The Midnight Special, April 27, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah: “Lake Shore Drive”; Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah; Lake Shore Drive; QSCD QSCD-1019
  3. Susan Werner Band: “Chicago Any Day”; Susan Werner Band; Live at the Center for the Arts in Natick; Sleeve Dog 8 84501 59423 3 Disk 2
  4. Robert Johnson: “Sweet Home Chicago”; Robert Johnson; Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Robert Johnson; Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Robert Johnson/Columbia Legacy CK90494
  5. Pokey LaFarge: So Long, Chicago; Pokey LaFarge; Rhumba Country; New West Records pre-release (5.10.24)
  6. Bonnie Dobson: Rainy Windows; Bonnie Dobson; Bonnie Dobson; Rev-o-la CR REV 179
  7. Bonnie Koloc: “Mama Chicago”; Bonnie Koloc; With You On My Side; Flying Fish FF70437CD
  8. Lord Invader: “Chicago, Chicago” (Lord Invader); Rupert Westmore Grant; Calypso in New York (1946-61); Calypso in New York (1946-61) | Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40454
  9. Roger McGuinn: Gate of Horn; Roger McGuinn; Peace On You; Columbia KC 32956
  10. Michael Smith: Something About Big Twist; Michael Smith; Such Things are Finely Done; Tales from the Tavern Tales from the Tavern no.019
  11. Al Day: “Down on the Boulevard”; Al Day; Guest House; Al Day 1
  12. (Ken Nordine, Tom Waits & Jerry Garcia): “Thousand Bing Bangs”; Ken Nordine & Tom Waits w/David Grisman & Jerry Garcia; Devout Catalyst; Grateful Dead Records GDCD40152
  13. (Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan): Chicago (Waits/Brennan); Vicki Kristina Barcelona; Pawn Shop Radio; Storysound 161-035
  14. Malcolm Holcombe: Hard Luck City; Malcolm Holcombe; Bits and Pieces; Need to Know [2023]
  15. Stephen Wade: Chicago (story); Stephen Wade; Storyteller’s Story; Patuxent CD-333
  16. Jonas Friddle: “The Midnight Special – fretless banjo”; Jonas Friddle; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection JFriddle | MS008
  17. Kristin Lems: “Old Cap Streeter”; Kristin Lems; You, Me, and All of the Above; You, Me, and All of the Above Carolsdatter Prodns/8 89211 61203 1
  18. Steve Goodman: “Lincoln Park Pirates”; Steve Goodman; Live at the Earl of Old Town; Red Pajamas RPJ-017
  19. Win Stracke: 43rd Ward; Win Stracke; Songs of Oldtown; Flair Flair S-912
  20. Robbie Ellis w/Liz Falstreau & Lisa Burton: OMG West Loop!; Robbie Ellis w/Liz Falstreau & Lisa Burton; Metric System; Robbie Ellis RE-002
  21. David Roth: “Nights at the Chez”; David Roth; Nights at the Chez; Maythelight MM1004 CD
  22. February Sky: Electric Theatre; February Sky; Wheels of Time; February Sky FS07
  23. Heather Styka: Diversey Harbor; Heather Styka; While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet; Kite Stripe KSR03
  24. Michael Smith: “The Ballad of Elizabeth Dark”; Michael Smith; Time; Time Life Flying Fish/Rounder 93
  25. Tom Dundee: McBride Argyle Station; Tom Dundee; Fleeting Moment – Live 1973-2006, disc 1; Flight Records FR4445 1 of 2
  26. Art Thieme: Hard Times in the Mill/A Dollar Ain’t A Dollar Anymore (Seeger/Glazer); Art Thieme; Chicago Town & Points West; Smithsonian/Folkways FLG00135, CD-135
  27. John Prine: “Hello in There”; John Prine; The Singing Mailman Delivers; OBR 040
  28. Gwendolyn Brooks: “We Real Cool”; Gwendolyn Brooks; Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1888-2006 Disk 2; Shout Factory D4K10029 -2
  29. Ernie Hendrickson: Something in the Water; Ernie Hendrickson; Roll On; LoHi Records 8 77319 00811 5
  30. Michael J. Miles & Jill Kaeding: Broadway (Chicago Suite); Michael J. Miles & Jill Kaeding; American Bach Revisited; 8232023
  31. Bob Gibson & Bob (Hamilton) Camp: Chicago Cops; Bob Gibson & Bob (Hamilton) Camp; At the Gate of Horn; Collectors Choice CD CCM-227-2
  32. Lissa Schneckenberger: “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” (Croce); Lissa Schneckenberger; Covers; Footprint Records FR 2013
  33. Bob Newhart: “Superman and the Dry Cleaner”; Bob Newhart; The Windmills are Weakening; Collector’s Choice CCM-2047
  34. Tom Paxton: “The Pizza That Ate Chicago”; Tom Paxton; Your Shoes, My Shoes; Red House RHR 152
  35. Dr. West’s Medicine Show: “The Eggplant That Ate Chicago”; Dr. West’s Medicine Show & Junk Band; ;
  36. The Cash Box Kings: “Joe, You Ain’t from Chicago”; Cashbox Kings: Joe Nosek, Oscar Wilson, Billy Flynn, Beedy Eyes Smith, John W. Lauler; Hail to the Kings; Hail to the Kings/Alligator ALCD 4991
  37. Corky Siegel: Southwest Coast Blues; Corky Siegel; Solo Flight – 1975-1980; Gadfly Records GAD 254 CD
  38. James Lee Stanley: This Fleeting Moment (Stanley/Dundee); James Lee Stanley; Eternal Contradiction; Beachwood Records BR2473-2
  39. Fred Holstein: Old Chicago; Fred Holstein; Fred Holstein: A Collection; Oasis FH 2001
  40. Sufjan Stevens: Chicago; Sufjan Stevens; Come on Feel the Illinoise; Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014
  41. Beyond The Stars: I Winter in Chicago; Beyond The Stars; One Planet; 1.18.2024
  42. Andrew Bird: Pulaski at Night; Andrew Bird; I Want to See Pulaski at Night; Grimsey 6 16892 17354 0
  43. Buddy Guy: Meet Me In Chicago; Buddy Guy w/The Muscle Shoals Horns; Rhythm & Blues; RCA Silvertone 88883-71759-2
  44. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  45. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004