The Midnight Special, April 1, 2023

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Lou & Peter Berryman: “April May”; Lou & Peter Berryman; What, Again? | Cornbelt CR900
  3. Tom Lehrer: “The Folk Song Army”; Tom Lehrer; The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Disc 3 Rhino R2 79831 1
  4. Steven Wright: Camera; Steven Wright; Comedy Central Records CCR0054
  5. Darryl Purpose: Singer Songwriter Heaven (Faherty); Darryl Purpose; Tangible cardboard
  6. John Prine: Please Don’t Bury Me; John Prine; Red Pajamas Records – RPJ 004
  7. Eddie Izzard: God’s Language; Eddie Izzard; Just for Laughs JfL 2013
  8. Bill Morrissey: “Letter from Heaven”; Bill Morrissey; Philo CD PH 1154
  9. Greg Greenway: Don’t Promise Me; Greg Greenway; Sheen of Heat SOH010
  10. Windborne: “Preacher and the Slave/Pie in the Sky” (trad., Joe Hill); Windborne; Folkstage 07-20-19 1 of 2
  11. Susan Werner: “(Why is Your) Heaven So Small”; Susan Werner; Sleeve Dog Records SW CD001
  12. Mary Beth Carty: Tow Truck Song/Trip to Windsor; Mary Beth Carty; MBC002
  13. Chris Stuart & Backcountry: Twenty Naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac; Chris Stuart & Backcountry; Backcountry BCK-837
  14. Luther the Jet: A Conductor on the North Shore Line; Luther the Jet; No Guff NG01
  15. Meredith Moon: Soldier’s Joy (Trad.); Meredith Moon; True North Records TND807
  16. Kenny White: Out of My Element; Kenny White; Wildflower Records WFL 1328
  17. Tom Lehrer: The Elements (live); Tom Lehrer; Rhino R2 79831 2
  18. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Nacl (Sodium Chloride); Kate & Anna McGarrigle; Hannibal Records HNCD 1417
  19. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – organ”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 008
  20. Nickel Creek: Where the Long Line Leads; Nickel Creek; Repair Records RR04075CD
  21. Steve Goodman: When the Cubs Go Marching In; Steve Goodman; Red Pajamas RPJ-017
  22. Filisko & Noden: Sinkin’ in Love; Filisko & Noden; RootsDuo2015
  23. Tom Lehrer: “The Masochism Tango (live)”; Tom Lehrer; The Remains of Tom Lehrer Disc 2 | Rhino R2 79831 2
  24. Daniel Janke: Time You Thief; Daniel Janke; Northern Town Films NTF1235CD
  25. John Bird & John Fortune: The Audition; John Bird & John Fortune; Rhino Records R2 71049
  26. Tom Lehrer: “I Got It From Agnes”; Tom Lehrer; The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Disc 1 Rhino R2 79831 1
  27. Mark Graham & Orville Johnson: Their Brains Were Small and They Died; Mark Graham & Orville Johnson; none
  28. Ben Bedford: Weasle, Fox, Pike, Kite; Ben Bedford; Hopeful Sky
  29. Rhiannon Giddens and Sxip Shirey: “Hen in the Fox House”; Sonic New York; [2020]
  30. Harry Belafonte: Chickens (Hellerman, Carter, DeCormier); Harry Belafonte; RCA Victor 09026-62690-2
  31. Bonnie Koloc: The Hen; Bonnie Koloc; 7 00261 47679 7
  32. CTA: “Intro: Chicago El Train – stop”; CTA announcer; Folksongs of Illinois #4 /Company of Folk COF10-01
  33. Robert Johnson: “Sweet Home Chicago”; Robert Johnson; Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Robert Johnson/Columbia Legacy CK90494
  34. Steve Goodman: Election Year Rag; Steve Goodman; Buddha 7446599625 2
  35. CTA: “Closing: Chicago El Train”; CTA announcer; Folksongs of Illinois #4 /Company of Folk COF10-01
  36. The Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Tim Blake Nelson: In the Jailhouse Now (Rodgers); The Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Tim Blake Nelson; Mercury 088 170-069-2
  37. Chita Rivera, et al.: “Cell Block Tango” (Chicago); Chita Rivera, Cheryl Clark, Michon Peacock, Candy Brown, Graciella Daniele, Pamela Sousa; Legends of Broadway: Chita Rivera Sony/BMG
  38. Joel Mabus: April Showers (instrumental); Joel Mabus; Fossil 1605
  39. Robbie Fulks: Longhair Bluegrass; Robbie Fulks; Compass Records 7 4811 2
  40. Todd Snyder: “Vinyl Records”; Todd Snider; New Connection Oh Boy/)BR-023
  41. The Rough & Tumble: Trouble; The Rough & Tumble; 1 97545 42169 5
  42. Diane Taraz: Lookin’ for Trouble (Goodman); Diane Taraz; Beacon Records BCN 10143-2
  43. Joni Mitchell: “Raised on Robbery”; Joni Mitchell; Reprise 8122797178-6
  44. Beth DeSombre: If A Pirate I Must Be; Beth DeSombre; BD005
  45. Steve Goodman: “Lincoln Park Pirates”; Steve Goodman; Red Pajamas RPJ-017
  46. Peggy Seeger: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (MacColl); Peggy Seeger; Red Grape 3.31.2023
  47. The Smothers Brothers: Mediocre Fred; The Smothers Brothers; Rhino R2 75235
  48. Gordon Bok & Cindy Kallet: Right Said Fred (Dicks/Rudge); Gordon Bok & Cindy Kallet; Timberhead CD008
  49. Blue Highway: Uncle Fred; Blue Highway; Rounder 116 61-0489-2
  50. John Mulaney: The Phone Used to Be A Wooden Box; John Mulaney;
  51. Loudon Wainwright III: You Never Phone; Loudon Wainwright III and Martha Wainwright; Sanctuary NFS 01
  52. Zoe Lewis: Rotary Phone; Zoe Lewis; Dog Called Dog 21681 07612
  53. Zoe Mulford: “One Damn Thing”; Zoe Mulford; Small Brown Birds Azalea/1-7-2017
  54. Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Now Everything Does (Berryman); Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen; Compass Rose CRM-14CD
  55. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; Laura Love 88295 68276
  56. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004