The Midnight Special, February 3, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special THEME”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Lilli Lewis: My American Heart (Benediction); Lilli Lewis, ft. Gina Forsyth; Americana; Louisiana Red Hot Records LRHR 1200
  3. Paul Robeson: Monologue from Othello (Shakespeare); Paul Robeson; At Carnegie Hall; Vanguard 72020 – 2
  4. Traditional African-American: Spiritual, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”; Paul Robeson; Ballad for Americans; Vanguard VCD 117/18
  5. Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.: “(We’re) Stole and Sold From Africa” (Trad./Graham); Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.; Before the Blues; RoJo Records 88295 31706
  6. Edwards, Sherman: Molasses to Rum (Sherman Edwards); Original Broadway Cast; 1776; Sony Classical SK 48215
  7. Ella Jenkins: “No More Auction Block for Me”; Ella Jenkins; African American Rhythms; African American Rhythms | Smithonian Folkways SFW CD 45003
  8. Ben Bedford: Fire in His Bones; Ben Bedford; What We Lost; Waterbug WBG 111
  9. Charley Patton: I Shall Not Be Moved – excerpt (trad.); Charley Patton; King of the Delta Blues (compilation); Yazoo 2001
  10. Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: “I Shall Not Be Moved”; Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi; They’re Calling Me Home; Nonesuch 075597915730
  11. Mahalia Jackson: “I’m On My Way (to Canaan Land)”; Mahalia Jackson; Apollo Sessions Vol II (1946-51); Apollo Sessions Vol II (1946-51)/Pair PCD-2-1346
  12. Willi Carlisle: The Great Depression; Willi Carlisle; Critterland; Signature Sounds SIG-CD-7051
  13. Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton: Lost My Appetite for Chicken; Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; Recorded Music for Your Entertainment; Beaumont P-1202
  14. Willie Eason: “Why I Like Roosevelt”; Willie Eason; Blues With a Message; Blues With a Message/Arhoolie CD 510
  15. Ellis Paul: “Rosa Parks”; Ellis Paul; The Hero in You; Black Wolf Records 86851-3154-2
  16. Miriam Makeba: The Click Song w/Harry Belafonte intro; Miriam Makeba; Harry Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall; RCA Victor 09026-62690-2
  17. Colby Maddox: “The Midnight Special – fiddle”; Colby Maddox; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection CMaddox/MS 009
  18. Melanie: Brand New Key; Melanie; The Encore Collection; BMG Collectibles COL-CD-9359 (75517445042)
  19. Melanie: Ruby Tuesday (Jagger/Richards); Melanie; The Encore Collection; BMG Collectibles COL-CD-9359 (75517445042)
  20. Jeff Cannon: Letter from a Groundhog; Jeff Cannon; single; 1152024
  21. Peter Mulvey & SistaStrings: February Too; Peter Mulvey & SistaStrings; Love is the Only Thing; Righteous Babe 8.12.22
  22. Jose Feliciano: La Bamba (Trad.); Jose Feliciano; Great Covers, Vol. 1; Itunes none
  23. Buddy Holly & The Crickets: Not Fade Away (Holly/Petty); Buddy Holly & The Crickets; The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead; Shanachie 6014
  24. Anna Nalick: True Love Ways (Holly/Petty); Anna Nalick; The Blackest Crow; Chesky Records, Inc JD455
  25. Don McLean: “American Pie”; Don McLean; American Pie; Capitol 72435-84279-2-9
  26. Bonnie Koloc: Roll Me on the Water; Bonnie Koloc; Wild & Recluse; Epic JE 35254
  27. Bonnie Koloc: Devil’s Nine Questions (trad.); Bonnie Koloc; Seems like yesterday; Mr. Biscuit 06 7 00261 46000 0
  28. Bonnie Koloc: The Hen; Bonnie Koloc; A Bestiary: Beasts of the Farm; 7 00261 47679 7
  29. Tom Prasada-Rao: Even When the Light is Low; Tom Prasada-Rao; Even When the Light is Low; YouTube 11.14.23
  30. Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway: This Little Light of Mine; Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway; Deeper Than The Skin; (self) DTTS 01
  31. Annie Capps: Build The Fire; Annie Capps; When They Fall; Yellow Room Records YRR022
  32. Eric Brace & Thomm Jutz: Burn; Eric Brace & Thomm Jutz; Simple Motion; Red Beet Records RBRCD0027
  33. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  34. Kevin So: “Five Days in Memphis”; Kevin So; Countryside; Wingbone Countryside / WB-3113
  35. Eric Brace & Thomm Jutz: Arkansas; Eric Brace & Thomm Jutz; Simple Motion; Red Beet Records RBRCD0027
  36. Memphis Minnie: In My Girlish Days; Memphis Minnie; Blues Guitar Women, Disk 2; Ruf Records 1110 Disk 2
  37. Cary Morin: When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie); Cary Morin; Tiny Town; Cary Morin 6 41752 33170 9
  38. Pierce Crask: Anybody Out There; Pierce Crask; Rising River; Cau Dog Records CAU-LP-005
  39. Rachel Drew: Old Friend; Rachel Drew; Old Sky New; 3-2024
  40. Alisa Amador: “Together”; Alisa Amador; Narratives; EP
  41. Carsie Blanton: My Good Friends; Carsie Blanton; After the Revolution; 3212024
  42. Tracy Chapman: “Say Hallelujah”; Tracy Chapman; Let It Rain; Let It Rain/Elektra 62803-2
  43. Dom Flemons: Songster Revival; Dom Flemons, feat. James Fearnley; Traveling Wildfire; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40237
  44. Chris Vallillo: “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” (trad.); Chris Vallillo; Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement; Gin River GR-1012
  45. Dan Navarro: Horizon Line; Dan Navarro; Horizon Line; Red Hen EGG19
  46. Crys Matthews: “Call Them In”; Crys Matthews; Single Honoring John Lewis; Single Honoring John Lewis | self released [2021]
  47. Pete Seeger: “Quiet Joys of Brotherhood” (Richard Fariña); Pete Seeger; God Bless the Grass; Columbia CK 65287
  48. Dom Flemons: We Are Almost Down to the Shore (Strother); Dom Flemons; Traveling Wildfire; Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40237
  49. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  50. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004