The Midnight Special, July 15, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Pat Donohue: “La Vie en Rose” (Edith Piaf); Pat Donohue – guitar; Life Stories; Bluesky Records BSR 915
  3. Susan Werner: “La Vie en Rose” (Edith Piaf); Susan Werner; Live at the Tin Angel; Live at the Tin Angel | Werner SWerner 002
  4. Edith Piaf: “Non, je ne regrette rien”; Edith Piaf; The Voice of the Sparrow; The Voice of the Sparrow | Capitol CDP-7-96632-2
  5. Great Big Sea: French Perfume; Great Big Sea; Sea of No Cares; WEA 2 43310
  6. Greg Trooper: “So French”; Greg Trooper; Between a House and a Hard Place; McGonigle’s MCMDKR007
  7. Michael Smith: Famous in France; Michael Smith; Folkstage: Michael Smith 1-25-03; WFMT Folkstage 1-25-03
  8. Joe Crookston: “Mending Walls”; Joe Crookston; Able Baker Charlie and Dog; Milagrito Records jbjo78
  9. Leyla McCalla: “Mèsi Bondye”; Leyla McCalla; Vari-Colored Songs; Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes Smithsonian Folkways/SFW40241
  10. (Joni Mitchell): “Free Man in Paris”; Joni Mitchell; Court and Spark; CD / Asylum LP 1974 253 002
  11. Artie Traum: In Paris; Artie Traum; South of Lafayette; Roaring Stream RS202
  12. The Derailers: All the Rage in Paris; The Derailers; Here Come the Derailers; Lucky Dog CK 85793
  13. The Kingston Trio: Raspberries, Strawberries (Holt); The Kingston Trio; The Capitol Years: Remastered; Capitol CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7
  14. D.C. Bloom: Outskirts of Paris; D.C. Bloom; Pack Up the Moon; D.C. Bloom 00261 47304
  15. Liz Simmons: “Night in the City” (Joni Mitchell); Liz Simmons, Hanna Sanders, Natalie Haas (cello); Poets; Poets | 95999 13529
  16. Tim Harrison: Maps of Paris; Tim Harrison; Wheatfield with Crows; Second Avenue Songs SAS 2008
  17. Chet Atkins: The Poor People of Paris/Jean’s Song (Monnot); Chet Atkins; The Essential Chet Atkins, Disc 1; RCA Nashville 88697 07677 201
  18. The Zozo Sisters: “Parlez-moi d’amour” (Jean Lenoir); The Zozo Sisters: Linda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy; Adieu False Heart; Vanguard Records 79808-2
  19. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris: “Lover’s Return” (A.P. Carter); Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris; Trio II; Asylum 62275-2
  20. Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt: Blue Train (Kimball/Kimmel); Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt; Trio II; Asylum 62275-2
  21. The Sherpas: One More Phase of the Moon; The Sherpas; Promise to Harry; Trifecta 1 95269 23940 4
  22. Garnet Rogers: Under the Summer Moonlight; Garnet Rogers; All That Is: The Songs of Garnet Rogers; Red House Records RHR CD 160
  23. Kelly Hunt: Fingernail Moon; Kelly Hunt; Even the Sparrow; Rare Bird RBR001
  24. Katie Dahl: Mon Beau Galet; Katie Dahl; Seven Stones; Leaky Boat 7 55491 27157 5
  25. Dean Milano: Louisiana Road Trip; Dean Milano; Vestiges; CD Baby B001494Y76
  26. Ray Nordstrand, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax: Excerpt: WFMT’s The Midnight Special Woody Guthrie Tribute (7.12.1975); Ray Nordstrand, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax; WFMT’s The Midnight Special and Woody Guthrie: The Library of Congress Recordings w/Alan Lomax; Elektra EKL-271/272
  27. Woody Guthrie: I Ain’t Got No Home; Woody Guthrie; Folkways: The Original Vision – Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly; Smithsonian SFW CD 40000
  28. Dana Robinson: “What Would Woody Do?”; Dana Robinson; Avenue of the Saints; Avenue of the Saints | Threshold Music TM0007
  29. Colby Maddox: “The Midnight Special – fiddle”; Colby Maddox; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection CMaddox/MS 009
  30. Bettysoo & Doug Cox: Louis Riel (Sahm); Bettysoo & Doug Cox; Across the Borderline: Lie to Me; Borderline Talen BT-001
  31. Milk Carton Kids: Wheels and Levers; Milk Carton Kids; I Only See The Moon; Far Cry Records FCR00005CD
  32. Reckless Saints (Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield): Everybody Lookin Down; Reckless Saints (Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield); Blue-Twanged Folk n’ Roll; Shiny Gnu Records 2023-04-14
  33. Malcolm Holcombe: Hard Luck City; Malcolm Holcombe; Bits and Pieces; Need to Know [2023]
  34. Buffy Sainte-Marie: Guess Who I Saw in Paris?; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Illuminations; Vanguard 79300-2
  35. Ellis Paul (w/Patty Griffin): Paris in a Day; Ellis Paul (w/Patty Griffin); A Carnival of Voices; CD PH 1191
  36. Matteo Lane: France (comedy – spoken); Matteo Lane; Just for Laughs, SELECT: Volume 15; Just For Laughs none
  37. Truckstop Honeymoon: She Wants to be French; Truckstop Honeymoon; Steamboat in a Cornfield; Squirrel 1056
  38. Alvin & the Chipmunks w/Dave Seville: I Wish I Could Speak French; Alvin & the Chipmunks w/Dave Seville; Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years – reissue; Capitol 5099-9-50237-2-27
  39. Lisa Moscatiello: Dame Lombarde (Trad. Fr.); Lisa Moscatiello; Innocent When You Dream; Folk Era FE1448CD
  40. Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: “Ten Thousand Voices”; Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi; There Is No Other; Nonesuch 591336-2
  41. Judy Collins: “My Father”; Judy Collins; Colors of the Day: The Best of Judy Collins; Elektra Records Elektra 75030-2
  42. Martin Gilmore: Won’t You Come Home; Martin Gilmore; Martin Gilmore; [2009]
  43. Tommy Prine: Letter to My Brother; Tommy Prine; This Far South; Thirty Tigers NK72189CD
  44. The Sherpas: So Goodnight; The Sherpas; Promise to Harry; Trifecta 1 95269 23940 4
  45. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  46. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004