TOP ALBUMS OF MAY 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14374 airplays from 136 different DJs/span>

  1: "Modern Art," Tom Russell [Hightone] (92)
        "Bus Station" (14)
        "The Kid From Spavinaw" (12)
        "The Dutchman" (11)
        "Modern Art" (11)
        "The Ballad Of Sally Rose" (10)
  2: "Up All Night," Waifs [Compass] (65)
        "Lighthouse" (11)
        "Nothing New" (10)
        "Fisherman's Daughter" (9)
        "London Still" (7)
        "Since I've Been Around" (7)
  3: "Fourtold," Fourtold [Appleseed] (64)
        "Four Rode By" (12)
        "Darcy Farrow" (10)
        "I Drew My Ship" (6)
        "Joshua Gone Barbados" (6)
  4: "One Step Ahead," Rhonda Vincent [Rounder] (62)
        "One Step Ahead Of The Blues" (14)
        "Kentucky Borderline" (12)
        "Ridin' The Red Line" (9)
        "Fishers Of Men" (5)
  5: "Love Goes On," Andrea Zonn [Compass] (59)
        "Heads Up For The Wrecking Ball" (11)
        "New Night Dawning" (9)
        "Pages" (8)
        "In My Own Backyard" (6)
        "Love Goes On" (6)
  6: "Crossing The Water," Eve Goldberg [Borealis] (49)
        "Mama's Opry" (9)
        "Something About A Sunday" (7)
        "Crossing The Water" (6)
        "Rosie The Riveter" (6)
        "Thing That Makes You Beautiful" (5)
  7: "Road Home," Priscilla Herdman [Redwing] (47)
        "Gentle Arms Of Eden" (12)
        "Big Town" (7)
        "Island Clay" (7)
        "No Telling" (5)
  8: "Bona Fide," Gibson Brothers [Sugar Hill] (45)
        "That Bluegrass Music" (8)
        "Lighthouse" (6)
        "Open Road" (6)
        "Railroad Line" (6)
  9: "Autoharp Album," Harvey Reid [Woodpecker] (41)
        "Waltz Of The Waves" (8)
        "Autoharp Polka" (4)
        "Flowers Of Saskatchewan" (4)
  9: "Press On," June Carter Cash [Risk] (41)
        "Ring Of Fire" (11)
        "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (10)
        "Far Side Banks Of Jordan" (3)
 11: "Balin," Fred Eaglesmith [Aml] (40)
        "The Rocket" (6)
        "Building" (5)
        "Small Motors" (5)
        "I Shot Your Dog" (4)
        "John Deere B" (4)
 11: "Shape Of A Tear," Lynn Morris Band [Rounder] (40)
        "Gonna Have Love" (8)
        "Good Love" (6)
        "Don't Neglect The Rose" (4)
        "Shape Of A Tear" (4)
 13: "World Without Tears," Lucinda Williams [Lost Highway] (39)
        "Fruits Of My Labor" (7)
        "Ventura" (6)
        "Righteously" (5)
        "World Without Tears" (5)
        "Overtime" (4)
        "People Talkin'" (4)
 14: "Old Kit Bag," Richard Thompson [True North] (36)
        "One Door Opens" (13)
        "Gethsemane" (4)
        "Outside Of The Inside" (4)
 14: "Velvet Town," Louise Taylor [Signature] (36)
        "Call My Name" (7)
        "Muddy Hudson" (5)
        "Maps Of Venice" (4)
 16: "Beauty Of The Rain," Dar Williams [Razor And Tie] (35)
        "I Saw A Bird Fly Away" (5)
        "Mercy Of The Fallen" (5)
        "Whispering Pines" (5)
        "One Who Knows" (4)
 16: "Gab O Mey," Old Blind Dogs [Green Linnet] (35)
        "Lads O The Fair" (7)
        "Rolling Home" (6)
        "Breton And Galician Set" (4)
        "Lochanside" (4)
 18: "From Where I Stand," April Verch [Rounder] (33)
        "Fraser Valley Reel" (7)
        "Dixie Hoedown" (4)
        "Light In The Window" (4)
 18: "Into The Mystery," David Wilcox [What Are] (33)
        "Out Of The Question" (5)
        "Rise" (5)
        "Blue Horizon" (4)
        "If It Wasn't For The Night" (4)
 18: "Welcome To Pagan Place," Laura Love [Koch] (33)
        "Trickle Down" (10)
        "Fly Like An Eagle/Come Together" (8)
        "Santa Rosa" (5)
 21: "Street Life," Patrick Street [Green Linnet] (32)
        "If We Had Built A Wall" (9)
        "Saddle The Pony / The Boys Of The Town / The Frost Is All Over" (7)
 22: "Six Strings North Of The Border," Various Artists [Borealis] (30)
        "Rose Of Allendale," Bob MacLean (4)
        "Dorval's Descent," Terry Tufts (3)
        "Guitar Mama," Michael Jerome Brown (3)
        "In The Deep Field," Colin Linden (3)
        "Wedding Song," Zubot And Dawson (3)
 22: "Classic Old-Time Music," Various Artists [Smithsonian/Folkways] (30)
        "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," Sam And Kirk McGee (7)
 22: "Skating Rink," David Francey [Laker] (30)
        "Broken Glass" (7)
        "Annie's House" (6)
        "Come Rain Or Come Shine" (5)
 25: "Gambling Eden," Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem [Signature] (29)
        "Stewball" (9)
        "Turtle Dove" (6)
        "Fairwell To Saint Delores" (4)
        "O Death" (4)
 25: "Jake Armerding," Jake Armerding [Compass] (29)
        "Destiny's Flight" (5)
        "Little Boy Blue" (4)
        "Adonai" (3)
        "Ballad Of Sorrow And Joy" (3)
        "Girl I Left Behind Me" (3)
        "Ithaca" (3)
 25: "Live At The Charleston Music Hall," Ricky Skaggs [Skaggs Family] (29)
        "I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer" (7)
        "Black Eyed Suzie" (6)
        "Simple Life" (6)
 28: "Never Gonna Let You Go," Stacey Earle And Mark Stuart [Evolver] (28)
        "Maybe That's Just Me" (5)
        "If You Want My Love" (4)
        "Me And The Man In The Moon" (4)
        "Fishbowl" (3)
 28: "Relax Your Mind," Jay Ungar And Molly Mason [Angel] (28)
        "Homegrown Tomatoes" (10)
        "Ookpik Waltz" (3)
        "Relax Your Mind" (3)
 30: "Chinatown," Be Good Tanyas [Nettwerk] (27)
        "In My Time Of Dying" (4)
        "Rowdy Blues" (4)
        "It's Not Happening" (3)
        "Waiting Around To Die" (3)
 30: "Distant Shore," Karan Casey [Shanachie] (27)
        "Another Day" (8)
        "Distant Shore" (6)
        "Ballad Of Tim Evans" (4)
 30: "Floating," Greg Trooper [Sugar Hill] (27)
        "Inisheer" (6)
        "Muhammad Ali" (6)
        "Floating" (3)
        "Lucky That Way" (3)
        "When My Tears Break Through" (3)
 30: "Into The Cauldron," Mike Marshall And Chris Thile [Sugar Hill] (27)
        "Fisher's Hornpipe" (6)
        "Harvest Time" (4)
        "Hey Ho!" (3)
        "What A Blast" (3)
 34: "Growl," Ray Wylie Hubbard [Philo] (26)
        "Name Droppin'" (7)
        "Little Mama" (5)
        "Knives Of Spain" (4)
        "Rooster" (4)
 35: "Picture In A Frame," Kimmie Rhodes And Willie Nelson [Sunbird] (25)
        "Picture In A Frame" (8)
        "Love Me Like A Song" (5)
        "Contrabandistas" (3)
        "I Just Drove By" (3)
 35: "Red=Luck," Patty Larkin [Vanguard] (25)
        "All That Innocence" (4)
        "Children" (4)
        "Cranes" (3)
        "Too Bad" (3)
 37: "Amsterdam," Luka Bloom [Evolver] (23)
        "Delirious" (3)
        "Diamond Mountain" (3)
        "Gone To Pablo" (3)
        "Sunny Sailor Boy" (3)
 37: "Bluegrass Guitar," Bryan Sutton [Sugar Hill] (23)
        "Hangman's Reel" (4)
        "Beaumont Rag" (3)
        "Roanoke" (3)
 37: "Fiddle Piggy," Barbara Lamb [Lots Of Coffee] (23)
        "Leather Britches" (5)
        "Bo, Don't Bite The Mailman" (4)
        "Fiddle Piggy" (4)
        "Sally Anne" (4)
 37: "Home," Dixie Chicks [Columbia] (23)
        "Travelin' Soldier" (6)
        "Lil' Jack Slade" (3)
        "Long Time Gone" (3)
        "Travellin Soldier" (3)
 37: "Standing Wave," Wendy Stewart [Greentrax] (23)
        "All Things Are Quite Silent" (5)
        "Now Draw Up Close And Hear My Song" (5)
        "Fires At Midnight" (4)
        "Border Set" (3)
 42: "American Gypsy," Tony Furtado [Self] (22)
        "Hartford" (4)
        "Some Of Shelly's Blues" (4)
        "Rove Riley Rove" (3)
        "Staggerlee" (3)
 42: "Midnight At Cabell Hall," Freyda And Acoustic Attatude [Red House] (22)
        "Potter's Wheel" (7)
        "Garden Of Mysteries" (5)
        "Today's The Day" (5)
 42: "Way Live," Waybacks [Fiddling Cricket] (22)
        "Last Steam Engine Train" (4)
        "Hesitation Blues" (3)
        "Police Dog Blues" (3)
 42: "Where Roads Divide," Wildfire [Pinecastle] (22)
        "I Don't Know How To Fix It" (4)
        "Somewhere Down The Road" (4)
        "Lord Knows I'm Drinking" (3)
        "My Last Name" (3)
 46: "10," Kate Rusby [Compass] (21)
        "I Wish" (7)
        "Sir Eglamore" (3)
 46: "Bluegrass Fiddle Album," Aubrey Haynie [Sugar Hill] (21)
        "April's Reel" (5)
        "Bill Cheatham" (3)
        "First Day In Town" (3)
 46: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?: The Songs Of Pete Seeger," Various Artists [Appleseed] (21)
        "Turn Turn Turn," Bruce Cockburn (3)
 49: "Herrings In The Bay," Gordon Bok [Timberhead] (20)
        "Astoria Bar" (4)
        "Cannery Shed" (3)
        "Help Me To Raise 'em" (3)
 49: "Lovers Speak," Joan Armatrading [Denon] (20)
        "In These Times" (5)
        "Lovers Speak" (4)
        "Ocean" (3)
        "Prove Yourself" (3)
 49: "Rules Of Travel," Rosanne Cash [Capitol] (20)
        "September When It Comes" (4)
        "Will You Remember Me" (4)
        "Beautiful Pain" (3)
        "Last Stop Before Home" (3)
 49: "So Many Rivers," Marcia Ball [Alligator] (20)
        "Honeypie" (5)
 49: "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, V3," Various Artists [Capitol] (20)
        "Diamonds In The Rough," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (4)
        "Mama's Opry," Iris DeMent With The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (3)
        "Take Me In Your Lefe Boat," Del, Robbie And Ronnie McCoury (3)
        "Tears In The Holston River," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (3)
 54: "26 Miles," Sean Watkins [Sugar Hill] (19)
        "Locking Doors" (5)
        "Letters Never Sent" (4)
        "N. M. I" (3)
 54: "Coming Down From Red Lodge," Peter Ostroushko [Red House] (19)
        "Topanga Canyon Strut" (4)
        "Cashdollar Blues" (3)
        "Coming Down From Red Lodge" (3)
 54: "Little Bit Of Rain," Sid Selvidge [Archer] (19)
        "Little Bit Of Rain" (4)
 54: "Lonesome, On'ry And Mean," Various Artists [Dualtone] (19)
        "Wurlitzer Prize," Norah Jones (5)
        "You Asked Me To," Nanci Griffith (4)
 54: "North Wind," Aengus Finnan [Borealis] (19)
        "Apple Blossom Tyme" (5)
        "My Heart Has Wings" (4)
 54: "Out Of The Blue," Tom Prasada-Rao [Ahimsa] (19)
        "When Angels Sing" (5)
        "See Myself In You" (4)
 60: "Two Sides Of Dave Van Ronk," Dave Van Ronk [Fantasy] (18)
        "St. Louis Tickle" (3)
 60: "Blue Country Heart," Jorma Kaukonen [Columbia] (18)
        "What Are They Doing In Heaven Today" (4)
        "Blue Railroad Train" (3)
 60: "The Dark," Guy Clark [Sugar Hill] (18)
        "Dancin' Days" (4)
        "She Loves To Ride Horses" (3)
        "Soldier's Joy, 1864" (3)
 60: "Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute To Greg Brown," Various Artists [Red House] (18)
        "Two Little Feet," Karen Savoca (2)
 60: "Infamous Angel," Iris DeMent [Warner] (18)
        "Mama's Opry" (9)
        "Our Town" (3)
 60: "Monuments," Kate Campbell [Large River] (18)
        "How Much Can One Heart Hold" (5)
        "New South" (3)
        "Strangeness Of The Day" (3)
        "Yellow Guitar" (3)
 60: "Sunday Street," Dave Van Ronk [Philo] (18)
        "Sunday Street" (8)
        "That Song About The Midway" (3)
 67: "Beneath This Gruff Exterior," John Hiatt And The Goners [New West] (17)
        "Almost Fed Up With The Blues" (3)
 67: "Gravity, Grace And The Moon," Jeff Talmadge [Bozart] (17)
        "Interstate Blues" (4)
        "Chasing Grace" (3)
        "Photograph" (3)
 67: "A Mighty Wind," Folksmen [Sony] (17)
        "Blood On The Coal" (4)
        "Old Joe's Place" (4)
 67: "Mother, Queen Of My Heart," Various Artists [Sugar Hill] (17)
        "Mama Don't Allow No Music," Doc Watson (5)
        "Use A Napkin," Kathy Kallick (4)
        "40 Years Old And I'm Living In My Mom's Garage," Austin Lounge Lizards (3)
 67: "Nectar," Brooks Williams [Signature] (17)
        "Yellow Hummingbird" (4)
        "Half The Grace" (3)
        "May You Never" (3)
        "Mother Earth" (3)


TOP SONGS OF MAY 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14374 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. "One Step Ahead Of The Blues" (17)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "One Step Ahead"
2. "Bus Station" (15)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Modern Art"
3. "One Door Opens" (13)
        by Richard Thompson
        from "Old Kit Bag"
4. "Four Rode By" (12)
        by Fourtold
        from "Fourtold"
4. "Gentle Arms Of Eden" (12)
        by Priscilla Herdman
        from "Road Home"
4. "Heads Up For The Wrecking Ball" (12)
        by Andrea Zonn
        from "Love Goes On"
4. "Kentucky Borderline" (12)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "One Step Ahead"
4. "Kid From Spavinaw" (12)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Modern Art"
4. "Lighthouse" (12)
        by Waifs
        from "Up All Night"
4. "Ring Of Fire" (12)
        by June Carter Cash
        from "Press On"
4. "Sunday Street" (12)
        by Dave Van Ronk
        from "Sunday Street"
12. "Darcy Farrow" (11)
        by Fourtold
        from "Fourtold"
12. "The Dutchman" (11)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Modern Art"
12. "Modern Art" (11)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Modern Art"
15. "Ballad Of Sally Rose" (10)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Modern Art"
15. "Fisherman's Daughter" (10)
        by Waifs
        from "Up All Night"
15. "Homegrown Tomatoes" (10)
        by Jay Ungar And Molly Mason
        from "Relax Your Mind"
15. "Nothing New" (10)
        by Waifs
        from "Up All Night"
15. "Stewball" (10)
        by Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem
        from "Gambling Eden"
15. "Trickle Down" (10)
        by Laura Love
        from "Welcome To Pagan Place"
15. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (10)
        by June Carter Cash
        from "Press On"
22. "Another Time And Place" (9)
        by Dave Van Ronk
        from "From. . . Another Time And Place"
        also "Fast Folk: A Community Of Singers And Songwriters"
22. "If We Had Built A Wall" (9)
        by Patrick Street
        from "Street Life"
22. "Mama's Opry" (9)
        by Eve Goldberg
        from "Crossing The Water"
22. "Mama's Opry" (9)
        by Iris Dement
        from "Infamous Angel"
22. "New Night Dawning" (9)
        by Andrea Zonn
        from "Love Goes On"
22. "Northwest Passage" (9)
        by Stan Rogers
        from "Northwest Passage"
22. "Picture In A Frame" (9)
        by Kimmie Rhodes And Willie Nelson
        from "Picture In A Frame"
22. "Ridin' The Red Line" (9)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "One Step Ahead"


TOP ARTISTS OF MAY 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14374 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Dave Van Ronk (213)
2. Tom Russell (108)
3. Bob Dylan (89)
4. Rhonda Vincent (84)
5. Waifs (70)
6. Fourtold (65)
7. Andrea Zonn (64)
8. Priscilla Herdman (58)
8. Richard Thompson (58)
10. Stan Rogers (56)
11. Dar Williams (55)
12. Eve Goldberg (54)
12. Fred Eaglesmith (54)
14. Pete Seeger (52)
15. Harvey Reid (51)
15. Lucinda Williams (51)
17. Gibson Brothers (49)
17. Ricky Skaggs (49)
19. Doc Watson (47)
20. Old Blind Dogs (45)
21. June Carter Cash (44)
21. Nanci Griffith (44)
23. David Francey (43)
24. David Wilcox (42)
24. Louise Taylor (42)
26. Alison Krauss (41)
26. Patrick Street (41)
28. Jay Ungar And Molly Mason (39)
28. Johnny Cash (39)
28. Laura Love (39)
28. Lynn Morris Band (39)
28. Ray Wylie Hubbard (39)
33. Brooks Williams (38)
33. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer (38)
33. Greg Brown (38)
33. John Hartford (38)
37. Karan Casey (37)
37. Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem (37)
39. Joel Mabus (36)
40. Carter Family (35)
40. Guy Clark (35)
40. Iris DeMent (35)
40. Patty Larkin (35)



TOP LABELS OF MAY 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14374 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Rounder (568)
2. Sugar Hill (527)
3. Compass (269)
4. Columbia (243)
5. Red House (216)
6. Smithsonian/Folkways (203)
7. Appleseed (189)
8. Philo (172)
9. Signature (167)
10. Green Linnet (144)
11. Borealis (131)
12. Shanachie (130)
13. Vanguard (120)
14. Flying Fish (118)
15. Hightone (116)
16. Rebel (115)
17. Warner (113)
18. Greentrax (99)
19. Pinecastle (98)
20. Elektra (73)
21. Rhino (68)
22. Capitol (67)
23. Redwing (52)
24. Dualtone (50)
25. Sony (48)
26. Woodpecker (45)
27. MCA (43)
28. Koch (42)
29. Lost Highway (39)
30. Razor And Tie (38)
30. Waterbug (38)
32. Alligator (37)
32. Mercury (37)
34. Skaggs Family (36)
35. Wind River (35)
36. Acoustic Disc (34)
37. Gazell (33)
37. What Are (33)
39. Arhoolie (32)
40. Reprise (31)


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 at
http://www.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.

Richard Gillmann                                 http://www.nwfolk.com
Monday "Lunch With Folks" Noon-3pm               richard@folkradio.org
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