 2017.
Tracy Moore - Road Manager
Bruce Uher - Media Manager
Nash Arts (View)
100 East Washington Street
Nashville, NC 27856
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|