The Midnight Special, July 29, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Leadbelly: “Midnight Special THEME” (excerpt); Leadbelly; Leadbelly; Label MM 001
  2. (Greg Brown): “One Cool Remove”; Greg Brown feat. Bob Thompson (sax); One Big Town; Red House RHR CD 28
  3. Gwendolyn Brooks: “We Real Cool”; Gwendolyn Brooks; Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1888-2006 Disk 2; Shout Factory D4K10029 -2
  4. Mickey Calin & The Jets: Orig. Broadway Cast: “Cool”; Mickey Calin & The Jets (Orig. Broadway Cast); West Side Story; Masterworks Broadway West Side Story /88691 94841 2
  5. James McCandless: Fragrance of Cold Water; James McCandless; One; St. Christopher STCD 7001
  6. Odetta: Cool Water (Nolan); Odetta; One Grain of Sand; Vanguard VSD-2153
  7. Ed Snodderly: Better Just Ride The Mule; Ed Snodderly; Chimney Smoke; Majestic Records MAJ0522
  8. Dar Williams: As Cool As I Am; Dar Williams; Out There Live; Razor & Tie 7930182871-2
  9. The Manhattan Transfer: Popsicle Toes (M. Franks); The Manhattan Transfer; Coming Out; Atlantic SD 18183
  10. Tupelo: Patagonia; Tupelo; Push On; Crashed Records CARCD8017
  11. Bounding Main: South Australia (trad.); Bounding Main; Going Overboard; Bounding Main Bounding Mail001
  12. John Prine: Everything is Cool; John Prine; The Missing Years; Oh Boy! OBR-009 CD
  13. Tanglefoot: Summer Ghosts; Tanglefoot; Agnes on the Cow Catcher; Borealis BCD143
  14. Tangleweed: Cold, Cold Ground; Tangleweed; WFMT’s Folkstage: Tangleweed 2011; WFMT Folkstage 01-15-11 2 of 2
  15. James Taylor: Frozen Man; James Taylor; New Moon Shine; Columbia CK 46038
  16. Mark Erelli: Sense of Wonder; Mark Erelli; Lay Your Darkness Down; Soundly Music 6 89176 89418 9
  17. Lori McKenna: The Tunnel; Lori McKenna; 1988; CN Records/Thirty Tigers 793888873483
  18. Jared Rabin: Tunnel’s End; Jared Rabin; Chasing the Light; bandcamp 10.7.2022
  19. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  20. Sinead O’Connor: I’ll Tell Me Ma; Sinead O’Connor; Sean-Nos Nua; Vanguard 79724-2
  21. Sinead O’Connor: The Singing Bird; Sinead O’Connor; Sean-Nos Nua; Vanguard 79724-2
  22. Sinead O’Connor: The Parting Glass; Sinead O’Connor; Sean-Nos Nua; Vanguard 79724-2
  23. The Geyer Street Sheiks: “Dance Around in Your Bones” (Kahn, Gus and Donaldson, Walter); The Geyer Street Sheiks; Great Dream; B-Jam BJR 101
  24. Natalie Merchant w/The Fairfield Four: Bleezer’s Ice Cream; Natalie Merchant w/The Fairfield Four; Leave Your Sleep; Nonesuch 522301-2
  25. Audra McDonald: Vanilla Ice Cream (Bock & Harnick); Audra McDonald; Sing Happy; Decca Gold B0028495-02
  26. The Minnesota Klezmer Band: Land of the Frozen Chosen; The Minnesota Klezmer Band; Bulka’s Song; Frozen Chosen Productions FCP198
  27. Cindy Kallet: The Glacier; Cindy Kallet; Dreaming Down a Quiet Line; Stone’s Throw STM-1
  28. Firesign Theatre: Glacier; Firesign Theatre; Give Me Immortality of Give Me Death; Rhino R2 75509
  29. Stan Freberg: Abominable Snowman; Stan Freberg; The Stan Freberg Show, Episode 2; Radio Spirits, Inc. SFRD2
  30. Grace Griffith: “Water, Fire, and Smoke” (Betsy Rose); Grace Griffith; Passing Through; Blix Street G2-10108
  31. James Keelaghan: “Cold Missouri Waters”; James Keelaghan; A Recent Future; Green Linnet GL CD 2120
  32. Lilli Lewis: “My American Heart”; Lilli Lewis (; Americana; Louisiana Red Hot Records LRHR 1200
  33. Jonas Friddle: Bootstraps; Jonas Friddle; Jug Band Happy Hour; 1162023
  34. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  35. Mollie O’Brien: “Alaska”; Mollie O’Brien; Tell It True; Sugar Hill Tell It True / SH-CD 3846
  36. Roland Roberts: Alaska Time; Roland Roberts; So it Goes;
  37. Lou & Peter Berryman: When Did We Have Sauerkraut?; Lou & Peter Berryman; What, Again?; Cornbelt CR900
  38. Captain Ambivalent & The Accordion of Gold: Frozen Burrito; Captain Ambivalent & The Accordion of Gold; Fear The Accordion; Captain Ambivalent 7 00261 34704 2
  39. The Arrogant Worms: Head in the Freezer; The Arrogant Worms; Toast!; Arrogant Worms AW-3003
  40. Maria Gillard: Cold Blue Chill; Maria Gillard; Bound to Happen; Gizzy Music GIL002CD
  41. Tom Dundee: Don’t It Get Chilly When the Sun Goes Down; Tom Dundee; Fleeting Moment (Live 1973-2006), Disc 1; Fleeting Moment, Disc 1 | Flight Records FR4445
  42. Windborne: Grey Funnel Line (Tawney); Windborne; Lay Around the Shack; Windborne 00261 42598
  43. Les Barker: “Have You Got Any News of the Iceberg?”; Les Barker; Up the Creek Without a Poodle; Mrs. Ackroyd Records Up the Creek Without a Poodle / DOG012
  44. Abigail Lapell: Waterfall; Abigail Lapell; Stolen Time; Outside Music OUT9175CD
  45. Wendy Wall: “Water Water”; Wendy Wall; Two Birds; Two Birds | Wildbird CD001
  46. Leah Shoshanah: Stillness; Leah Shoshanah; Stillness; Leah Shoshanah Music
  47. Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving to Me; Willie Nelson; Bluegrass; Sony Legacy USSM12302862
  48. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  49. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004