On The Road With Jack Kerouac

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

I opened with lengthy sets featuring the hammered dulcimer playing of Brenda Hunter, who will be one of the featured performers this weekend at the 4th Annual Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, and the powerful songwriting of Alastair Moock from his new album.

After Hunter and Moock, it was all music and recitations to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s masterpiece “On the Road”, the novel that became the voice for the beat generation. Although Kerouac wrote against a backdrop of bebop jazz, many in the folk and acoustic music embraced his message and his persona in their music. This program offered just a sampling.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Brenda Hunter, “”The Mooncoin Set”, “Maids of Mitchelstown”, “Star of the County Down”, Catching The Mooncoin, Independent


  • Alastair Moock, “Woody’s Lament”, “Cloudsplitter”, “Delia”, Fortune Street, CoraZong


  • Jack Kerouac, “On The Road (song)”, Jack Kerouac Reads On The Road, Rykodisc

  • Jack Kerouac, “On The Road (excerpts)”, Jack Kerouac Reads On The Road, Rykodisc

  • Morphine, “Kerouac”, Kerouac — Kicks Joy Darkness, Rykodisc

  • Aztec 2-Step, “The Highway Song”, “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty”, Highway Signs, Prime CD

  • Jack Kerouac & Joe Strummer, “MacDougal Street Blues”, Kerouac — Kicks Joy Darkness, Rykodisc

  • Julianna Hatfield, “Silly Goofball Pomes”, Kerouac — Kicks Joy Darkness, Rykodisc


  • Bob Martin, “Stella Kerouac”, The River Turns The Wheel, Riversong

  • John Gorka, “Oh Abraham”, The Company You Keep, Red House

  • Guy Clark, “Cold Dog Soup”, Cold Dog Soup, Sugar Hill

  • The Kennedys, “Midnight Ghost”, Half A Million Miles, Appleseed

  • Tom Russell et al, “Harry Partch Jack Kerouac Lenny Bruce”, Hotwalker, HighTone

  • Jack Kerouac, “October in the Railroad Earth”, Hotwalker, HighTone

  • Railroad Earth, “Railroad Earth”, Elko, SciFidelity

  • Tom Waits, “On The Road”, Jack Kerouac Readers On the Road, Rykodisc