Dylan, Cash, & The Nashville Cats

Teacher Resources


Use the Tool Kit to introduce new instruments and Nashville’s music history with arts, English language arts, social studies, and science standards.



This teacher’s guide allows students to explore the political, social, and cultural climate of the United States of America during the 1960s and early 1970s through the lens of music. It offers inter-disciplinary project-based learning activities for the classroom.




Brief biographies of the Nashville Cats, a glossary, and classroom handouts associated with the lessons in the guides can be used as reference materials for the classroom.


View artifacts, historic photos, and primary documents through PowerPoints that can be used during instruction.


Learn more information about Dylan’s time in Nashville and watch performances by Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Linda Ronstadt. These videos can be used as supplementary material to illustrate the music and relationships discussed in the teacher’s guides.

"Katy Hill"

Performed by Area Code 615
The Johnny Cash Show, 1971
[Time: 4:03]

Controversial Dylan

With John Hammond
The Other Side of Nashille, 1983
[Time: 00:41]

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash's Relationship

With Cash, Hammond, and Bob Johnston
The Other Side of Nashville, 1983
[Time: 3:13]

"The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down"

Joan Baez with Billy Edd Wheeler
Country Suite, circa 1970
[Time: 00:54]

"That's All Right"

Tracy Nelson and Nashville Cats
That’s Alright Mama, 1969
[Time: 1:36]

"Only Mama That'll Walk The Line"

Performed by Linda Ronstadt
The Johnny Cash Show, 1969
[Time: 2:24]

"Girl From The North Country"

Performed by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
The Johnny Cash Show, 1969
[Time: 3:25]

Bob Dylan's Impact on Nashville

With Bob Johnston
The Other Side of Nashville, 1983
[Time: 00:46]


​Use the easily printable activity sheets referenced in the teacher’s guides for classroom instruction. Some directly support the curriculum while others are a fun addition to the lessons.

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