The Midnight Special, February 17, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Cheryl Wheeler: “Half a Book”; Cheryl Wheeler; Ben & Jerry’s Newport Folk Festival 88; Alcazar ALC105
  3. Ellis Paul: Paperback Man; Ellis Paul; This is Boston… not Austin; Black Wolf bw 6969
  4. Megon McDonough: If My Life Were a Book (Dundee); Megon McDonough; What’s Not to Love About Tom Dundee? Tribute; Flight Records FR4446 – 2
  5. Steve Goodman: You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover (Dixon); Steve Goodman; Live ’69; Omnivore OVCD-369
  6. Queen Esther and Apollo Theatre Cast: Hungry Blues (Johnson/Hughes); Queen Esther and Apollo Theatre Cast; Harlem Song – by George C. Wolfe; Columbia Sony CK 86886
  7. Queen Esther and Apollo Theatre Cast: A Dream Deferred (Mark/Hughes); Queen Esther and Apollo Theatre Cast; Harlem Song; Columbia Sony CK 86886
  8. Carrie Newcomer: “Writing a Better Story”; Carrie Newcomer; The Point of Arrival; The Point of Arrival | Available Light Records ALR05
  9. Donovan: Under the Greenwood Tree; Donovan; Gift From a Flower to a Garden; Beat Goes On BGOCD194
  10. Emily Scott Robinson w/Alisa Amador & Violet Bell: Double Double; Emily Scott Robinson w/Alisa Amador & Lizzy Ross; Built on Bones; ESR2022
  11. Billy Kelly: The Unseen Tide; Billy Kelly; True Irish Ghost Stories; 198500095135
  12. Bill Evans & Megan Lynch: Check Yes, Juliet (We The Kings); Bill Evans & Megan Lynch; Let’s Do Something…; Native and Fine 906-8
  13. Elvis Costello: Romeo’s Séance; Elvis Costello w/The Brodsky Quartet; The Juliet Letters (song cycle); Warner Brothers 9 45180-2
  14. Cliff Eberhardt: “Romeo & Juliet” (Mark Knopfler); Cliff Eberhardt; Mona Lisa Café; Shanachie 8017
  15. Chris Thile, Sean Watkins: “Eveline”; Nickel Creek; Why Should the Fire Die?; Why Should the Fire Die? | Sugar Hill Records SUG-CD-3990
  16. Pat Donahue: The Dead (Joyce/Donahue); Pat Donahue; Folkstage: Pat Donoahue 2016, disc 2; WFMT Folkstage 2-6-2016 2
  17. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  18. Loreena McKennitt: Tango to Evora; Loreena McKennitt; The Visit; Warner 9 26880-2
  19. Loreena McKennitt: The Highwayman commentary; Loreena McKennitt; Book of Secrets (Words and Music); Warner Bros./Quinlan Road PRO-CD-8915
  20. Loreena McKennitt: The Highwayman (Noyes); Loreena McKennitt; Book of Secrets; Warner Bros. 9 46719-2
  21. Loreena McKennitt: Come By the Hills (Trad., WG Smith); Loreena McKennitt; Elemental; Quinlan Road QRCD101
  22. Chris Vallillo: Lincoln and Liberty; Chris Vallillo; Abraham Lincoln in Song; Gin Ridge Records GR-1009
  23. Al Rose: Lincoln; Al Rose; Pigeon’s Throat; Waterdog Music 9906
  24. Susan Werner: Tiny Texans; Susan Werner; Halfway to Houston; 2092024
  25. Cheryl Wheeler: If It Were Up to Me (I’d Take Away the Guns); Cheryl Wheeler; Sylvia Hotel; Philo 11671-1212-2
  26. Jim Malcolm: Nae Gentle Dames Tho Ne’er Sae Fair (Burns); Jim Malcolm; Resonance; Beltane CD 101
  27. Jean Redpath: O Leave Novels… (Burns); Jean Redpath; Songs of Robert Burns, Vol. 3; Philo PH 1071
  28. Liz Queler w/Seth Farber: The Tavern (Millay/Queler); Liz Queler w/Seth Farber; The Edna Project; Red Wall Records RWR2929
  29. Noctambule (Marla Fibish and Victor Bruce): Recuerdo (Millay/Fibish); Noctambule (Marla Fibish and Victor Bruce); Travel in the Shadows; Noctambule NOCT001
  30. Lin-Manuel Miranda: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?; Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom, Jr., Phillipa Soo, Company; Hamilton! (disc 2); Atlantic 556345-2
  31. Gerard Alessandrini: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cries?; Nora Schell, orig. Broadway Cast; Spamilton; DRG Records DRG-CD-12636
  32. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special Solo (Short)” Instrumental; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 006
  33. Les Barker: “The Author’s Story”; Les Barker; A Cardi and a Bloke; A Cardi and a Bloke | Mrs. Ackroyd Records DOG 011
  34. Moxy Fruvous: “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors”; Moxy Fruvous; Bargainville; Wea CD 93134
  35. Ruthie Foster: “Phenomenal Woman”; Ruthie Foster; The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster; Blue Corn BCM 0602
  36. Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen: “For the Caged Bird Sings”; Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen; Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs and Songs Without Words; Di-Tone DT-240 8 88295 80769 2
  37. Peter Mulvey: If You Shoot at a King You Must Kill Him; Peter Mulvey; More Notes from Elsewhere; Black Walnut 1 95269 27973 8
  38. Pierce Pettis: “My Life of Crime”; Pierce Pettis; Making Light of It; Compass 7 4236 2
  39. Richard Harris: On Crime and Punishment (Gibran); Richard Harris; The Midnight Special 45 RPMs, disc 8; Atlantic PR-221 / SD 18120
  40. Michael Smith: “The Ballad of Elizabeth Dark”; Michael Smith; Time; Time Life Flying Fish/Rounder 93
  41. Steve Goodman: Spoon River (M. Smith); Steve Goodman; Jessie’s Jig & Other Favorites; Asylum/Red Pajamas 7ES 1037/RPJ 010CD
  42. Woody Guthrie: “Tom Joad, Part 1”; Woody Guthrie; Dust Bowl Ballads; Dust Bowl Ballads | RCA Victor/Buddha 74465 99724 2
  43. Old Town School of Folk Music Cast: “Ballad of Floyd Knowles”; Barbara Barrow, Colby Maddox, Linda M. Smith, Chris Walz, Al Ehrich; Grapes of Wrath: A Folk Opera – Disc 2; Grapes of Wrath Folkstage/228.2003
  44. Woody Guthrie: “Tom Joad, Part 2”; Woody Guthrie; Dust Bowl Ballads; Dust Bowl Ballads | RCA Victor/Buddha 74465 99724 2
  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