The Midnight Special, January 6, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. William Pint & Felicia Dale: “January Man”; Pint & Dale; When I See Winter Return; Waterbug WBG CD 0039
  3. James Lee Stanley: “Mary January”; James Lee Stanley; Eternal Contradiction; Beachwood BR2473-2
  4. Terry Klein: Starting at Zero; Terry Klein; Leave the Light On; 11102023
  5. Natalia Zukerman & Friends: Brand New Frame; Natalia Zukerman & Friends; Gypsies & Clowns, Disc 2; Weasel Records WSL-1202
  6. Bert Jansch: Walk Quietly By; Bert Jansch; When the Circus Comes to Town; Cooking Vinyl Cook CD 092
  7. Mouths of Babes: World Brand New (Greenstein); Mouths of Babes; World Brand New; pre-release
  8. Naomi Ashley: Same Mistake; Naomi Ashley; Love Bug; 7 55491 29642 4
  9. South For Winter: Fallen Seeds; South For Winter; Luxumbra; 659696527614
  10. Nefesh Mountain: Tree of Life; Nefesh Mountain; Songs for the Sparrows; Nefesh Mountain 19265064256
  11. Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger: There’s Better Things for You; Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger; New Briton Gazette, Vol. 1; Smithsonian Folkways FW 8732
  12. Jean Redpath: “Open the Door Softly”; Jean Redpath; Think on Me; Jean Redpath JR-108CD
  13. Richard Thompson: One Door Opens; Richard Thompson; Old Kit Bag; Cooking Vinyl cookcd251
  14. Tracy Chapman: “New Beginning”; Tracy Chapman; New Beginning; Elektra 7559-61850-2
  15. Pat Donohue: “This Is the Beginning”; Pat Donohue; Life Stories; Bluesky Records BSR 915
  16. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  17. Rays Of Romance: “In the Month of January”; Rays of Romance; Silver Dagger & Other Vehement Valentines; Frequency Glide FGE 003 CD
  18. Davey O.: A New Season; Davey O.; Some Days; [2023]
  19. Lou & Peter Berryman: “Resolution #9”; Lou & Peter Berryman; We Don’t Talk About That!; We Don’t Talk About That! Cornbelt/CR800CD
  20. Ben Gage: Tomorrow; Ben Gage; Same Song; 112522
  21. Ellis Paul: “The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down”; Ellis Paul; Translucent Soul; Translucent Soul | Philo 11671-1200-2
  22. Dar Williams: The Weight of the World; Dar Williams; Emerald; Dar Williams Records DAR518
  23. Bernice Johnson Reagon: There’s a New World Coming; Bernice Johnson Reagon; Give Your Hands to Struggle; Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40049
  24. Buffalo Rose: New World; Buffalo Rose; Again, Again, Again; Misra Records MSR 130
  25. Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow: I’ve Endured (Reed); Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow; Ready for the Times; Red Guitar, Blue Music RGBM2201C
  26. Ollabelle: Reach for Love (Leone); Ollabelle; Riverside Battle Songs; Verve Forecast 80006756-02
  27. Tim O’Brien & the O’Boys: When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan); Tim O’Brien & the O’Boys; Oh, Boy! Oh, Boy!; Sugar Hill SH CD 3808
  28. Dala (Sheila Carabine, Amanda Walther): Life on Earth; Dala (Sheila Carabine, Amanda Walther); Best Day; Compass 7 66397 45822
  29. Larry Long: One Year After (the War Began); Larry Long; Troubadour; Flying Fish FF70528
  30. Bobby McFerrin: I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan); Bobby McFerrin; Spirityouall; Spirityouall | Masterworks 8765 45686
  31. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  32. Al Rose: Again the Beginner; Al Rose; Again the Beginner; Monkey Holding Peach MHP1053
  33. Dick Gaughan: “Song of Choice”; Dick Gaughan; Different Kind of Love Song; Different Kind of Love Song/Appleseed 1018
  34. Allison Russell: The Returner; Allison Russell; The Returner; Fantasy Records 8 88072 52409 5
  35. Connie Kaldor: Keep Going; Connie Kaldor; Keep Going; Coyote Entertainment GEGCD1080
  36. Naomi Ashley: Other Side (Ashley/McHugh); Naomi Ashley; Love Bug; 7 55491 29642 4
  37. Magpie: Letter to Eve (Seeger); Magpie; Living Planet; Collector 1948CD
  38. Eliza Gilkyson: Pools of Eden; Eliza Gilkyson; Redemption Road; Musical Transformations MTI CD397
  39. Joel Mabus: “The Naked Truth”; Joel Mabus; Naked Truth; The Naked Truth | Fossil 288 CD
  40. Frank Morey: Blame it on the Devil; Frank Morey; Cold in Hand; Indigo Hamlet Music IHM 2002
  41. Irene Kelley: Satan, Get Behind Me; Irene Kelley; Snow White Memories; IRK Records
  42. Becky Buller: “Tell the Truth (Shame the Devil)”; Becky Buller w/The Fairfield Four; Distance & Time; Distance & Time | Dark Shadow Recording DSR202002
  43. Taproot: “Shut the Door”; Taproot; If You Build It; If You Build It Taproot/TR001
  44. Nina de Vitry: Open (de Vitry/Welch); Nina de Vitry; What You Feel is Real;
  45. Joe Kinosian: What Happens After the End?; Joe Kinosian; What Happens After the End? (single); 2022
  46. Eric Bibb: “New World Comin’ Through”; Eric Bibb; Good Stuff; Earthbeat R2 75265
  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