Watch: In conversation with ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ author Emily Bingham

Every Kentucky Derby, those of us in the crowd at the track, and watching at home, sing along to Kentucky’s state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” The tradition, like many others, can be a simple thing to follow along with without the need for any further examination or curiosity.

Louisville-native Emily Bingham’s book “My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song,” explores the history of that song and asks the question: How did a minstrel song about the slave trade become a beloved melody, a celebratory anthem and an integral part of American folklore and culture?

Emily Bingham author of the 2022 book “My Old Kentucky Home”
Emily Bingham author of the 2022 book “My Old Kentucky Home”

As part of the Herald-Leader’s 2023 Kentucky Book Club, our ongoing series this year to get more folks reading books about Kentucky or by Kentucky authors, join the Herald-Leader for a virtual discussion with Bingham about her book.

Grab yourself a copy by checking your local library or supporting a local bookseller (or wherever else you can find books) and join us on Wednesday, May 24 at noon here at, over on our Facebook page and YouTube as well.