New kind of Railroad rolling into Bristol

Contributed To The Press • Mar 29, 2018 at 8:17 AM

There are railroads with tracks, whistles, and engines. Then there are railroads with sweet harmonies and lyrics that get stuck in your head, and a beat that makes you want to move.

On Saturday, March 31, a railroad with the latter attributes will roll into Bristol’s Paramount Theatre. Confederate Railroad will take the stage at 7 p.m. along with special guest Jim Brown. The band will be performing some of their greatest hits including “Queen of Memphis,” “She Never Cried,” “Jesus and Mama,” “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind” and many, many others. Tickets are on sale now at the Paramount box office.

Opening the show will be Tennessee native Jim Brown, a songwriter as well as an electrifying performer. Jim has played Bristol before to an incredible crowd who raved over his unique song stylings and performance presence. Jim does a wide variety of tunes including, “You Can Take it With You When You Go,” “Favorite Waste of Time,” and a very patriotic song “By God”.

Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.

From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home … be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Founder Danny Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello" is taken care of.

For more information on tickets, contact the Paramount at 423-274-8920. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and day of show. To purchase ticket go to www.paramountbristol.org.

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