Dom Flemons, “The American Songster” and songwriter Ben Arthur have been nominated for two Mid-America Emmy Awards, for their episode of SongCraft Presents (PBS).
The episode, which aired in January, covers the unrecognized history of minstrel performer and recording artist Emmett Miller. Flemons and Arthur wrote a song reminiscent of Miller’s career, entitled “Good Old Days”. The single was released last Friday.
Flemons and Arthur wrote and recorded the song in a single day at Macon’s Grand Opera House, premiering the tune live at Capricorn Studios. “Good Old Days” conjures the spirit of Miller’s song “Lovesick Blues”. The hosting duo covers Miller’s controversial image and his influence on the music industry.
Flemons says, “It’s 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.”
You can download/stream “Good Old Days” here: