The Midnight Special, December 16, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Grace Griffith: Song for a Winter’s Night (Lightfoot); Grace Griffith; My Life; Blix Street Blix G2-10085
  3. Jack Williams: “Across the Winterline”; Jack Williams; Across the Winterline; Across the Winterline | CD Baby B00000I0G9
  4. Chris Rawlins: Cold Night; Chris Rawlins; Bring on the Rain; 888295865050
  5. Connie Kaldor: “Warm Yourself”; Connie Kaldor; Gentle of Heart; Gentle of Heart | Coyote CTE CD 884 163-906
  6. Susan McKeown & Lindsey Horner: “The Winter King”; Susan McKeown & Lindsey Horner; Through the Bitter Frost and Snow; Through the Bitter Frost and Snow | Prime CD PCD 36
  7. Kevin Welch & the Danes: “The Sun King & the Winter Moon”; Kevin Welch & the Danes; Millionaire; Millionaire | Dead Reckoning 3789-2
  8. Irene Kelley: Come Some Winter Morning; Irene Kelley ft. The Krueger Brothers; Snow White Memories; IRK Records
  9. Mustard’s Retreat: The Minstrel & The Bear; Mustard’s Retreat; By Request; Yellow Room Records YRR026
  10. Sawyer Fredericks: Lonely Bear; Sawyer Fredericks; The Golden Tree – EP; Windrake Recordings WREP2023
  11. Pig Pen Theatre: The Bear; Pig Pen Theatre; Whole Sun; The PigPen Company LLC 8 88295 29759 2
  12. The Rolling Creek Dippers: In My Hour of Darkness; The Rolling Creek Dippers; Return of the Grievous Angel/Tribute to Gram Parsons; Almo AMS3P-8082
  13. Richard Schindell: “Darkness, Darkness” (Young); Richard Shindell; Reunion Hill; Reunion Hill/Shanachie 8027
  14. Randy Sabien: Bulkin’ Up for Winter; Randy Sabien; Meet Me Under the Mistletoe; 5438-CD-0004
  15. John Hiatt: “Wintertime Blues”; John Hiatt; Master of Disaster; New West Records NW6076
  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. Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra: Song of Solstice; Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra; Song of Solstice – Celtic Music For Midwinter; SunSign Records SunSing 2010
  18. The Amidons: Solstice Song (Iselin); The Amidons; I’ll Never Forget; Ammus Ammus05-02
  19. Joni Mitchell: River; Joni Mitchell; Blue; Reprise 8122797178-4
  20. Rachel Bissex: “December Moon”; Rachel Bissex; I Used to Be Nice; I Used to Be Nice | Alcazar ALC 132
  21. Halley Neal & Sam Robbins: Finally Christmas Time; Halley Neal & Sam Robbins; You & Me on Christmas Eve; 11242023
  22. Claudia Schmidt: Solstice Chant; Claudia Schmidt; Hark the Dark; Claudia Schmidt 7 00261 46122 9
  23. Claudia Schmidt: My Soul (Mayer); Claudia Schmidt; Hark the Dark; Claudia Schmidt 7 00261 46122 9
  24. Peter Mayer: The Longest Night; Peter Mayer; Midwinter; Midwinter | Blue Boat BB1207
  25. Suzy Eddie Izzard: Dad’s Last Joke (spoken); Suzy Eddie Izzard; Wunderbar (2019-2021 tour); Universal Studios iTunes
  26. Joel Mabus: “Let’s Do Christmas Right”; Joel Mabus; How Like the Holly; Fossil 1209
  27. The Nields: The Darkest Day; The Nields; Circle of Days; 62323
  28. Kate & Anna McGarrigle w/Ian Vincent Dow: “Counting Stars”; Kate & Anna McGarrigle w/Ian Vincent Dow; The McGarrigle Christmas Hour; NONESUCH 79925-2
  29. Sons of the Never Wrong: “Count Your Blessings” (Irving Berlin); Sons of the Never Wrong; We Three Sons; Faintly Spoken Music
  30. Herdman, Hills & Mangsen: Stars (Harmon); Herdman, Hills & Mangsen; Voices; Flying Fish FF 70546 CD
  31. Various: Medley, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town; Here Comes Santa Claus”; Ayako Shinozaki & Kazuko Shinozaki, h’s; Silent Night – Beautiful Melodies of Christmas; Sony SFK-62677
  32. Guy Davis: “Wintertime Blues”; Guy Davis; Stomp Down Rider; Red House RHR CD 80
  33. Suzzy Roche: Cold Hard Wind (Shear); Suzzy Roche; Songs from An Unmarried Housewife; Red House Records RHR CD 136
  34. Patty Larkin: Winter Wind; Patty Larkin; Christine Lavin Presents On a Winter’s Night; Philo Philo 11671 1241-2
  35. Elliott Smith: Cold Country (E. Andersen); Elliott Smith; Tribute To A Songpoet; Y&T Music/EA Records 843563157770
  36. Brave Combo: A Night on Earth; Brave Combo; A Night on Earth; Rounder 9029
  37. Zoe Mulford: One Day the Sun’s Gonna Shine; Zoe Mulford; Bonfires; Azalea City ACCD-0906
  38. Mike Ward: Midnightville; Mike Ward; The Darkness and the Light; The Darkness and the Light | Psychosongs 2.5.2021
  39. Sally Fingerett: Wild Berries; Sally Fingerett; Christine Lavin Presents On a Winter’s Night; Philo Philo 11671 1241-2
  40. Fannie Lou Hamer: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Davis); Fannie Lou Hamer; Songs My Mother Taught Me; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40216
  41. Empire Roots Band: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Davis); Empire Roots Band; Music from the Film Harlem Street Singer; Acoustic Sessions Records ASC 220
  42. Naomi Ashley: I Hope It Snows; Naomi Ashley; I Hope It Snows (single); 12-24-2020
  43. Jonathan Richman: O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth; Jonathan Richman; O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth; Vapor Records VPR2-526072
  44. Andrew Bird: Pulaski at Night; Andrew Bird; I Want to See Pulaski at Night; Grimsey 6 16892 17354 0
  45. Tom Waits: Midnight Lullaby; Tom Waits; Closing Time; Elektra 5061-2
  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