poets and pioneers: the birth of american country music

Poets and Pioneers, created by Sunny Mitchell Theatre Projects in 2018, is a music in education program developed for 5th grade, that also includes public concerts for the full community. The educational program includes a pre-performance visit, teacher guide, concert, talk back, and guitar workshops. A true melting pot of sounds merged to create country music. Poets and Pioneers helps dispel the myth that country music is only of pure white Southern and rural origins, thus making it relevant and provocative for diverse audiences.


Diverse populations can relate to and reflect on the sounds that built country music, from the plantation songs and Dixieland melodies, to the religious music of the poor Southern white population and the Black congregations. A true melting pot of sounds merged to create country music.Showcasing the Carter Family with a special appearance by third generation member Lorrie Carter Bennett, P&P highlights other legendary musicians who forged careers in the new music form, including Jimmie Rodgers, Leslie Riddle, DeFord Bailey, Hank Williams, and Kitty Wells.Roots music: rediscovered for a new generation.

Specific information on our spring 2020 concert dates and additional programming will be posted as it becomes available. 

As with education, arts, and entertainment organizations across the country, we have decided to suspend the remainder of our season in an effort to do our part in slowing the rate of infection of COVID-19. We value all of the tremendous feedback we have received about our newly developing programs and the events that are just on the horizon. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond with any updates. We look forward to working with Lorrie Carter Bennett, Ronnie Williams, Zachariah Malachi, Vicki Langdon and many more artists who join in our mission to use the performing arts as a vehicle for education. Our hearts are with our fellow artists as they look for gainful employment; our young folks as they are faced with a dramatic shift in the comfort of their daily lives; and humanity in its entirety. Though we may be physically separated, let music, and the common desire to save lives, keep us all united.

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