Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor’s Derby Breakfast Features Musicians From Eastern Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Those attending the 2006 Governor’s Derby Breakfast on May 6 at the Capitol in Frankfort will have the opportunity to hear the traditional artists featured on the just-released tour book and CD-compilation More Than Music: A Heritage Driving Tour of Kentucky’s Route 23.

Performances on the Governor’s Stage and the Folklife Stage include the Mt. Sinai Volunteers, an African American gospel group from the coal mines of Harlan County; Roger Cooper, a master fiddler from Lewis County and young string musicians from the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Letcher County.  This sampling of traditional musicians represents only a few of the artists featured in the More Than Music tour book and CD package produced by the Kentucky Folklife Program, an inter-agency program of the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Historical Society.

Narrated by Ricky Skaggs and written by Judy Sizemore, More Than Music guides visitors along the cultural landscape of Route 23 with stories from artists and craftsmen, coal miners and farmers, people who grew up in the Great Depression and children who are proud to share their heritage.  The music includes selections from those that have gone on to national fame like Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakum and Patti Loveless and those that have stayed and are revered in their local communities like Lee Sexton, Roger Cooper and the Mount Sinai Volunteers.

Copies of More Than Music will be available at the Governor’s Derby Breakfast or can be purchased online through the Kentucky Historical Society 1792 Store at

The Governor’s Derby Breakfast Folklife Stage will also feature the Kentucky Historical Society’s Museum Theatre presentation of Spotlight on Jean Ritchie, a multi-media tribute to the Route 23 legend with dulcimer players Bob and Susie Hutchison.

A third stage, the Capitol Stage at the entrance to the Capitol grounds, will offer a variety of entertainment including the Wildcat Cloggers, Bondurant Middle School Chorus, the Clogging McClain Clan, Kentucky State University Band, Capital City Chorale, Franklin County High School Jazz Band, the Wizards of Dance and the Frankfort School of Ballet.

Derby Breakfast parking will be available at the CHR Complex, 275 E. Main Street. A free bus shuttle service will operate between CHR, the Kentucky History Center and the Capitol. Hours for the shuttle are 6:30 a.m. to noon. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot just west of the Capitol. For more information about the celebration, visit