Reconnecting Roots is a half hour television series featuring stories of America told through music, history, & a series of field trips alongside host Gabe McCauley. Portraying American life across the past six generations, this series exhibits the American journey of unbounded progress with the hope of understanding how exactly we fit in and why. We’re reconnecting to our shared backstory to better understand where we’re going.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s no surprise that life in America today looks little like it did 150 years ago. America faces an era of unparalleled abundance, thanks to free enterprise and the freedom of individual expression. It’s because of these fundamental values that we’ve steadily improved far beyond our basic needs, (food, clothing, shelter), and it’s also because of these values that we’re asking some fundamental questions: As we progress, are we losing touch with some of the basic principles that helped us improve our way of life? In what ways are we making life more difficult? Do we need to bring back things that never meant to be left? Why are we seeking progress in the first place? We believe that if we can answer even some of these questions, it’ll help get us back on track with authentically making a better home for all of us.
Gabe McCauley is an actor and film director as well as the founder of the production company, lilDRAGON. He has directed over four seasons of the television series The Joey+Rory Show, hundreds of commercials, music videos, and the feature film, Heaven Bound. Gabe lives in Columbia, TN with his wife Mandy, the music supervisor of Reconnecting Roots, and two children - Scout and Ash. As the host of Reconnecting Roots, Gabe combines his own comedic personality with his passion for telling stories with purpose. Gabe strives to use media to shape the culture for tomorrow.
Frank Smith is a Canadian / American engineer and inventor/manufacturer. His huge success in the cultivation of his mining equipment companies (Smith Equipment USA and TowHaul) has allowed him to now step away from the mining industry and pursue his other passion, storytelling. A songwriter himself, Frank and his wife, Karen, created and built Music Ranch Montana: a venue that hosts a summer series of music and events every year on a beautiful 70+ acre ranch in Paradise Valley, MT. Music Ranch Montana has featured artists such as The Charlie Daniels Band, Joey+Rory, The Bellamy Brothers, Charley Pride, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A truly American success story, Frank’s own personal experience compelled him to combine his passions for music & history with authentic storytelling in order to encourage today’s generation to continue to improve on yesterday’s successes.
Nashville based film and video production company, lilDRAGON is passionate about using the medium of film to influence the world. The most effective way to communicate a message is by telling a story and filmmaking is the most captivating method available for any platform. lilDRAGON has engaged audiences through authentic storytelling through film and television for the past 16 years. Our core belief is that the stories we tell define who we are. Reconnecting Roots is not only an important work, but one that we are entirely interconnected with and inherently passionate about because it is also our story.