Kentucky musicians release ‘Our Breathitt’ collaborative album honoring region’s heritage

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JACKSON, Ky. — Released on Feb. 27, 2020, the Our Breathitt is a compilation album featuring original music and songs by artists Scott AllenJonathan ChapmanThe Handshake Deals, and Kate Driskill.

Created through Our Breathitt—a community collaboration that focuses on arts and culture, health, and education—the album is inspired by the lives, stories, and heritage of people in Breathitt County, Ky. written and recorded after a series of musician-led workshops in the community.

Coordinated by musician & music therapist Cheyenne Mize, including musicians and community members Scott Allen, Jonathan Chapman, The Handshake Deals, Ryan Allen (Magnolia Boulevard) and Kate Driskill—workshops were lead with community partners including Nim Henson’s Geriatric Center, The Sapling Center – Jackson, Breathitt County High School, Breathitt County Public Library and Breathitt County Senior Citizens Center to inspire new and original music.

Learn more about Our Breathitt here.


Matt Wickstrom is a music journalist and photographer documenting Lexington and Central Kentucky’s thriving music, arts and entertainment scene. Check out his blog Wick’s Picks.

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