Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of the history of country music, with a Nashville emphasis. Partnering with Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions created the show that uses marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow/animation puppetry, and more to portray country music’s legacy through songs and puppet appearances from Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and newly added Old Crow Medicine Show. Special thanks to Judy and Steve Turner for their support in helping the show to become a reality.
NPLF’s Next Chapter Society brought this event to life as a fundraising event for the Library by centering the Puppet Show and surrounding it with live music, food and drink. Wishing Chair Productions professional puppeteers teamed up with some of Nashville’s finest musicians, including members of Grammy Award-winning Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show. Founded by longtime Library supporter Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show has been performing folk music, including their smash hit “Wagon Wheel,” since 1998.
“String City is a fabulous event and totally unique experience. It brings together our world-renowned puppetry assets, lively music, and story-telling to share the history of country music. There is no other event like this across the country and having it here in Nashville is a real treasure. ”Tyson Moore NPLF Board Member
This event, held in both 2019 and 2020, raised more than $58,000 for transformational programming at Nashville Public Library.