The Midnight Special, September 23, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Nina Simone: Suzanne (Cohen); Nina Simone; Just Like a Woman; RCA/Legacy 82876 85174 2
  3. Sauti Sol: Suzanna; Sauti Sol; Stop Racism Now! 2023; Kipepeo Publishing 7252023
  4. Henhouse Prowlers: Sura Yako/Your Face (Sauti Sol); Henhouse Prowlers; Bluegrass Ambassadors Sessions, Vol. 1; 7212022
  5. John Doe: El Romance-O (Doe/Perez); John Doe; Fables in a Foreign Land; Fat Possom Records FP 1800-2
  6. Mean Mary & The Contrarys: Penelope Rose; Mean Mary & The Contrarys; Hell & Heroes Vol. 1; 2213449
  7. Terry Klein: Cheryl; Terry Klein; Good Luck, Take Care; 8 2547998302 5
  8. Mark Graham: Mr. Zero; Mark Graham; Inner Life; Mark Graham Mark Graham 1998
  9. John Kander & Fred Ebb: Mr. Cellophane; Jim Walton; And The World Goes ‘Round: Songs of Kander & Ebb; RCA Victor 09026-60904-2
  10. Darryl Purpose: “Mr. Schwinn”; Darryl Purpose; Same River Twice [fmr. Darryl PURPOSE]; Same River Twice Tangible/cardboard
  11. Bob Gibson: “Lula Gal”; Bob Gibson; Riverside Series: Joy! Joy!; Riverside RVCD-9909-2
  12. Tom Lehrer: “Clementine”; Tom Lehrer; The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Disc 1; Rhino Entertainment R2 79831 1
  13. Miles and Mafale: March; Miles and Mafale; Be Brave; [2023]
  14. The Kennedys: Yolanda; The Kennedys; Headwinds; B0C7WVC337
  15. Kerri Powers: Rosie Blue; Kerri Powers; Love Is Why; 10272023
  16. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  17. Cosy Sheridan: “Dorothy & Eve”; Cosy Sheridan; AntHymn; Wind River WR4019
  18. Ben Gage: Dorothy; Ben Gage; Two Singing Songs; 112023
  19. The Red Clay Ramblers: “Diamond Joe”; The Red Clay Ramblers; Yonder; Yonder | The Red Clay Ramblers Records RCR 001
  20. Lucy Kaplansky: “My Name Joe”; Lucy Kaplansky; The Tide; The Tide Red House/RHR CD 190
  21. Tanya Tucker: Breakfast in Birmingham (Carlisle/Taupin); Tanya Tucker; Sweet Western Sound; Fantasy FAN01965
  22. The Refugees: So You Want To Be a Rock and Roll Star (McGuinn/Hillman); The Refugees; California; Longhouse/WaBuHo 6 32623 97972 4
  23. Antsy McClain: Everyone’s a Household Name; Antsy McClain; The Indelible Man; Unhitched 2023
  24. Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen: “Billy Gray”; Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen; Kindling the Fire; Kindling the Fire Woodpecker Records/WP-118CD
  25. The Hot Club of Cowtown: Billy The Kid; The Hot Club of Cowtown; Wild Kingdom; Gold Strike WR4047CD
  26. Josh Ritter: Lillian, Egypt; Josh Ritter; The Animal Years; V2 Records 638812 729620
  27. The New Christy Minstrels: Lily Langtry; The New Christy Minstrels ft. Art Podell; The Definitive New Christy Minstrels; Sony Collector’s Choice CCM-042-2
  28. Joan Baez: “Lily of the West”; Joan Baez; Vol. 2; Vol. 2 Vanguard/79595-2
  29. Jeff Cannon: Brother Blue; Jeff Cannon; Lights Out; Warm Lion WL-0101
  30. Aoife O’Donovan: Sister Starling; Aoife O’Donovan; Age of Apathy; Yep Roc YEP-3010
  31. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  32. Nanci Griffith: “Love at the Five & Dime”; Nanci Griffith; One Fair Summer Evening; MCA Records MCA-42255
  33. Billy Joel: Scenes From an Italian Restaurant (Brenda and Eddie); Billy Joel; 12 Gardens Live, Disc 2; Columbia 82876 85176 2
  34. Jim Gaffigan: “Irish Billy Joelle”; Jim Gaffigan; Quality Time; Quality Time | Comedy Dynamics COM 700
  35. Raye Zaragoza: “Change Your Name”; Raye Zaragoza; Woman in Color; Woman in Color/Rebel River Records
  36. Kim Moberg: Reprise: The Past, The Present (instrumental); Kim Moberg; The Seven Fires Prophecy: Suite for Humanity; 1 95269 22787 6
  37. Eric Taylor: White Bone; Eric Taylor; Scuffletown; Emminent EM-26001-2
  38. Rhiannon Giddens: “Don’t Call Me Names”; Rhiannon Giddens; Single release; Single release Nonesuch/8.24.2020
  39. Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien: “Fiddler Jones”; Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien; Memories and Moments; Full Skies 94504 79904
  40. Martin Carthy w/Dave Swarbick: Jim Jones of Botany Bay (Trad.); Martin Carthy w/Dave Swarbick; Signs of Life; Topic TSD 503
  41. The Greencards: Davey Jones (Sampson/Logan); The Greencards; Fascination; Sugar Hill SWD 1995-CD
  42. Steve Goodman: You Never Even Call Me By My Name – live (Goodman/Prine); Steve Goodman; Artistic Hair; Omnivore OVCD 336
  43. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  44. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004