The Midnight Special, August 12, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Greg Brown: Small Dark Movie; Greg Brown; Further In; Red House Records RHR CD 88
  3. Susan Werner: “Movie of My Life” (bonus track); Susan Werner; Time Between Trains; Bottom Line BLine 63440-47305-2
  4. Nanci Griffith: Drive-in Movies and Dashboard Lights; Nanci Griffith; Storms; MCA MCAD-6319
  5. Phil Henry: All The Other Kids; Phil Henry; MacGuffin; 1 95269 25014 0
  6. The Nields: Barbie (poem); The Nields; If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now; Zoe Records 01143 1007 2
  7. Cosy Sheridan: Barbie; Cosy Sheridan; Botox Tango; Cosyng Music Cosyng001
  8. Indigo Girls: Closer to Fine; Indigo Girls; Indigo Girls; Elektra EK 45044 CD
  9. Suzanne McDermott: The 3 Dreams of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Suzanne McDermott; Souvenir; Rosema Records RR-415
  10. Rob Siegel: The Aftermath; Rob Siegel; single; Rural Electrification Music single
  11. Tom Lehrer: So Long, Mom (A Song for WW III); Tom Lehrer; The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Disc 3; Rhino 79831 3
  12. Cary Cooper: Jimmy Stewart; Cary Cooper; Pink Umbrella; CaryCooper 001
  13. Michael Jerling: It’s A Wonderful Life; Michael Jerling; Little Movies; Fool’s Hill Music FHM 2001
  14. Raye Zaragoza: Sweetheart; Raye Zaragoza; Hold That Spirit; Rebel River Records 80823
  15. Katie Dahl: Katherine Hepburn Waltz; Katie Dahl; County Line; 07541 13909
  16. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: “Frank to Valentino”; Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer; When I Go; Carter 001
  17. Steve Goodman: Face on the Cutting Room Floor; Steve Goodman; Santa Ana Winds; Omnivore Records OVCD-344
  18. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  19. Kim Moberg: The First Fire: Exodus; Kim Moberg; The Seven Fires Prophecy: Suite for Humanity; 1 95269 22787 6
  20. Tom Prasada-Rao: “10,000 Sorrows”; Tom Prasada-Rao; Pre-Release Download; Tom Prasada-Rao 10,000 Sorrows/Youtube 3.15.2020
  21. The Fox Run Five: Don’t Wait; The Fox Run Five; Single for Tom Prasada-Rao; Fox Run 8.8.2023
  22. Reggie Harris: “All You Need Is Love” (Lennon/McCartney); Reggie Harris; On Solid Ground; On Solid Ground | self released RHM 002
  23. Phoebe Hunt: I Am Not a Traveler (Hunt/S.J. Kelley); Phoebe Hunt; Nothing Else Matters; Popped Corn Records PCR985CD
  24. Dan Tyminski & the Soggy Bottom Boys: “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” (Traditional); Dan Tyminski & the Soggy Bottom Boys; O Brother Where Art Thou?; O Brother Where Art Thou? | Mercury 088 170-069-2
  25. Dom Flemons: We Are Almost Down to the Shore (Strother); Dom Flemons; Traveling Wildfire; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40237
  26. Dom Flemons: John Henry Y Los Vaqueros; Dom Flemons w/Brian Farrow (fiddle); Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings FW CD 40224
  27. The Band: Up On Cripple Creek (Robertson); The Band; The Band (The Re-Masters); Capitol 72435-25389-2-8
  28. The Band: The Weight (Robertson); The Band; Music From Big Pink (re-mastered); Capitol 72435-25390-2-4
  29. Tia Blake: “Plastic Jesus”; Tia Blake; Folk Songs and Ballads: Tia Blake and Her Folk-group; Folk Songs and Ballads: Tia Blake and Her Folk-group | SFP SFP 52.009
  30. Judd Grossman: James Dean; Judd Grossman; Judd Grossman; Charlie CD3
  31. Marlene Dietrich: “Lili Marlene” (in German); Marlene Dietrich; Pop Matters: Das Hobellied; B01KAQLQEC
  32. Suzanne Vega: Marlene on the Wall; Suzanne Vega; Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs; Amanuensis Productions 98519 25012
  33. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – organ”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 008
  34. Irene Kelley: Yellow Brick Highway; Irene Kelley; Snow White Memories; IRK Records
  35. Livingston Taylor: If I Only Had a Brain (Arlen/Harburg); Livingston Taylor; Good Friends (re-mastered); Chesky Records JD97
  36. John Gorka: Heart Upon Demand (I dreamed of Judy Garland…); John Gorka; I Know; Red House Records RHR CD 18
  37. Katie Dahl: Since I Was Eight; Katie Dahl; Seven Stones; Leaky Boat 7 55491 27157 5
  38. Eva Cassidy: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Arlen/Harburg); Eva Cassidy; Songbird; Blix Street G2 – 10045
  39. Michael Doucet avec Beausoleil: “Madame Sosthene”; Michael Doucet avec Beausoleil & Annick Colbert; Bayou Deluxe; Bayou Deluxe | Rhino R2 71169
  40. Rhiannon Giddens: You Louisiana Man; Rhiannon Giddens; You’re The One; Nonesuch pre-release 8-18-2023
  41. Milton Brown, Steve Dorff, Snuff Garrett: Last of the Silver Screen Cowboys; ft. Rex Allen, Jr., Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn and Tweety; Looney West; Warner Bros. WB 2-52002
  42. The Kinks: Celluloid Heroes; The Kinks; Celluloid Heroes; RCA Victor APL1-1743
  43. John Prine: Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone; John Prine; John Prine Live; Oh Boy! Records OBR 005CD
  44. Alison Brown: “Everybody’s Talkin’” (Fred Neil); Alison Brown w/ Tim O’Brien; Fair Weather; Fair Weather | Compass 742922
  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