The Midnight Special, February 10, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Susan Werner and Tish Hinojosa: Sisters; Susan Werner and Tish Hinojosa; Halfway to Houston; 1262024
  3. The Zozo Sisters: “Parlez-moi d’amour” (Jean Lenoir); The Zozo Sisters: Linda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy; Adieu False Heart; Vanguard Records 79808-2
  4. Chris & Meredith Thompson: Tanglewood Tree (Carter); Chris & Meredith Thompson; Clearwater; Alkali 783707628721
  5. The Brother Brothers: Feelin’ Good Again; The Brother Brothers; Cover to Cover; Compass
  6. Linda Thompson: As Fast As My Feet (McGarrigle); Linda Thompson; Won’t Be Long Now; Pettifer Sounds CD PET 1001
  7. Greg Brown: Two Little Feet; Greg Brown; Further In; Red House Records RHR CD 88
  8. Stan Freberg: “John & Marsha”; Stan Freberg; Tip of the Freberg: 1951-1998 (Disc 1); Tip of the Freberg – Disc 1/Rhino R2 75645
  9. Truckstop Honeymoon: Romantic Conversations; Truckstop Honeymoon; Homemade Haircut; Squirrel 1055 CD
  10. Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem: Turtle Dove; Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; Gambling Eden; Signature SIG 1278
  11. Bessie Jones: Turkle Dove (explanation, excerpt); Bessie Jones; Southern Journey; Rounder Records CD1712
  12. Willis Proctor & Georgia Sea Island Singers: Adam in the Garden (trad.); Willis Proctor & Georgia Sea Island Singers; Southern Journey; Rounder Records CD1712
  13. Allison Russell: Eve Was Black; Allison Russell, ft. SistaStrings; The Returner; Fantasy Records 8 88072 52409 5
  14. Chris Rawlins: Gravity or Something; Chris Rawlins; Bring on the Rain; 888295865050
  15. Sufjan Stevens: Concerning the UFO Sighting near Highland, Illinois; Sufjan Stevens; Illinois (1); Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014
  16. Barbara Saint John: “Dreamers in the Night”; Barbara Saint John; Emily; Mystic Pilgrim Emily / Mystic Pilgrim 002
  17. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  18. (Christine Lavin): “A Summer Song/All I Have to do is Dream”; Christine Lavin; Beau Woes; Philo PH 1107
  19. Rachel Drew: When I Dream of You; Rachel Drew; Old Sky New; 3-2024
  20. Jacob Furr: Turning; Jacob Furr; Turning;
  21. Claudia Schmidt: Coming Home to You; Claudia Schmidt; Midwestern Heart; Flying Fish FF CD 70241
  22. Elexa Dawson and Stanley Hotel: Will of the World; Elexa Dawson and Stanley Hotel; Wanderlust; 0000
  23. West Texas Exiles: Winds Gonna Blow; West Texas Exiles; West Texas Exiles; Floating Mesa Records WTXE2023
  24. Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum: “Hot Buttered Rum” (Tommy Thompson); Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum; Winter’s Grace; Winter’s Grace | Signature Sounds SIG 1251
  25. The Once: You’re My Best Friend (Deacon); The Once; Row Upon Row of the People They Know; Borealis BCD 212
  26. Rod Picott: Secret Heart; Rod Picott; Fortune; World Recordings 6 16892 30564 4
  27. Naomi Ashley: Keep My Secrets; Naomi Ashley and Jon Williams; Love Bug; 2024
  28. The Weavers: “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” (Hays/Seeger); The Weavers; Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (CD2); Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (CD2) Omega/3021-22
  29. The Kingston Trio: “Scotch n’ Soda”; The Kingston Trio; The Kingston Trio; Capitol T-996
  30. Michael Smith: The Dutchman talk and song; Studs Terkel & Michael Smith; Studs Terkel Archives: 8.15.88 Michael Smith re: The Grapes of Wrath; WFMT Studs Terkel Archives 8.15.88
  31. John Prine & Iris DeMent: “We’re Not the Jet Set” (Bobby Braddock); John Prine & Iris DeMent; In Spite of Ourselves; Oh Boy OBR-019CD
  32. Steve Goodman: “Old Fashioned”; Steve Goodman; Words We Can Dance To; Words We Can Dance To | Elektra 7E-1061
  33. Danielle Nicole: A Lover is Forever (Goodman/Knobloch); Danielle Nicole; The Love You Bleed; Forty Below Records FBR038
  34. Bill Giardini: “The Midnight Special – Accordion” (Traditional); Bill Giardini; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection | Midnight Special Collection BillGiardini/MS011
  35. Richard Thompson: Waltzing’s for Dreamers; Richard Thompson; Walking on a Wire, Disc 3; Shout Factory 826663-11088
  36. Small Potatoes: Waltz of the Wallflowers; Small Potatoes; Kerrville End of the Century; Silverwolf/Kerrville SWKCD 1027
  37. Bill Staines: “Last Dance at Salinas” (M. Dinner); Bill Staines; Looking for the Wind; Red House Records RHR CD 79
  38. Jud Caswell: Peace and Quiet; Jud Caswell; Blackberry Time; Alderdown Records ALD0701
  39. Ernie Hendrickson: Peace and Love (whatever happened); Ernie Hendrickson; One for the Dreamers; 789577713314
  40. Katie Dahl: Both Doors Open; Katie Dahl; Seven Stones; Leaky Boat 7 55491 27157 5
  41. Anne Hills: “Two of a Kind”; Anne Hills; Don’t Panic; Don’t Panic/Flying Fish FFCD 70608
  42. Christine Kane: Four Legs Good. Two Legs Bad.; Christine Kane; Right Outta Nowhere; Firepink Music Kane001
  43. James Dean Jay Byrd, Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer: My Man, Our Horses, and Me; Y’all; “Hey, Y’all!” Soundtrack; Lucky Green Dress LGD008
  44. Les Barker: One Legged Horse; Les Barker; A Cardi and a Bloke; Mrs. Akroyd Records DOG 011
  45. Malcolm Holcombe: One Leg at a Time; Malcolm Holcombe; To Drink the Rain; Music Road Records MRR CD 010
  46. Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo & Ensemble: Miss Celie’s Pants; Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo & Ensemble; The Color Purple: 2017 Broadway Cast Recording; Broadway Records BR-CD03916
  47. The Bobs: Disappointment Pants; The Bobs; Get Your Monkey Off My Dog; The Bobs BOBS0015
  48. Dave Van Ronk and Christine Lavin: Two Sleepy People (Loesser/Carmichael); Dave Van Ronk and Christine Lavin; A Chrestomathy; Gazell GPCD 2007/8
  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