Old Times There Are Not Forgotten? Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Gets a Name Change

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Dolly Parton's Not-Dixie Stampede

In a time when Confederate statues and flags are being vandalized, removed, or simply voted away, it's shouldn't be surprising to hear that other Southern references are taking the hit. Case in point: Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, a dinner theater event in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (home of Dollywood), as well  as in Branson and Myrtle Beache, will be removing the word "Dixie" from its title.

Dolly explained that the name changes were due to an expansion of the shows into other markets. "By streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities," she says. Which probably translates to, "If we wanted to get permits to break ground in these new places, the politicians said we might want to rethink our branding."

Logos have already been changed so the effect will be immediate everywhere starting in the 2018 season. The existing website, dixiestampede.com, now redirects to dpstampede.com.

No word yes as to whether the Dixie Chicks will be able to tour in these same cities. Meanwhile, whomever was planning a bawdy burlesque called "Dolly Parton's Stampede" has missed the boat on filing trademarks.