The Midnight Special, May 11, 2024

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special THEME”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Willie Nelson: Stardust (Carmichael, Parrish); Willie Nelson; Stardust; Columbia JC 35305
  3. Dr. John: Hit the Road to Dreamland; Dr. John; Mercernary; EMI/Blue Note 0946-3-54541-2-3
  4. Anne Harris: In My Dream; Anne Harris; Open Your Doors; Rugged Road Records [2003]
  5. Janis Ian: “Welcome to Acousticville”; Janis Ian; Hunger; Windham Hill Welcome to Acousticville / 01934-11274-2
  6. Kenny White: In My Recurring Dream; Kenny White; Testing … 1, 2;
  7. Ruth Moody: Coyotes; Ruth Moody; Wanderer; Blue Moose Records rls 5.17.2024
  8. Muriel Anderson feat. Suzy Bogguss: Sailing Dream; Muriel Anderson feat. Suzy Bogguss; Sailing Dreams; CGD Music CBD2024
  9. James Kahn: Island of Dreams; James Kahn; By the Risin’ of the Sea; James Kahn 1 95269 15086 0
  10. Katie Oates: Dark Clouds; Katie Oates; Edge of a Hurricane; 1 95269 28921 8
  11. Sierra Ferrell: American Dreaming; Sierra Ferrell; Trail of Flowers; Rounder 8 88072 56632 3
  12. Willi Carlisle: Rainbow Mid Life’s Willow (Riddle); Willi Carlisle; Peculiar, Missouri; Free Dirt Dirt-CD-0105
  13. Antsy McClain: Ballad of the Invisible Boy; Antsy McClain; The Indelible Man; Unhitched 2023
  14. Debi Smith: In My Dreams; Debi Smith; In My Dreams; Amerisound AMR 1 977 303
  15. Travis, Merle: “Midnight Special” Travis picked guitar; Merle Travis; In Boston 1959; Travis Pickin’ | CMH 6255
  16. Carla Sciaky: Standing by a River; Carla Sciaky; Rune of a Swan (pre-release); Propinquity Records FAI2024 promo
  17. Genevieve Racette: Parachute; Genevieve Racette; No Water, No Flowers; In Tempo Musique ITPONM1905
  18. Mike Nichols and Elaine May: “Mother and Son”; Mike Nichols and Elaine May; In Retrospect; Mercury 314 532 373-2
  19. Lou & Peter Berryman: “A Chat With Your Mother”; Lou & Peter Berryman; What Again?; Cornbelt CR900
  20. Cahn, Sammy: “Mama Don’t Allow It”; Steve Goodman; Jessie’s Jig & Other Favorites; Jessie’s Jig & Other Favorites/Red Pajamas RPJ-010CD
  21. John Kander & Fred Ebb: Don’t Tell Mama (Kander & Ebb); Natasha Richardson & The Kit Kat Girls, Alan Cumming; Cabaret: New Broadway Cast; RCA Victor 09026 63173 2
  22. Ruthie Foster: “Ocean of Tears” (Sidney Wyche, Theodore McRae); Ruthie Foster; Runaway Soul; Blue Corn BCM0202
  23. Anne Harris: May Mountain Waltz; Anne Harris; Roots; Rugged Road Records 8 88295 82053 0
  24. Rachel Bissex: “Dancing With My Mother”; Rachel Bissex; Don’t Look Down; Alcazar ALC 121
  25. Jean Redpath: “Sonny’s Dream” (Hynes); Jean Redpath; Leaving the Land; Philo CD 1131
  26. Debi Smith: Italy & France; Debi Smith; More Than Once; Shanachie 8032
  27. Jim Post: Wake Up and Dream; Jim Post; The Crooner from Outer Space; Freckle Records Freckle 01905
  28. (Lori McKenna): “The Dream”; Lori McKenna; The Balladeer; Thirty Tigers 67995CD
  29. Bill Giardini: “The Midnight Special – Accordion” (Traditional); Bill Giardini; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection | Midnight Special Collection BillGiardini/MS011
  30. Owen Walsh: Bad Dream; Owen Walsh; On My Way; Wrong Road Records 101
  31. Mary Flower: “I’m Dreaming of Your Demise”; Mary Flower w/Dave Frishberg; Mystery Loves Company; Misery Loves Company/Yellow Dog YDR 1842
  32. Steve Goodman: “Vegematic”; Steve Goodman; Affordable Art; Affordable Art | Omnivore Recordings OVCD-337
  33. Gordon Lightfoot: Shadows; Gordon Lightfoot; Gordon Lightfoot Songbook, Disc 4; Warner Archives/Rhino Rhino R2 75802
  34. Tony Rice: Go My Way (Lightfoot); Tony Rice; Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot; Rounder Rounder CD 0370
  35. John Gorka: Heart Upon Demand (I dreamed of Judy Garland…); John Gorka; I Know; Red House Records RHR CD 18
  36. Bok, Muir & Trickett: “John O’ Dreams” (Bill Caddick); Bok, Muir & Trickett; Fashioned in the Clay; Folk Legacy FSI 104
  37. Kaia Kater, feat. Taj Mahal: Fédon; Kaia Kater, feat. Taj Mahal; Strange Medicine; Free Dirt DIRT-CD-0117
  38. John Sebastian: “I Had a Dream”; John Sebastian; Woodstock (soundtrack); Cotillion SD 3-500
  39. Loudon Wainwright III: Dreaming; Loudon Wainwright III; Grown Man; Charisma CRA 7243 8 40625 2 1
  40. Ana Egge: Don’t You Sleep; Ana Egge; Sharing in the Spirit; StorySound 161-058
  41. Emmylou Harris: The Pearl; Emmylou Harris; Concerts for a Landmine Free World (various); Vanguard 79579-2
  42. Ed McCurdy: Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream; Ed McCurdy; Folkstage: Live at the Illinois Institute of Technology; WFMT Folkstage 3-19-1960
  43. Ed McCurdy: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (trad., Taylor); Ed McCurdy; Folkstage: Live at the Illinois Institute of Technology; WFMT Folkstage 3-19-1960
  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