The Midnight Special, September 2, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Leadbelly: “Midnight Special THEME” (excerpt); Leadbelly; Leadbelly; Label MM 001
  2. Brother Sun: The House That Jack Built (B. Warren); Brother Sun; Some Part of the Truth; Brother Sun Music BSM 002
  3. John Prine: Grandpa Was a Carpenter; John Prine; Souvenirs; Oh Boy Records OBR-021
  4. Dan Pallotta: The Mailman; Dan Pallotta; American Pictures; 102022
  5. Steep Canyon Rangers: Morning Shift; Steep Canyon Rangers; Morning Shift; Yep Roc Records YEP-3042
  6. Cheryl Hoenemeyer: Factory Girl (Hoenemeyer); Cheryl Hoenemeyer; Dark Horse; Sol Records CH 637
  7. Rhiannon Giddens: Factory Girl (trad., ad. Giddens); Rhiannon Giddens; Factory Girl – EP; Nonesuch 551822
  8. Ben Gage: Hammer Swinging; Ben Gage; Ben Gage; 52918
  9. Blue Highway: Born With a Hammer in My Hand; Blue Highway; Blue Highway; Ceili Music Ceili CD 2002
  10. Howard Armstrong: John Henry (trad.); Howard Armstrong; Louie Bluie; Louie Bluie Blue Suit/BS-106D
  11. David LaMotte: John Henry Revisited; David LaMotte; The Other Way Around; DPI DPI-161
  12. Carol Elizabeth Jones w/James Leva & Laurel Bliss: “Nine Pound Hammer”; Carol Elizabeth Jones w/James Leva & Laurel Bliss; Cataloochee; Cataloochee/5-String Productions 5SP0801
  13. Taj Mahal: “Take This Hammer”; Taj Mahal w/Toumani Diabate & Ramatou Diakite; Kulanjan; Kulanjan Hannibal/HNCD 1444
  14. Danu: “Peg and Awl” (Traditional); Danu; Road Less Traveled; Road Less Traveled | Shanachie SH 78057
  15. Malvina Reynolds: Bury Me in My Overalls; Malvina Reynolds; Ear to the Ground; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD40124
  16. Steve “Q” Quinn: “The Midnight Special – Harmonica Greasy” (Traditional); Steve “Q” Quinn; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection | Midnight Special Collection SQuinn/MS013
  17. Steve Goodman: Banana Republics (Goodman/Rothermel/Burgh); Steve Goodman; Words We Can Dance To; Elektra 7E-1061
  18. Wendy and DB: Work to Be Done; Wendy and DB; Into the Little Blue House; Tigerlily 9232022
  19. Rosalie Sorrels: Aunt Molly Jackson defines folk songs…; Rosalie Sorrels; The Long Memory; Red House Records RHR CD 83
  20. Rosalie Sorrels: I Am a Union Woman (Jackson); Rosalie Sorrels; The Long Memory; Red House Records RHR CD 83
  21. Utah Phillips: “Bread and Roses” (Oppenheim/M. Farina); Utah Phillips; Making Speech Free; IWW -1
  22. Larry Penn: The Popular Wobbly (Fisher/T-Bone Slim); Larry Penn; Singing Through The Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips Disk 1; Righteous Babe RBR065-D 1 of 2
  23. Tom Russell Band: U.S. Steel; Tom Russell Band; The Road to Bayamon; Philo CD 1116
  24. Rough & Tumble: Steel in My Blood; Rough & Tumble; We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know; 191924587699
  25. Small Potatoes: Paco is Dying Tonight; Small Potatoes; Waltz of the Wallflowers; Wind River WR4010 CD
  26. Judy Collins: “Deportee/Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon” (Guthrie/Hoffman); Judy Collins; 3 & 4 (disc 1); Wildflower Records WFL 1301-2
  27. Alastair Moock: “Pastures of Plenty” (Woody Guthrie); Alastair Moock; A Life I Never Had; A Life I Never Had | Bad Moock Rising Records BadMoockRisingRecords001
  28. Gina Forsyth: Radio Star; Gina Forsyth; Folkstage: Gina Forsyth 2014; WFMT FS 9-6-2014
  29. Steve Goodman: Unemployed; Steve Goodman; Words We Can Dance To; Elektra 7 E – 1061
  30. Precious Bryant: “Broke and I Ain’t Got a Dime” (Blind Willie McTell); Precious Bryant; Fool Me Good; Fool Me Good | Terminus CD 0201-2
  31. Zoe Mulford: Zillionaire; Zoe Mulford; Small Brown Birds; Azalea City ACCD-1701
  32. Kim Moberg: The Fourth Fire: Two Faces; Kim Moberg; The Seven Fires Prophecy: Suite for Humanity; 1 95269 22787 6
  33. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special Solo (Long): Instrumental; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 007
  34. Bill & The Belles: The Preacher and the Bear (Arzonia); Bill & The Belles; Dreamsongs, Etc.; Jalopy Records JRCD004
  35. Roy Book Binder: Preacher Picked the Guitar; Roy Book Binder; Singer-Songwriter Bluesman; PegLeg Records PL70033
  36. Rev. Robert B. Jones: The Question; Rev. Robert B. Jones; The Soul of a Man; RoJo Records 8 84501 76300 4
  37. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Jacques et Gilles; Kate & Anna McGarrigle; Matapedia; Hannibal HNCD 1394
  38. Si Kahn: Aragon Mill; Si Kahn; In My Heart; Philo CDPH 1169
  39. Anne Hills: Sound of the Looms; Anne Hills w/Jay Ansill (harp); Angle of the Light; Flying Fish FFCD 70648
  40. Robbie Schaefer: “Diner”; Robbie Schaefer; Someday; Someday | Robbie Schaefer 001
  41. Carrie Newcomer: Betty’s Diner; Carrie Newcomer; Betty’s Diner and the Best of Carrie Newcomer; Philo/Rounder 116 71 1 245-2
  42. Belle Plaine: Notes from a Waitress; Belle Plaine; Notes from a Waitress; 13th Ave Records 13th – 12 – 0008
  43. Phil Henry: Closing Time; Phil Henry; MacGuffin; 1 95269 25014 0
  44. Braden Gates: “Norah Jones at Closing Time”; Braden Gates; Kitchen Days; Kitchen Days/Borealis BCD267
  45. Cheryl Wheeler: “Summer’s Almost Over”; Cheryl Wheeler; Defying Gravity; Philo Defying Gravity / 11671-1240-2
  46. Christine Lavin: “The Best Summer”; Christine Lavin; single; [2021]
  47. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  48. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004