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DOTHAN, AL - JANUARY 15: Singer/Songwriter Danny Shirley (2nd from left) of Confedrate Railroad performs at the Country Crossing Grand Opening Kick-Off Celebration at Country Crossing on January 15, 2010 in Dothan, Alabama. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Webster & Associates)

I don’t know how to state my opinion on this without ending up in a meeting for offensive language, so I’ll just go with WHAT A LOAD OF _____!

One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in country music is Danny Shirley.  I’ve never heard him say a bad word about anyone or any group.  He’s the lead singer of “Confederate Railroad,” a group that had some significant success in the 90s specifically with this song.

Well, now The Illinois State Fair has banned Country Rock group “Confederate Railroad” due to the band’s name being “offensive.”

Thank GOD for Charlie Daniels.

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

It’s being reported that Rich Miller of Capitol Fax, a political website and newsletter, may have influenced the removal. “A band named Confederate Railroad. In Illinois. The Land of Lincoln. Playing at a state-owned facility,” his post reads. “I’ve never heard anyone claim that the group has Confederacy-loving song lyrics or anything. It’s just… well… Allow me to turn this one over to you…” Miller posted.