They were the band for David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck before leaving their own mark on country music. In 1992, they signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and recorded their self-titled debut studio album and it was a huge smash that was certified double platinum by the RIAA. This was also the album that produced the huge hits “Jesus and Mama,” “Trashy Women,” “Queen of Memphis” and “When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back.” They won the Best New Group at the 1993 ACM Awards, and now they are back front and center. Multi platinum super group Confederate Railroad will release their long-awaited new album on Sony Music titled “Lucky to Be Alive,” which hits shelves on July 15th.
Lead singer Danny Shirley says of the new album, “It’s about time! This is our first album release in nine years, and I’ve gotta say – I’m proud of this one. It has all the element of the old Confederate Railroad feel.” The new album also has a reissue of Confederate Railroad’s signature song “Trashy Women” with special guests John Anderson, Willie Nelson and an interesting country rap twist from Colt Ford, with the song serving as an anchor for these guys.
“Every night we play this song, I am amazed and thankful at its staying power. This song has been a true blessing for us,” Shirley said. On the song “Fast Cars and Guitars,” the legendary Charlie Daniels plays fiddle and does a tremendous job. On another song called “Don’t Feel As Young As I Used To,” Dan Tyminski of Union Station is a special guest.
This album is really good. I have listened to it several times, and I have to agree with Shirley. They definitely have something to be proud of! Blue Miller of the Gibson Miller Band was the co-producer of the album and also co-wrote several of the songs with Shirley. I have to say my favorite is the title track “Lucky to Be Alive.”
Other great songs on the album include “Played The Game,” “The Man I Am Today,” “If I Ever Cross That Line,” “Goodbye Song,” “Somebody Like You,” “Whisky and Women” and “Don’t Feel As Young As I Used To.” I would highly recommend you go out and purchase this album. You will not be disappointed.
The band is hitting the road to promote this album with dates all across the country now through early 2017. If you get a chance go see them, they still have high energy, and you can feel the heart and soul in their music. If you would like to purchase the new album, you can go to their website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.