Local rocker opening for Confederate Railroad in Heflin Saturday
by Sara Milledge
smilledge@annistonstar.com
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Jacksonville artist Riley Green opens for Confederate Railroad Saturday in Heflin. Photo: H+M Photo/Special to The Star
Jacksonville artist Riley Green opens for Confederate Railroad Saturday in Heflin. Photo: H+M Photo/Special to The Star
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This summer, country rock fans in Cleburne County have something to sing about. On Saturday, Heflin will host double-platinum Confederate Railroad at the Heflin Outdoor Music Park, located by the old baseball field on Haley Road.

Confederate Railroad founder and frontman Danny Shirley said the band is looking forward to the event.

“We love outdoor shows this time of year,” he said, adding that after the performance fans can expect something a little old school. “Most bands don’t do this anymore, but after the show we’ll be hanging out in the crowd and signing some autographs. We look forward to shaking some hands.”

Local singer/songwriter Riley Green will open for Confederate Railroad. Event organizer Jeff McGowan, who owns Father and Son Grill in Heflin, said Green’s performance is sure to be a good one.

“Everybody talks about him, so he’s got to be off-the-chain good,” McGowan said.

Green, a Jacksonville native and former JSU quarterback, said to expect country and classic rock covers from his one-hour set, with a few original songs mixed in. He will also have CDs available for sale with four newly recorded songs.

Green typically plays three or four venues a week, travelling between Jacksonville, Anniston, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa, Auburn and Birmingham. But he is especially looking forward to performing in Heflin.

“I’m really excited about this one being a little closer to home,” said Green, adding that he hopes many of his local fans will come out to see him play.

The five-year veteran of the local music scene, said he is eager to open for a nationally known band like Confederate Railroad.

“That’s a pretty big name,” Green said. “That’s pretty exciting.”

McGowan hopes this event will encourage more like it in Heflin.

“We decided to do something here,” McGowan said. “Hopefully people can stop saying ‘Man, I hate to drive to Birmingham for an event.’”

Gates open at 5 p.m., with music beginning between 6:30-7 p.m. Confederate Railroad will take the stage around 9 p.m. Presale tickets are available at ticketalternative.com for $15. Day-of tickets are $20 and a parking pass is $10. Food will be available for purchase during the event, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages and folding chairs.
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