LIMA — David Allan Coe and Confederate Railroad will be in concert tonight downtown.
Confederate Railroad, headed by Danny Shirley, got its start as the road band for David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck. The band was named the top new vocal group or duet of 1993 by the American Country Music Association, and has sold more than five million albums.
Shirley is quick to point out Ohio has always been a great venue for his group to play, and he learned a lot playing with Ohio natives Coe and Johnny Paycheck.
“It was quite an education working for those two guys. Coe was real helpful to me, knowing I would do something than just be his backup band or side musician. He would tell me when I was faced with a certain situation, ‘here’s how I handled it.’ He was a great help to me, him and Paycheck both,” said Shirley.
Fans will get a taste of Confederate Railroad’s big hits which include “Trashy Women,” “Jesus and Mama,” “Queen of Memphis,” and “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind.”
David Allan Coe, born in Akron, is an artist who has influenced others. He wrote Johnny Paycheck’s classic song “Take This Job and Shove It,” as well as Tanya Tucker’s “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone).” His hit songs include “Now I Lay Me Down to Cheat,” You Never Even Called Me by My Name,” and “Divers Do It Deeper.”
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.