Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of January 2015 (with DJ list)

TOP ALBUMS AND SONGS OF JANUARY 2015
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13505 airplays from 140 different DJs

  1: "Chasing The Sun," The Sweet Lowdown [thesweetlowdown.ca, 11/14] (68)
        "River Winding Down"
        "Birds And The Bees"
        "Chasing The Sun"
        "You Can Find The North"
  2: "Ain't In No Hurry," Jorma Kaukonen [Red House, new] (48)
        "In My Dreams"
        "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"
        "Other Side Of The Mountain"
        "Brother Can You Spare A Dime"
  3: "Brotherhood," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, new] (46)
        "Bye Bye Love"
        "Crying In The Rain"
        "How Mountain Girls Can Love"
  4: "Portraits," George Mann [Running Scared, new] (42)
        "Folksinger In America"
        "I'm Going To McWalbucks Depot"
        "Trickle On Down The Mountain"
  5: "Best Medicine," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 10/14] (39)
        "Best Medicine"
        "Bells"
        "Pallet"
  5: "Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie," Various Artists [Compass, 9/14] (39)
        "Black Waters," John McCutcheon, Tim O'Brien, Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan And Bryn Davies
        "L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore," Robin And Linda Williams
  7: "Boomtown," Tom Pacheco [Frogs Claw, 10/14] (38)
        "MacDougal Street Summer 1966"
        "Woodstock Generation Passing On"
        "Boomtown"
  8: "A History Of Ghosts," Bobtown [bobtownmusic.com, 11/14] (37)
        "Across The River"
        "Rumble Seat"
        "Stitch In Time"
  9: "Lost On The River," The New Basement Tapes [Harvest, 11/14] (34)
        "Kansas City"
        "Lost On The River #20"
        "Married To My Hack"
 10: "If You're Drunk You Cannot Buy A Puppy," Christine Lavin [christinelavin.com, 11/14] (33)
        "Remembering My Password"
        "Chicken Pot Pie"
        "Dance Mom"
 10: "Tried And True," Annie Lou [annielou.ca, 10/14] (33)
        "Tried And True"
        "9 Bridges Down"
        "Garrison Creek"
 10: "Waterproof," Robyn Landis [Brave Hearts, 10/14] (33)
        "Because They Walked Before"
        "Black Train"
        "Slow It Down"
 13: "Discovered: Live In Concert," Peter, Paul And Mary [Rhino, 11/14] (31)
        "Give Yourself To Love"
        "No Choice"
        "Geraldine And Ruthie Mae"
 14: "The Nocturne Diaries," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 3/14] (29)
        "Eliza Jane"
        "Ark"
 15: "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," Robert Earl Keen [Dualtone, new] (28)
        "Walls Of Time"
        "52 Vincent Black Lightning"
 15: "Thompson Family," Thompson Family [Concord, 11/14] (28)
        "That's Enough"
        "Family"
 17: "The Red Album," Red Molly [redmolly.com, 4/14] (27)
        "Clinch River Blues"
        "Sing To Me"
        "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
 17: "Tell 'em I'm Gone," Yusuf (Cat Stevens) [Legacy, 10/14] (27)
        "Big Boss Man"
        "Tell 'em I'm Gone"
        "I Was Raised In Babylon"
 19: "Georgia I'm Here," Joe Crookston [Milagrito, 4/14] (26)
        "Big Sky"
        "Riding The Train"
 19: "Sterling Road," Cassie And Maggie [cassieandmaggie.com, 5/14] (26)
        "King's Shilling"
        "Sweet Melodies"
        "Jimmie's"
 21: "Sliding Delta," Michael Jerome Browne [Borealis, new] (25)
        "Sliding Delta"
        "I Heard Somebody Call"
 22: "Lay It Down," Louise Mosrie [Zoe Cat, 10/14] (23)
        "Singing My Heart Out"
        "Lay It Down"
 22: "Little Prayers Of Belief," David Williams [realdavidwilliams.com, 3/14] (23)
        "Holy Earth"
        "Frozen In The Ice Age"
 22: "A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble," Jesse Winchester [Appleseed, 9/14] (23)
        "Little Louisiana"
        "All That We Have Is Now"
        "Devil Or Angel"
 22: "The River And The Thread," Rosanne Cash [Blue Note, 1/14] (23)
        "Feather's Not A Bird"
 26: "Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn," Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn [Rounder, 10/14] (22)
        "New South Africa"
        "Railroad"
 26: "Gondolier," Kristin Andreassen [Yellowcar, new] (22)
        "Fish And The Sea"
        "New Ground"
 26: "North Star," Kyle Carey [Americelta, 9/14] (22)
        "Nora O' Kane"
        "Casey Jones Whistle Blow"
 26: "Reckless Skyline," Caitlin Canty [caitlincanty.com, new] (22)
        "Get Up"
        "I Never"
 26: "Signs Of Life," Zak Smith [Precambrian, 10/14] (22)
        "Have You Looked Outside"
        "House You Haunt"
 31: "Ceilings, Floors And Open Doors," Gwyneth Moreland [Self, 2014] (21)
        "Slaughterhouse Gulch"
        "Leaving Day"
 31: "The Lazy Farmer," Flynn Cohen [Wepecket Island, 2013] (21)
        "Neighbor Girl"
        "Lady Hamilton"
 31: "Sake Of The Sound," Front Country [frontcountryband.com, 9/14] (21)
        "One Kind Word"
        "Gospel Train"
 31: "Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern And Ray," Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick [Spruce And Maple, 8/14] (21)
        "Down Among The Budded Roses"
        "My Clinch Mountain Home"
 35: "Another Day Another Time: Celebrating the Music of """"""""Inside Llewyn Davis," Various Artists [Nonesuch, new] (20)
        "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," Keb' Mo'
 35: "Dear Katie," Katie Gosnell [katiegosnell.com, 9/14] (20)
        "Dear Katie"
        "Beautiful Day"
 35: "The Longing Road," Johnsmith [johnsmithmusic.com, 7/14] (20)
        "Family Artifacts"
        "Little Man"
 35: "Redemption Road," Tom Paxton [Self, new] (20)
        "If The Poor Don't Matter"
        "Central Square"
 35: "Straight Lines," Mike Agranoff [Self, 11/14] (20)
        "Iowa Pot"
        "Sing That Stephen Foster Song"
 35: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 9: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 12/14] (20)
        "Winter's Gift," Lynn Hollyfield
        "7 Seconds," Joe Crookston
 35: "While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet," Heather Styka [Kite Stripe, 9/14] (20)
        "Like It's 1945"
        "Emily"
 42: "Before The Sun Goes Down," Rob Ickes And Trey Hensley [Compass, new] (19)
        "Before The Sun Goes Down"
        "Lightning"
 42: "Beyond the Blue," The Duhks [Compass, 5/14] (19)
        "Beyond The Blue"
        "Banjo Roustabout"
 42: "Can't Hold The Wheel," The New Line [brendantaaffe.bandcamp.com, 11/14] (19)
        "Train On The Island"
 42: "Motherless Child," Heather Pierson [Vessel, 11/14] (19)
        "Good Girl Blues"
 46: "Fiddle Tune X," Billy Strings And Don Julin [billystrings.com, 10/14] (18)
        "Salt Creek/Old Joe Clark"
        "That Home Far Away"
        "Walk On Boy"
 46: "All Over The Map," The Better Halves [Self, 7/14] (18)
        "Olden Days"
        "Alyeska"
 46: "Bright Side Of Down," John Gorka [Red House, 3/14] (18)
        "Bright Side Of Down"
        "Holed Up Mason City"
 46: "Chasing Beauty," Ellis Paul [Black Wolf, 7/14] (18)
        "Empire State"
        "Drive In Movie"
 46: "The Early Mays," The Early Mays [Bird On The Wing, 10/14] (18)
        "Little Darling Pal Of Mine"
        "Blackest Crow"
 46: "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands," Cahalen Morrison And Eli West [cahalenandeli.com, 2/14] (18)
        "Livin' In America"
        "Pocket Full Of Dust"
 46: "Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither," Various Artists [Signature, 10/14] (18)
        "Leave The Light On," Jorma Kaukonen
 46: "Stories From The Dark Heart Tavern," Fred Raimondo [Narrow Lane, 10/14] (18)
        "Ossified"
        "Amber Lynn"
 46: "When I'm Free," Hot Rize [Ten In Hand, 9/14] (18)
        "Western Skies"
        "Come Away"
 55: "Current Affairs," Runa [runamusic.com, 6/14] (17)
        "Banks Are Made Of Marble"
 55: "Inside Llewyn Davis," Various Artists [Nonesuch, 2013] (17)
        "Fare Thee Well," Oscar Isaac And Marcus Mumford
 55: "Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!," Barnstar! [Signature, new] (17)
        "Cumberland Blue Line"
 55: "The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside," Jon Brooks [Borealis, 10/14] (17)
        "People Don't Think Of Others"
        "Twa Sisters"
 59: "Small Town Heroes," Hurray For The Riff Raff [ATO, 2/14] (16)
        "Blue Ridge Mountain"
        "Crash On The Highway"
 59: "Blackbirds," Gretchen Peters [Scarlet Letter, new] (16)
        "When All You Got Is A Hammer"
        "When You Comin' Home"
 59: "Everything That Brought You Here," David Hawkins [hawkmanmusic.com, 9/14] (16)
        "Gypsy Davy"
 59: "Pretty Bird," Cosy Sheridan [Waterbug, 6/14] (16)
        "Pretty Bird"
 59: "Standing In The Breach," Jackson Browne [Inside, 10/14] (16)
        "Leaving Winslow"
 59: "Still On The Levee," Chris Smither [Signature, 7/14] (16)
        "Leave The Light On"
 59: "Tillamook Burn," Lauren Sheehan & Zoe Carpenter [Self, 11/14] (16)
        "Honey Baby Blues"
        "Corrina"
 59: "Tracks," Anne Hills [Hand And Heart, 9/14] (16)
        "City Of New Orleans"
        "Maria Took The Train To Town"
 67: "Gonna Let It Shine," Odetta [M. C., 2005] (15)
        "This Little Light Of Mine"
        "Freedom Trilogy"
 67: "The Merri Soul Sessions," Paul Kelly [Label?, new] (15)
        "Don't Let A Good Thing Go"
        "Smells Like Rain"
 67: "The Phosphorescent Blues," Punch Brothers [Nonesuch, new] (15)
        "Boll Weevil"
        "I Blew It Off"
 70: "Old Buck," Old Buck [Tin Halo, 2013] (14)
        "Chilly Winds"
        "Highlander's Farewell"
 70: "Two, Three, Four?," John And Sheila Ludgate [Self, 2014] (14)
        "Robert Frost Said"
 70: "The Coast," Wood And Wire [Self, new] (14)
        "Greener Grass"
        "Torture Of Love"
 70: "Favourite Scottish Songs," Various Artists [Greentrax, new] (14)
        "Sae Will We Yet," Tony Cuffe
        "Follow The Heron," Karine Polwart
 70: "Make It Better," Jeremy Lyons [deltabilly.com, 8/14] (14)
        "I Don't Mind The Rain"
        "3 Score And 10"
 70: "New Lady On The Prairie," Lizzy Hoyt [Blue Crown, 9/14] (14)
        "New Lady On The Prairie"
 70: "Run For Your Life," The Show Ponies [theshowponies.com, 10/14] (14)
        "Run For Your Life"
        "Get Me While I'm Young"
 70: "Some Part Of The Truth," Brother Sun [brothersunmusic.com, 2013] (14)
        "In The Name Of Love"
        "Lady Of The Harbor"
 70: "Sticky," Mark Allen Berube [Poor Kitty, 11/14] (14)
        "Higgs Bosong"
 70: "Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In," Bumper Jacksons [Self, 5/14] (14)
        "Kicking The Bucket Over You"
        "Clap Hands"
 70: "The Turning Point," Tim Grimm [Cavalier, 2013] (14)
        "King Of The Folksingers"
 70: "You're Home Now," Richard Berman [Self, 11/14] (14)
        "Quoddy Point"
        "You're Home Now"


TOP SONGS OF JANUARY 2015
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13505 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. "River Winding Down" (15)
        by The Sweet Lowdown
        from "Chasing The Sun"
2. "Folksinger In America" (13)
        by George Mann
        from "Portraits"
3. "Best Medicine" (12)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Best Medicine"
3. "Slaughterhouse Gulch" (12)
        by Gwyneth Moreland
        from "Ceilings Floors And Open Doors"
5. "Eliza Jane" (11)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "The Nocturne Diaries"
5. "Get Up" (11)
        by Caitlin Canty
        from "Reckless Skyline"
7. "Banks Are Made Of Marble" (10)
        by Runa
        from "Current Affairs"
7. "Birds And The Bees" (10)
        by The Sweet Lowdown
        from "Chasing The Sun"
7. "Feather's Not A Bird" (10)
        by Rosanne Cash
        from "The River And The Thread"
7. "Singing My Heart Out" (10)
        by Louise Mosrie
        from "Lay It Down"
7. "That's Enough" (10)
        by Thompson Family
        from "Thompson Family"
12. "Across The River" (9)
        by Bobtown
        from "A History Of Ghosts"
12. "Chasing The Sun" (9)
        by The Sweet Lowdown
        from "Chasing The Sun"
12. "MacDougal Street Summer 1966" (9)
        by Tom Pacheco
        from "Boomtown"
12. "Pretty Bird" (9)
        by Cosy Sheridan
        from "Pretty Bird"
16. "Because They Walked Before" (8)
        by Robyn Landis
        from "Waterproof"
16. "Bye Bye Love" (8)
        by The Gibson Brothers
        from "Brotherhood"
16. "Clinch River Blues" (8)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"
16. "I'm Going To McWalbucks Depot" (8)
        by George Mann
        from "Portraits"
16. "In My Dreams" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
16. "Livin' In America" (8)
        by Cahalen Morrison And Eli West
        from "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands"
16. "Lost On The River #20" (8)
        by The New Basement Tapes
        from "Lost On The River"
16. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
16. "Other Side Of The Mountain" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
16. "Remembering My Password" (8)
        by Christine Lavin
        from "If You're Drunk You Cannot Buy A Puppy"
16. "Sliding Delta" (8)
        by Michael Jerome Browne
        from "Sliding Delta"
16. "You Can Find The North" (8)
        by The Sweet Lowdown
        from "Chasing The Sun"


TOP ARTISTS OF JANUARY 2015
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13505 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. The Sweet Lowdown
2. Pete Seeger
3. Jorma Kaukonen
4. The Stray Birds
5. Christine Lavin
6. The Gibson Brothers
7. Bob Dylan
8. John McCutcheon
8. Tom Pacheco
10. The New Basement Tapes
10. George Mann
12. Eliza Gilkyson
13. Peter, Paul And Mary
14. Bobtown
15. Joan Baez
16. Robert Earl Keen
17. The Duhks
17. Joe Crookston
17. Robyn Landis
20. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
20. Tom Paxton
22. Lucinda Williams
22. Red Molly
24. Annie Lou
24. Cahalen Morrison And Eli West
26. Chris Smither
26. Ellis Paul
26. Kim And Reggie Harris
29. Carrie Newcomer
29. Jesse Winchester
29. Neil Young
29. Thompson Family
33. Cosy Sheridan
33. John Gorka
33. Rosanne Cash
36. Michael Jerome Browne
37. Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
37. Caitlin Canty
37. Jack Williams
40. Cassie And Maggie
40. Emmylou Harris
40. Heather Pierson
40. Louise Mosrie


TOP LABELS OF JANUARY 2015
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13505 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Columbia
5. Signature
7. Appleseed
8. Borealis
9. Nonesuch
10. Rebel
11. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Waterbug
13. Warner
14. Philo
15. Yep Roc
16. Rhino
17. Green Linnet
17. Vanguard
19. Flying Fish
20. Legacy
21. Harvest
21. Running Scared
23. Arc
23. Reprise
25. Mountain Fever
26. Mountain Home
26. RCA
28. Blue Note
29. Alligator
29. Pinecastle
31. Dualtone
31. New West
31. Sony
34. Fantasy
35. Capitol
35. Greentrax
35. Hudson Harding
35. Patuxent
35. Rural Rhythm
35. Spruce And Maple
35. Wepecket Island


FOLK DJs - JANUARY 2015
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13505 airplays from 140 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Andrew Antipin (WPRB-FM, NJ)
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)
Artie Martello (mostlyfolk.org, NY)
Bettie Carlson (WCUW-FM, MA)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob Brown (WNMC-FM, MI)
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)
Caragh McMaster (WTJU-FM, VA)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
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)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (djsleepy.com, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
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)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gail Comfort (cmrnashville.com, MB)
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)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Heather Miller (KRUU-LP, IA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Eads (WNKU-FM, KY)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CV)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Jim Schwall (WORT-FM, WI)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Lupton and George Mercer (WVUD-FM, DE)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Patterson (WXPI-FM, PA)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
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)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (WKSU & syndicated, OH)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated, DC)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
Michael Kane (WBRS-FM, MA)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Regenstreif (CKCU-FM, ON)
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)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rhonda J. Miller (WUMD-FM, MA)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Sandy Goodson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Fisher (CKUA-FM, AB)
Steve Harris (KCMJ-FM, CO)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
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)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)
Wayne Greene (live365.com, LA)


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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