Ex-Confederate Railroad member dies
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
– Former Confederate Railroad member Warren "Gates" Nichols died Friday of pancreatic cancer in Austell, Ga. He was diagnosed about one month ago.
Nichols, 65, played on the group's hits Queen of Memphis and Trashy Women. He was a member of the band for 17 years until retiring last year to spend more time with his family and church.
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In today's politically correct, skinny jean wearing, metrosexual, and all too often, emasculated world of country music, it's refreshing to run once again into a band like Confederate Railroad. With a name that in itself will cause heads to turn today, the Railroad reemerges into a musical landscape much different from their original heyday. And while the band itself has changed a bit, adding members and losing others while growing older, they haven't given up on the foundation of their success. ...
Confederate Railroad has always had a lot of southern rock and honky tonk influences. The band showcases that on an 11-song cover album that runs the gamut from Johnny Paycheck to Lynyrd Skynyrd, all with the band's southern fried spin intact.
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