Charlie Daniels Blasts Decision to Cancel ‘Confederate Railroad’ Band, ‘Giving In To Fascism’

By Cody Leach | July 8, 2019 | 12:42pm EDT
Charlie Daniels. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Country music legend Charlie Daniels criticized a decision to drop the scheduled appearance of the band Confederate Railroad at an Illinois fair because of alleged “racial sensitivity concerns,” stating that “political correctness” is “out of control” and is “giving in to fascism.”

“This political correctness thing is totally out of control,” tweeted Daniels on July 5.  “When a fair cancels the Confederate Railroad band because of their name it’s giving in to fa[s]cism, plain and simple and our freedom disappears piece by piece. Sick of it.”


The country rock band Confederate Railroad was scheduled to perform at the Du Quoin State Fair in Du Quoin, Ill., on Aug. 27. However, reportedly after blogger Rich Miller raised a question about the band’s name, the Illinois Department of Agriculture cancelled the band, reported Taste of Country.

“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,” said Du Quoin State Fair Manager Josh Gross.

The Pinckneyville Press reported that the decision "appears to reflect racial sensitivity concerns.”

Oak Ridge Boys singer Joe Bonsall tweeted, "I have played the @DuQuoinFair many times over the decades ... however, I must say that canceling @ConfederateRR JUST because their name is CONFEDERATE RAILROAD is a crock of crap!!! These are good men singing good songs... God please help us all ..."

Country rock band Confederate Railroad. (Screenshot, Twitter.) 

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