The Midnight Special, January 20, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Leadbelly: The Rock Island Line; Leadbelly; Leadbelly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection disc 1 of 5; Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40201 1 of 5
  3. Eileen Ivers w/Dierdre Brennan & Tommy McDonnell: Linin’ Track (trad.); Eileen Ivers w/Dierdre Brennan & Tommy McDonnell; Beyond the Bog Road; eOne Musical Bridge EOM-CD-5462
  4. Jim Schwall: Easy Rider (Rainey/Arent, adapt. Ledbetter); Jim Schwall; Getting Old; Uvulittle Records UVU-350
  5. Studs Terkel: Interview Excerpt 3: “Leadbelly’s Songs”; Studs Terkel w/Harry Belafonte; ; WFMT 1955-01-06
  6. Harry Belafonte: Sylvie (Campbell/Leadbelly); Harry Belafonte; Sing Your Song: The Music (from the documentary); Master Works 88697 93951 2
  7. Lead Belly: Ham and Eggs; Lead Belly; Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection disc 2; Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40201
  8. Harry Manx: Take This Hammer (Trad.); Harry Manx w/Heavenly Lights, Tony Backhouse, dir.; Harry Manx – Road Ragas – Live; Dog My Cat Records DMCR11012
  9. Jake Blount: Where Did You Sleep Last Night; Jake Blount; Spider Tales; Free Dirt Records DIRT-CD-0097
  10. Jen Hajj: In The Pines (Trad.); Jen Hajj; I of the Storm; Jen Hajj 7 00261 32201 8
  11. Naomi Ashley: I Wanna Know Everything; Naomi Ashley; Love Bug; 2024
  12. Kieran Kane: He Never Knew What Hit Him; Kieran Kane; Dead Reckoning; Dead Reckoning Records DR 001 CD
  13. Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert: What Would You Do?; Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert; When the Sun Goes Down; Dead Reckoning Records [2019]
  14. Jonas Friddle & The Majority: Rabbit; Jonas Friddle & The Majority; Use Your Voice; 8 84501 92481 8
  15. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  16. Willie Nelson: Beautiful Annabel Lee (Howard); Willie Nelson; I Don’t Know a Thing About Love; Legacy Records 196588003622
  17. Kim Moberg: “The Raven”; Kim Moberg; Up Around the Bend; Up Around the Bend | KIMMOBERGMUSIC.COM [2020]
  18. Diane Patterson: The Raven (Cassity); Diane Patterson; Open Road; 700261462981
  19. Dave Carter: “I Go Like the Raven”; Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer; Drum Hat Buddha; Drum Hat Buddha | Signature Sounds SIG 1266
  20. (Joni Mitchell): “Free Man in Paris”; Joni Mitchell; Court and Spark; CD / Asylum LP 1974 253 002
  21. Al Rose: The Sign on the Doorpost; Al Rose; Again the Beginner; Monkey Holding Peach MHP1053
  22. Al Day: I’m Coming Home to You; Al Day; Guest House; Al Day 1
  23. Leadbelly: Cotton Fields; Leadbelly; Folkways: The Original Vision – Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly; Smithsonian SFW CD 40000
  24. Odetta: Alabama Bound (Hoffman)/Boll Weevil (trad.); Odetta; Lookin’ for a Home; M.C. Records MC-0044
  25. The Wailin’ Jennys: Racing With the Sun (E. Jenkins); The Wailin’ Jennys; Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House; Outside [none]
  26. Maddy Prior & The Girls: Cotton Fields (Lead Belly); Maddy Prior & The Girls; Bib & Tuck; Park Records PRKCD61
  27. Lead Belly: Jean Harlow; Lead Belly; Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection disc 2; Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40201
  28. Michael Cooney: Red Cross Store Blues (Lead Belly); Michael Cooney; The Cheese Stands Alone; Folk Legacy CD-35
  29. Lead Belly: Hitler Song (Mr. Hitler); Lead Belly; Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection disc 3; Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40201
  30. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – Melodica”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 005
  31. Peter Rowan & Jerry Douglas: “Chicka-Li-Lee-O”; Peter Rowan & Jerry Douglas; Yonder; Yonder Sugar Hill/SHCD-3847
  32. Leadbelly: Out on the Western Plains; Leadbelly; The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Disc 2); Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW 40201 disc 2
  33. Terry Klein: Sky Blue LeBaron; Terry Klein; Leave the Light On; 11102023
  34. Mike Ward: Broken; Mike Ward; Particles to Pearls; Release 6.3.22
  35. Lucy Kaplansky: Cowboy Singer (Carter); Lucy Kaplansky; Red Thread; Red House Records RHR CD 166
  36. Gram Parsons: Return of the Grievous Angel; Gram Parsons; Grievous Angel; Reprise MS 2171
  37. Malcolm MacWatt: Out on the Western Plains (Lead Belly); Malcolm MacWatt; Dark Harvest; Need to Know
  38. Mike Seeger: Old Man; Mike Seeger; True Vine; Smithsonian SFW CD 40136
  39. Elexa Dawson and Stanley Hotel: Lot of Life; Elexa Dawson and Stanley Hotel; Wanderlust; 0000
  40. The Nields: Amen; The Nields; Circle of Days; 195269242398
  41. C. Daniel Boling: Lead Belly, Woody & Pete; C. Daniel Boling; These Houses; Out of the Past Music BRK-10021
  42. Pete Seeger w/Union Baptist Church Singers: Huddie Ledbetter Was a Helluva Man; Pete Seeger w/Union Baptist Church Singers; Pete; Living Music LMUS 0032
  43. Woody Guthrie w/Lead Belly & Cisco Houston: We Shall Be Free; Woody Guthrie w/Lead Belly & Cisco Houston; Folkways: The Original Vision Songs of Woody Guthrie & Lead Belly; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40000
  44. The Weavers: Goodnight, Irene (Lead Belly); The Weavers; The Weavers at Carnegie Hall; Vanguard VRS-9010/VMD-73101
  45. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  46. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004