The Signal

with Chris Kocher

A weekly entertainment show hosted by Chris Kocher, entertainment writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Bringing you the best of Greater Binghamton's music and entertainment scene.


We started the show with a tribute to Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, who died Monday at age 46.
The Cranberries – “Salvation” (To the Faithful Departed)
The Cranberries – “Ode to My Family” (Something Else)
The Cranberries – “Dreams” (Something Else)

From there, it was a bunch of new tunes.
Mary Gauthier – “Got Your Six” (Rifles & Rosary Beads)
Mary Gauthier – “The War After the War” (Rifles & Rosary Beads)
Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth – “Someone Singing With Me” (American Folk soundtrack)
Amber Rubarth & Joe Purdy – “Townes” (American Folk soundtrack)
Ruth Hill – ”Pocketful of Chirpin’ Birds” (Reunion of Broken Pieces)
Ruth Hill – “Falling Again” (Reunion of Broken Pieces)
John Gorka – “Nazarene Guitar” (True in Time)
John Gorka – “Mennonite Girl” (True in Time)
John O’Connor – “She Calls Herself California” (Rare Songs)
After the Flood – “Mama” (After the Flood)
Eric Bannan – “Today” (You Are Welcome Here)
Chuck Williams – “Country Queen” (Stories I’ve Told)
Johnsmith – “Love This Growing Old” (Ginko)
Chris LaVancher – “Throwing Good Love After Bad” (Big Fat Love)
Steep Canyon Rangers – “Farmers and Pharaohs” (Out in the Open)
Abbie Gardner – “Empty Suit” (Wishes on a Neon Sign)
Abbie Gardner – “Bad Leaver” (Wishes on a Neon Sign)
Susan Cattaneo – “Work Hard, Love Harder” (The Hammer & The Heart)
Susan Cattaneo – “Space Oddity” (The Hammer & The Heart)
Brandi Carlisle – “Everytime I Hear That Song” (By the Way, I Forgive You)
Brandi Carlisle – “Fulton County Jane Doe” (By the Way, I Forgive You)
Chris Ronald – “Grandpa’s Wedding Ring” (Fragments)
The Mastersons – “You Could Be Wrong” (Transient Lullaby)
Greg Wickham – “Ain’t No Way to Love You” (If I Left This World)
John Reischman and the Jaybirds – “Home is Where I Long to Be” (On That Other Green Shore)
Russ Still & The Moonshiners – “Go For a Ride” (White Lightnin’)
John Oates & The Good Road Band – “Dig Back Deep” (Arkansas)
Elly Wininger – “Two Steps Forward” (Little Red Wagon)
True North – “Ratio of Angels to Demons” (Open Road, Broken Heart)
Rebekah Long – “Welcome Me Back Home” (Run Away)
Sofia Tallvik – “Clothe Yourself for the Winter” (When Winter Comes)
Kyle Carey – “Sweet Damnation” (The Art of Forgetting)
Dori Freeman – “Ern & Zorry’s Sneakin’ Bitin’ Dog” (Letters Never Read)
Hayden Kaye – “Cry Yourself to Sleep” (Fate)

Bonus track:
John Flynn with Kris Kristofferson – “The End of the Beginning” (The End of the Beginning)

Next Wednesday at 7 p.m. is the last three-hour show of the winter break. Tune in!

Great to have Eric Coker back for another show looking back on the previous year’s music and legacy, along with a look ahead to 2018. One of my favorite shows of the year, every year.

Cold War Kids – “So Tied Up” (LA Divine)
Borns – “Faded Heart” (Blue Madonna)
Josh Ritter – “Showboat” (Gathering)

Glen Campbell – “Walls” (Meet Glen Campbell)
2 Cellos – “Despacito” (single)
Ed Sheeran – “Galway Girl” (Divide)

The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” (Sleep Well, Beast)
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – “Cumberland Gap” (The Nashville Sound)
War on Drugs – “Holding On” (A Deeper Understanding)

Harry Styles – “Two Ghosts” (Harry Styles)
Niall Horan – “Since We’re Alone” (Flicker)

Steve Hackett – “Anything but Love” (The Night Siren)
Caligula’s Horse – “The Hands are the Hardest” (In Contact)
Steven Wilson – “Permanating” (To the Bone)

Blondie – “Fun” (Pollinator)
Tears for Fears – “I Love You But I’m Lost” (Rule the World: The Best of Tears for Fears)
Mike & The Mechanics – “The Best is Yet to Come” (Let Me Fly)
Fastball – “I Will Never Let You Down” (Step into Light)
Dreamcar – “Kill for Candy” (Dreamcar)

First Aid Kit – “It’s a Shame” (Ruins)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me” (Tearing at the Seams)

Little Steven van Zandt – “I’m Coming Back” (Soul Fire)
Levon – “Runaway Love” (Levon)
Greta Van Fleet – “Safari Song” (From the Fires)
Robbie Williams – “Mixed Signals” (The Heavy Entertainment Show)
The Killers – “The Man” (Wonderful, Wonderful)

First off, I shared four “Doctor Who” interviews from November’s L.I. Who convention: Sylvester McCoy (the seventh Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), John Leeson (K9) and Waris Hussein (the show’s first-ever director for “An Unearthly Child”).

After that, I played a few tunes from John Flynn, who will perform at 6 On The Square on Jan. 12.
John Flynn – “A Song from the Suliminal Hymnal” (The End of the Beginning)
John Flynn – “Just Like Merle Haggard Said (Sing Me Back Home)” (Mercy)
John Flynn – “Malala” (Poor Man’s Diamonds)

From there, it was an assortment of new and recent releases.
John Oates & The Good Road Band – “Pallet Soft and Low” (Arkansas)
Elly Wininger – “The Girl in the Tree House” (Little Red Wagon)
Tommy Emmanuel with Rodney Crowell – “Looking Forward to the Past” (Accomplice One)
Kyle Carey – “Tell Me Love” (The Art of Forgetting)
True North – “Dark Horse Bar & Grill” (Open Road, Broken Heart)
Chris Hillman – “Such is the World That We Live In” (Bidin’ My Time)
Chris & Meredith Thompson – “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” (Lines of Longitude)
John Craigie – “Highway Blood” (No Rain, No Rose)
Dennis Dougherty – “Rock Bottom is a Solid Place to Start” (Songs from the Dog House)=
The Resonant Rogues – “Sing a Melody” (Hands in the Dirt)
Rebekah Long – “I’ve Seen the Light” (Run Away)
Bruce T. Carroll – “When Two Worlds Collide” (Ruckus and Romance)
Micah & Mark Atkinson – “Lady Day’s Blues” (Land of Broken Angels)
Rich Kruegler – “The Gospel According to Carl” (Life Ain’t That Long)
KC Groves – “Lover’s Return” (Happy Little Trees)
Montgomery Delaney – “Obsession Posession” (Walking in the Light)
Young and Rusty – “Shadow on the Wall” (Come Back Coming On)
Larry Murante – “Property Line” (Patch of Sky)
Joshua James – “Backbone Bend” (My Spirit Sister)
Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real – “High Times” (Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real)
Sylvia Bullett – “Flying Machine” (Flying Machine)
Jack Tempchin – “Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody Tonight” (Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin)
Merlin Snider – “Cold Rain” (One Light, Many Windows)
Sean McConnell – “Queen of St. Mary’s Choir” (Sean McConnell)
Tom Russell – “These Friends of Mine” (Play One More: The Songs of Ian & Sylvia)
Malcolm Holcombe – “Outta Luck” (Pretty Little Troubles)
Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio – “Take a Deep Breath and Smile” (Singin’)

Next week, Eric Coker returns for his annual look back at the previous year’s music. This will be year 8! Always a great show.

When Is It On?

Winter 2017

You can catch this show on
Wednesdays from 7 PM to 10 PM.

Upcoming Shows

January 24 @ 7 PM