Confederate Railroad was pulled from next month’s Illinois State Fair because of their name, with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker saying it was because of a prohibition on using state resources to "promote symbols of racism.” Well, now the band has responded with their disappointment.
“This was very disappointing as we have also played this fair before and enjoyed it very much,” singer Danny Shirley wrote on their official website. “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.”
While some people have suggested that the other artists on the bill, Restless Heart and Shenandoah, cancel as well, that’s not something Shirley wants. "I have spoken to both acts and encouraged them to perform as scheduled," he notes. "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."