New Songs That Remind Me Of Old Songs

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Yes, it’s a bit of an off-kilter theme this week. However, just about every new album that arrives brings with it a reminder or reminders of albums and performers past. The connection could be something as simple as a previously recorded song or subject matter that’s been covered in the past. It could be a style, a melody or an arrangement that reminds of another. Yes, it could be almost anything. Many listeners send notes with the same thoughts, so I decided to take selections from a handful of new albums and link them with what initially came to mind after hearing the selections.

The lengthy first set features master hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner who, with his son Brad, will be one of the headliners at the annual Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival Oct. 24-25 in Mary Taylor Methodist Church on the Milford (CT) Green. It’s one of the largest gatherings of mountain and hammered dulcimer players in Connecticut each year.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Ken & Brad Kolodner, “John Brown’s March”, Skipping Rocks, Fenchurch Music

  • Helicon, “Traditional Bolivian Tune/Columbito Techumano”, The Titan, Dorian

  • Ken & Brad Kolodner, “The Cowboy Waltz/Tom Bigbee’s Waltz”, Skipping Rocks, Fenchurch Music

  • Ken & Brad Kolodner, “Bethany Beach/Blackberry Blossom”, Otter Creek, Fenchurch Music

  • Helicon, “Over The Stone/Maid From The Parish Of Penderyn”, The Titan, Dorian


  • The Early Mays, “Dear Companion”, The Early Mays, Bird On The Wing Records

  • Bonnie Dobson, “Peter Amberley”, Singing Out Loud: The Prestige/Folklore Years/Vol. 4”. Prestige/Folklore,

  • Kyle Carey, “Sios Dhan an Abhain (Down To The River)”, North Star, Americelta Records

  • Mark Simos & Friends, “Race The River Jordan”, Race The River Jordan, Yodel-Ay-Hee


  • Suzie Vinnick, “Oreo Cookie Blues”, Me ‘n’ Mabel, Independent

  • Steve Goodman, “Chicken Cordon Bleus”, Somebody Else’s Troubles, One Way Records

  • Bob Wright & Bill Doerge, “Your Husband Led Me To You”, Hamburger Sandwich, Bojo Music

  • Bucky Halker, “I’ll Be In Heaven In Milwaukee (While You’re Crying in St. Paul)”, Oasis Acoustic/Vol. 4, Oasis Duplicating


  • Jonathan Byrd, “A Big Truck Brought It”, You Can’t Outrun Radio, Waterbug

  • Richard Shindell, “The Kenworth Of My Dreams”, Sparrows Point, Shanachie

  • Richard Shindell, “The Next Best Western”, Reunion Hill, Shanachie

  • Jonathan Byrd, “Working Offshore”, You Can’t Outrun Radio, Waterbug

  • Tom Russell w/ Nanci Griffith, “Gulf Coast Highway”, Modern Art, HighTone

  • Robert Earl Keen, “Corpus Christi Bay”, A Bigger Piece Of Sky, Sugar Hill


  • The Early Mays, “I Hope We Get To Do It Again”, “Lonesome John”, The Early Mays, Bird On The Wing Records

  • Dan Landrum & Stephen Humphries, “St. Basil’s Fortress”, Landrum/Humphries, Independent