The Midnight Special, January 27, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. George Carlin: “Al Sleet, Hippy Dippy Weatherman” (“Newscast” excerpt); George Carlin; Take-offs and Put-ons; RCA Victor LSP-3772
  3. Susan Werner: Raining Iguanas; Susan Werner; Birds of Florida; self [2022]
  4. Susan Werner: Halfway to Houston; Susan Werner; Single; 1262024
  5. Eric Taylor: Olney’s Poison and Houston Blues; Eric Taylor; Hollywood Pocketknife; Blue Ruby Blue Ruby 003
  6. Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band: Leroy’s Dustbowl Blues (Earle); Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band; The Mountain; E-Squared 1064-2
  7. Maura O’Connell w/Nanci Griffith: Trouble in the Fields (Griffith/West); Maura O’Connell w/Nanci Griffith; Transatlantic Sessions; Ceili CEIL2003
  8. Rod Picott: Combine; Rod Picott; Starlight Tour; Welding Rod Records 7 55491 28325
  9. Ollabelle: Fall Back (Isaacs); Ollabelle; Riverside Battle Songs; Verve Forecast 80006756-02
  10. Birds of Chicago: “Derecho”; Birds of Chicago; Love in Wartime; Signature Sounds Love in Wartime / 7-01237-20942-5
  11. JJ Smith: To Rivendell; JJ Smith; digital single; 09222023
  12. Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now; Joni Mitchell; Clouds; Reprise 8122797178-2
  13. Melanie: Beautiful People; Melanie; The Encore Collection; BMG Collectibles COL-CD-9359 (75517445042)
  14. Melanie: What Have They Done to My Song, Ma?; Melanie; The Encore Collection; BMG Collectibles COL-CD-9359 (75517445042)
  15. Melanie: Stop! I Don’t Want to Hear it Anymore; Melanie; Please Love Me; Buddah BDS 5132
  16. Melanie: Lay Down (Candles in the Rain); Melanie; The Encore Collection; BMG Collectibles COL-CD-9359 (75517445042)
  17. Steve “Q” Quinn: “The Midnight Special – Harmonica Greasy” (Traditional); Steve “Q” Quinn; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection | Midnight Special Collection SQuinn/MS013
  18. Flanders & Swann: “A Song of the Weather”; Michael Flanders, br; Donald Swann, p; The Complete Flanders and Swann; EMI CDFSB-1
  19. Harmonious Wail: Who Loves the Sun? (Reed); Harmonious Wail; Resist Temptation; Range Records RGR00009-2
  20. Wayne Brereton: Come Rain or Come Shine (Francey); Wayne Brereton; The Robin’s Call; Brereton
  21. Rose Cousins: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Berlin); Rose Cousins; digital single; none
  22. Dave Van Ronk: Mr. Noah; Dave Van Ronk; Inside Dave Van Ronk; Fantasy CD 24710-2
  23. Geoff Bartley: Noah’s Ark; Geoff Bartley; One Kind Word; Waterbug WBG CD 0046
  24. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain”; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Shaka Zulu; Shaka Zulu/Warner LP 9-25582-1
  25. Shemekia Copeland & John Prine: “Great Rain”; Shemekia Copeland; America’s Child; Alligator ALCD 4984
  26. Garnet Rogers: Hallelujah/The Great Storm is Over (Franke); Garnet Rogers; Speaking Softly in the Dark; Snowgoose SGS 1115 CD
  27. Dave Alvin: “These Times We’re Living In”; Dave Alvin; Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf; Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf/Red House RHR CD 114
  28. Kate Wolf: Statues Made of Clay; Kate Wolf; Wind Blows Wild; Rhino R2 71486
  29. Kate Wolf: Wind Blows Wild; Kate Wolf; Wind Blows Wild; Rhino R2 71486
  30. Stan Rogers: White Squall; Stan Rogers; From Fresh Water; Borealis BCD218
  31. Cosy Sheridan: “The Daffodils Will be Waiting”; Cosy Sheridan w/Charlie Koch; The Longest Night of the Year, Vol 2, Disc 1 (Various); The Longest Night of the Year, Vol 2, Disc 1 (Various) | Hudson Harding 8 88295 94961 3
  32. Emmylou Harris: “The Light” (Harris/Kane); Emmylou Harris; Cowgirl’s Prayer; Cowgirl’s Prayer | Elektra B000002HE3
  33. The Price Sisters: Singing My Troubles Away (Delmore); The Price Sisters; A Heart Never Knows; Rebel Records REB-CD-1868
  34. Michael Winograd: Polkalliance; Michael Winograd; Early Bird Special; OU People Records OUP002-LP
  35. Kevin Kling: Snow Day; Kevin Kling; Stories Off the Shallow End; East Side Digital ESD 81592 MRBCOLL
  36. Rose Polenzani: “Snow Days” (Real Estate); Rose Polenzani; Hark: Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony; Epoisse
  37. Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges: They Call The Wind Mariah (Lerner & Loewe); Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges; Roots and Vines; Armadillo Records ARMD 00034
  38. Malcolm MacWatt: Strong is the North Wind; Malcolm MacWatt; Dark Harvest; Need to Know Records NTKBBV2024MM
  39. American Patchwork Quartet: Wind and Rain (trad.); American Patchwork Quartet; American Patchwork Quartet; APQ/Carolina Jasmine, Inc. 1 95269 26487 1
  40. Naomi Ashley: Seeds of Doubt; Naomi Ashley; Love Bug; 2024
  41. The Staples Singers: “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” (Dylan); The Staples Singers; Use What You Got; Fantasy 9423
  42. Kemp Harris: The Rain Came Down; Kemp Harris; Live at the Bird SF; Bird Records 1 95269 05075 7
  43. Pierce Pettis: Down in the Flood (Dylan); Pierce Pettis; State of Grace; Compass 7 4315 2
  44. Mark Erelli: Break in the Clouds; Mark Erelli; Lay Your Darkness Down; Soundly Music 6 89176 894189 9
  45. Willie Nelson: Blue Skies; Willie Nelson; The Essential Willie Nelson, disc 1; Sony Legacy C2K 86740
  46. Kelly Hunt: Sunshine Long Overdue; Kelly Hunt; Even the Sparrow; Rare Bird RBR001
  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