Country rock group Confederate Railroad banned from performance again

Only weeks after it was removed from an Illinois state fair performance lineup over accusations their name is racist, Southern country rock band Confederate Railroad has once again been banned from performing at another upcoming fair.

This was is in the state of New York.

The band was scheduled to play at the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, N.Y., on Aug. 1, however, a spokesperson for the fair said the band’s performance in the Hudson Valley has been canceled.

"The Ulster County Fair must be an event that everyone can enjoy while representing the values of all members of our community," rep for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said in a statement. "Any showcasing of a symbol of division and racism runs counter to that principle and will be vigorously opposed by my administration."

The rock band’s logo has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for its depiction of a steam train flying dual Confederate flags.

Confederate Railroad frontman Danny Shirley, in a newspaper interview, doubled down on the band’s choice to stand by their logo.

"I've done nothing wrong," Shirley said. "I love the part of the country I'm from, and I will never apologize for that."

 

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