Flemons and Arthur (host of the show) wrote their song at Macon’s Grand Opera House, where Miller performed several times and premiered the song in a live performance at Capricorn Studios. “Good Old Days” evokes Miller’s song “Lovesick Blues,” which would later be made famous by country music pioneer, Hank Williams. Flemons and Arthur explore the controversial history of Emmett Miller, a blackface, minstrel and his influence on the roots of popular music. The episode aired on PBS in January.
Flemons says, “It is not an easy task to address Emmett Miller’s musical legacy and influence on popular music. Co-writing “Good Old Days” with Ben Arthur made for a shocking yet informative exploration into the history of race and entertainment in America.”
Flemons is a founding member of the GRAMMY AWARD WINNING Carolina Chocolate Drops, the first all-black string band to perform at the Opry ten years ago. This time he was the only solo performer on a night that celebrated Carrie Underwood as a 10-year Opry member and also showcased Old Crow Medicine Show, Riders in the Sky and others.