Confederate Railroad to headline acts at OC Fair

Confederate Railroad to headline acts at OC Fair

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:28 pm

Great country music has long been the tradition at the Obion County Fair and this year is no different. Headlining the musical talent during the fair, which is scheduled for Aug. 11-16, will be the country music group Confederate Railroad. Few acts have carved as distinctive a niche in modern musical history as Confederate Railroad. With their high-energy combination of honky-tonk rockers, sensitive ballads and offbeat humor, they have created a unique identity that has brought them chart success, multi-platinum sales and continued popularity as a road band. Versatility, likability and a willingness to stretch boundaries are all part of the mix, but if there is a formula, not even they can put their finger on it. “I don’t think I have any more of a clue now than I did when we started,” laughs founder/frontman Danny Shirley. “I know that if you start thinking, ‘Is radio going to like this’ or ‘Is this going to offend anybody?’ that it really waters things down, so I don’t try to second-guess anybody. What I do is look for songs I like — that seems to work best.” Nearly five million albums later, there is no doubt that it works. Songs like “Queen of Memphis,” “Trashy Women,” “Jesus and Mama” and “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind” became major hits and established Confederate Railroad as a key part of country music’s landscape during the genre’s expansion of the ’90s. The accolades kicked off with the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Group award in 1993 and have included a Grammy nomination and a host of nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation. For guys who started as a Georgia bar band, it was the stuff of dreams. “I remember saying when we got our first platinum album,” says Shirley, “‘at this point, our success has pretty much surpassed our talent, and from this point on, everything else is just icing on the cake.’” Confederate Railroad is scheduled to perform at the grandstand at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. The fair board has also booked an act for the Friday evening of the fair at the grandstand at 8:30 p.m. Monument is a group of very talented young men who have found a new spring in their step lately. They have adopted the very successful, yet now retired, Statler Brothers as their model, singing a variety of styles of music, including, but not limited to, country, patriotic and gospel, all capped off with a hefty dose of comedy. They use their high energy, humor and God-given talents to entertain their audiences and have become a favorite at fairs, festivals and corporate events all across America. Monument’s programs are light hearted, fun and full of delightful surprises. Their style and song selections are tailored to a wide variety of audiences. They deliver with taste, class and respect. They strive to be professionals in every aspect of their presentation and business practices, a spokesman said. In the young career of Monument they have had the opportunity to perform at the West Virginia State Fair, the Winkler Harvest Festival in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, and the Washington Parish Free Fair in Franklinton, La. They have performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Monument’s 2008 schedule boasts more than 70 fairs and festivals, including the New Jersey State Fair, Delaware State Fair and Louisiana State Fair. “With more than 40 dates already on hold for 2009, it is clear that these guys have already stolen the hearts of people all across the United States and are destined to become Americas premier country quartet and variety entertainers,” a spokesman said. For more information about the Obion County Fair, visit its Web site at www.obioncountyfair.net. Published in The Messenger 7.24.08

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