Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of March 2012 (with DJ list)

TOP ALBUMS AND SONGS OF MARCH 2012
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13326 airplays from 150 different DJs

  1: "Little Blue Egg," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Red House, 2/12] (92)
        "Hard Edge Of Livin"
        "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key"
        "Amazon"
        "Cross Of Jesus"
        "Hard To Make It"
  2: "Lay Down, Lay Low," The Steel Wheels [thesteelwheels.com, 1/12] (82)
        "Breaking Like The Sun"
        "Rain In The Valley"
        "Halfway To Heaven"
        "Lay Down Lay Low"
  3: "The Plum Tree And The Rose," Sarah McQuaid [Waterbug, new] (63)
        "Lift You Up And Let You Fly"
        "Sun Goes On Rising"
        "The Plum Tree And The Rose"
        "Hardwick's Lofty Towers"
  4: "Voice Of Ages," The Chieftains [Hear, 2/12] (62)
        "Frost Is All Over"
        "Pretty Little Girl"
        "When The Ship Comes In"
        "Peggy Gordon"
  5: "An Island Out Of Time," Molasses Creek [Soundside, new] (53)
        "Mississippi Sawyer"
        "Scat Reel Set"
        "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie"
  5: "Safe Crossing," West Of Eden [West Of, new] (53)
        "On She Goes"
        "Endurance"
        "Safe Crossing"
  7: "Hickory," Mariel Vandersteel [marielvandersteel.com, new] (52)
        "Hog And Sheep Going To The Pasture"
        "Flannery's Dream"
        "Norafjolls"
  8: "Tilt-A-Whirl," Drew Nelson [Red House, 2/12] (51)
        "Lessons"
        "Here To There"
        "Promised Land"
        "Dust"
  9: "Leaving Eden," Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch, new] (46)
        "Country Girl"
        "Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?"
        "Riro's House"
 10: "Ends Of The Earth," Emily Pinkerton [Green Jeans, new] (40)
        "Summer Heat"
        "Negra"
        "Beautiful Dress"
 10: "Mud And Stone," Loretta Hagen [Bearfort, new] (40)
        "Mud And Stone"
        "Now That You're Home"
        "Money"
 12: "Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan," Various Artists [Fontana, 2011] (38)
        "7 Curses," Joan Baez
        "Simple Twist Of Fate," Diana Krall
 12: "Sunday Never Comes," Jackstraw [jackstraw.net, 12/11] (38)
        "May The Twain Ne'er Meet"
        "Come On Back To Me"
        "Randy The Rambler"
 14: "Dark So Gold," The Pines [Red House, 1/12] (36)
        "All The While"
        "Chimes"
        "Cry Cry Crow"
 15: "Rockin' The Uke," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 11/11] (34)
        "Dark Eyes"
        "Blues Stay Away From Me"
        "Rockin' The Uke"
 16: "Home By Dark," Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen [Compass Rose, 1/12] (33)
        "Holy Smoke"
        "Seal Harbor"
        "Home By Dark"
 16: "The Poison Glen," Altan [Compass, new] (33)
        "Fig For A Kiss / The Turf Cutter"
        "Seolta Geala"
 18: "Light In The Sky," Red Molly [redmolly.com, 10/11] (32)
        "Dear Someone"
        "Come On In My Kitchen"
        "Walk Beside Me"
 19: "Four Wise Monkeys," Lara Herscovitch [Larama, new] (31)
        "Folsom Prison Blues"
        "Let Us Begin"
        "Mississippi Lullaby"
 19: "New Kind Of Lonely," I See Hawks In L. A. [Western Seeds, new] (31)
        "Bohemian Highway"
        "New Kind Of Lonely"
        "I Fell In Love With The Grateful Dead"
 21: "Three," The Refugees [Wabuho, 1/12] (29)
        "Green Rocky Road"
        "Rosalinda"
 21: "Pink Umbrella," Cary Cooper [ethereal girl, 10/11] (29)
        "Good Day"
        "Suzanne"
        "Time To Let Go"
 23: "Release Me," Lyle Lovett [Lost Highway, new] (27)
        "White Boy Lost In The Blues"
        "Garfield's Blackberry Blossom"
 24: "All The Way Home," Cathy Jordan [Blix Street, new] (25)
        "Road I Go"
        "Eileen McMahon"
 24: "Big Big Love," Katya Chorover [katyachorover.com, 10/11] (25)
        "Movin' On"
        "Big Big Love"
        "Brother Flower"
 24: "Perfect Storm," Dan Crary & Thunderation [Blue Night, 7/11] (25)
        "Deep River Blues"
        "Girl From The North Country"
        "Muley Was A Railroad Man"
 24: "Seeds," Dennis Warner [Main Trail, 2/12] (25)
        "Crossroads"
        "What A Lovely Night"
 28: "The Good Stuff," Peter Mulvey [Signature, new] (24)
        "Everybody Knows"
        "Egg Radio"
 29: "Stories From The Steeples," Mary Black [Blix Street, 2/12] (23)
        "Mountains To The Sea"
        "Marguerite And The Gambler"
        "Walking With My Love"
 30: "Broadsides," Atomic Duo [theconnextion.com/atomicduo/, new] (22)
        "Trickle Down"
 30: "This Land: Woody Guthrie's America," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 11/11] (22)
        "Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done"
        "This Is Our Country Here"
 30: "The Tiny Life," Honor Finnegan [honorfinnegan.com, 1/12] (22)
        "Life Is Short"
        "Internet Junkie"
 33: "Brand New Day," Sweet Potato Pie [Mountain Fever, new] (21)
        "Sweet Blue Eyed Darling"
        "Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain"
 33: "The End Of The Beginning," John Flynn [johnflynn.net, 1/12] (21)
        "Web And The Feather"
        "Crazy As Ever"
 33: "Promised Land," Gina Forsyth [Waterbug, 2/12] (21)
        "Sweet And Sunny South"
        "Belle"
 33: "We Have Made A Spark," Rose Cousins [Old Farm Pony, new] (21)
        "Darkness"
        "All The Stars"
 37: "Everything Is Everywhere," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 11/11] (20)
        "Air And Smoke"
        "Breathe In Breathe Out"
        "Everything Is Everywhere"
 37: "Let It Burn," Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn, 1/12] (20)
        "If I Had A Hammer"
        "Ring Of Fire"
 37: "Long Ride Home," Darrell Scott [Full Light, 1/12] (20)
        "Someday"
        "It Must Be Sunday"
 37: "Steamboat In A Cornfield," Truckstop Honeymoon [truckstophoneymoon.com, 12/11] (20)
        "Going Back To Louisiana"
        "Grateful Dead Show"
 37: "Who's Feeling Young Now?," Punch Brothers [Nonesuch, 2/12] (20)
        "Flippen"
        "My New York City"
 37: "Young Man In America," Anais Mitchell [Wilderland, 2/12] (20)
        "Dyin' Day"
        "Shepherd"
 43: "Freeman And Williams," Freeman And Williams [Mountain Roads, 2/12] (19)
        "Muddy River"
        "Always Looking Back"
 44: "Gem State (EP)," Karen Dahlstrom [karendahlstrom.com, 10/11] (18)
        "Miner's Bride"
        "Galena"
 44: "Hello Cruel World," Gretchen Peters [Scarlet Letter, 1/12] (18)
        "Hello Cruel World"
 44: "Live At McCabe's," Ernest Troost [Travelin' Shoes, 7/11] (18)
        "Switchblade Heart"
 44: "New Multitudes," Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames [Rounder, 2/12] (18)
        "Hoping Machine"
        "Fly High"
 44: "Old Ideas," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, 1/12] (18)
        "Crazy To Love You"
        "Darkness"********** Song also on "We Have Made A Spark"
 44: "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark," Various Artists [Icehouse, 11/11] (18)
        "All He Wants Is You," Shawn Colvin
 50: "Like A Man," Adam Cohen [Decca, new] (17)
        "Beautiful"
        "Out Of Bed"
 50: "Live At Eddie's Attic," Adler And Hearne [Spring Hollow, new] (17)
        "Day We Buried Our Secrets"
        "Prayin' For The Camel"
 50: "Past Perfect," Steve Spurgin [Blue Night, 4/11] (17)
        "This Might Be The Year"
 50: "Resurrection Moon," Audrey Auld [Reckless, new] (17)
        "Resurrection Moon"
 50: "Revolutions Per Minute," Emma's Revolution [Moving Forward, 11/11] (17)
        "Occupy The Usa"
        "Rain"
 55: "Hangtown Fry," John Malcolm Penn [Blue Night, 2/12] (16)
        "Joaquin Rides Again"
        "Diamond Springs"
 55: "Move," Sultans Of String [Canada, 9/11] (16)
        "Dos Guitarras"
        "Emerald Swing"
 55: "Troubadours On The Rhine," Loreena McKennitt [Quinlan Road, new] (16)
        "Parting Glass"
 58: "Brother Sun," Brother Sun [World Wide, 2/11] (15)
        "Trouble"
 58: "Enthralled," Oliver Schroer & Nuala Kennedy [Borealis, 5/11] (15)
        "Choufl"
 58: "New Country Rehab," New Country Rehab [Self, 1/11] (15)
        "Cameo"
        "Last Hand"
 58: "Red Horse," Red Horse [Red House, 2010] (15)
        "I Am A Child"
        "Wild Horse"
 58: "What You Keep," Barbara Kessler [barbarakessler.com, 1/12] (15)
        "High Road"
        "New Me"
 63: "6 Volts," Fred Eaglesmith [Major Label, 1/12] (14)
        "Trucker Speed"
 63: "Acoustic Rainbow 40," Various Artists [Poetman, 2/12] (14)
        "Texas," Danny Darst
 63: "Back When," The Carper Family [Self, 8/11] (14)
        "Tennessee Jive"
 63: "Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail," Noam Pikelny [Compass, 10/11] (14)
        "Fish And Bird"
        "Jim Thompson's Horse"
 63: "Darkling & The Bluebird Jubilee," Joe Crookston [Milagrito, 3/11] (14)
        "Everything Here Is Good"
 63: "Faces Do Not Change," Kath Buckell [Vmm, 8/11] (14)
        "Orphaned By The Color Of My Skin"
        "Song Of Wheat"
 63: "The Harrow And The Harvest," Gillian Welch [Acony, 6/11] (14)
        "6 White Horses"
        "Way It Goes"
 63: "Little Heart," Andra Suchy [Red House, new] (14)
        "Libertine"
        "90 Mph"
 63: "Mercury," Pieta Brown [Red House, 9/11] (14)
        "Be With You"
        "No Words Now"
 63: "Red Curtain," Still On The Hill [Termite Tracs, 2/12] (14)
        "Desert Dream"
 63: "Rhubarb Trees," Anne Hills And David Roth [Wind River, 11/11] (14)
        "I Stand For Love"
        "May The Light Of Love"
 63: "Row Upon Row Of The People They Know," The Once [Borealis, 10/11] (14)
        "By The Glow Of The Kerosene Light"
        "Jack The Sailor"
 63: "Stories To Keep," Donna Adler [donnaadler.com, 1/12] (14)
        "If My Life Were A Book"
 63: "Voyageur," Kathleen Edwards [Rounder, 1/12] (14)
        "Empty Threat"


TOP SONGS OF MARCH 2012
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13326 airplays from 150 different DJs

1. "Breaking Like The Sun" (26)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Lay Down, Lay Low"
2. "Rain In The Valley" (20)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Lay Down, Lay Low"
3. "Hard Edge Of Livin" (16)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Little Blue Egg"
3. "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key" (16)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Little Blue Egg"
5. "Mud And Stone" (15)
        by Loretta Hagen
        from "Mud And Stone"
6. "Halfway To Heaven" (13)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Lay Down, Lay Low"
7. "Lay Down Lay Low" (12)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Lay Down, Lay Low"
7. "Lessons" (12)
        by Drew Nelson
        from "Tilt-A-Whirl"
7. "Mississippi Sawyer" (12)
        by Molasses Creek
        from "An Island Out Of Time"
7. "On She Goes" (12)
        by West Of Eden
        from "Safe Crossing"
11. "Country Girl" (11)
        by Carolina Chocolate Drops
        from "Leaving Eden"
11. "Hog And Sheep Going To The Pasture" (11)
        by Mariel Vandersteel
        from "Hickory"
11. "Summer Heat" (11)
        by Emily Pinkerton
        from "Ends Of The Earth"
14. "Amazon" (10)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Little Blue Egg"
14. "Bohemian Highway" (10)
        by I See Hawks In L. A.
        from "New Kind Of Lonely"
14. "Cross Of Jesus" (10)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Little Blue Egg"
14. "Darkness" (10)
        by Rose Cousins
        from "We Have Made A Spark"
14. "Flannery's Dream" (10)
        by Mariel Vandersteel
        from "Hickory"
14. "Frost Is All Over" (10)
        by The Chieftains
        from "Voice Of Ages"
14. "Lift You Up And Let You Fly" (10)
        by Sarah McQuaid
        from "The Plum Tree And The Rose"
14. "Pretty Little Girl" (10)
        by The Chieftains
        from "Voice Of Ages"
14. "Scat Reel Set" (10)
        by Molasses Creek
        from "An Island Out Of Time"
14. "Trickle Down" (10)
        by Atomic Duo
        from "Broadsides"
14. "When The Ship Comes In" (10)
        by The Chieftains
        from "Voice Of Ages"
25. "Here To There" (9)
        by Drew Nelson
        from "Tilt-A-Whirl"
25. "May The Twain Ne'er Meet" (9)
        by Jackstraw
        from "Sunday Never Comes"
25. "Miner's Bride" (9)
        by Karen Dahlstrom
        from "Gem State (EP)"
25. "Promised Land" (9)
        by Drew Nelson
        from "Tilt-A-Whirl"
25. "Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?" (9)
        by Carolina Chocolate Drops
        from "Leaving Eden"
25. "Sun Goes On Rising" (9)
        by Sarah McQuaid
        from "The Plum Tree And The Rose"


TOP ARTISTS OF MARCH 2012
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13326 airplays from 150 different DJs

1. The Chieftains
2. The Steel Wheels
3. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
4. Sarah McQuaid
5. Carolina Chocolate Drops
6. Mariel Vandersteel
7. Drew Nelson
8. West Of Eden
9. Molasses Creek
10. Red Molly
11. Altan
12. Emily Pinkerton
13. John McCutcheon
14. Bob Dylan
14. Jackstraw
14. Loretta Hagen
14. The Pines
18. I See Hawks In L. A.
18. Peggy Seeger
18. Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen
21. Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
22. Johnny Cash
23. Lara Herscovitch
24. Jack Hardy
25. Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs
25. Mary Black
25. The Refugees
28. Carrie Newcomer
28. Darrell Scott
28. Tim O'Brien
31. Cary Cooper
31. Lowen And Navarro
33. Gillian Welch
33. Greg Brown
33. Lyle Lovett
36. Joe Crookston
37. Anais Mitchell
37. Peter Mulvey
39. Cathy Jordan
39. Dennis Warner
39. Leonard Cohen
39. Richard Shindell
39. Truckstop Honeymoon


TOP LABELS OF MARCH 2012
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13326 airplays from 150 different DJs

1. Red House
2. Rounder
3. Compass
4. Waterbug
5. Columbia
6. Sugar Hill
7. Nonesuch
8. Signature
9. Borealis
10. Appleseed
11. Green Linnet
11. Warner
13. Smithsonian/Folkways
14. Blue Night
15. Soundside
15. Vanguard
17. Philo
18. Shanachie
19. Greentrax
20. Rebel
20. Rural Rhythm
22. Trespass
23. Hear
24. Sony
25. Bear Family
25. Blix Street
25. MCA
25. West Of
29. Compass Rose
30. Rhino
31. Mountain Fever
31. Western Seeds
33. Flying Fish
34. Appalsongs
34. Blue Corn
34. Capitol
34. Wind River
38. Wepecket Island
38. Full Light
38. RCA


FOLK DJs - MARCH 2012
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13326 airplays from 150 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Allison Brown (CJAM-FM, ON)
Andrew Doerr (KCSB-FM, CA)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WMMT-FM, KY)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Bradley Kolodner (WICB-FM, NY)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WSLR-FM & WMNF-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
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)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gary Wells (KVMR-FM, CA)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Ginger Hopper (KBCS-FM, WA)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Harness (KRBX-FM, ID)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henk de Weerd (5EBI-FM, Australia)
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 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 Adams (KVMR-FM, CA)
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)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Impola (KUNI-FM, IA)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
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)
Lee Vengeance (UGFM, Australia)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mike Horyczun (KPKN-FM, CT)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Patrick Clifford (WDVR-FM, NJ)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter van Zeijl (Dollard Radio-FM, The Netherlands)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Richard Gordon (WNHU-FM, CT)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sara Barden (WFSS-FM, NC)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonja Hedlund (WJFF, NY)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Fisher (CKUA-FM, AB)
Steve Harris (KRCC-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)
Tamara Lewis (KBCS-FM, WA)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Thomas Bisard (WNMC-FM, MI)
Tim Forsman (WMHB-FM, ME)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Bingham (WCVF-FM, NY)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Druckenmiller (syndicated)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
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 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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