Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of December 2016 (with DJ list)

TOP ALBUMS AND SONGS OF DECEMBER 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14397 airplays from 141 different DJs

  1: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, new] (95)
        "Leonard Cohen Christmas," Mark Stepakoff
        "River," Robert Bobby Duo
        "Winterclear," David Lamotte
        "When It Rains On Christmas Day," Sofia Talvik
  2: "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg," Gillian Welch [Acony, 11/16] (84)
        "Red Clay Halo"
        "Orphan Girl"
        "One More Dollar"
        "Wichita"
  3: "Christmas On The Lam And Other Songs From The Season," Various Artists [Red House, 10/16] (53)
        "Song For A Winter's Night," Pines
        "Holed Up In Mason City," John Gorka
        "Christmas To Me," Dale Watson
  4: "Wonderful World Outside," The Piedmont Melody Makers [Vigortone, 11/16] (42)
        "Trials Troubles Tribulations"
        "Are You Lonesome Tonight"
        "Troublesome Waters"
  5: "Fall Away Blues," Red Tail Ring [redtailring.com, 8/16] (35)
        "Fall Away Blues"
        "Gibson Town"
        "I'd Rather Be The Devil"
  5: "Know The Mountain," Hannah Shira Naiman [Merriweather, 10/16] (35)
        "Come All You Lonesome Ramblers"
        "In The Pouring Rain"
        "Rubikee"
  7: "A Bell A Bird A Star," Jubilant Bridge [jubilantbridge.net, new] (33)
        "A Bell A Bird A Star"
        "Winterlude"
  8: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (32)
        "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke"
        "Falling In Love Again"
  9: "Wintersong," Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem [Signature, 11/16] (29)
        "Maybe This Christmas"
        "Yonder Come Day"
 10: "Magic Fire," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 8/16] (28)
        "Shining In The Distance"
        "All The News"
        "Hands Of Man"
 11: "Just One Angel," Christine Lavin And Friends [Yellow Tail, 2010] (27)
        "Ready For The Dark," Larry Murante
 12: "Borderland," Joe K. Walsh [Skinny Elephant, 9/16] (26)
        "Cumberland Gap"
        "Stream"
        "Red Skies"
 12: "White Christmas Blue," Loretta Lynn [Legacy, 10/16] (26)
        "Country Christmas"
        "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus"
        "White Christmas Blue"
 14: "Come Darkness, Come Light," Mary Chapin Carpenter [Zoe, 2008] (25)
        "Bells Are Ringing"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
 14: "Playing It Forward," The Savage Hearts [thesavagehearts.com, 9/16] (25)
        "Age"
        "Faded Love"
        "Ragtime Annie"
 16: "Gift Of The Magi," Darryl Purpose [darrylpurpose.com, 2002] (24)
        "Christmas In The Trenches"
        "You Must Go Home For Christmas"
 16: "Patch Of Sky," Larry Murante [Weeping Wood, 10/16] (24)
        "Ready For The Dark"
        "Veterans Day"
 16: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (24)
        "More Wood"
        "Raise The Dead Of Wintertime"
 16: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 10: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 12/15] (24)
        "Longest Night Of The Year," Joe Jencks
        "This Chanukia," Daniel Cainer
        "Christmas In A Coal Mine," Aj Lee
 20: "Frailing To Succeed," Daniel Koulack [Little Giant, 5/16] (23)
        "Happy Tune"
        "Glenn Gould Piece"
        "Hummingbird Waltz"
 20: "Innocent Road," Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms [West Sound, 9/16] (23)
        "C'est Le Moment"
        "Coming On Strong"
 20: "Midwinter," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 2005] (23)
        "Where Is The Light"
        "Green"
 20: "Christine Lavin Presents: Just One Angel v2.0," Various Artists [Yellow Tail, 2013] (23)
        "These Ornaments," Craig Werth
 24: "The Life And Songs Of Emmylou Harris," Various Artists [Rounder, 11/16] (22)
        "2 More Bottles Of Wine," Sheryl Crow And Vince Gill
        "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Mavis Staples
 24: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, 9/16] (22)
        "Cuckoo"
        "Down On Penny's Farm"
 24: "The Ultimate Guide To English Folk," Various Artists [Arc, 10/16] (22)
        "Canadee-I-O," Nic Jones
        "New Road To Alston," Blowzabella
 27: "The Seven Suns," John McSherry [Compass, 11/16] (21)
        "Atlantean"
        "Dance Of The Siog"
 27: "Holiday Snowflakes (Sampler 6)," Various Artists [Azalea City, 11/16] (21)
        "Answer The Knock At The Door," Zoe Mulford
        "Dancing Toward The Light," Jesse Palidofsky
 27: "Keepsake," Gathering Time [Treble-G, 3/16] (21)
        "Light In The Darkness"
        "Who Knows Where The Time Goes"
 27: "Mountain Voodoo," Balsam Range [Mountain Home, 11/16] (21)
        "Blue Collar Dreams"
 27: "A Very Blue Rock Christmas," Various Artists [Blue Rock, 2013] (21)
        "Christmas In The Ashram," Tom Prasada-Rao
        "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," Ruthie Foster
 27: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature, 1999] (21)
        "If We Make It Through December"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
 33: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (20)
        "House Of Mercy"
        "Take Me Back"
 34: "Love Is Love," Paul Sachs [paulsachs.com, 7/16] (19)
        "Late For The Protest"
        "Best Hope Can Do"
 34: "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration," Various Artists [Signature, 2001] (19)
        "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        "Tree," Jim Henry
 36: "Empty Train," David Francey [Laker, 2/16] (18)
        "Empty Train"
        "Big Texas Moon"
        "Holy Ground"
 36: "The First Christmas Gift," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 2005] (18)
        "Shotgun Shells On A Christmas Tree"
        "Together All Alone"
 36: "Long List Of Priors," Kenny White [MVP, 9/16] (18)
        "Che Guevara"
        "Road Less Traveled"
 36: "You Want It Darker," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, 10/16] (18)
        "Travelling Light"
        "You Want It Darker"
 40: "All These Years," Solas [THL, 2/16] (17)
        "Standing On The Shore"
 40: "And It Was Good," The Andrew Collins Trio [andrewcollinstrio.com, 10/16] (17)
        "And It Was Good"
        "Firmaments"
 40: "Beneath Still Waters," Courtney Granger [Valcour, 10/16] (17)
        "Beneath Still Waters"
        "Warm Red Wine"
 40: "Fryd," Sver [Folkhall, 8/16] (17)
        "Lompa Koyre Traktor"
        "Mysoxen"
 40: "The Long Unbroken Line," The Good Intentions [Tres Pescadores, 11/16] (17)
        "Hard Times Have Come Again"
        "Your Old Flame"
 40: "The Other Way Around," David Lamotte [DPI, 8/16] (17)
        "John Henry Revisited"
        "Taste The Light"
 40: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 8: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 2013] (17)
        "Longest Night Of The Year," Cal Scott
        "Santa Drank The Whole Damn Bar," Mark Stepakoff
 40: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 4: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 2009] (17)
        "Straw Against The Chill," Mara Levine W/Joe Jencks
 40: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 2: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 2007] (17)
        "Light The Lamp," Emily Kurn
 49: "Nine Pin," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 5/16] (16)
        "Little Pink"
 49: "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Signature, 2007] (16)
        "American Noel"
        "Giddyup Said Santa"
 49: "At The Turning Of The Year," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Hand And Heart, 2000] (16)
        "At The Turning Of The Year"
        "Solstice Round"
 49: "Blindfaller," Mandolin Orange [Yep Roc, 9/16] (16)
        "Hey Stranger"
        "Cold Lover's Waltz"
 49: "Blue Mountain," Bob Weir [Columbia, 9/16] (16)
        "Gonesville"
        "Lay My Lily Down"
 49: "The Blues, The Whole Blues And Nothing But The Blues," David Bromberg Band [Red House, 10/16] (16)
        "Fool For You"
        "Kentucky Blues"
 49: "Celebration," David Mallett [North Road, 2/16] (16)
        "Celebration"
        "Ring For You"
 49: "Greenland," Ben Plotnick [Self, 9/16] (16)
        "Molly's Favorite"
 49: "Honest Life," Courtney Marie Andrews [Mama Bird, 8/16] (16)
        "Honest Life"
        "Rookie Dreaming"
 49: "Pete, Woody & Me - Volume I: Keep The Flame Alive," Spook Handy [Akashic, 6/16] (16)
        "Banks Of Marble"
        "Quite Early Morning"
 49: "Live," Runa [runamusic.com, 7/16] (16)
        "Hunter Set"
        "Wind That Shakes The Barley"
 49: "National Parks Centennial Songs EP," Gigi Love [Self, 6/16] (16)
        "Yellowstone Wind"
        "Yosemite Gold"
 49: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder, 2002] (16)
        "Call Collect On Christmas," James King
 49: "Trail Of Tales," The Bills [Borealis, 3/16] (16)
        "Wonders I've Seen"
        "When The Last Leaf Falls"
 49: "Where Will You Be Christmas Day?," Various Artists [Dust-To-Digital, 2004] (16)
        "Happy New Year," Lightning Hopkins
 64: "The Boston States," Katie McNally [katiemcnally.com, 10/16] (15)
        "Colin MacIntosh / Black Horse"
        "Down The Burn, Davie Lad"
 64: "Lift," Dave Gunning [Wee House, 7/15] (15)
        "Sing It Louder"
        "This Changin' Wind"
 64: "Midwest Side Stories," Chicago Farmer [chicagofarmer.com, 9/16] (15)
        "Skateboard Song"
 64: "Night Sky," Dick Weissman [Longest Bridge, 5/16] (15)
        "Departure"
 68: "Beyond The Ash And Steel," Judy Kass [judykassmusic.com, 1/16] (14)
        "Vastness Of Now"
 68: "All The Way To Bethlehem," Donna Ulisse [Hadley, 2012] (14)
        "I See The Light Of The World"
 68: "An Americana Christmas," Various Artists [New West, 2014] (14)
        "Must Be Santa," Bob Dylan
 68: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 9/16] (14)
        "Lean In Toward The Light"
 68: "Dori Freeman," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, 2/16] (14)
        "Fine Fine Fine"
        "Where I Stood"
 68: "More Than A Little," Adrian And Meredith [Vertigo, 11/16] (14)
        "Country Tune"
 68: "North By South," Claire Lynch [Compass, 9/16] (14)
        "Cold Hearted Wind"
        "Gone Again"
 68: "Original Traditional," Blue Highway [Rounder, 9/16] (14)
        "Hallelujah"
        "If Lonesome Don't Kill Me"
 68: "Play The Swamp Pop Classics Vol. 2," The Revelers [Self, new] (14)
        "If It's Really Gotta Be This Way"
        "Trip To The Moon"
 68: "Sons Of Pitches," Sons Of Pitches [Self, new] (14)
        "William Tell Overture"
 68: "Storyman," Sam Bush [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (14)
        "Bowling Green"
        "Everything Is Possible"
 68: "Sugar Plums," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1993] (14)
        "Making Plans," Tim O'Brien


TOP SONGS OF DECEMBER 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14397 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. "Christians And The Pagans" (16)
        by Dar Williams
        from "Mortal City"
1. "Christmas In The Trenches" (16)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Winter Sol;Stice"
        also "Live At Wolf Trap"
3. "Leonard Cohen Christmas" (13)
        by Mark Stepakoff
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays"
4. "Ready For The Dark" (12)
        by Larry Murante
        from "Patch Of Sky"
        also "Just One Angel"
4. "Song For A Winter's Night" (12)
        by Pines
        from "Christmas On The Lam And Other Songs From The Season"
6. "A Bell A Bird A Star" (11)
        by Jubilant Bridge
        from "A Bell A Bird A Star"
6. "Light The Lamp" (11)
        by Emily Kurn
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 2: Happy Holidays"
        also "I'm Just Like You"
6. "Red Clay Halo" (11)
        by Gillian Welch
        from "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg"
9. "American Noel" (10)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "American Noel"
        also "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration"
9. "Merry Christmas From The Family" (10)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "Live At The Ryman"
        also "Live Dinner Reunion"
9. "River" (10)
        by Joni Mitchell
        from "Blue"
12. "On Christmas I Got Nothing" (9)
        by Chuck Brodsky
        from "Radio"
13. "And It Was Good" (8)
        by The Andrew Collins Trio
        from "And It Was Good"
13. "Answer The Knock At The Door" (8)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Holiday Snowflakes (Sampler 6)"
13. "Christmas Time At Home" (8)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "Christmas Time"
13. "Country Christmas" (8)
        by Loretta Lynn
        from "White Christmas Blue"
13. "Dry Town" (8)
        by Gillian Welch
        from "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg"
13. "Fall Away Blues" (8)
        by Red Tail Ring
        from "Fall Away Blues"
13. "Getting Ready For Christmas Day" (8)
        by Paul Simon
        from "So Beautiful Or So What"
13. "How Like The Holly" (8)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "How Like The Holly"
13. "If We Make It Through December" (8)
        by Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
        from "Winter's Grace"
13. "Light In The Darkness" (8)
        by Gathering Time
        from "Keepsake"
13. "Maybe This Christmas" (8)
        by Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem
        from "Wintersong"
13. "Orphan Girl" (8)
        by Gillian Welch
        from "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg"
13. "River" (8)
        by Robert Bobby Duo
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays"
13. "Solstice Sky" (8)
        by Sharon Goldman
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays"
13. "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus" (8)
        by Loretta Lynn
        from "White Christmas Blue"
13. "Together All Alone" (8)
        by Robin And Linda Williams
        from "Christmas On The Lam And Other Songs From The Season"
        also "The First Christmas Gift"
13. "When It Rains On Christmas Day" (8)
        by Sofia Talvik
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays"
13. "Winterclear" (8)
        by David Lamotte
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays"


TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14397 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. Gillian Welch
2. John Prine
3. John McCutcheon
4. The Piedmont Melody Makers
5. Leonard Cohen
6. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
7. Darryl Purpose
8. Red Tail Ring
9. Jubilant Bridge
9. Kate Rusby
9. Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
12. Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem
13. Hannah Shira Naiman
13. Mary Chapin Carpenter
15. Bob Dylan
15. Joel Mabus
15. The Stray Birds
18. Joan Baez
18. Robin And Linda Williams
20. John Gorka
20. Loretta Lynn
22. Peter Mayer
22. Peter, Paul And Mary
22. Rhonda Vincent
25. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
26. David Francey
27. Joe K. Walsh
28. David Lamotte
28. Larry Murante
30. Merle Haggard
30. Pete Seeger
30. The Savage Hearts
33. Carrie Newcomer
34. Burns Sisters
34. Cherish The Ladies
34. Daniel Koulack
34. Gathering Time
34. Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
34. Robert Earl Keen
40. Balsam Range
40. Brother Sun
40. Emmylou Harris
40. Infamous Stringdusters
40. Joni Mitchell


TOP LABELS OF DECEMBER 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14397 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Columbia
5. Hudson Harding
5. Sugar Hill
7. Signature
8. Warner
9. Acony
10. Sony
11. Rhino
11. Yep Roc
13. Borealis
13. RCA
13. Rebel
16. Capitol
17. Green Linnet
18. Mountain Home
19. Yellow Tail
20. Flying Fish
21. Vanguard
22. Pinecastle
23. Kingswood
23. Merriweather
23. Smithsonian/Folkways
26. New West
27. Arc
27. Waterbug
29. Legacy
30. Patuxent
31. Nonesuch
32. Mountain Fever
33. Mercury
34. Folk-Legacy
35. Philo
35. Reprise
37. Appleseed
37. Oh Boy
39. Universal
40. Bear Family


FOLK DJs - DECEMBER 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14397 airplays from 141 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Anne Fuller (KRNN-FM, AK)
Annette Kastner & Ryan Marley Grant (WTJU-FM, VA)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WCOM-FM, NC)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (mostlyfolk.org, NY)
Bettie Carlson (WCUW-FM, MA)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob Heyer (WWOV-FM, WV)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brad Edmondson (WVBR-FM, NY)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Carpenter, Brown, Kindig, Donleavy, Rough, Koplin & Davis (WTJU-FM, VA)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chris Kocher (WHRW-FM, NY)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WMNF-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Murphy (acousticoutpost.com, NH)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Devin Adams (WYSO-FM, OH)
Diane Crowe (WMCB-FM, MA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Don Jacobson (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Priddy (WJCU-FM, OH)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jan Nary (4EB-FM, Australia)
Jared Ingersol (syndicated & sweetharmony.fm, IA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jeff Zolitor (KNYO-FM, CA)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM & radiohowhere903.com, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Lupton and George Mercer (WVUD-FM, DE)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Patterson (WXPI-FM, PA)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Sillberg (CKOL-FM, ON)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Nagelberg (WHYR-FM, LA)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Linda Fahey (WKSU & syndicated, OH)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated, DC)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Michelle Drackett-Smisek (WJCU-FM, OH)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Hefti (live365.com, CA)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KQSC-FM, CO)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM & WWUH-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Terry O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)


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 personal 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 60% to 80% 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 more popular tracks that
were played are 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.  A more detailed explanation is
available at nwfolk.com.

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