Multi-platinum recording group Confederate Railroad is making their return to radio and retail with the upcoming album, Lucky To Be Alive. The project marks the first album release in nine years for the Grammy-nominated group, and will be released on July 15 to music retailers nationwide. The ACM award-winning band are also bringing the star power on the album, with guest appearances from Willie Nelson, John Anderson or former NFL coach, Jerry Glanville, on a special 20th Anniversary version of the signature smash, “Trashy Women.”
Lead singer Danny Shirley observes, “Every night we play this song I am amazed and thankful at its staying power.”
In addition to the new, revamped version of “Trashy Women,” the highly anticipated album features all-new material. From the instantly catchy title track, to the feel-good anthem “If I Ever Cross That Line,” there is a perfect combination of intense ballads and infectious upbeat songs. Something new is that Danny is a writer on seven of the album’s tracks. The Blue Miller & Danny Shirley-produced album showcases the band’s unique style, bringing their southern–rock-meets-hillbilly-conscience front and center. “Fast Cars And Guitars” is another standout song, with a classic 90’s feel that will leave fans of hillbilly music singing and dancing for days. It’s revved up by long-time friend of the band, Hall of Fame member, Charlie Daniels.
Another nod to Danny’s musical roots and ground-breaking track for Railroad is the shimmering bluegrass jewel “Don’t Feel As Young As I Used To” highlighted by guest artist Dan Tyminski of Union Station.
Confederate Railroad is hitting the road in support of Lucky To Be Alive, with a jam-packed spring/summer tour schedule (see dates below). Fans will be treated to performances some of their biggest hits including “Queen of Memphis” and “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind,” along with new tracks from the upcoming album. Be sure to check out the hillbilly-rockers in a city near you, as they remind concertgoers of the hell-raising, good-time band they fell in love with 20 years ago.
Lucky To Be Alive Track Listing:
1. Lucky To Be Alive
2. Played The Game
3. The Man I Am Today
4. If I Ever Cross That Line
5. Trashy Women (20th Anniversary) featuring Willie Nelson, John Anderson.
6. Goodbye Song
7. Somebody Like You
8. Whisky And Women
9. Fast Cars And Guitars
10. Don’t Feel As Young As I Used To
11. Psycho Bitch From Hell (Live)
12. I’m Not Fallin’ For That
Overnight sensation. One of the most over-used and misapplied coronations ever. It’s been used to describe CONFEDERATE RAILROAD in that very manner.
In the case of Railroad, it most often refers to the frenzy that surrounded the 1994 mega-hit, “Trashy Women.” From lead singer, DANNY SHIRLEY’s perspective, “We weren’t an overnight sensation; ‘Trashy Women’ was.”
The facts are simple. The debut self-titled album had three singles before “Trashy Women” and was selling well. On the strength of “She Took It Like A Man,” “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” the album sold more than 500,000 copies in its first 72 weeks. However, it sold more than 500,000 copies in the first seven weeks “Trashy Women” was the designated single. It was a song that had every chance of never being recorded which is the stuff of ironic legends.
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 overall totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.
From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today still runs the emotional gamut.
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, Wayne Secrest on bass, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Bobby Randall on steel guitar, fiddle and vocals and Mo Thaxton on guitar & 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.
Confederate Railroad on Tour:
May 07 Love Valley, N.C. - Love Valley Arena
May 14 Laquey, Mo. - Roadhouse Bar & Grill
May 20 Indianapolis, Ind.- 8 Second Saloon
May 21 Maryville, Tenn. - The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
May 27 Logansport, Ind. - State Theatre
May 28 Drakesboro, Ky. - Gregory Lake ATV Park
May 29 New Straitsville, Ohio - The Moonshine Festival
Jun 03 Tuscaloosa. Ala. - Druid City Music Hall
Jun 04 Sanford, Fla. - The Barn - M.F.C. for J.O.S.H.
Jun 09 Wise, Va. - Virginia Kentucky District Fair
Jun 10 Nashville, Tenn. – CMA Music Fest – WSM Stage and Nashville Palace
Jun 11 Waynesville, Ohio - Keeping It Country Farm
Jun 12 Nashville, Tenn - CMA Music Fest – Digital Rodeo Stage
Jun 17 Frankfort, Ky. - Knights Club
Jun 18 Tell City, Ind. - Pour Haus
Jun 24 Central City, Iowa - The Linn County Fair
Jun 25 New Albany, Miss. - Hill Country Blackberry Festival
Jul 01 Prospect, Pa. - Big Butler Fair
Jul 03 Arley, Ala. - Concert On The Water
Jul 04 Decatur. Tenn. - Downtown Square/Downtown Summer Nights
Jul 09 Brainerd, Minn. - Green Lantern
Jul15 Arthur, Ill. - Moultrie Douglas County Fair
Jul16 Beckley, W.Va. - Friends of Coal Auto Fair
Aug 03 Tuolumne, Calif. - Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino
Aug 04 Corvallis, Ore. - Benton County Fair & Rodeo
Aug 05 Crescent City, Calif. - Del Norte County Fair
Aug 07 Brooks, Calif. - Cache Creek Casino Resort - Club 88
Aug 11 Point Pleasant, W.Va. - Mason County Fair
Aug 13 Des Moines, Iowa - Iowa State Fair - Mid American Stage
Aug 26 Guntersville, Ala. - Civitan Park - Bill Moore Field
Aug 27 Summerville, Ga. - Chattanooga County Ag Fair
Sep 17 Eldorado, Ill. - Eldorado Town & Country Days
Sep 24 Liberty, Ky. - Casey County Apple Festival - Courthouse Square
Oct 07 Springfield, Ga. - Springfield Fall Festival