TOP ALBUMS OF DECEMBER 2004

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12946 airplays from 134 different DJs

  1: "Lonely Runs Both Ways," Alison Krauss And Union Station [Rounder, 11/04] (96)
        "Pastures Of Plenty" (15)
        "Rain Please Go Away" (9)
        "Restless" (9)
        "Wouldn't Be So Bad" (9)
        "Crazy As Me" (8)
  2: "Feasts And Spirits," Finest Kind With John D. Huston [Fallen Angle, 11/04] (72)
        "Gower Wassail" (10)
        "Homeless Wassail" (9)
        "Shepherds Arise" (8)
        "Holly And The Ivy" (6)
  3: "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration," Various Artists [Signature, 2001] (55)
        "Let's Make A Baby King," Louise Taylor (7)
        "Before You Go," Richard Shindell (6)
        "I Saw Three Ships," Rani Arbo (6)
        "Tree," Jim Henry (6)
  4: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature, 1999] (49)
        "If We Make It Through December" (15)
        "Hot Buttered Rum" (7)
        "Wintergrace" (7)
        "Messenger" (5)
  5: "Verdant Mile," Tracy Grammer [Self, 8/04] (47)
        "Verdant Mile" (21)
        "Solitary Man" (12)
        "This Dirty Little Town" (5)
  6: "December In Vermont," Diane Zeigler [Self, 11/04] (45)
        "December In Vermont" (13)
        "Do You Hear What I Hear" (8)
        "Cherry Tree Carol" (4)
  7: "How Like The Holly," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1999] (43)
        "Let's Do Christmas Right" (13)
        "How Like The Holly" (10)
        "One Horse Open Sleigh" (6)
  7: "Land Of Milk And Honey," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 3/04] (43)
        "Peace Call" (18)
        "Hiway 9" (13)
        "Milk And Honey" (3)
  9: "Merry Fishes To All," Trout Fishing In America [Self, 7/04] (42)
        "Santa Brought Me Clothes" (7)
        "Christmas Letter" (5)
        "Snow Day" (5)
 10: "The Runaway Christmas Tree," Christine Lavin And The Mistletones [Appleseed, 12/03] (40)
        "Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song" (9)
        "The Runaway Christmas Tree" (6)
        "Tacobel Canon" (6)
        "Snow Medley" (5)
 11: "Names," Tim Grimm [Wind River, 10/04] (39)
        "Lula Walls" (6)
        "Sam Stone" (6)
        "Pretty Boy Floyd" (5)
        "Georgia Lee" (4)
 12: "Mojave River," Chris Stuart And Backcountry [Backcountry, 11/04] (37)
        "Dollar Bill Blues" (11)
        "Rider On This Train" (5)
        "Dear Friends And Gentle Hearts" (4)
        "Jealous Crow" (4)
 13: "On Christmas Night," Cherish The Ladies [Rounder, 11/04] (35)
        "On Christmas Night" (11)
        "Castle Of Dromore" (5)
        "Little Drummer Boy" (4)
        "Silent Night" (4)
 14: "40 Days," Wailin' Jennys [Jericho Beach, 4/04] (33)
        "Beautiful Dawn" (6)
        "One Voice" (4)
        "Take It Down" (4)
 15: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder, 2002] (31)
        "Call Collect On Christmas," James King (5)
        "Christmas Is Near," Open Road (3)
 16: "Vuelta," Richard Shindell [Koch, 8/04] (30)
        "So Says The Whipporwill" (6)
        "Waist Deep In The Big Muddy" (6)
        "Fenario" (5)
        "Hazel's House" (5)
        "Last Fare Of The Day" (3)
 17: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (29)
        "Hanerot Halalu" (9)
        "Voices Of Winter/Red And Green" (5)
 18: "Hymns For The Exiled," Anais Mitchell [Waterbug, 9/04] (27)
        "Mockingbird" (6)
        "I Wear Your Dress" (5)
        "2 Kids" (4)
        "1984" (3)
        "Before The Eyes Of Storytelling Girls" (3)
 19: "Goin' Home," Paul Rishell And Annie Raines [Tone Cool, 9/04] (26)
        "Memphis Town" (5)
        "I'm Goin' Home" (4)
        "I Had A Good Mother And Father" (3)
        "Ragtime Millionaire" (3)
        "Some Of These Days" (3)
        "You've Got It Made" (3)
 19: "You Can't Save Everybody," Kieran Kane And Kevin Welch [Compass, 7/04] (26)
        "Till I'm Too Old To Die Young" (6)
        "You Can't Save Everybody" (6)
 21: "And The Tin Pan Bended, And The Story Ended," Dave Van Ronk [Smithsonian/Folkways, 6/04] (24)
        "Did You Hear John Hurt?" (4)
        "Green, Green Rocky Road" (3)
        "Urge For Going" (3)
        "You've Been A Good Old Wagon" (3)
 21: "Christmas," Bruce Cockburn [Columbia, 1998] (24)
        "Mary Had A Baby" (6)
        "I Saw 3 Ships" (4)
        "Shepherds" (4)
        "Early On One Christmas Morn" (3)
 21: "The Heart Wants What It Wants," The Cantrells [Self, new] (24)
        "Snowbound" (13)
        "You Turn Me On I'm A Radio" (4)
 21: "Rootbound," Rootbound [Self, 11/04] (24)
        "Oh My Little Darling / Mason's Apron" (6)
        "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (3)
        "Banjo Pickin' Girl" (3)
        "If I Should Fall Behind" (3)
 25: "Gift Of The Magi," Darryl Purpose [Self, 2002] (23)
        "You Must Go Home For Christmas" (5)
        "Christmas In The Trenches" (3)
        "Mary And Joe" (3)
        "May It Be" (3)
 25: "Things I Choose To Do," Laurie MacAllister [Self, 11/04] (23)
        "I Can't Sleep" (7)
        "Coal Tattoo" (4)
        "I'm Only Sleeping" (3)
        "Jolene" (3)
 25: "Weiss Christmas," Ilene Weiss [Gadfly, 1997] (23)
        "Tree" (5)
        "Take It All Away" (4)
        "It's That Time Again" (3)
 25: "You Were There For Me," Peter Rowan And Tony Rice [Rounder, 9/04] (23)
        "Tin Roof Shack" (5)
        "You Were There For Me" (5)
        "Ahmed The Beggar Boy" (4)
        "Shirt Off My Back" (3)
 29: "Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster," Various Artists [American Roots, 8/04] (22)
        "Camptown Races," Duhks (4)
        "Don't Bet Money On The Shanghai," Br549 (3)
 29: "Great Big World," Pierce Pettis [Compass, 8/04] (22)
        "Alabama 1959" (5)
        "Another Day In Limbo" (4)
        "You're Gonna Need This Memory" (3)
 31: "At The Turning Of The Year," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Hand And Heart, 2000] (21)
        "Solstice Round" (8)
        "At The Turning Of The Year" (5)
        "Corn Water And Wood" (3)
 31: "Brand New Strings," Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder [Skaggs Family, 9/04] (21)
        "Sally Jo" (5)
        "Lonesome And Dry As A Bone" (4)
        "Appalachian Joy" (3)
        "Sis Draper" (3)
 31: "Last Month Of The Year," Magpie [Sliced Bread, 2002] (21)
        "Solstice Carol" (7)
        "Ballad Of Chanukah" (6)
        "Chanukah Chase" (4)
 31: "On A Winter's Night," Various Artists [Philo, 1994] (21)
        "Last Night," Lynn Miles (6)
        "Winter Wind," Patty Larkin (4)
 31: "Sugar Plums," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1993] (21)
        "Making Plans," Tim O'Brien (6)
        "Nothing But A Child," Robin And Linda Williams (4)
 36: "Bells Of Dublin," The Chieftains [RCA, 1999] (20)
        "Bells Of Dublin / Christmas Eve" (4)
        "Rebel Jesus," Chieftains With Jackson Browne (4)
 36: "Christmas In The Mountains," Various Artists [Rebel, 9/03] (20)
        "Christmas Time Back Home," Wildwood Valley Boys (6)
 36: "Dear Heather," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, 10/04] (20)
        "Letters" (6)
        "Nightingale" (4)
        "There For You" (4)
 36: "A Winter's Eve," Various Artists [Compass, 2/03] (20)
        "Carol Of The Kings," Alison Brown Quartet (5)
        "Christmas Lullabye," John R. Burr (3)
        "New Night Dawning," Andrea Zonn (3)
 40: "Golden Willow Tree," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 5/04] (19)
        "Banjo A La Turk" (4)
        "Study War No More" (4)
        "Papa Caught A Catfish" (3)
 40: "In The Hills Of California," Greg Brown [Red House, 9/04] (19)
        "I Want My Country Back" (4)
        "You Really Got A Hold On Me" (3)
 40: "Tinsel Tunes," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1997] (19)
        "Sleigh Ride," Sam Bush (4)
        "In The Bleak Midwinter," Mollie O'Brien (3)
        "Ring The Bells At Midnight," Kathy Kallick (3)
 43: "Christmas On The Mountain," Various Artists [Universal South, 2002] (18)
        "Bluegrass Christmas," Del McCoury Band (5)
        "Bah Humbug," Tim O'Brien (4)
        "Christmas Time On Rocky Time," Osborne Brothers (3)
 43: "Soul Of Christmas Guitar," El McMeen [Piney Ridge, 2/04] (18)
        "Good King Wenceslas" (4)
        "Angels We Have Heard On High" (3)
        "What Child Is This?" (3)
 43: "While The Paint Dries," Erik Balkey [Hudson Harding, 10/04] (18)
        "Silent Night" (8)
        "God's Poet Now" (5)
        "Someone To Call" (4)
 43: "Why The Long Face," Suzzy And Maggie Roche [Red House, 10/04] (18)
        "For Those Whose Work Is Invisible" (3)
        "Warwick Flog" (3)
        "Who Cares" (3)
 47: "Before Their Time 3," Various Artists [Before Their Time, 10/04] (17)
        "George And His 88 Keys," Cosy Sheridan (2)
 47: "Cold Mountain soundtrack," Various Artists [Columbia, 12/03] (17)
        "Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over," Fiddlin' John Carson And Earl Johnson (3)
        "Wayfaring Stranger," Bill Monroe (3)
 47: "Impossible Dream," Patty Griffin [ATO, 4/04] (17)
        "Cold As It Gets" (5)
        "Love Throws A Line" (4)
 50: "12 Steps Of Christmas," Various Artists [Providence, 1997] (16)
        "Winter Solstice Blessing," Marcia Taylor (4)
        "Christmas Is Homeless," Barbara Kessler (3)
        "It's A Holiday," Mary Ann Rossoni (3)
        "Menorah," Laura Berkson (3)
 50: "Christmas," Carol Noonan [Self, 12/03] (16)
        "Christmas Of '64" (5)
        "2 Hours To Maine" (4)
        "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (3)
 50: "Cold Blow These Winter Winds," Various Artists [Green Linnet, 10/04] (16)
        "Christmas In Prison," Rory McLeod (7)
        "Balulalow," Karine Polwart (3)
        "Fairytale Of New York," Andy Lang And Karine Polwart (3)
 50: "Hillbilly Holiday," Various Artists [Rhino, 1989] (16)
        "Christmas Time's A-Coming," Bill Monroe (2)
 50: "Libertango," Sharon Shannon And Friends [Compass, 9/04] (16)
        "Wishing Well" (3)
 50: "Rock That Babe," The Mammals [Signature, 4/04] (16)
        "Lay Down Yr Mountain" (4)
        "Fall On My Knees" (3)
 50: "The Street Was Always There," Eric Andersen [Appleseed, 9/04] (16)
        "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (3)
        "Louise" (3)
        "Waves Of Freedom" (3)
 50: "This Is Me," Eddie From Ohio [Virginia Soul, 10/04] (16)
        "And The Rain Crashed Down" (4)
        "Baltimore" (3)
 50: "Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage Of The Carter Family," Various Artists [Dualtone, 8/04] (16)
        "Worried Man Blues," George Jones (5)
        "Winding Stream," Rosanne Cash (3)
 50: "We Three Kings," The Roches [MCA, 1990] (16)
        "Star Of Wonder" (4)
        "We 3 Kings" (3)
 60: "The Art Of Removing Wallpaper," Terri Hendrix [Wilory, 6/04] (15)
        "Enjoy The Ride" (3)
        "Hey Now" (3)
 60: "Color Came One Day," Chuck Brodsky [Waterbug, 6/04] (15)
        "Dangerous Times" (8)
 60: "Girl From Arkansas," Rod Picott [Welding Rod, 10/04] (15)
        "Big Mean Men" (5)
        "Kerosene" (5)
 60: "Kindling The Fire," Harvey Reid And Joyce Andersen [Woodpecker, 7/04] (15)
        "I'll Fly Away" (4)
        "Jack Of Diamonds" (3)
 60: "King For A Day," Jason Wilber [Wilbertone, 8/04] (15)
        "Don't Be Cruel" (5)
        "King For A Day" (4)
        "Pay Bo Diddley" (3)
 60: "Light Of The Stable," Emmylou Harris [Warner, 1979] (15)
        "Light Of The Stable" (4)
        "Christmas Time's A-Coming" (3)
 60: "Mortal City," Dar Williams [Razor & Tie, 1996] (15)
        "The Christians And The Pagans" (12)
 60: "Spaz Loves Weezie," Jory Nash [Thin Man, 10/04] (15)
        "Conversion Of Pearl Hart" (5)
        "F# Blues" (3)
 60: "Underneath The Stars," Kate Rusby [Compass, 1/04] (15)
        "Blind Harper" (3)
 60: "Universal United House Of Prayer," Buddy Miller [New West, 9/04] (15)
        "Shelter Me" (4)
        "This Old World" (3)
        "Worry Too Much" (3)
 70: "Shining Thing," Garnet Rogers [Snow Goose, 11/04] (14)
        "Soul Kiss" (5)
        "Grace" (4)
        "Oh How Happy" (4)
        "More Hallowed" (3)
 70: "Long Story Short," Clive Gregson [Gadfly, 9/04] (14)
        "Gold Fish Bowl" (4)
        "Wintertime" (3)
 70: "Christmas Island," Leon Redbone [Private, 2002] (14)
        "Let It Snow" (5)
        "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays" (3)
 70: "Coin Of The Realm," Jack Hardy [Great Divide, 10/04] (14)
        "Poor Man" (3)
        "Song For Dave" (3)
 70: "December Sky," Mae Robertson [Lyric Partners, 11/04] (14)
        "Every December Sky" (4)
 70: "Filth And Fire," Mary Gauthier [Signature, 2002] (14)
        "Christmas In Paradise" (12)
 70: "Genuine Houserockin' Christmas," Various Artists [Alligator, 9/03] (14)
        "Christmas Fais Do Do," Marcia Ball (4)
        "Stay A Little Longer, Santa," Shemekia Copeland (3)
 70: "Legacy," Guy Davis [Red House, 8/04] (14)
        "We All Need More Kindness In This World" (3)
 70: "Listen To The Angels," Neal And Leandra [Uncle Gus, 1999] (14)
        "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (7)
 70: "One More Christmas," Albert And Gage [Moon House, 2001] (14)
        "One More Christmas" (3)
        "River" (3)
 70: "A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'," Various Artists [Pinecastle, 11/04] (14)
        "Christmas At The Old Homeplace," David Parmley And Continental Divide (2)
 70: "The Sea And The Sky," Jonathan Byrd And Dromedary [Waterbug, 6/04] (14)
        "Young Slaver" (4)
        "Little Bird" (3)
 70: "Still She Moves," Ariane Lydon [Overt, 6/04] (14)
        "Oh My Darling Clementine" (3)
        "Stranger, Stranger" (3)
 70: "When I See Winter Return," William Pint And Felicia Dale [Waterbug, 1998] (14)
        "The Trees Are All Bare" (4)
        "I Saw Three Ships" (3)

TOP SONGS OF DECEMBER 2004

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12946 airplays from 134 different DJs

1. "Christmas In The Trenches" (22)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Live At Wolf Trap"
        also "Winter Solstice"
1. "Verdant Mile" (22)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Verdant Mile"
3. "Peace Call" (19)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Land Of Milk And Honey"
4. "If We Make It Through December" (16)
        by Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
        from "Winter's Grace"
5. "The Christians And The Pagans" (15)
        by Dar Williams
        from "Mortal City"
5. "Pastures Of Plenty" (15)
        by Alison Krauss And Union Station
        from "Lonely Runs Both Ways"
5. "Soldier's Christmas" (15)
        by Jeff Talmadge
        from "Blissville"
        also "Soldier's Christmas"
8. "American Noel" (14)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Gentle Arms Of Eden EP"
        also "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration"
8. "Let's Do Christmas Right" (14)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "How Like The Holly"
8. "Merry Christmas From The Family" (14)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "The Party Never Ends"
11. "December In Vermont" (13)
        by Diane Zeigler
        from "December In Vermont"
11. "Hiway 9" (13)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Land Of Milk And Honey"
11. "Snowbound" (13)
        by The Cantrells
        from "The Heart Wants What It Wants"
14. "Christmas In Paradise" (12)
        by Mary Gauthier
        from "Filth And Fire"
14. "Solitary Man" (12)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Verdant Mile"
16. "Dollar Bill Blues" (11)
        by Chris Stuart And Backcountry
        from "Mojave River"
16. "On Christmas Night" (11)
        by Cherish The Ladies
        from "On Christmas Night"
16. "River" (11)
        by Joni Mitchell
        from "Blue"
19. "Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song" (10)
        by Christine Lavin And The Mistletones
        from "The Runaway Christmas Tree"
19. "Gower Wassail" (10)
        by Finest Kind With John D. Huston
        from "Feasts And Spirits"
19. "Hanerot Halalu" (10)
        by Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
        from "Voices Of Winter"
19. "How Like The Holly" (10)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "How Like The Holly"
19. "Rain Please Go Away" (10)
        by Alison Krauss And Union Station
        from "Lonely Runs Both Ways"
19. "Restless" (10)
        by Alison Krauss And Union Station
        from "Lonely Runs Both Ways"
25. "Dangerous Times" (9)
        by Chuck Brodsky
        from "Color Came One Day"
25. "Do You Hear What I Hear" (9)
        by Diane Zeigler
        from "December In Vermont"
25. "Homeless Wassail" (9)
        by Finest Kind With John D. Huston
        from "Feasts And Spirits"
25. "Unionhouse Branch" (9)
        by Alison Krauss And Union Station
        from "Lonely Runs Both Ways"
25. "Wouldn't Be So Bad" (9)
        by Alison Krauss And Union Station
        from "Lonely Runs Both Ways"

TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2004

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12946 airplays from 134 different DJs

1. Alison Krauss (118)
2. Finest Kind (85)
3. Joel Mabus (69)
4. Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum (63)
5. Eliza Gilkyson (61)
6. Trout Fishing In America (58)
7. Christine Lavin (57)
7. John McCutcheon (57)
9. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen (55)
10. Tracy Grammer (54)
11. Bob Dylan (50)
11. Diane Zeigler (50)
13. Richard Shindell (48)
14. Greg Brown (46)
15. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer (45)
16. Cherish The Ladies (43)
16. Tim Grimm (43)
18. Chris Stuart (42)
18. Dave Van Ronk (42)
20. Bruce Cockburn (39)
20. Tim O'Brien (39)
20. Wailin' Jennys (39)
23. Bill Staines (38)
24. Pierce Pettis (33)
25. Magpie (32)
26. Darryl Purpose (31)
26. Emmylou Harris (31)
26. Kate Campbell (31)
26. Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder (31)
30. Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver (30)
30. Nanci Griffith (30)
32. John Prine (29)
32. Joni Mitchell (29)
32. Patty Griffin (29)
35. Anais Mitchell (28)
36. Dar Williams (27)
36. Pete Seeger (27)
36. Stan Rogers (27)
39. The Cantrells (26)
39. Kieran Kane And Kevin Welch (26)
39. Loreena McKennitt (26)
39. Paul Rishell And Annie Raines (26)


TOP LABELS OF DECEMBER 2004

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12946 airplays from 134 different DJs

1. Rounder (478)
2. Sugar Hill (204)
3. Columbia (182)
4. Signature (181)
5. Red House (173)
6. Compass (154)
7. Smithsonian/Folkways (109)
8. Appleseed (98)
9. Warner (97)
10. Fallen Angle (81)
10. Rhino (81)
12. Green Linnet (77)
13. Philo (74)
14. Vanguard (71)
15. Greentrax (68)
16. Koch (67)
17. Flying Fish (65)
17. Waterbug (65)
19. Rebel (60)
20. Wind River (55)
21. Gadfly (52)
22. Hightone (51)
23. Pinecastle (45)
24. Borealis (44)
24. RCA Victor (44)
26. Fossil (39)
27. Alligator (37)
27. Capitol (37)
27. Dualtone (37)
30. Elektra (34)
31. Trout (33)
32. MCA (32)
32. Shanachie (32)
32. Skaggs Family (32)
35. Maggie's (31)
36. Oh Boy (29)
37. New West (28)
38. Razor And Tie (27)
39. Putumayo (26)
40. CMH (24)
40. Mercury (24)

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) and also, in an
extended version, at http://nwfolk.com (my 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 are listed.

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