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Confederate Railroad

Often described as a cross between Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Confederate Railroad made their name with a party-ready hybrid of modern country and Southern rock, which also earned them comparisons to Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams, Jr. Their trashy, roughneck wardrobe was a good indicator of their rowdy, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, but they were also able to balance that with a sincere sentimental streak. Singer/guitarist Danny Shirley, lead guitarist Michael Lamb, steel guitarist Gates Nichols, keyboardist Chris McDaniel, bassist Wayne Secrest, and drummer Mark Dufresne got together in the early '80s and spent years playing the Atlanta bar scene, eventually merging into a tight unit with original material. They served as the house band at Miss Kitty's in Marietta, Georgia for several years and also worked as a backing band on the road behind Johnny Paycheck and David Allan Coe. After around a decade of paying dues, Confederate Railroad finally earned a shot with Atlantic, and released their self-titled debut album in 1992. Lead single "She Took It Like a Man" inched into the Top 40, but the record really took off with the next two singles; "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" both shot into the country Top Five. Fan favorite "Trashy Women" also made the Top Ten, and two additional singles -- "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back" and "She Never Cried" -- hit the Top 40. With such a large store of hits, Confederate Railroad went double platinum. The band's 1994 follow-up, Notorious, also sold over a million copies and spawned another Top Ten hit with "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind"; another concert favorite, "Elvis and Andy," made the Top 20. The title track of 1995's When and Where proved to be their last significant hit for a while, and guitarist Lamb left the band, to be replaced by Jimmy Dormire. Arriving in 1998, Keep on Rockin' confirmed the band's downward commercial slide, and keyboardist McDaniel eventually left as well; his replacement was Cody McCarver. Confederate Railroad parted ways with Atlantic and signed with the smaller Audium label for their next album, 2001's Unleashed, which spawned the hit singles "That's What Brothers Do" and "She Treats Her Body Like a Temple." The band continued to perform live, but it would be nearly five years before Confederate Railroad would step back into the studio. The resulting Cheap Thrills, released via Shanachie, found the group tackling 11 cover songs, the majority of which were from Southern rock and country artists like Billie Joe Shaver, Alan Jackson, and Johnny Paycheck. The band moved to E1 Music in 2010 and released its very first concert album, Live: Back to the Barroom. Lucky to Be Alive, the group's seventh studio long-player and first album in nine years, dropped in 2016 via Sony Music. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Confederate Railroad

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    '90s Country
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    Country Party
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    Classic Country
    1 song

Albums by
Confederate Railroad

Top Songs by
Confederate Railroad

  1.   Song
  2.   Trashy Women
  3.   Queen of Memphis
  4.   Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind
  5.   She Took It Like a Man
  6.   Jesus and Mama
  7.   Simple Man
  8.   Psycho Bitch From Hell
  9.   She Never Cried
  10.   Summer in Dixie
  11.   The Big One
  12.   When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back
  13.   Don't Rock the Jukebox
  14.   Time Off For Bad Behavior
  15.   Oh No
  16.   New Way to Light Up an Old Flame
  17.   Whiskey on Ice
  18.   White Trash with Money
  19.   Cowboy Cadillac
  20.   Keep on Rockin'
  21.   Notorious
  22.   I Am Just a Rebel
  23.   Redneck Romeo
  24.   Trashy Women (20th Anniversary)
  25.   When You Leave That Way
  26.   B.B. Gun
  27.   My Baby's Lovin'
  28.   Sounds of Home
  29.   I Know a Little
  30.   Honky Tonk Heroes
  31.   Toss a Little Bone
  32.   Momma Ain't Home Tonight
  33.   Finish What He Started
  34.   I'm Diggin' It
  35.   Long Gone
  36.   Lucky to Be Alive
  37.   All I Wanted
  38.   Right Track Wrong Train
  39.   Georgia on a Fast Train
  40.   Thick as Thieves
  41.   Borrowed Time
  42.   She Treats Her Body Like a Temple
  43.   Still One Outlaw Left
  44.   Wasted Time
  45.   What Brothers Do
  46.   Bill's Laundromat, Bar and Grill
  47.   Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)
  48.   I Don't Want to Hang Out With Me
  49.   Ladies Love Outlaws
  50.   See Ya
  51.   When and Where
  52.   Three Verses
  53.   Move Over Madonna
  54.   Roll the Dice
  55.   Black Label, White Lies
  56.   You Don't Know What It's Like
  57.   Elvis and Andy
  58.   Sunday Morning and Saturday Night
  59.   I Hate Rap
  60.   A Bible and a Bus Ticket Home
  61.   Hunger Pains
  62.   I'm Not Fallin' for That
  63.   Fast Cars, Guitars and Fine Tuned Women
  64.   Whiskey and Women
  65.   Goodbye Song
  66.   Somebody Like You
  67.   The Man I Am Today
  68.   If I Ever Cross That Line
  69.   Played the Game
  70.   That's What Brothers Do
  71.   The One You Love the Most
  72.   I'm Just a Rebel
  73.   Tonight Is Mine
  74.   The "R" Word
  75.   Between the Rainbows and the Rain
  76.   11 Months + 29 Days
  77.   Hard Livin'
  78.   Cheap Thrills
  79.   Trudy
  80.   Don't Feel as Young as I Used To
  81.   Please Come to Boston

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