The Midnight Special, January 13, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Naomi Sommers: Top of the Hill; Naomi Sommers; Gentle As The Sun; American Melody Records AC-CD-5124
  3. Robin & Linda Williams: “High Atmosphere”; Robin & Linda Williams; Sugar for Sugar; Sugar for Sugar | Sugar Hill SH CD 1052
  4. Mahalia Jackson: “I Will Move On Up a Little Higher”; Mahalia Jackson; Apollo Sessions Vol I; Apollo Sessions Vol I/Pair PCD-2-1332
  5. Sons of the Never Wrong: “Higher Ground” (Roper); Sons of the Never Wrong; Undertaker’s Songbook; Songs 3 Records SR3
  6. Tim Grimm: “These Rolling Hills”; Tim Grimm; A Stranger in this Time; Vault Records VR013
  7. Abigail Lapell: Pines; Abigail Lapell; Stolen Time; Outside Music OUT9175CD
  8. Skip Gorman: Away Out on the Mountain (Harrell); Skip Gorman; A cowboys’ wild song to his herd…; Rounder CD 0449
  9. Yosh & Yimmy: Proof; Yosh & Yimmy; Three Rivers; 7 55491 23683 3
  10. Bill Staines: The Happy Wanderer Ridge/Moller); Bill Staines; The Happy Wanderer; Red House RHR CD 53
  11. Euphonia: The Chant of the Wanderer; Euphonia; The Old Jawbone; Tuxedo Record TUXCD928
  12. Annabelle Chvostek Ensemble: Equal Rights; Annabelle Chvostek Ensemble; Rise; Borealis BCD221
  13. Anne Feeney: “How Long?”; Anne Feeney; Dump the Bosses Off Your Back; 880767004820
  14. Michael J. Miles & Jill Kaeding: Broadway (Chicago Suite); Michael J. Miles & Jill Kaeding; American Bach Revisited; 8232023
  15. Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: Goin’ Cross the Mountain (Trad.); Sparky and Rhonda Rucker; The Mountains Above and the Valleys Below; Tremont Productions Tremont-001
  16. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  17. Molasses Creek: Strangest Dream/Find the Cost of Freedom Medley (McCurdy/Stills); Molasses Creek (Kim France/Gerald Hampton/Gary Mitchell/Fiddler Dave Tweedie); Strangest Dream; Soundside Records MC008
  18. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream 1963 – excerpt; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Great Speeches of the 20th Century, Disc 3; Rhino World RWB 70567 3
  19. Grace Griffith: “Beautiful Fool” (Don Henry); Grace Griffith; Grace; Grace | Blix Street G2-10028
  20. Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Step-By-Step”; Sweet Honey in the Rock; Other Side; Other Side | Flying Fish FF366
  21. Laura Love & Orville Johnson: We Shall Not Be Moved/Stayed on Freedom (Trad./Wesby); Laura Love & Orville Johnson; The Sweeter the Juice; Octoroon Biograpy/OJM Octaroon OB / OJM 100
  22. Martin Luther King: 1964 Studs Terkel interview; Martin Luther King & Studs Terkel, speakers; Studs Terkel: Martin Luther King, Jr. & Mahalia Jackson (22/10/1964); WFMT
  23. Alastair Moock w/Crys Matthews: “One Foot/Lead With Love” (Melanie DeMore); Alastair Moock w/Crys Matthews; Be A Pain; Be A Pain | Moockshake Music 00261 48083
  24. Greg Greenway: Intro to “In The Name of Love”; Greg Greenway; Live; Live | Face Productions SOH003
  25. Greg Greenway: “In the Name of Love/Pride” (Greg Greenway/Bono); Greg Greenway; Live; Live | Face Productions SOH003
  26. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Prophetic Last Speech 1968 – excerpt; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Speeches of Martin Luther King: Ultimate Collection; iTunes [2011]
  27. Richie Havens: “Freedom” (trad., Havens); Richie Havens; Woodstock (soundtrack); Cotillion SD 3-500
  28. Bob Dylan: “Blowin’ in the Wind”; Bob Dylan; The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan; Columbia CK 8786 CD
  29. Eilen Jewell: “How Long?”; Eilen Jewell; Letters from Sinners & Strangers; Letters from Sinners & Strangers | Signature Sounds Recordings SIG 2006
  30. Miss Tess w/ Lindsay Lou and Rachael Davis: Real Change (Maya de Vitry); Miss Tess w/ Lindsay Lous and Rachael Davis; single; self
  31. Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune; Phil Ochs; The Early Years; Vanguard 79566-2
  32. Stephen Schuch: Midnight Special (Piano Only); Stephen Schuch; single; Stephen Schuch [2022]
  33. Kate Campbell (Campbell/Gordon): Freedom Train; Kate Campbell (Campbell/Gordon); Blues and Lamentations; Large River LR-4104
  34. Ollabelle: Soul of a Man (Johnson); Ollabelle; Ollabelle; Columbia CK 90572
  35. Al Day: Soul Survivor; Al Day; Guest House; Al Day 1
  36. Rachel Baiman: Some Strange Notion; Rachel Baiman; Common Nation of Sorrow; Signature Sounds 7 01237 70482 1
  37. Odetta: “Chilly Winds” (Traditional); Odetta; Best of Odetta; Legacy International CD 354
  38. Joe Ely: “Up On the Ridge”; Joe Ely; Twistin’ in the Wind; MCA Twistin’ in the Wind / MCAD-70031
  39. Teresa Doyle: “Mist Covered Mountains”; Teresa Doyle; Dance to Your Daddy; Dance to Your Daddy | Bedlam TDCD 005
  40. Sylvia Herold: There’s a Cabin in the Pines (Hill); Sylvia Herold; Mockingbird Sings in California; Tuxedo Records CD926
  41. Carla Ulbrich: How to Build a Log Cabin (for Dummies) – spoken; Carla Ulbrich; Professional Smart Aleck; Official Seal Record Label OSRLCD003
  42. Laurie Lewis: Val’s Cabin; Laurie Lewis; True Stories; Rounder CD 0300
  43. (The Mammals): “If You Could Hear Me Now”; The Mammals; Nonet; Humble Abode Music HAM 018
  44. Geoff Bartley: Look Down That Road (Skip James); Geoff Bartley; Put the Big Stone Down; MCR MRC-1007
  45. Kathy Kallick: My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge (Carter); Kathy Kallick; My Mother’s Voice; Copper Creek CCCD-0201
  46. Dodi Kallick: Red Clay Country (trad.); Dodi Kallick; What Are They Doing in Heaven Today; Live Oak Recordings 630
  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