MILTON — Confederate Railroad, which will perform Feb. 16 at the Imogene Theatre, first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 1990s.

The band, headed by founder and front man Danny Shirley, was the former backup band for David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck. They got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man."

The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more hits followed, including "Trashy Women," "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back" and "She Never Cried." "Trashy" led to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song.

Their first album, with six hits and nearly 3 million sales, brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

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 as well.

"Elvis and Andy" and "Summer in Dixie" further established the Railroad as one of the most versatile acts in the business. This album sold more than 1 million copies.

The band has 18 charted hits and 5 million albums sold.