Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of January 2011 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15346 airplays from 157 different DJs

  1: "Put The Big Stone Down," Geoff Bartley [Magic Crow, 10/10] (85)
        "Put The Big Stone Down"
        "Cat Song"
        "Occam's Razor"
        "Blue Moon On New Years Eve"
        "Look Down The Road"
  2: "City Of Refuge," Abigail Washburn [Rounder, new] (46)
        "City Of Refuge"
        "Corner Girl"
  3: "Cackalack," Jonathan Byrd [Waterbug, 1/11] (45)
        "I Was An Oak Tree"
        "Chicken Wire"
  3: "These Old Roots," The Honey Dewdrops [Self, 9/10] (45)
        "Nobody In This World"
        "Way Back When"
  5: "Call It My Garden," Carrie Elkin [Red House, 2010] (44)
        "Jesse Likes Birds"
        "Edge Of The World"
  6: "The Once," The Once [Borealis, 9/10] (42)
        "Sail Away To The Sea"
        "Maid On The Shore"
  7: "Folk-Worn Prose," Shaun Cromwell [Melon Patch, 11/10] (41)
        "I Am Undone"
        "Second Longest Day Of The Year"
  8: "Red Horse," Red Horse [Red House, 7/10] (40)
        "I Am A Child"
        "Wayfaring Stranger"
        "If These Walls Could Talk"
  9: "Heaven Below," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 4/10] (37)
        "All The World Is One"
        "Ordinary Day"
  9: "The Road To Damascus," Notorious [Black Socks Press, 10/10] (37)
        "Door County #2"
        "Planxty Eden"
        "The Road To Damascus"
 11: "James," Red Molly [Self, 2/10] (36)
        "Tear My Stillhouse Down"
        "End Of The Line"
 12: "Legacy," Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band [Compass, 9/10] (32)
        "Jailer Jailer"
        "Lord Hamilton's Yearling"
 12: "Some Kind Of Cure," David Berkeley [Self, new] (32)
        "Winter Winds"
        "Steel Mill"
 14: "Courage," Si Kahn [Strictly Country, 5/10] (30)
        "Otis Is Flying"
        "Playing The Old Songs"
 15: "Bright Morning Stars," The Wailin' Jennys [Red House, new] (29)
        "Bright Morning Stars"
        "Swing Low Sail High"
        "All The Stars"
 15: "I Wasn't Built For A Life Like This," Caleb Stine [Self, 10/10] (29)
        "My Service Isn't Needed Anymore"
        "Doing Time In Baltimore"
        "I Wasn't Built For A Life Like This"
 15: "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," Loreena McKennitt [Quinlan Road, 11/10] (29)
        "On A Bright May Morning"
        "As I Roved Out"
        "Star Of The County Down"
 18: "Yesterday I Saw The Earth Beautiful," Gerry O'Beirne And Rosie Shipley [Shipwhistle, 10/10] (28)
        "American Tunes"
        "Black Water"
        "Lonesome Road"
 19: "Fall For Beauty," Lynn Miles [True North, 10/10] (27)
        "Something Beautiful"
        "3 Chords And The Truth"
        "Fearless Heart"
 19: "The Heart Of A Waiting Boy," Patti Casey [Long Shot, 2010] (27)
        "Wander On, Weary Soul"
        "Gander In The Stubble"
        "Spread Joy Over This Land"
 19: "Just One Angel," Christine Lavin And Friends [Yellow Tail, 12/10] (27)
        "Auld Lang Syne," Kate Taylor
        "We'll All Meet Up Next Year," Deirdre Flint
 22: "Lorraine," Lori McKenna [Signature, 2010] (25)
        "Luxury Of Knowing"
 23: "All The Good Summers," Andrew And Noah Van Norstrand [Great Bear, 5/10] (24)
        "Love And Winter"
        "Samuel Mason"
        "Where Should I Go"
 23: "Ear To The Ground," Coyote Grace [Mile After Mile, 2009] (24)
        "Man In The Moon"
        "Young And Dumb"
 23: "Highway 71," 3 Penny Acre [Second String, 7/10] (24)
        "Highway 71"
 23: "Mile-High Rodeo," Johanna Divine [Self, 5/10] (24)
        "Done 'em Again"
        "Lone Ranger"
 23: "Passage," John McCutcheon [Appalseed, 10/10] (24)
        "Along Came You"
        "Glory Halleluiah"
 23: "Remember Me Well," Red June [Self, 8/10] (24)
        "Home Is A Railroad"
 29: "Forever And A Day," Kruger Brothers [Double Time, 3/10] (23)
        "Forever And A Day"
 30: "Have You Ever Even Heard Of Milton Brown?," Great Recession Orchestra [New Tex, 10/10] (21)
        "Sadie Green"
        "Somebody's Been Using That Thing"
 30: "Many Great Companions," Dar Williams [Razor And Tie, 10/10] (21)
        "One Who Knows"
 30: "Reverie," David Wilcox [What Are, 11/10] (21)
        "End Of The World"
        "Let The Wave Say"
 30: "We Still Love Our Country," Carrie Rodriguez And Ben Kyle [Ninth Street Opus, new] (21)
        "If I Needed You"
        "My Baby's Gone"
 30: "Words Through The Seasons," Alicia McGovern [Self, 10/10] (21)
        "I'll Keep Trying"
        "I Wanna Grow Old"
 35: "Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream," Gurf Morlix [Self, new] (20)
        "Oh Darlin"
        "Big Cheeseburgers And Good French Fries"
 35: "Goodnight Regret," Tom Prasada-Rao [Self, 11/10] (20)
        "Better Angels"
        "Goodnight Regret"
 35: "The Last Star," Heidi Talbot [Compass, 9/10] (20)
        "The Last Star"
 35: "Western Country," Caleb Klauder [Padre, 9/10] (20)
        "Deep River"
        "Hole In My Heart"
 35: "What Makes Bob Holler," Hot Club Of Cowtown [Proper American, new] (20)
        "Stay A Little Longer"
        "Devil Ain't Lazy"
 40: "Genuine Negro Jig," Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch, 2/10] (19)
        "Trouble In Your Mind"
        "Cornbread And Butterbeans"
 40: "Looking Forward - Looking Back," Tracy Spring [Self, new] (19)
        "Get Lucky With You"
        "Eat, Sleep, Breathe"
 40: "Sigh No More," Mumford And Sons [Glassnote, 2/10] (19)
        "Awake My Soul"
        "Winter Winds"
 43: "Diamond Shine," Cris Cuddy [Vanishing Castle, 12/10] (18)
        "Diamond Shine"
        "Long And Lonesome Old Freight Train"
 43: "Everyone Is Someone," Dala [Campus, 2009] (18)
 43: "Hobos And Kings," Randy Burns [Self, 9/10] (18)
        "Hobos And Kings"
        "Rompin' Rovin' Days"
 43: "Paradise," Judy Collins [Wildflower, 6/10] (18)
        "Last Thing On My Mind"
 43: "The Secret Sisters," The Secret Sisters [Beladroit, 10/10] (18)
        "One I Love Is Gone"
        "My Heart Skips A Beat"
 48: "At Edwards Barn," Chris Hillman And Herb Pedersen [Rounder, 9/10] (17)
        "Turn Turn Turn"
        "Going Up Home"
 48: "Band Of Joy," Robert Plant [Rounder, 9/10] (17)
        "Angel Dance"
        "House Of Cards"
 48: "Chicken And Egg," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 7/10] (17)
        "Sun Jumped Up"
        "Letter In The Mail"
 48: "From The Fire," Paul Kamm And Eleanore MacDonald [Freewheel, 6/10] (17)
        "Ship Gonna Sail"
        "Dark Seed"
 48: "The High Road Home," Jack Williams [Wind River, 7/10] (17)
        "The High Road Home"
 48: "Not For Nothin," Marti Brom [Goofin, 10/10] (17)
        "Fool Such As I"
 48: "Should Have Known," Yvette Landry [Self, 6/10] (17)
 48: "Some Strange Country," Crooked Still [Signature, 5/10] (17)
        "Sometimes In This Country"
 48: "To Drink The Rain," Malcolm Holcombe [Music Road, new] (17)
        "Down In The Woods"
        "Mighty City"
 48: "Winning Streak," Don White [Self, 12/10] (17)
        "People In Michigan"
        "I Don't Know About Nothing"
 58: "Another Day's Journey," Ken Whiteley [Borealis, 9/10] (16)
        "Another Day's Journey"
        "Too Much Trouble"
 58: "The Day After Everything Changed," Ellis Paul [Black Wolf, 1/10] (16)
        "Rose Tattoo"
 58: "Live At The Cafe Carpe," Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault And Peter Mulvey [Signature, new] (16)
        "I'm Beginning To See The Light"
        "Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me"
 58: "Lucy," Lucy Wainwright Roche [Self, 10/10] (16)
        "Once In"
 58: "October Valentine," Chris Kokesh [Self, 7/10] (16)
        "Hell Of A Year"
 58: "Sad Song Junkie," Dan Baker [Trespass, 11/10] (16)
        "Sad Song Junkie"
 58: "The Turning Tide," Solas [Compass, 2/10] (16)
        "Ghost Of Tom Joad"
        "Sailor's Life"
 65: "Between The Hollow And The High Rise," Kathy Kallick Band [Live Oak, 5/10] (15)
        "My House," Kathy Kallick
 65: "A Crooked Road," Darrell Scott [Full Light, 5/10] (15)
        "A Crooked Road"
        "Love's Not Through With Me Yet"
 65: "Exiles Return," Karan Casey And John Doyle [Compass, 2/10] (15)
        "Exiles Return"
 65: "The Future Of Our Past," Various Artists [Greentrax, 10/10] (15)
        "Ali's Big Reel," Rsamd Year Iv
 65: "The Grim Parade," Uncle Bonsai [Yellow Tail, 11/10] (15)
        "The Grim Parade"
 65: "Live At Big Sky," Yellow Room Gang [Yellow Room, new] (15)
        "Grateful Life"
        "Gather The Family"
 65: "Lloyd Green Album," Peter Cooper [Red Beet, 9/10] (15)
        "Champion Of The World"
 65: "Man Of Many Moons," Danny Schmidt [Red House, new] (15)
        "Guilty By Association Blues"
 65: "The Road That Leads Me Home," L. J. Booth [Firefly Jar, 2009] (15)
        "Box Elder"
        "Hills Of Morning"
 65: "Stealing Genius," Ron Hynes [Borealis, 10/10] (15)
 65: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (15)
        "Frozen Logger/Proper Cup Of Coffee"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15346 airplays from 157 different DJs

1. "Jesse Likes Birds" (18)
        by Carrie Elkin
        from "Call It My Garden"
2. "Put The Big Stone Down" (17)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
3. "I Am Undone" (16)
        by Shaun Cromwell
        from "Folk-Worn Prose"
4. "All The World Is One" (15)
        by Peter Mayer
        from "Heaven Below"
5. "Cat Song" (13)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
6. "Nobody In This World" (12)
        by The Honey Dewdrops
        from "These Old Roots"
7. "Bright Morning Stars" (11)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Bright Morning Stars"
7. "City Of Refuge" (11)
        by Abigail Washburn
        from "City Of Refuge"
7. "Highway 71" (11)
        by 3 Penny Acre
        from "Highway 71"
7. "My Service Isn't Needed Anymore" (11)
        by Caleb Stine
        from "I Wasn't Built For A Life Like This"
7. "Occam's Razor" (11)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
12. "Cackalack" (10)
        by Jonathan Byrd
        from "Cackalack"
12. "One Good Year" (10)
        by Slaid Cleaves
        from "Broke Down"
12. "Sail Away To The Sea" (10)
        by The Once
        from "The Once"
15. "Auld Lang Syne" (9)
        by Kate Taylor
        from "Just One Angel"
15. "Blue Moon On New Years Eve" (9)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
15. "Last Thing On My Mind" (9)
        by Judy Collins
        from "Paradise"
15. "Look Down The Road" (9)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
19. "I Am A Child" (8)
        by Red Horse
        from "Red Horse"
19. "I Was An Oak Tree" (8)
        by Jonathan Byrd
        from "Cackalack"
19. "I'm Beginning To See The Light" (8)
        by Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault And Peter Mulvey
        from "Live At The Cafe Carpe"
19. "January Man" (8)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 5: Happy Holidays"
19. "Luxury Of Knowing" (8)
        by Lori McKenna
        from "Lorraine"
19. "Money Is King" (8)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
19. "Winter Winds" (8)
        by David Berkeley
        from "Some Kind Of Cure"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15346 airplays from 157 different DJs

1. Geoff Bartley
2. Bob Dylan
3. The Honey Dewdrops
4. Red Molly
4. Shaun Cromwell
6. Jonathan Byrd
7. John McCutcheon
8. Abigail Washburn
8. Carrie Elkin
8. Joan Baez
11. Peter Mayer
12. Notorious
12. Pete Seeger
12. Si Kahn
12. The Wailin' Jennys
16. Tim O'Brien
17. Lynn Miles
17. The Once
19. Red Horse
20. Kruger Brothers
21. Loreena McKennitt
22. Carolina Chocolate Drops
22. Susan Werner
24. David Berkeley
24. Judy Collins
24. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
27. 3 Penny Acre
27. Dar Williams
27. David Wilcox
27. Lori McKenna
31. Caleb Stine
31. Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault And Peter Mulvey
33. Andrew And Noah Van Norstrand
33. Coyote Grace
35. Carrie Rodriguez And Ben Kyle
35. Darrell Scott
35. Hot Club Of Cowtown
35. Mary Chapin Carpenter
35. Nanci Griffith
35. Patti Casey
35. Solas
35. Tracy Spring

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15346 airplays from 157 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Columbia
5. Signature
6. Sugar Hill
7. Appleseed
8. Borealis
9. Greentrax
10. Waterbug
11. Mcr
12. Vanguard
13. Smithsonian/Folkways
14. Nonesuch
14. Philo
16. Warner
17. Green Linnet
18. RCA
19. Rhino
20. Capitol
20. Sony
22. Rebel
22. Yellow Tail
24. Wildflower
24. Blue Boat
26. Flying Fish
27. Elektra
28. Reprise
28. Yellow Room
30. True North
31. Folk-Legacy
31. Ninth Street Opus
33. Razor And Tie
34. Shanachie
34. Strictly Country
36. Red Beet
37. Double Time
38. Blix Street
38. Bloodshot
40. Anti
40. EMI

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15346 airplays from 157 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Amanda-Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Andrew Doerr (KCSB-FM, CA)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WMMT-FM, KY)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Betsi Meissner (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Blackman (WKAR-FM, MI)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (XM, KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chris Trostel (KRNN-KTOO-KXLL, AK)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Clytia Fuller (KZSC-FM, CA)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WSLR-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
Danny Watson (2MAX-FM, Australia)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Crowe (WMCB-FM, MA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Don Jacobson (KBOO-FM, OR)
Donna Mavity (WTUF-FM, GA)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (XM & WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Ginger Hopper (KBCS-FM, WA)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Jamie Hoover (KSUT-FM, CO)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Boudreau (WCUW-FM, MA)
Jeff Eads (WNKU-FM, KY)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CA)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Jo Beattie (CFUR-FM, BC)
Joe Colvin (WYSO-FM, OH)
Joe Gierlach (WRFL-FM, KY)
Johanna Halbeisen (WXOJ-FM, MA)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Adams (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Bommarito (WFHR-FM, MI)
John C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John McLaughlin (WMUC-FM, MD)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Trout (WYEP-FM, PA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WNEC-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Julie Hill (CKLN-FM, ON)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Impola (KUNI-FM, IA)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Connors (WJSJ-FM, FL)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurel Paulson-Pierce (KRBS-FM, CA)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Lee Larcheveque (WMUA-FM, MA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (Folk Alley, syndicated)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Helpsmeet (WPRR-LP, MI)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
Mary Sue Twohy (XM)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM, CT)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Kelsey (WFHB, IN)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nicholas Hill (WVBR-FM, NY)
Noah Zacharin (CKLN-FM, ON)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter van Zeijl (Dollard Radio-FM, The Netherlands)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WNHU-FM, CT)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Robyne Fawx (KDVS-FM, CA)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonja Hedlund (WJFF, NY)
Sonny Ochs (WRPI-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KRCC-FM, CO)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Tamara Lewis (KBCS-FM, WA)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Bingham (WCVF-FM, NY)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Tom Leonardi (KZFR-FM, CA)
Tom Pittman (KOOP & KUTX, TX)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
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 (the official FOLKDJ-L web site) and also, in an
extended version, at (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

Richard Gillmann                                            
KBCS (91.3 FM) - Bellevue, WA