TOP ALBUMS OF DECEMBER 2002

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12937 airplays from 132 different DJs

  1: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder] (81)
        "Christmas Is Near," Open Road (9)
        "Call Collect On Christmas," James King (8)
        "O Christmas Tree," Rhonda Vincent (7)
        "Christmas Time's A Comin'," Rhonda Vincent (6)
        "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem," Alecia Nugent (5)
  1: "Wonderland," Various Artists [Signature] (81)
        "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer (15)
        "River," Peter Mulvey (11)
        "This Ain't No Time Of Year To Be Alone," Mark Erelli (8)
        "Song For A Winter Night," Erica Wheeler (7)
        "Tree," Jim Henry (7)
  3: "Christmas On The Mountain," Various Artists [Universal South] (66)
        "Bluegrass Christmas," Del McCoury Band (19)
        "Bah Humbug," Tim O'Brien (11)
        "Christmas Time On Rocky Top," Osborne Brothers (10)
        "Our 12 Days Of Bluegrass Christmas," Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman, Osborne Brothers (7)
  4: "Last Month Of The Year," Magpie [Sliced Bread] (65)
        "Ballad Of Chanukah" (14)
        "Solstice Carol" (13)
        "No Room For You Inside" (7)
        "Last Month Of The Year" (5)
  5: "North Wind," Aengus Finnan [Borealis] (49)
        "Rollin' Home" (10)
        "North Wind" (7)
        "Lost Jimmy Whelan" (5)
        "Moon On The Water" (5)
        "Swing Boys Swing" (5)
  6: "Paintbrush," Diane Zeigler [Self] (48)
        "Gentle Soldier Of My Soul" (10)
        "Prickly Pine" (9)
        "With My Eyes Closed" (9)
        "Indian Paintbrush" (5)
  7: "Gift Of The Magi," Darryl Purpose [Self] (47)
        "You Must Go Home For Christmas" (7)
        "Christmas In The Trenches" (5)
        "May It Be" (5)
        "Turn, Turn, Turn" (5)
  8: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature] (41)
        "Hot Buttered Rum" (10)
        "If We Make It Through December" (9)
        "Wintergrace" (5)
  9: "Live," Alison Krauss And Union Station [Rounder] (40)
        "Stay" (6)
        "Choctaw Hayride" (5)
        "Down To The River To Pray" (4)
        "Take Me For Longing" (4)
 10: "Sugar Plums," Various Artists [Sugar Hill] (39)
        "That White Christmas Song," Red Knuckles And The Trailblazers (6)
        "Away In A Manger," Jerry Douglas (5)
        "Christmas Lullaby," Doc Watson (5)
        "Making Plans," Tim O'Brien (5)
        "Christ Was Born In Bethlehem," Tim And Mollie O'Brien (4)
 11: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly] (38)
        "Voices Of Winter/Red And Green" (7)
        "Frozen Logger/Proper Cup Of Coffee" (6)
        "Hanerot Halalu" (6)
 12: "Filth And Fire," Mary Gauthier [Signature] (37)
        "Christmas In Paradise" (23)
        "Sugar Cane" (3)
 13: "Dark," Guy Clark [Sugar Hill] (36)
        "Homeless" (5)
        "Dark" (4)
        "Magnolia Wind" (4)
        "Mud" (4)
        "Soldier S Joy 1864" (4)
 14: "At The Turning Of The Year," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Hand And Heart] (34)
        "Solstice Round" (8)
        "At The Turning Of The Year" (6)
        "Years" (5)
        "Corn, Water And Wood" (4)
 15: "Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute To Greg Brown," Various Artists [Red House] (32)
        "Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home," Iris Dement (7)
        "2 Little Feet," Karen Savoca (4)
        "Small Dark Movie," Lucy Kaplansky (4)
 15: "Tinsel Tunes," Various Artists [Sugar Hill] (32)
        "Sleigh Ride," Sam Bush (9)
        "Merry Christmas From The Family," Robert Earl Keen (5)
        "All I Want Is Marry For Christmas," Lonesome River Band (4)
        "Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella," Chris Thile (4)
 17: "Looking For The Moon," Tom Paxton [Appleseed] (31)
        "Looking For The Moon" (7)
        "Early Snow" (5)
 18: "Winter Marquee," Nanci Griffith [Rounder] (30)
        "Listen To The Radio" (6)
        "Boots Of Spanish Leather" (4)
        "Good Night, New York" (4)
        "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness" (4)
        "What's That I Hear" (3)
 19: "Bah Humbug," Various Artists [Greentrax] (29)
        "Christmas Morning," Loudon Wainwright III (6)
        "12 Days Of Christmas," Bill Barclay (4)
        "Christmas Carol," Tom Lehrer (3)
 20: "Monuments," Kate Campbell [Large River] (28)
        "New South" (7)
        "Strangeness Of The Day" (6)
        "Corn In A Box" (4)
 20: "Speed Of Trees," Ellis Paul [Philo] (28)
        "Speed Of Trees" (6)
        "God's Promise" (5)
        "Eighteen" (4)
        "Words" (3)
 22: "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, V3," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [Capitol] (27)
        "Catfish John" (6)
        "Take Me In Your Lifeboat" (3)
        "There Is A Time - Rodney Dillard And Ricky Skaggs" (3)
 23: "How Like The Holly," Joel Mabus [Fossil] (26)
        "How Like The Holly" (7)
        "Children Go Where I Send Thee" (6)
        "Let's Do Christmas Right" (6)
 24: "Farewells And Fantasies," Phil Ochs [Rhino] (25)
        "Here's To The State Of Mississippi" (3)
 24: "Soul Of A Wanderer," Jed Marum [Boston Road] (25)
        "Desolation Island" (3)
        "Sons Of Liberty" (3)
        "Soul Of A Wanderer" (3)
 26: "Affected By The Moon," Chuck Pyle [Self] (24)
        "Cowboy's Christmas Dream" (7)
        "Affected By The Moon" (5)
        "Blue Train" (4)
 27: "Blue Country Heart," Jorma Kaukonen [Columbia] (23)
        "Big River Blues" (4)
        "Blue Railroad Train" (4)
        "Just Because" (4)
        "Blues Stay Away From Me" (3)
 27: "Classic Mountain Songs," Various Artists [Smithsonian/Folkways] (23)
        "Barbry Ellen," Jean Ritchie (4)
 29: "My Dixie Home," Jim Mills [Sugar Hill] (22)
        "Blackjack" (5)
        "Tragic Romance" (4)
        "My Dixie Home" (3)
 30: "Mercury's Wings," Karen Mal [Boars Nest] (21)
        "Mercury's Wings" (6)
        "Beyond The Headlights" (4)
        "Where The Seeds Are Found" (4)
 30: "Then Again," Deirdre Flint [Self] (21)
        "Grandma's House" (5)
        "Food" (3)
 32: "1000 Kisses," Patty Griffin [Ato] (20)
        "Making Pies" (8)
        "Chief" (5)
        "Rain" (3)
 32: "Drawn From The Well," Kate MacLeod And Kat Eggleston [Wind River] (20)
        "Measure For Measure" (5)
        "Go To The Water" (3)
 32: "Imagine," Eva Cassidy [Blix Street] (20)
        "Imagine" (9)
        "Early Morning Rain" (3)
 35: "All Day Every Day," Bill Hilly Band [Borealis] (19)
        "Moonshiner" (4)
        "Bulkley Valley Home" (3)
        "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down On The Farm" (3)
 35: "Bells Of Dublin," Chieftains [RCA] (19)
        "Bells Of Dublin" (6)
        "Rebel Jesus," Jackson Browne With The Chieftains (4)
 37: "Drum Hat Buddha," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Signature] (18)
        "Gentle Arms Of Eden" (7)
        "Gentle Soldier Of My Soul" (3)
        "I Go Like The Raven" (3)
 37: "Gathering Of Spirits," Carrie Newcomer [Philo] (18)
        "Gathering Of Spirits" (7)
 37: "No Other Way," Mountain Heart [Skaggs Family] (18)
        "How Strong Do My Walls Have To Be" (4)
        "Mountain Man" (4)
        "On My Way Back To You" (4)
 37: "Silvery Moon," Aoife Clancy [Appleseed] (18)
        "There Is Hope" (5)
        "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (3)
 37: "Singing On Streets Of Gold," IIIrd Tyme Out [Chateau] (18)
        "Dream" (5)
        "I Can Hear Them Singing Over There" (3)
        "Light At The River" (3)
 37: "Stray Dogs," Rod Picott [Welding Rod] (18)
        "Angels And Acrobats" (3)
        "River Runs" (3)
 43: "10," Kate Rusby [Compass] (17)
        "Sir Eglamore" (5)
 43: "Between The Breaks...Live!," Stan Rogers [Fogarty's Cove] (17)
        "First Christmas" (11)
        "Witch Of The Westmorland" (3)
 43: "Hillbilly Holiday," Various Artists [Rhino] (17)
        "Christmas Time's A Comin'," Bill Monroe (3)
        "Reindeer Boogie," Hank Snow (3)
 43: "Just One Wish," Winifred Horan [Shanachie] (17)
        "Into Your Eyes / Django Tango" (5)
        "Princess And The Frog" (4)
 43: "Live 1975," Bob Dylan [Columbia] (17)
        "Blowin' In The Wind" (3)
        "Mr. Tambourine Man" (3)
 43: "Midnight And Lonesome," Buddy Miller [Hightone] (17)
        "Quecreek" (5)
        "I Can't Get Over You" (3)
        "Midnight And Lonesome" (3)
 43: "There Was A Time," Tom Pacheco [Appleseed] (17)
        "There Was A Time" (5)
        "What About Us" (3)
 43: "Tiger Tattoo," Andrew Calhoun [Waterbug] (17)
        "Joy" (4)
        "Goin' Down To See John Prine" (3)
 43: "Tradition," Burns Sisters [Philo] (17)
        "Shaloo Shalom" (5)
        "This Christmas" (3)
 52: "Window Of Time," Lonesome River Band [Doobie Shea] (16)
        "Stray Dogs And Alley Cats" (7)
        "Down The Line" (3)
 52: "Anglicana," Eliza Carthy [Topic] (16)
        "Just As The Tide Was Flowing" (4)
        "Willow Tree" (3)
 52: "Bluegrass And White Snow," Patty Loveless [Epic] (16)
        "Bluegrass, White Snow" (7)
        "Christmas Day At My House" (4)
 52: "Thumb Thump," Joel Mabus [Fossil] (16)
        "Shake Them Hard Luck Blues" (5)
        "Brady" (3)
 52: "We 3 Kings," Roches [MCA] (16)
        "Sleigh Ride" (3)
 52: "When I Go," Dave Carter With Tracy Grammer [Signature] (16)
        "When I Go" (7)
        "Don't Tread On Me" (3)
 58: "Blues, Rags And Hollers," Koerner, Ray And Glover [Red House] (15)
        "It's All Right" (3)
 58: "Christmas Island," Leon Redbone [August] (15)
        "Frosty The Snowman" (4)
 58: "Greatest Story Never Told," John McCutcheon [Red House] (15)
        "Not In My Name" (6)
        "Greatest Story Never Told" (3)
 58: "Woodeye," Joel Rafael Band [Self] (15)
        "1913 Massacre" (3)
 62: "Route 10," Special Consensus [Pinecastle] (14)
        "Amy And Trevor" (5)
        "I'll Believe The Lie" (3)
        "Say You Ll Stay In My Arms" (3)
 62: "Angels Of Mineral Springs," Chris Stuart [Backcountry] (14)
        "Elvis Stays Home" (4)
        "Slow Dancing At Evangeline's" (3)
 62: "Christmas," Bruce Cockburn [Columbia] (14)
        "I Saw 3 Ships" (4)
        "Mary Had A Baby" (4)
 62: "Runaway Soul," Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn] (14)
        "Woke Up This Morning" (4)
        "Death Came A-Knockin'" (3)
        "Walk On" (3)
 62: "Traveler," Johnsmith [Self] (14)
        "Up In County Down" (4)
        "Part-Time Angels" (3)
 67: "Blue," Joni Mitchell [Reprise] (13)
        "River" (9)
 67: "Blue Madonna," Jane And Gord [Self] (13)
        "Blue Madonna" (6)
 67: "Christmas Heritage," Heritage [Koch] (13)
        "Newgrange" (3)
 67: "Lake Effect," Liz Carroll [Green Linnet] (13)
        "Jump Ball/Whipple Hill/How We Spent Christmas" (4)
 67: "Milk Of The Moon," Greg Brown [Red House] (13)
        "Telling Stories" (3)
 67: "Shadows On The Ground," Kieran Kane [Dead Reckoning] (13)
        "Mountain Song" (4)
        "Will You Miss Me" (4)
 67: "Tanglewood Tree," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Signature] (13)
        "Mountain" (4)
        "Crocodile Man" (3)
        "Tanglewood Tree" (3)
 67: "'twas On A Night Like This," Cathy Barton, Dave Para, The Patons [Folk-Legacy] (13)
        "'twas On A Night Like This" (2)
 67: "When I See Winter Return," William Pint And Felicia Dale [Waterbug] (13)
        "Quant Je Voi Yver Retorner And Trees Are All Bare" (3)
        "Trees Are All Bare" (3)
 67: "Wintersongs," John McCutcheon [Rounder] (13)
        "Christmas Tree Seller's Waltz," Triakel (2)


TOP SONGS OF DECEMBER 2002

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12937 airplays from 132 different DJs

1. "American Noel" (26)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Wonderland"
        also "Gentle Arms Of Eden"
2. "Christmas In Paradise" (25)
        by Mary Gauthier
        from "Filth And Fire"
3. "Christmas In The Trenches" (22)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Live At Wolf Trap"
        also "Winter Solstice"
4. "Bluegrass Christmas" (21)
        by Del McCoury Band
        from "Christmas On The Mountain"
5. "Christians And The Pagans" (19)
        by Dar Williams
        from "Mortal City"
6. "Ballad Of Chanukah" (15)
        by Magpie
        from "Last Month Of The Year"
7. "River" (14)
        by Peter Mulvey
        from "Wonderland"
8. "River" (13)
        by Joni Mitchell
        from "Blue"
        also "Hits"
8. "Solstice Carol" (13)
        by Magpie
        from "Last Month Of The Year"
10. "Bah Humbug" (12)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Christmas On The Mountain"
10. "Rollin' Home" (12)
        by Aengus Finnan
        from "North Wind"
12. "Christmas Carol" (11)
        by Nerissa And Katryna Nields
        from "Love And China"
        also "Wonderland"
12. "Christmas Time On Rocky Top" (11)
        by Osborne Brothers
        from "Christmas On The Mountain"
12. "First Christmas" (11)
        by Stan Rogers
        from "Between The Breaks...Live!"
12. "Merry Christmas From The Family" (11)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "Tinsel Tunes"
        also "Gringo Honeymoon"
16. "Christmas In The City" (10)
        by Jeff Talmadge
        from "Christmas In The City"
16. "Christmas In Washington" (10)
        by Steve Earle
        from "El Corazon"
        also "Concerts For A Land Mine Free World"
16. "Christmas Is Near" (10)
        by Open Road
        from "O Christmas Tree"
16. "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (10)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "O Christmas Tree"
16. "Gentle Soldier Of My Soul" (10)
        by Diane Zeigler
        from "Paintbrush"
16. "Hot Buttered Rum" (10)
        by Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
        from "Winter's Grace"
16. "If We Make It Through December" (10)
        by Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
        from "Winter's Grace"
16. "No Room For You Inside" (10)
        by Magpie
        from "Last Month Of The Year"
24. "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (9)
        by Bill Monroe
        from "Music Of Bill Monroe"
        also "Hillbilly Holiday"
24. "Imagine" (9)
        by Eva Cassidy
        from "Imagine"
24. "Prickly Pine" (9)
        by Diane Zeigler
        from "Paintbrush"
24. "Sleigh Ride" (9)
        by Sam Bush
        from "Tinsel Tunes"
24. "Song For A Winter Night" (9)
        by Erica Wheeler
        from "Wonderland"
24. "This Ain't No Time Of Year To Be Alone" (9)
        by Mark Erelli
        from "Wonderland"
24. "Tree" (9)
        by Jim Henry
        from "Wonderland"
24. "With My Eyes Closed" (9)
        by Diane Zeigler
        from "Paintbrush"


TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2002

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12937 airplays from 132 different DJs

1. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer (81)
2. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen (74)
2. Magpie (74)
4. Darryl Purpose (69)
5. Alison Krauss (66)
6. Bob Dylan (64)
6. John McCutcheon (64)
8. Aengus Finnan (60)
9. Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum (54)
10. Diane Zeigler (51)
10. Joel Mabus (51)
12. Phil Ochs (50)
13. Stan Rogers (49)
14. Guy Clark (45)
15. Nanci Griffith (44)
16. Kate Campbell (43)
16. Mary Gauthier (43)
18. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (42)
19. Greg Brown (41)
19. Tom Paxton (41)
21. Ellis Paul (40)
22. Bruce Cockburn (36)
22. Harvey Reid (36)
24. Country Gentlemen (35)
24. Del McCoury Band (35)
24. Kate Rusby (35)

TOP LABELS OF DECEMBER 2002

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12937 airplays from 132 different DJs

1. Rounder (650)
2. Sugar Hill (357)
3. Signature (275)
4. Columbia (208)
5. Red House (206)
6. Philo (156)
7. Compass (135)
8. Rhino (129)
9. Rebel (126)
9. Appleseed (126)
9. Warner (126)
12. Green Linnet (124)
13. Borealis (100)
14. Shanachie (99)
15. Greentrax (90)
15. Smithsonian/Folkways (90)
17. Sliced Bread (88)
18. Flying Fish (80)
19. Pinecastle (75)
20. Gadfly (74)
21. Elektra (73)
22. Vanguard (71)
23. Capitol (62)
24. Hightone (51)
24. Waterbug (51)
26. MCA (49)
27. Reprise (47)
28. Topic (42)
29. RCA (41)
30. Copper Creek (40)
30. Fossil (40)
32. Prime (38)
33. Fogarty's Cove (35)
33. Hay Holler (35)
35. Woodpecker (32)
35. Maggie's (32)
37. Mercury (31)
37. Wind River (31)
39. Atlantic (30)
39. Epic (30)

These lists are compiled and posted to the FOLKDJ-L web site every month
(since October 1997).  The archive of past Top Album lists is available
at http://folkradio.org (the official FOLKDJ-L web site).

The process of compiling the Top Albums list is automated (I do hand
correct some obvious errors and typos). The results are based on
playlists posted to FOLKDJ-L during the calendar month. I wrote a pair
of programs that work with the Eudora email program's filtering feature.
One program parses each playlist as it comes in and adds it to a
spreadsheet. The second program processes the spreadsheet into a readable
report. Playlists have to include artist, song and album name (label is
optional) and be in a reasonably regular format for my program to be able
to parse them. My programs wind up identifying about 65% of the songs
actually posted.

The Top Albums list is sorted in descending order by number of plays
recorded for each album. Within an album, the number of times each of
the more popular tracks were played is shown. If a single DJ is the only
one mostly playing an album, the count of plays is adjusted downwards;
otherwise the raw counts are used. The top 70 albums, top 25 songs and
top 25 artists are listed.

Richard Gillmann                                 http://www.nwfolk.com
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