Confederate Railroad, a country music band, has been removed from an Illinois fair lineup because of their name.
The band was scheduled to play on Aug. 27, at the Du Quoin State Fair, but according to Du Quoin Weekly, they have been dropped.
Confederate Railroad will no longer perform on August 27.
The band just played at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds amphitheater on July 1, for the Circleville fireworks and is scheduled to play at the Ohio State Fair July 25.
Fair Manager, Josh Gross, told the newspaper the Illinois Department of Agriculture made the decision saying, “While every artists has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”
The band’s lead singer, Dan Shirley, has since spoken out saying, “As many of you know, we were scheduled to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin, Illinois on August 27, along with our friends Restless Heart and Shenandoah. We have since been removed from that show by the Illinois Department of Agriculture because of the name of our band. This was very disappointing as we have played this fair before and enjoyed it very much. 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. I would also like to thank the actors, athletes and fellow country music artists who have spoken out in support. It has been brought to my attention that several people have asked both Restless Heart and Shenandoah to cancel their shows in protest of our cancellation. I have spoken to both acts and encouraged them to perform as scheduled. 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. Please go out to hear these two great bands. As I have said many times onstage, I am by no means a saint but, I am a man of faith and I have faith that God will see us through this as well as whatever comes next! Thank you for your support.”