The Midnight Special, December 2, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. The Lonesome Sisters: Let Your Light Shine on Me (trad.); The Lonesome Sisters; The Lonesome Sisters; Tin Halo Music THMCD-0401
  3. Odetta: “The Midnight Special”; Odetta; The Tradition Masters, disc 2; Ryko TCD 1085 2 of 2
  4. Stephen Schuch: Midnight Special; Stephen Schuch; single; Stephen Schuch [2022]
  5. Steve Goodman: “City of New Orleans”; Steve Goodman; Steve Goodman; Steve Goodman | Buddha 7446599625 2
  6. John Sebastian and the J-Band: Mobile Line; John Sebastian and the J-Band; I Want My Roots; Music Masters MM01612-65137-2
  7. Arkansas Red: The Last Train Out; Arkansas Red; The Last Train Out; Arkansas Red 2008
  8. Kelly Hunt: Ozark Symphony; Kelly Hunt; Ozark Symphony; Compass 7 4805 2
  9. Christine Lavin: Getting Used to Leaving; Christine Lavin; The Seasons Project: When October Goes; custom 2023
  10. Julie Gold: Southbound Train; Julie Gold; The Seasons Project: When October Goes; custom 2023
  11. Nanci Griffith: Across the Great Divide; Nanci Griffith; Other Voices, Other Rooms; Elektra 9 61464-2
  12. Mary Gauthier: More Than a Whisper (Griffith); Mary Gauthier; More Than a Whisper: Celebrating the Music of Nanci Griffith; Rounder 1166101791
  13. CTA: “Intro: Chicago El Train – stop”; CTA announcer; Folksongs of Illinois #4 Chicago since 1945; Folksongs of Illinois #4 /Company of Folk COF10-01
  14. “Doc” Lew Childre: Riding The Elevated Train; “Doc” Lew Childre; Train 45: Songs of the Early 1900’s; Rounder CD1143
  15. CTA: “Closing: Chicago El Train”; CTA announcer; Folksongs of Illinois #4 Chicago since 1945; Folksongs of Illinois #4 /Company of Folk COF10-01
  16. Luther the Jet: A Conductor on the North Shore Line; Luther the Jet; Kings of the Hoboes; No Guff NG01
  17. Folkapotamus: Lake Shore Limited; Folkapotamus; Whispered Words; PhatCat 88295 13620
  18. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  19. Henry Cho: Holidays (spoken); Henry Cho; What’s That Clicking Noise? (video); Warner Music 44261-2
  20. Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael: “I’ll Miss Fields This Christmas” (Kent/Gannon/Gordon); Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael; Folkstage 12.12.2009, disc 2; WFMT 121209
  21. Antsy McClain: Mary Lou’s Christmas List; Antsy McClain; Christmas in the Trailer Park; DPR Records none
  22. Louise Mosrie: Last Train (Lorelei); Louise Mosrie; Folkstage (Louise Mosrie & Cliff Eberhardt) May 14, 2022; WFMT’s Folkstage 5.14.22
  23. David Massengill: Rider on an Orphan Train; David Massengill; The Return; Plump 5903-2CD
  24. Gordon Lightfoot: “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”; Gordon Lightfoot; The Way I Feel; The Way I Feel/Bear Family Records BCD 15576 AH
  25. Fred Eaglesmith: “I Like Trains”; Fred Eaglesmith; Drive-In Movie; Drive-In Movie | Vertical VER 4218-2
  26. Doc Watson: “Wabash Cannonball”; Doc Watson; The Vanguard Years, disc 3; The Vanguard Years, disc 3 | Vanguard 155/58-2
  27. Bob Gibson: “To Morrow” (Sully); Bob Gibson; Stops Along the Way; Stops Along the Way/B*G Records B*G 1004 CD
  28. Jared Rabin: Tunnel’s End; Jared Rabin; Chasing the Light; bandcamp 10.7.2022
  29. Greg Greenway: Runaway Train (live); Greg Greenway; Live; Face Productions SOH003
  30. Emmylou Harris: “The Light” (Harris/Kane); Emmylou Harris; Cowgirl’s Prayer; Cowgirl’s Prayer | Elektra B000002HE3
  31. Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry: “Guitar Highway”; Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry; Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry Sing; Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40011
  32. Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi: Sonny and Brownie’s Last Train; Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi; Sonny and Brownie’s Last Train; M.C. Records MC-0081
  33. David Grisman, Marc Silber: People Get Ready (Mayfield/instrumental); David Grisman, Marc Silber; Out on the Rolling Sea: Music of Joseph Spence & the Pinder Family; Green Linnet GLCD 3095
  34. Jethro Burns & Howard Levy: “Intro to ‘Take the A Train’”; Jethro Burns & Howard Levy; From the Vaults Vol. 3: 1983 Super Sessions of Swing; Balkan Samba 013
  35. Jethro Burns & Howard Levy: “Take the A Train” (Billy Strayhorn); Jethro Burns & Howard Levy; From the Vaults Vol. 3: 1983 Super Sessions of Swing; Balkan Samba 013
  36. Peter Mulvey: “The Dreams”; Peter Mulvey; Deep Blue; Eastern Front Deep Blue / EFR-CD-112
  37. Malcolm Holcombe: “I Feel Like a Train”; Malcolm Holcombe; RCA Sessions; Gypsy Eyes Music 2015
  38. John Gorka: “I Don’t Feel Like a Train”; John Gorka; Temporary Road; High Street 72902 10315-2
  39. Connie Kaldor: Whistle Gone; Connie Kaldor; Love is a Truck; Coyote Entertainement CEGCD-1025
  40. Hunter Moore: “Lost Train”; Hunter Moore; Delta Moon; Tangible CD 56804-2
  41. Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt: Blue Train (Kimball/Kimmel); Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt; Trio II; Asylum 62275-2
  42. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: “Hey Conductor”; Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer; Tanglewood Tree; Tanglewood Tree | Signature SIG 1257
  43. Charlie King: New York Central Line; Charlie King; Two Good Arms; Vaguely Reminiscent Sound VRS 9011 CD
  44. Utah Phillips: Queen of the Rails w/intro; Utah Phillips; Starlight on the Rails; AP Press AKA 041CD 1 of 4
  45. Rosalie Sorrels: Starlight on the Rails (Phillips); Rosalie Sorrels; If I Could Be The Rain; Folk-Legacy Records Folk-Legacy CD-31
  46. Carrie Newcomer: Take More Time, Cover Less Ground; Carrie Newcomer; A Great Wild Mercy; Available Light Records ALR07
  47. Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger: “Hobo’s Lullaby”; Arlo Guthrie, et al.; Hard Travelin’ (film soundtrack); Hard Travelin’ (film soundtrack) Arloco Records ‎– ARL-284
  48. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  49. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004