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“Mining Music at The Root”

Tomorrow’s musical gems are being crafted today in basements, bedrooms and garages across the country. As songs are refined, artists seek out music rooms, venues and stages to bring their music to life, and to the public.  “Mining Music” digs into these local venues to unearth original, hidden treasures and to hear the songwriter’s stories of how these songs came to be.

The first stop is a converted schoolhouse/church in Newbern, Tennessee “The Grass Root Music Theatre”. Proprietor and harpist Kenny Rogers, along with his wife Barbara, hosts Open Mic Nights, Special Events and Song Writers Series for the deeply talented musicians of West Tennessee while also pulling in artists from Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi. Kenny shares tales of “The Root” stage, its beginning and the origins of its eclectic décor.  Musical friends of “The Root” share the impact the venue has had on the local music community and provide 12 original songs for the 14 song Soundtrack.

Unlike other music programs that parade vocalists before judges, “Mining Music” takes the viewer to the artists home territory where they perform their original material on stages that support new artists and listening sessions.  We’ll explore the history of each venue, taste the flavor of the community and hear from some of the best musicians each area has to offer. 

Presented by The Music Mining Co. EST 1863 BC 

Soundtrack Includes: 

Roy Humfress Jr • Mitch Cox • Bob King • Justin Gunnels • Honkytonk Hellyens • Terry Bell • Phillip Coleman • Angela Hollowell • Fault Line 155 • Travis Roberson • Eli Alger • Jacob Landers • Caleb Clark • Kenny Rogers

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The Grass Root Music Theatre


Produced and Edited by: 

Troy Okoniewski



(00:00) 01 The Beginnings 

(02:04) 02 Friends of The Root

(04:38) 03 The Root Branches Out

(06:10) 04 The Decor

(07:03) 05 Special Events

(09:29) 06 Song Writers Series

(12:42) 07 Contact Info