The Midnight Special, August 5, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Punch Brothers: One More Night; Punch Brothers; Hell on Church Street; Nonesuch 075597912494
  3. Billie Holiday: “What A Little Moonlight Can Do”; Billie Holiday; Best of Lady Day; Best of Lady Day | Columbia/Legacy C2K85979
  4. Reid Jamieson: Blue Moon Of Kentucky; Reid Jamieson; The Presley Sessions Revisited; Reid Jamieson
  5. Asleep at the Wheel: Stay All Night; Asleep at the Wheel; Ride with Bob: A Tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys; DreamWorks Records DRMD-50117
  6. Paul Simon: Song About the Moon; Paul Simon; Hearts and Bones; Warner Bros 9239421
  7. Eric Lambert: “House on the Moon”; Eric Lambert; Folkstage, Sept. 17, 2016; Folkstage, Sept. 17, 2016 | WFMT Folkstage 09-17-16 Disc 1
  8. My Sweet Patootie: Polkadots & Moonbeams; My Sweet Patootie; Patootified; MySweetPatootie 10232010
  9. Valucha De Castro: Moon River; Valucha De Castro; Ports Of Pleasure Volume II; A&A Recordings AA-102
  10. Gordon Lightfoot: Shadows; Gordon Lightfoot; Gordon Lightfoot Songbook, Disc 4; Warner/Rhino R2 75802
  11. Kate Wolf: Rising of the Moon; Kate Wolf; Wind Blows Wild; Wind Blows Wild/Rhino R2 71486
  12. Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith: Corcovado [Quiet Nights]; Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith; Bring It on Home; CD Baby B00B4GLJUE
  13. Jaime Michaels: “Writing Songs on the Moon”; Jaime Michaels; Fool; Fool | Frumdahart 1007
  14. Nick Drake: “Pink Moon”; Nick Drake; Pink Moon; Pink Moon (Remastered) Island Records ILPS9184/RM 422849232
  15. Margaret Dubay Mikus: College on the Moon (poem); Margaret Dubay Mikus; Full Blooming; MDM 6742
  16. Sierra Hull: Easy Come, Easy Go; Sierra Hull; Daybreak; Rounder Records 11661-0658-2
  17. Jory Avner: Hunter’s Moon; Jory Avner; [single]; Jory Avner
  18. Damien Rice: Amie; Damien Rice; O; 14th Floor Records 5050466478825
  19. The Byrds: “Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins”; The Byrds; Ballad of Easy Rider; Ballad of Easy Rider | Columbia CS 9942
  20. Nanci Griffith: Armstrong (Stewart); Nanci Griffith; Clock Without Hands; Elektra 62660-2
  21. Neil Armstrong: The Moon Landing [excerpt]; Neil Armstrong; Great Speeches Of The 20th Century, Volume 3: Dreams And Realities; Rhino Word Beat R2 71814
  22. Vance Gilbert: “Rocket to the Moon”; Vance Gilbert; Edgewise; Philo Edgewise CD PH 1156
  23. Ella Jenkins: Moon Don’t Go; Ella Jenkins; Call-and-Response Rhythmic Group Singing; Scholastic SC 7638
  24. Ella Jenkins & Friends: “Down by the Riverside”; Ella Jenkins & Friends; Camp Songs; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 45082
  25. Ella Jenkins, Pete Seeger: If I Had a Hammer; Ella Jenkins, Pete Seeger; Ella Jenkins and a Union of Friends; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 45046
  26. Ella Jenkins: You Look So Sweet; Ella Jenkins; Seasons for Singing; Smithsonian SF CD45031
  27. Peter, Paul & Mary: “Puff (The Magic Dragon)”; Peter, Paul & Mary; The Collection Their Greatest Hits & Finest Performances, Disc 1; Reader’s Digest Music OPCD-8505
  28. The Irish Rovers: “Unicorn” (Shel Silverstein); The Irish Rovers; The Best of Shel Silverstein – His Words, His Songs, His Friends; Columbia Legacy CK 94722
  29. Sarah Weddle: Collecting Dust; Sarah Weddle; Bandcamp single;
  30. Dana Cooper: The Flower and the Vine; Dana Cooper; I Can Face the Truth; Dog Eared Music DC2022
  31. Lau Noah feat. Jacob Collier: If a Tree Falls in Love With a River; Lau Noah feat. Jacob Collier; [single]; Lau Noah 051923
  32. Wendy and DB: Feel Holler; Wendy and DB; Into the Little Blue House; Tigerlily 9232022
  33. Wendy Morgan: Little Blue House; Wendy & DB feat. Billy Branch; Into the Little Blue House; Tigerlily Music 9232022
  34. Ella Jenkins: Speak Right Up; Ella Jenkins; Ella Jenkins and a Union of Friends; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 45046
  35. Allison Russell: “Nightflyer”; Allison Russell; Outside Child; Fantasy FAN01125
  36. Maxwell Street Klezmer Band: Midnight Special Theme; Maxwell Street Klezmer Band; WFMT’s Folkstage; WFMT Folkstage 12.04.21
  37. Birds of Chicago: “The Moonglow/the Tapeworm”; Birds of Chicago; demo; demo | Nero Russell 001
  38. Leonard Cohen: Lady Midnight; Leonard Cohen; Songs from a Room; Columbia CS 9767
  39. Steve Goodman & Jethro Burns: Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyeballs; Steve Goodman & Jethro Burns; No Big Surprise; Red Pajamas RPJ008CD 1/2
  40. Les Barker: Reg Was a Lonely Glow Worm; Les Barker; Infinite Number of Occasional Tables; CD Baby B0000509CI
  41. Laurie McClain: “Lightning Bugs”; Laurie McClain; The Child Behind My Eyes; Kindred Voices Music 1
  42. Christine Lavin: A Firefly’s Life; Christine Lavin; Cold Pizza for Breakfast; Yellow Tail Records YT10024
  43. Susan Werner: Vincent/Starry, Starry Night (McLean); Susan Werner; Time Between Trains; Bottom Line BLine 63440-47305-2
  44. Sting: August Winds; Sting; The Last Ship; Cherrytree Records 3744812
  45. Michael J. Miles, Bradley Williams, Bob Lizik: Firefly Sonata II; Michael J. Miles, Bradley Williams, Bob Lizik; New Century Suite; Michael J. MIles 05012004
  46. Willie Nelson: Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn/Suessdorf); Willie Nelson; Stardust; Columbia JC 35305
  47. Milk Carton Kids: Star Shine; Milk Carton Kids; I Only See The Moon; Far Cry Records FCR00005CD
  48. Mary Gauthier: Our Lady of the Shooting Stars; Mary Gauthier; Drag Queens in Limousines; In the Black Records 41962
  49. Buffalo Rose: u up?; Buffalo Rose; Again, Again, Again; Misra Records MSR 130
  50. Leah Shoshanah: Goodbye Night; Leah Shoshanah; Stillness; Leah Shoshanah Music
  51. Randy Graff: Follow Your Star; Randy Graff; A Class Act – A Musical About Musicals 2001 Original Cast; BMG BG2 63757
  52. Liz Simmons: “Night in the City” (Joni Mitchell); Liz Simmons, Hanna Sanders, Natalie Haas (cello); Poets; Poets | 95999 13529