“Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind” is a song written by Dave Gibson and Bernie Nelson. The voice behind its recording is American country music band Confederate Railroad. Released in 1994 as the lead-off single from their album Notorious, the song peaked at numbers 9 and 7 in the US and Canada. To date, it is their last top ten in the United States. On the other hand, they had had one more top ten in Canada.
The track, “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind”, is about a man who enjoys the simple pleasures of life. Avoiding the fancy, expensive things that “glitter and shine”, “daddy” choosing simplicity. This is the classic blue-collar man who loves his family and works hard to have something to eat, to wear, and to shelter them. Its message will make you really think about how money buys many things yet can never buy true love and happiness. Cadillacs are “fancy” cars. When Danny Shirley sang that his father was not the Cadillac kind, he was simply saying that his father was not a man of material things. It is about a man who knew where his real treasures lay.
History of Confederate Railroad
Confederate Railroad is an American country rock–Southern rock band founded in 1987 in Marietta, Georgia. The band is composed of Danny Shirley (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Lamb (lead guitar), Mark Dufresne (drums), Chris McDaniel (keyboards), Warren “Gates” Nichols (steel guitar) and Wayne Secrest (bass guitar). After serving as a backing band for outlaw country acts, David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck, the band signed to a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Under the recording label, they released their self-titled debut album that year. In the 1990s, they released four more albums the or same label.
By far, Confederate Railroad has released six studio albums. In addition, more than twenty of their singles have been part of the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Among the original members, two changes have occurred—both in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Jimmy Dormire replaced Michael Lamb on lead guitar, and Cody McCarver took over Chris McDaniel as the keyboardist. In addition to Cody’s work with Confederate Railroad, he has released one solo album and two singles. In 2008, Rusty Hendrix replaced Dormire.
On July 15, 2016, D&B Masterworks label issued the band’s most recent studio album, Lucky to Be Alive. The band released their first live album, Confederate Railroad Live: Back to the Barrooms. This was under E1 Music label on June 15, 2010.