Confederate Railroad made headlines recently after they were removed from the Du Quoin State Fair, in Du Quoin, Illinois, because their name has the word “Confederate” in it. They were originally scheduled to perform alongside Shenandoah and Restless Heart.
Fair manager Josh Gross explained the decision, stating that, “While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”
Today, Confederate Railroad finally released a statement addressing the issue. With pure class, they expressed their disappointment in the situation, however, still encouraged fans to turn out for the fair and support the other acts performing. In response to their statement, Shenandoah has also released a statement of their own, calling for the end of all this political correctness.
Here’s what they said.
“Confederate Railroad has been extremely wronged by having been booked and then cancelled. The event’s organizers knew their name when they were booked, and now this firestorm will likely effect them in a negative way for the remainder of their career, taking their ability to provide for their families away from them. 100% of the comments Shenandoah has received have asked us to cancel our show as well, but we are contractually obligated. Plus, we wouldn’t want to do that to our own fans that want to see us. This ‘political correctness’ has to stop. It’s tearing our country apart. – Shenandoah”