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October 23, 1999

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  1. Lead Belly: The Midnight Special Last Sessions SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS SFCD-40068/71
  2. Rick Fielding: This One's The Dreamer (Norm Hacker) This One's the Dreamer BOREALIS BCD119 (877-530-4288 / 800-836-0901)
  3. Jenny Armstrong: Rocky Road (trad/arr.Bowker) Dancing In the Circle June Appal JA01 (800-943-SONG)
  4. Liz Doherty: Earl Mitton's Breakdown (MacPhee/McNeill/trad) Last Orders Foot Stompin' CDFSR1702 (800-797-3868 or email.)
  5. Great Big Sea: Goin Up (Alan Doyle) Rant and Roar Sire 31023
  6. Dave Mallett: Wild in the Sixties Ambition FLYING FISH CDFF 674
  7. Susan Werner: Born A Little Late (The Baby Boomer Song) Midwestern Saturday Night Susan Werner SW001
  8. Incredible String Band: Way Back In The 1960s (R.Williamson) The 5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion Hannibal HNCD 4438
  9. Dan Hart: Tailfins Apocalypse Now & Then Stone Boat SBM-004
  10. Hartford-Seeger-Grisman: Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay (Redding/Cropper) Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay Acoustic Disc ACD-37 (800-221-DISC)
  11. Jean Shepherd: Balls Jean Shepherd and Other Foibles Elektra EKL-172
  12. Joe Hickerson: I'm On My Way (trad) Joe Hickerson FOLK LEGACY FSI-39
  13. Ed Trickett: The Telling Takes Me Home (B.Phillips) The Telling Takes Me Home FOLK LEGACY FSI-46
  14. Sandy & Caroline Paton: May the Roads Rise With You New Harmony FOLK LEGACY FSI-100
  15. James Gordon: Back Before Wal-Mart (Two-Way Street 10/22/99) WFMT recording
  16. John McCutcheon: Closing the Bookstore Storied Ground ROUNDER CD 0467
  17. Dave Lippman: I Hate Walmart I Hate Walmart Urgent UR110 (PO Box 781, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)
  18. Howie Mitchell: Lord Randall (trad) Howie Mitchell FOLK LEGACY FSI-2
  19. Old Blind Dogs: Edward (trad/instrumental R. Campbell) The World's Room GREEN LINNET GLCD 1201
  20. Jean Shepherd: Little Orphan Annie Will Failure Spoil Jean Shepherd? Elektra ELK-195
  21. Original Broadway Cast: Annie (Charmin/Strouse) Annie Sony Legacy SK 60723
  22. Suzannah & Georgia Rose: Orphan Girl (trad) Across the Blue Mountains no label (email.)
  23. Peggy Seeger: b-side Period Pieces Tradition TCD 1078
  24. Solas: The Maid On the Shore (trad) Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers SHANACHIE 78010
  25. Rory Block: Ain't I a Woman (Block/Martucci) Ain't I a Woman ROUNDER CD 3120
  26. Bryan Bowers: The Scotsman (Mike Cross) Home, Home on the Road FLYING FISH FF 70091
  27. Firesign Theatre: Boom Dot Bust Boom Dot Bust RHINO R2 75983
  28. Dave Mallett: Sportin' Days Ambition FLYING FISH CDFF 647
  29. Guy Clark: Men Will Be Boys (Clark/V.Thompson) Cold Dog Soup SUGAR HILL SUGCD-1063
  30. The Arrogant Worms: A Man Has His Needs Dirt! ArrogantWorms AW-999 (800-633-8282)
  31. Christine Lavin w/Four Bitchin' Babes: Sensitive New Age Guys Buy Me Bring Me Take Me: Don't Mess My Hair. . . PHILO CDPH 1140
  32. James Gordon: Men Don't Clean Toilets Songs From Basic Black Pipe Street PSR1 (519-821-3551)
  33. Kristina Olsen: Big O The Truth of a Woman Take-a-Break TAB-2008 (PO Box 21, Venice, CA 90294)
  34. Tommy Makem: Peter Kagan & The Wind (Gordon Bok) Ancient Pulsing Red Biddy 3001 (PO Box 336, Dover, NH 03821)
  35. Rick Fielding: There Comes a Time (Rick Speyer) This One's the Dreamer Borealis BCD119
  36. Guy Clark: Die Tryin' (Clark/JR Stewart) Cold Dog Soup SUGAR HILL SUGCD-1063
  37. Suzannah & Georgia Rose: Travelers Prayer (trad/Renbourn) Across the Blue Mountains no label
  38. Rick Fielding: When We Gather Once More (Fielding/Holmes Hooke) This One's the Dreamer Borealis BCD119
  39. Anita Silvert: All Roads Converge Midwest Girl Balancing Act BAM-003 P.O. Box 512, Yardley, PA 19067 (215-369-0220) or email.

People have been asking what qualifies a CD as a "Midnight Special Pick Hit?" I pick new releases (CD released during the past three months) that I recommend and that I think will make a satisfying purchase for most "Midnight Special" listeners.

Performer is composer unless otherwise noted. Song is album title unless otherwise noted. Album titles are in italics, composers in parens ( ).

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Rick Fielding, David Mallett, Big Blue Sea, Suzannah & Georgia Rose, Guy Clark, Kristina Olsen, Gordon Bok, Old Blind Dogs
These concerts were mentioned on the program:

Bryan Bowers at Molly's Place (a house concert) in Mokena, Tuesday, October 26, by reservation only 708-479-8680.

A memorial celebration folk festival for Gerry Armstrong, Sunday, October 31 at 7 at the Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St., Evanston, including Rebecca Armstrong & family, Jennifer Armstrong, Suzannah & Georgia Rose Armstrong, Sandy & Caroline Paton, Ed Trickett, Joe Hickerson, Howie Mitchell, Phillip Trier, Melissa & Collins Trier, Kathy Cowan, Joseph Sobol, and perhaps surprise guests. No advance tickets or reservations. For futher information only: 847-256-0927 or website.

Al Day, Dale Petersohn, Kat Eggleston, Bruce Roper, Nancy Walker, and perhaps Cozy Sheridan at the Uncommong Ground, 1214 W. Grace, Chicago, Friday, October 29 at 8. 929-3680

Brooks Williams, and Peter Mulvey, Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago. 773-728-6000