The Midnight Special, March 2, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special THEME”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Odetta: “The Midnight Special”; Odetta; The Tradition Masters, disc 2; Ryko TCD 1085 2 of 2
  3. Vance Gilbert: “Dear Amelia”; Vance Gilbert; Fugitives; Philo CD PH 1186
  4. Las Migas: Antonia; Las Migas; Libres; Las Migas LM01 8426946908842
  5. Barbra Lica: Girls Like Me; Barbra Lica; Imposter Syndrome; Cookie Cat Records 8 29982 21832
  6. Stuart Mitchell (aka Heywood Banks): Calamity Jane; Stuart Mitchell (aka Heywood Banks); Dear Calamity Jane; South Hand Music South Hand 001
  7. The Nields: Delilah; The Nields; XVII; Mercy House 7 0026141870 4
  8. Pete Morton: “I’m In Love With Emily Dickinson”; Pete Morton; Flying an Unknown Flag; Flying an Unknown Flag | Harbourtown HARCD 048
  9. Tisa Batchelder: Two Fridas; Tisa Batchelder; Dream Girl; 82023
  10. Leslie Evers: Genevieve; Leslie Evers; Bound for Land; Cumulus Records [2024]
  11. Chastity Brown: Gertrude; Chastity Brown; Sing to the Walls; Compass Records [2023]
  12. Musique a Bouches: Mine Fine Jacqueline; Musique a Bouches; Il est grand temps; Musique A Bouches MAB-04
  13. The Heart Collectors: Kathy’s Song (Simon); The Heart Collectors; The Space Between; Spins the Gold Records SGR023Arr007
  14. Paul Simon: Darling Lorraine; Paul Simon; You’re The One; Warner Bros 9362 47844 2
  15. Don Stiernberg: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Barris/Koehle); Don Stiernberg; The Swingin’-est!; 1 95269283759
  16. Studs Terkel & Marian Anderson: “Gwendolyn Brooks Poem: Gertrude” (Studs Terkel); Studs Terkel & Marian Anderson; Studs Terkel Archives (2.20.1960); Studs Terkel Archives (2.20.1960) | WFMT [1960]
  17. Traditional African-American: Spiritual, “Scandalize My Name”; Marian Anderson, c; Franz Rupp, p; He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands; RCA 61960-2
  18. Bianca de Leon: Sad Corners of Her Eyes; Bianca de Leon; Dangerous Endeavor; Lonesome Highway Music LH 1001
  19. Dala: Marilyn Monroe; Dala; Girls from the North Country; Compass 7 4558 2
  20. Christine Lavin: Mysterious Woman; Christine Lavin; Philo So Far 20th Anniversary Sampler; Philo CD AN 12
  21. Maeve Higgins: A Very Special Woman; Maeve Higgins; A Very Special Woman; bandcamp [2022]
  22. Altan: Gabhaim Molta Bride (I Will Praise Bridget); Altan; Donegal; Compass 7-4828-2
  23. Burning Bridget Cleary: The King and the Fair Maid/Moses the Goat; Burning Bridget Cleary; Totes for Goats; 884501481441
  24. Sarah Jarosz: When the Lights Go Out; Sarah Jarosz; Polaroid Lovers; Rounder 116610253
  25. Kitty Donohoe: Emma Sutter; Kitty Donohoe; As Sparks Fly Upward; Roheen Records RR003CD
  26. Joe Crookston: Turning Gold; Joe Crookston; Nine Becomes One, Chapter 7; 7-2004
  27. Buddy Mondlock: Girlstown; Buddy Mondlock; single; Jan 2024
  28. Jenny Reynolds: “The Trouble I’m In”; Jenny Reynolds; Any Kind of Angel; Any Kind of Angel / 7 00261 48218 7
  29. Kate McDonnell: “Ballad of a Bad Girl”; Kate McDonnell; Ballad of a Bad Girl; Dog-Eared Discs 7-00261-48550-8
  30. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  31. Joni Mitchell: “Raised on Robbery”; Joni Mitchell; Court & Spark; Reprise 8122797178-6
  32. Pete Seeger w/Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: Belle Starr (Guthrie); Pete Seeger w/Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; A Link in the Chain, Disc 2; Columbia C2K 64772
  33. Mississippi John Hurt: Creole Belle; Mississippi John Hurt; The Best of Mississippi John Hurt; Vanguard VSD-19/20
  34. Peter Keane: Poor Jessie; Peter Keane; Walkin’ Around; Flying Fish FF CD 652
  35. Margaret Christl: Women of Dundee (Wellington); Margaret Christl; The Picture in My Mind; Waterbug WBG0040
  36. Robin Greenstein: Cotton Mill Girls; Robin Greenstein; Images of Women, Vol. 1; Windy RPG-218-2
  37. Slaid Cleaves: Song for June (Baron); Slaid Cleaves; Unsung; Rounder 11661-3245-2
  38. Carter Sisters, Mother Maybelle Carter: Fair and Tender Ladies (M. Carter); Carter Sisters, Mother Maybelle Carter; Keep On The Sunny Side: June Carter Cash – Her Life In Music Disc 1; Columbia/Legacy C2K 90908
  39. June Carter w/Homer & Jethro: Country Girl; June Carter w/Homer & Jethro; Keep On The Sunny Side: June Carter Cash – Her Life In Music Disc 1; Columbia/Legacy C2K 90908
  40. Cliff Eberhardt: Mona Lisa Waits; Cliff Eberhardt; Mona Lisa Cafe; Shanachie 8017
  41. Emma Butterworth: A Little Help; Emma Butterworth; Fool’s Gold; none
  42. Billow Wood feat. Seamus O’ Flaharta: If You Come Back (Niall McCabe); Billow Wood feat. Seamus O’ Flaharta; Downstream; Label 0000
  43. Raye Zaragoza: Strong Woman; Raye Zaragoza; Hold That Spirit; Rebel River Records 80823
  44. Mad Agnes: Lullaby for RBG; Mad Agnes; Likely Story; Mad Agnes MAD006
  45. Greg Klyma: Zosia Meets St. Anne; Greg Klyma; PianoMandoNation; 5242010
  46. Lead Belly: Irene; Lead Belly; Last Sessions, Vol. 3; Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 400070
  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