Longtime Georgia band removed from state fair lineup due to logo


Country music fans are reflected in the glasses of Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley during a concert at the annual International Country Music Fan Fair in Nashville, Tenn. June 12, 2000. (Courtesy AP Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois has canceled a state fair appearance by the Southern rock group Confederate Railroad because of its use of the Confederate flag.

A spokeswoman for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Emily Bittner, said Tuesday that the administration prohibits using state resources “to promote symbols of racism.”

The group was scheduled to play the DuQuoin State Fair Aug. 27.

The band’s logo features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags. The flag has been criticized as a racist emblem of slavery and segregation, but supporters say it represents history.

Frontman Danny Shirley says in a statement that the band is disappointed, but thanked their fans.

Confederate Railroad was to appear with Shenandoah and Restless Heart. Shenandoah says it will still play but that “this ‘political correctness’ has to stop. It’s tearing our country apart.”

According to ABC News, State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murfreesboro), met with aides to the governor to point out, among other things, that Snoop Dogg, is being allowed to perform at a separate state fair, promoting his latest album, “Make America Crip Again,” whose cover features the rapper standing over a corpse toe-tagged with Republican President Donald Trump’s name.

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