Confederate Railroad, which is part of the main show in the Tennessee River Jam on Saturday, began gaining traction in the early 1990s, breaking into the country and southern rock music scenes.

With frontman and founder Don Shirley on lead vocals, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals, Confederate Railroad is always having fun on stage.

They were the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck, but they eventually signed themselves with Atlantic Records.

Their debut self-titled album featured their first single, “She Took it Like a Man,” which hit No. 26 on the charts.

The album ended up with a total of six hits, including “Jesus and Mama,” “Queen of Memphis,” “Trashy Women,” “When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back” and “She Never Cried.”

“Trashy Women” became one of their most popular songs, and earned them a Grammy nomination. 

They won the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Group Award in 1993 for their first album, along with several nominations from both the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

Their sophomore album, “Notorious,” included another of their most popular songs, “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind,” along with “Elvis and Andy” and “Summer in Dixie.” This second album sold more than a million copies. The band still plays about 100 show dates every year, and are known for sticking around after shows to sign autographs and say hello to fans.

Confederate Railroad will be playing in the Tennessee River Jam’s main show beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, along with other acts such as Joe Diffie and The Kentucky Headhunters.

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