In case you were wondering how this show came about, here’s a little backstory!
In 2017, I was offered an amazing opportunity by Patrick Gottsch, owner and founder of RFD-TV and the Cowboy Channel, after he visited our ranch with a mutual friend for lunch, which included conversations about our lifestyle, and an explanation of my unconventional path since high school and my goals for life moving forward. We discussed one of my biggest dreams, producing a TV show all-encompassing of our lives here in the Malpai Borderlands of southeast Arizona, from the ranching to the hunting and conservation work to the cooking and food to the cowboy and southwest culture (artisans, poetry, etc). From that, we created a one-hour special event for RFD-TV, called “Roots Run Deep”!
This heartfelt first hour is a tribute to my late grandmother Wendy Glenn, and shows how her legacy is living on in all that we do. Besides giving a glimpse into our lives and her memory, the show highlights our annual Wendy Glenn Memorial Event Fundraiser from earlier that year, which entails a huge goat roping, a live auction, a massive silent auction, dancing to an amazing band out of Texas, and a big BBQ dinner, which we prepared ourselves! You’ll see all of the fun that we had that Event weekend, including a special dinner for our band and crew at our ranch house the night before the big day, as well as a large luncheon at the house the day after the event! Food is a unifying thread through all of our concepts, as this is meant to be a cooking show as well, so there will be recipes shared and glimpses into my coffeetable cookbook, “Roots Run Deep: Our Ranching Tradition.”
Also, keep an eye out for a few special appearances from our good friend and cowboy poet, Baxter Black, with is “After Thoughts!” Baxter has been incredibly supportive throughout this production process, nurturing me through my television debut and offering his sage wisdom and resources! I am so lucky to get to call him a close friend and am so thankful for what he’s done and continues to do to help me make this successful! And pay special attention to the song that rolls during the credits at the end. Written by our dear friend Craig Carter and performed by Craig and another good friend Zack Casey, “The Malpai Song” is a beautiful tribute in itself to Wendy’s memory and wraps up the heart of the show just perfectly in a beautiful guitar tune!
We all worked very hard to get this first hour put together, and I truly am so proud of the way it turned out! People across the country tuned in and raved about the show, which was an incredible experience!!!! Since then, I have been working to produce content and shoot new footage to make the next step happen… which is what we have here! Roots Run Deep TV, online!Our show will encompass a little bit of everything… ranching, our family and lifestyle, plus the beef production life cycle and agriculture; conservation, wildlife and hunting; cooking - because everyone comes together over good food and it is a unifying thread in all pursuits; and the artsier side of the cowboy heritage and lifestyle - including musicians and poets, artists and artisans, leather-workers, silversmiths, western fashion, and MUCH more!
To jump-start “Roots Run Deep TV” online, we will be in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo events this December! We’ll be chatting with MANY exciting guests… some of the top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, legends of the ranching and rodeo industries, multi-generational ranch and rodeo families, musicians and entertainers, artisans, brands who hold the western lifestyle at heart, and SO. MUCH. MORE!Catch the show on social media every morning and evening, or tune in here on our website!
Before I close this message, I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have continuously supported me through all of me endeavors. I cherish the connections I have made and couldn’t do it all without everyone’s support! I know how truly blessed I am to live the life I do with the family and friends that I have. ~Kenzie