NEWTOWN >> A country music show headlined by the band “Confederate Railroad” and scheduled for March at Council Rock High School North has been canceled after a number of district residents objected to the band performing on school district property.
The Bucks County Fraternal Order of Police had booked the band for its annual country music show and had secured approval from Council Rock to use the North auditorium for the weekend event.
“After conversations between the Bucks County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 53 and the Council Rock School District, the FOP has decided to cancel its scheduled concert on Saturday, March 2, 2019,” Council Rock announced in a statement released on Friday.
“This concert, which was never a district-sponsored event, was scheduled to be held through the district’s facility usage process,” explained district spokesperson Susan O’Grady.
After hearing about the event, a group of concerned district residents launched an online petition drive asking the public to let the district know the appearance by the band on district property "is NOT acceptable" and to "demand the Council Rock School District authorities cancel this band’s performance immediately!”
As of Friday, 91 had signed the petition with a goal of collecting 1,000 signatures.
In its petition, the residents said “not only is the name of the band offensive, their song titles and lyrics are degrading to women and many others as well. They refer to people as ‘white trash,’ ‘rednecks’ and ‘trashy women,’” reads the petition.
Some of the band’s song titles include “Trashy Women,” “Psycho Bitch From Hell,” “You Can Kiss My Ass Goodbye,” “White Trash with Money” and “She Took It Like A Man.”
“While this event is not sponsored by the Council Rock School District, it is being allowed,” wrote the petitioners, who received the support and backing of the Peace Center, A Woman's Place and other groups.
In taking its case to the school board, the petitioners cited district Policy 707, Section 21 that states: “The Council Rock School District has an obligation to shield our students, personnel and residents from harassment as well as vulgar or obscene speech and/or speech that substantially disrupts or materially interferes with school activities as well as other activities that are in violation of the policies of the Council Rock Board of School Directors. No organization or individual shall utilize school facilities for any purpose that would violate these obligations.”
According to the policy, the residents said, “The superintendent or his/her designee reserves the right to refuse, with or without cause, any individual or organization use of district facilities."
About Confederate Railroad
Confederate Railroad rolled on to the country music scene in the early 1990s with its unique style and sound.
Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allen Coe and Johnny Paycheck, got its big break by signing with Atlantic Records.
Its first album shared the band's name, "Confederate Railroad." The first single from that album, "She Took It Like A Man," rose to No. 26 on the country charts.
The second album, "Notorious," produced one of the group's most popular songs, "Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind," which became a No. 1 video. The album sold more than a million copies.
The group, based in Georgia, has 18 charted hits and has sold five million albums. Many of its songs are about people and places in the South, such as “Queen of Memphis,” “Elvis and Andy” and “Summer in Dixie.”
Their signature song, “Trashy Women,” is done with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, according to numerous stories published about the band. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993.