The Midnight Special, December 17, 2022


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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Harvey Reid: It’s A Banjo Playing; Harvey Reid; Woodpecker WP-113CD
  3. Tom Adams: Fiddle and the Banjo; Tom Adams; Rounder CD 0282
  4. Earl Scruggs w/Linda Ronstadt: “I Saw The Light” (Hank Williams); Earl Scruggs w/Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Hanna, et al.; Columbia Legacy CK 92793
  5. Rabbi Joe Black: Be the Light; Rabbi Joe Black; not on label 9012022
  6. Jonas Friddle & The Majority: Sail Away Ladies; Jonas Friddle & The Majority; 8 84501 92481 8
  7. The Kossoy Sisters: Johnson Boys; The Kossoy Sisters; Living Folk LFR 101
  8. Laurel Premo: “Hop High” (Trad.); Laurel Premo; Free Dirt LPS-CD-0211
  9. Dave Van Ronk: “The Amoeba Hop” (Christine Lavin); Dave Van Ronk; Big League Babe: Songs of Christine Lavin | CD Baby 1800 PrimeCD 037
  10. Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: I’m On My Way (Henry/Giddens); Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi; Nonesuch 591336-2
  11. Jake Blount: Move, Daniel; Jake Blount; Free Dirt Records DIRT-CD-0097
  12. Darrell Scott: Banjo Clark; Darrell Scott; Sugar Hill SHCD-3864
  13. Po’ Girl: Abilene; Po’ Girl; Hightone HCD 8161
  14. Kaia Kater: “Starry Day”; Kaia Kater; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40234
  15. Sam Bush: A Simple Thing as Love (Hartford); Sam Bush; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40254
  16. John Hartford: “Gentle on My Mind”; John Hartford; John Hartford: RCA Country Legends | RCA 74465 99837 2
  17. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  18. Peter, Paul and Mary: “Light One Candle”; Peter, Paul and Mary; No Easy Walk to Freedom | Gold Castle 171 001-2 GC
  19. Woody Guthrie: Hanukkah Dance; Woody Guthrie; Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40102
  20. Tom Lehrer: “I’m Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica”; Tom Lehrer; The Remains of Tom Lehrer | Rhino R2 79831 3
  21. Mike Stevens: Like a Little Bird; Mike Stevens, feat. Polly Harris; Stony Plain SPCD1452
  22. Ella Jenkins: “I Got a Harmonica for Hanukkah”; Ella Jenkins; Elbert EP-321-B
  23. Woody Guthrie: The Many and the Few; Woody Guthrie; Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40102
  24. Vocolot, feat. Judith Kate Friedman: Blessed is the Flame; Vocolot, feat. Judith Kate Friedman; Oyster Albums OA1118CD
  25. Rabbi Joe Black w/Maxwell St. Klezmer Band: “Ocho Kandelikas” (Flory Jagoda); Rabbi Joe Black w/Maxwell St. Klezmer Band; Eight Nights of Joy | URJ Books and Music 951304
  26. Stan Rogers: First Christmas (Away from Home); Stan Rogers; Borealis BCD216
  27. Jon Shain & Joe Newberry: Little Baby in a Manger; Jon Shain & Joe Newberry; Flyin’ Records FR 011
  28. Justyna, Sara and Irene Kelley: Angels We Have Heard on High; Justyna, Sara and Irene Kelley; 11252022
  29. Lunch at Allen’s: It’s Christmas! (Church); Lunch at Allen’s; Linus 270157
  30. Mark Dvorak: Story of the Christmas Banjo (Old Joe Clark); Mark Dvorak; Depot DEP016CD
  31. Blind of Boys of Alabama: “Last Month of the Year” (Vera Hall); Blind Boys of Alabama; Go Tell it on the Mountain | Real World Records 72435 90600 2 6
  32. Sons of the Never Wrong: “Go Tell it on the Mountain” (John Wesley Work Jr.); Sons of the Never Wrong feat. Emily Hurd; Faintly Spoken Music
  33. James Pierpont: “Jingle Bells”; Canadian Brass; Philips 426835-2
  34. Al Rose: A Week from Someday; Al Rose; Monkey Holding Peach MHP1053
  35. Abigail Lapell: Old Flames; Abigail Lapell; Outside Music OUT9175CD
  36. Susan McKeown & Lindsey Horner: “Bold Orion on the Rise”; Susan McKeown & Lindsey Horner; PRIME CD PCD 36
  37. Shawn Colvin: Orion in the Sky; Shawn Colvin; Columbia CK 47122
  38. The Kennedys: Winter Lies; The Kennedys; 7 00261 35918 2
  39. Ever More Nest: So Low; Ever More Nest; Parish Road Music 8 88295 81175 0
  40. Malcolm MacWatt: “Banjo Lullaby”; Malcolm MacWatt; Need to Know NTKBB2021MM
  41. Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle: Let Your Banjo Ring; Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle; Flying Fish FFCD 663
  42. Tony Trischka w/Loudon Wainwright: “Hand Me My Banjo Down”; Tony Trischka w/Loudon Wainwright; New Deal | Rounder 82161 0493-2
  43. Various: “Banjo Jokes”; Aubrey Atwater, Dale Robin Goodman, Hilary Hawke, Kaia Kater, Evie Ladin, Lauren Sheehan; Banjo Babes (Various) | Wepecket Island WI-020
  44. Stephen Wade: “Swing and Turn, Jubilee”; Stephen Wade; Smithsonian SFW CD 40223
  45. Nanci Griffith: “Roseville Fair” (Bill Staines); Nanci Griffith; Once in a Very Blue Moon | Philo PH-1096
  46. James Curley: Unleash the Light; James Curley; Sidewalking Crab 00261 39321
  47. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; Laura Love 88295 68276
  48. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004