The Midnight Special, October 21, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Fred Eaglesmith: “Freight Train”; Fred Eaglesmith; Drive-In Movie; Vertical VER 4218-2
  3. Tom Rush: Panama Limited; Tom Rush; No Regrets: The Very Best of Tom Rush; Columbia/Legacy CK 65860
  4. Al Rose: All the Trains Are Gone; Al Rose; My First Posthumous Release; 0 3565 1 4005 27
  5. Paul Simon: Train in the Distance; Paul Simon; Hearts and Bones; Warner Bros 9239421
  6. Acoustic Eidolon (Joe Scott, Hannah Alkire): Train in the Distance (Scott); Acoustic Eidolon (Joe Scott, Hannah Alkire); River of Fire; Acoustic Wood Records AWR908
  7. Larry Penn: Danville Girl [trad.]; Larry Penn; Railroad Queens of the Distant Past; Cookie Man CM-04
  8. Greg Trooper: Close to the Tracks; Greg Trooper; Make it Through This World; Sugar Hill Records SUG-CD-1083
  9. Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train; Elizabeth Cotten; Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes; Smithsonian SF 40009
  10. Allison Russell: The Returner; Allison Russell; The Returner; Fantasy Records 8 88072 52409 5
  11. Josh White: Mother On That Train (trad.); Josh White; The Elektra Years (Disk 1); Rhino Handmade RHM2 7879 (1 of 2)
  12. Janis Ian: “This Train”; Janis Ian; Shout, Sister, Shout! A Tribute to Rosetta Tharpe; Shout, Sister, Shout! A Tribute to Rosetta Tharpe | M. C. Records MC-0500
  13. Octavians: I’m a Train (A. Hammond); Octavians; The Roaring Twenties; Rondeau (Germany) ROP6080
  14. Eric Andersen: Dusty Box Car Wall; Eric Andersen; Violets of Dawn; Vanguard 79539-2
  15. Aaron Smith & The Coal Biters: Dead Man’s Hollow; Aaron Smith & The Coal Biters; The Legend of Sam Davis; 9 780989 736282
  16. Bill Giardini: “The Midnight Special – Accordion” (Traditional); Bill Giardini; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection | Midnight Special Collection BillGiardini/MS011
  17. Jesse Winchester: Club Manhattan; Jesse Winchester; Gentleman of Leisure; Sugar Hill Gentleman of Leisure / SH CD 1062
  18. Vassar Clements: Green Onions; Vassar Clements; Livin’ With The Blues; Acoustic Disc ACD-58
  19. John Renbourn: Sweet Potato; John Renbourn; The Definitive Transatlantic Collection; Castle Communications ESM CD 569 GAS 0000569ESM
  20. Otis Redding: Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay (Cropper/Redding); Otis Redding; American Love Story; PBS Warner 9 47397 2
  21. Ed Holstein: Railroad Bill (trad.) w/spoken comments; Ed Holstein; Folkstage: Remembering Fred – Tribute to Fred Holstein at Old Town School of Folk Music Disc 1 of 3; WFMT Folkstage 04-03-04 1
  22. Andy Breckman: “Railroad Bill”; Andy Breckman; Don’t Get Killed; Gadfly 121089
  23. Siegel-Schwall Band: “Good Time Band” (Corky Siegel); Siegel-Schwall Band; The Very Best… The Wooden Nickel Years (1971-74); Varèse Sarabande VSD 6006
  24. Corky Siegel: On Choosing the Blues; Corky Siegel; Interview w/Marilyn Rea Beyer; WFMT 9.24.2022
  25. Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues, feat. Sam Lay: “Italian Shuffle/Flip, Flop & Fly”; Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues, feat. Sam Lay; Chamber Blues: Different Voices; Dawnserly Records 4301
  26. Corky Siegel: Snake River Crossing; Corky Siegel; Something Wrong; advance single
  27. Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues: Joyful Jambalaya; Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues feat. Chihsuan Yang; MORE Different Voices; Dawnserly Records 0 601968 667924
  28. Corky Siegel: “Midnight Radio”; Corky Siegel; Out of the Blue; Stuff Stuff / SR81-111
  29. James Lee Stanley: Midnight Radio (Siegel/Stanley); James Lee Stanley; Midnight Radio; Regency RY 9600
  30. Colby Maddox: “The Midnight Special – fiddle”; Colby Maddox; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection CMaddox/MS 009
  31. James Lee Stanley: “Redwood Landing”; James Lee Stanley; Without Susie; Beachwood Without Susie / Beachwood 2019
  32. Susan Werner: “Time Between Trains”; Susan Werner; Time Between Trains; Time Between Trains | Bottom Line BLine 63440-47305-2
  33. Johnny Cash: “Orange Blossom Special”; Johnny Cash; Essential Johnny Cash, Disc 1; Essential Johnny Cash, Disc 1 | Columbia / Legacy C2K 86290 1
  34. Leadbelly: The Rock Island Line; Leadbelly; Leadbelly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection disc 1 of 5; Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40201 1 of 5
  35. Willie Nelson: Freight Train Boogie (Jim Scott, Robert Nabor); Willie Nelson; Country Music; Rounder Records 11661-3280-2
  36. Eddie From Ohio: Train Song; Eddie From Ohio; Big Noise; Virginia Soul Records VSR CD 004
  37. Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen: “Railroading on the Great Divide”; Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen; Never Grow Old; Never Grow Old | Flying Fish FFCD 70638
  38. Mike Craver: “Railroading on the Great I.C.”; Mike Craver; Bosh & Moonshine; Bosh & Moonshine | Sapsucker Music 2329
  39. The Rankin Family: Orangedale Whistle; The Rankin Family; Collection; Rounder 11661 7028 2
  40. Charlie Mosbrook: Emeryville; Charlie Mosbrook; A Time Long Gone; Charlie Mosbrook 7 00261 41862 9
  41. Ben Gage: Tie Me Down; Ben Gage; Two Singing Songs; 112023
  42. Eight Dollar Mountain: Tied to the Tracks; Eight Dollar Mountain; Tied to the Tracks; cd003
  43. Claire Lynch: Hitchcock Railway; Claire Lynch; Silver and Gold; Rounder CD 0415
  44. Tom Paxton and John McCutcheon: Prairie Star; Tom Paxton and John McCutcheon; Together; Appalsongs 2023-2
  45. Andrew McKnight: Jesus and the Nighttime Train; Andrew McKnight; Turning Pages; Falling Mountain Music 1031
  46. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  47. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004