Thanks for all the info. I think I like the original "Confederate Critter Show" name better. How very PC...
"The origins of The Rock-afire Explosion can be traced to Tennessee. In 1977, Fechter sold his first animatronic bear to Magic World in Pigeon Forge. He subsequently created the Confederate Critter Show, a pre-Rock-afire animatronic band, for the East Tennessee theme park. (Fechter has said that part of Billy Bob's "backstory" is that he's a country bear from Tennessee.)"
I saw your eyes
And you made me smile
For a little while
I was falling in love