Red Grooms' Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel started spinning in Nashville's Riverfront Park in November of 1998. Instead of ordinary merry-go-round characters, this popular attraction features 36 figures from Tennessee history. From President Andrew Jackson to the Everly Brothers to the Goo-Goo Boy, these caricatures represent many periods as well as many social and cultural facets of Tennessee life.
Red Grooms, an internationally renowned artist, created a whimsical ride through Nashville's history and paid homage to his hometown at the same time. Red Grooms was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended the Burton School and Hillsboro High School before heading off to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and eventually to New York, where he settled. His sculptural tableaux, paintings, and three-dimensional models have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and are in numerous public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.