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July 6, 2012

Confederate Railroad highlights Fall Festival

Greensburg — Bring your lawn chairs and come to downtown Greensburg Friday, Sept. 28.

Eat some dinner and sit in the shadow of the Historic Tower Tree, listening to the sounds of one of the most popular and enduring bands around.

Confederate Railroad, which first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90's, will bring their unique style and string of hits to the Tree City.

You'll have plenty of time to eat and find a spot before they take to the stage at 8:30 p.m. for their free concert.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records.

The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man."

It went to number 26, a preview of what was to come.

The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts.

Three more huge hits followed: "Trashy Women," "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back," and "She Never Cried."

"Trashy Women" would lead to a Grammy nomination and later became the group's signature song.

That album, with six hits and nearly three million sales, brought Confederate Railroad the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

The second album, "Notorious," produced one of the group's most popular songs, "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind," which became a Number 1 video as well.

"Elvis and Andy" and "Summer in Dixie" would further establish the Railroad as one of the most versatile acts in the business. This album would sell more than one million copies. Overall, the group has tallied 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.

Janet Dance, Tree City Fall Festival president, said "We're thrilled to bring Confederate Railroad to Greensburg and what a fantastic way to kick off our weekend of festivities."

For additional information and a full schedule of activities in conjunction with the Festival please visit the website at www.treecityfallfestival.com.

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