TOP ALBUMS OF MAY 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12392 airplays from 142 different DJs

  1: "Flower Of Avalon," Tracy Grammer [Signature, 4/05] (96)
        "Mother, I Climbed"
        "Laughlin Boy"
        "Gypsy Rose"
        "Preston Miller"
        "Hey Ho"
  2: "Stolen Moments," Alison Brown [Compass, 5/05] (82)
        "Homeward Bound"
        "Sound Of Summer Running"
        "One Morning In May"
        "Angel"
  3: "Fair And Square," John Prine [Oh Boy, 4/05] (72)
        "Crazy As A Loon"
        "Glory Of True Love"
        "Long Monday"
        "My Darlin' Hometown"
  4: "Devils And Dust," Bruce Springsteen [Columbia, 4/05] (47)
        "Devils And Dust"
        "Black Cowboys"
        "Jesus Was An Only Son"
  5: "Breakfast," Kate MacLeod And The Pancakes [Waterbug, 4/05] (45)
        "Handsome Molly"
        "Potter's Wheel"
        "Prodigal Son"
  6: "Let Em Run," The Bills [Red House, 7/04] (44)
        "Let Em Run"
        "Old Blue Bridge"
        "Nowhere To Be"
        "When The Bucket Runs Dry"
  6: "Woodyboye," Joel Rafael Band [Appleseed, 4/05] (44)
        "Ramblin' Reckless Hobo"
        "Stepstone"
        "This Train Is Bound For Glory"
        "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key"
  8: "Defying Gravity," Cheryl Wheeler [Philo, 2/05] (41)
        "Blessed"
        "Defying Gravity"
        "Alice"
  9: "The Duhks," The Duhks [Sugar Hill, 2/05] (40)
        "Dance Hall Girls"
        "Death Came A Knockin"
        "Everybody Knows"
 10: "Make It Through This World," Greg Trooper [Sugar Hill, 4/05] (38)
        "Green Eyed Girl"
        "Don't Let It Go To Waste"
        "Dream Away The Blues"
 11: "Love Call Me Home," Peggy Seeger [Appleseed, 4/05] (36)
        "Love Call Me Home"
        "Love Is Teasing"
        "Sing About These Hard Times"
 12: "The Farthest Wave," Cathie Ryan [Shanachie, 4/05] (35)
        "Follow The Heron"
        "Wild Flowers"
        "Peata Beag Do Mhathar"
 13: "Here Come The Choppers," Loudon Wainwright III [Sovereign Artists, 4/05] (34)
        "Hank And Fred"
        "God's Country"
        "Had To Be Her"
 14: "Run," Old School Freight Train [Acoustic Disc, new] (33)
        "Superstition"
        "Louisiana 1927"
        "Lookee Here"
 15: "Ragin' Live," Rhonda Vincent And The Rage [Rounder, 3/05] (29)
        "One Step Ahead Of The Blues"
        "Frankie Belle"
 16: "Land Of Milk And Honey," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 3/04] (28)
        "Peace Call"
        "Hiway 9"
 17: "Jiig," Ian Robb [Fallen Angle, 3/05] (27)
        "Chicken On A Raft"
        "I Should Like To Be A Policeman"
        "Oggie Man"
 17: "Les Amants Du Saint-Laurent," Le Vent Du Nord [Borealis, 3/05] (27)
        "Les Amants Du Saint-Laurent"
        "C'est Une Jeune Mariee"
 19: "Redbird," Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault And Peter Mulvey [Signature, 2/05] (26)
        "Buckets Of Rain"
        "Moonglow"
 20: "Miles From Home," Jed Marum [Boston Road, 2/05] (25)
        "Last Day In May"
 21: "Blue Nightfall," Jimmy Lafave [Red House, 3/05] (24)
        "Revival"
        "Bohemian Cowboy Blues"
        "Music From The Motor Court"
 21: "Tunes," Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Michael McGoldrick, Jim Murray [Compass, 4/05] (24)
        "Jewels Of The Ocean"
        "Cat's Miaow"
 23: "American Jukebox Fables," Ellis Paul [Philo, 4/05] (23)
        "Kiss The Sun"
        "Jukebox On My Grave"
        "She Was"
 23: "When All Is Said And Done," Danu [Shanachie, 4/05] (23)
        "Farewell, Angelina"
        "Follow On"
 23: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?: The Songs Of Pete Seeger," Various Artists [Appleseed, 1998] (23)
        "Goofing Off Suite," Tony Trischka Band
 26: "Prime Cuts Of Bluegrass 75," Various Artists [KBC, new] (22)
        "Always Never Enough," Kenny And Amanda Smith
 26: "Chasing The Sun," Karan Casey [Shanachie, 4/05] (22)
        "Keg Of Brandy"
        "Mother Earth's Revenge"
 26: "Land of the Sky: An Appalachian Journey ," Amy White And Al Petteway [Maggie's, new] (22)
        "Across The Blue Mountains"
        "Shady Grove"
 26: "Portrait Of An American Girl," Judy Collins [Wildflower, 4/05] (22)
        "That Song About The Midway"
        "How Can I Keep From Singing"
 26: "Red Dog Tracks," Chip Taylor And Carrie Rodriguez [Back Porch, new] (22)
        "Elzick's Farewell"
        "Keep Your Hat On Jenny"
 26: "What I Really Mean," Robert Earl Keen [Koch, new] (22)
        "Great Hank"
        "What I Really Mean"
 32: "Almost Like Tonight," Erica Wheeler [Blue Pie, 2/05] (21)
        "Angeline"
        "Downriver"
 32: "Lonely Runs Both Ways," Alison Krauss And Union Station [Rounder, 11/04] (21)
        "Restless"
 32: "Waking Hour," David Francey [Red House, 9/04] (21)
        "Tonight In My Dreams"
        "Waking Hour"
        "Wanna Be Loved"
 35: "Folkways: The Original Vision," Various Artists [Smithsonian/Folkways, 1989] (20)
        "Do-Re-Mi," Woody Guthrie
 35: "Migration," David Olney [Loudhouse, 4/05] (20)
        "Birds"
        "My Lovely Assistant"
 35: "Steelhead In The Riffles," Robin Flower And Libby McLaren [Libbymac, 3/05] (20)
        "Skip And Buzz's Wild Goose Chase"
        "Mellie's Mandolin"
 38: "Hearts In Mind," Nanci Griffith [New Door, 2/05] (19)
        "Simple Life"
 38: "Waiting For An Echo," Solas [Shanachie, 2/05] (19)
        "Silver Dagger"
        "Coconut Dog/Morning Dew"
 40: "Martha Wainwright," Martha Wainwright [Rounder, 4/05] (18)
        "These Flowers"
        "Who Was I Kidding"
 40: "Mercy Now," Mary Gauthier [Lost Highway, 2/05] (18)
        "Empty Spaces"
        "Mercy Now"
 40: "These Times We're Living In," Various Artists [Red House, 2/05] (18)
        "Arlington," Wailin' Jennys
        "Ghosts Of The Good Old Days," John McCutcheon
 43: "Bib And Tuck," Maddy Prior And The Girls [Park, 2002] (17)
        "Sweet Thames Flow Softly"
 43: "Grascals," Grascals [Rounder, 2/05] (17)
        "Viva Las Vegas"
        "Sally Goodin"
 43: "Thugs And Lovers," J. P. Jones [Self, 2/05] (17)
        "Man Stands Up"
 43: "Where The Mangoes Are," Kate McDonnell [Appleseed, 2/05] (17)
        "Go Down Moses"
        "Railroad Bill"
 47: "Cottage In The Glen," Jody Marshall [Maggie's, new] (16)
        "3 Sisters Of Erin/Little Martha"
        "Brandy Tree," Jody Marshall With Grace Griffith, Vocals
 47: "From The Dirt," David Morreale [Mud Luscious, 4/05] (16)
        "Angel Of The Road"
 47: "Grey County," Tim Harrison [Second Avenue, 1/05] (16)
        "Pack Up Your Sorrows"
        "Canada Gander's Lament"
 47: "Heard It On The X," Los Super Seven [Telarc, 3/05] (16)
        "Learning The Game"
        "My Window Faces The South"
 47: "Hymns For The Exiled," Anais Mitchell [Waterbug, 9/04] (16)
        "I Wear Your Dress"
 47: "New Century Suite," Michael J. Miles [Self, 4/05] (16)
        "Firefly Sonata II"
        "Opus 821"
 47: "We Were Good People," Maria Dunn [Self, 10/04] (16)
        "Troublemaker"
        "We Were Good People"
 54: "Deliverance," Amy Martin [Self, 4/05] (15)
        "Raven's Wings"
 54: "Guitar Player," Brooks Williams [Solid Air, 3/05] (15)
        "All That Is Gold"
 54: "Legacy," Guy Davis [Red House, 8/04] (15)
        "We All Need More Kindness In This World"
 54: "Little Star," Girlyman [Daemon, new] (15)
        "Soldiers"
        "Superior"
 54: "New Moon," Northern Lights [Fifty Fifty, 4/05] (15)
        "Listen To The Radio"
 54: "Right Key, Wrong Keyhole," Red Stick Ramblers [Memphis Int'l, 4/05] (15)
        "My Ramblin' Heart"
        "That's What I Like About The South"
 54: "Seeds: The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3," Pete Seeger & Friends [Appleseed, 2003] (15)
        "50/50 Chance"
 54: "Stillhouse Road," Julie Lee [Compadre, 10/04] (15)
        "Stillhouse Road"
        "Till The Cows Come Home"
 62: "Apples In The Basket," Gordon Bok [Timberhead, 3/05] (14)
        "Heading For Home"
        "Mussels In The Corner"
 62: "Back To Me," Kathleen Edwards [Rounder, 3/05] (14)
        "Back To Me"
        "Somewhere Else"
 62: "Beach Full Of Shells," Al Stewart [Appleseed, new] (14)
        "Somewhere In England 1915"
 62: "Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster," Various Artists [American Roots, 8/04] (14)
        "Oh! Susanna," Michelle Shocked And Pete Anderson
        "Camptown Races," Duhks
 62: "Beyond Borders," Andrew McKnight [Falling Mountain, 1/05] (14)
        "Flowers In My Yard"
 62: "For The Women," Enoch Kent [Second Avenue, 1/05] (14)
        "Sewing Machines"
        "Green Grow The Rashes"
 62: "Infamous Angel," Iris DeMent [Warner, 1993] (14)
        "Mama's Opry"
        "Let The Mystery Be"
 62: "Love, Hope And Transportation," Malvinas [Self, 11/04] (14)
        "Eve Takes The Fall"
        "St. Anthony"
 62: "Mother, Queen Of My Heart," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 2002] (14)
        "Mother, The Queen Of My Heart," Lonesome Standard Time
        "Use A Napkin," Kathy Kallick
 62: "Songs From The Gravel Road," Ian Tyson [Vanguard, 4/05] (14)
        "Ambler Saddle"
        "One Morning In May"
 62: "This Is Me," Eddie From Ohio [Virginia Soul, 10/04] (14)
        "Clear And Present Danger"
        "Independence, Indiana"
 62: "Warmer Kind Of Blue," Kathy Kallick Band [Copper Creek, 4/05] (14)
        "Hey, Hey, Hey"

TOP SONGS OF MAY 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12392 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. "Homeward Bound" (20)
        by Alison Brown
        from "Stolen Moments"
2. "Devils And Dust" (19)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "Devils And Dust"
2. "Mother, I Climbed" (19)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
4. "Laughlin Boy" (15)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
5. "Gypsy Rose" (13)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
6. "Crazy As A Loon" (12)
        by John Prine
        from "Fair And Square"
6. "Hank And Fred" (12)
        by Loudon Wainwright III
        from "Here Come The Chopper"
6. "Hey Ho" (12)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
6. "Hiway 9" (12)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Land Of Milk And Honey"
        also "13 Ways To Live"
6. "Superstition" (12)
        by Old School Freight Train
        from "Run"
11. "Dancing With My Mother" (11)
        by Rachel Bissex
        from "Don't Look Down"
        also "In White Light"
11. "Glory Of True Love" (11)
        by John Prine
        from "Fair And Square"
11. "Preston Miller" (11)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
11. "Sound Of Summer Running" (11)
        by Alison Brown
        from "Stolen Moments"
15. "Long Monday" (10)
        by John Prine
        from "Fair And Square"
15. "Love Call Me Home" (10)
        by Peggy Seeger
        from "Love Call Me Home"
15. "Peace Call" (10)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Land Of Milk And Honey"
18. "Les Amants Du Saint-Laurent" (9)
        by Le Vent Du Nord
        from "Les Amants Du Saint Laurent"
        also "Quebec Traditional Music"
18. "One Morning In May" (9)
        by Alison Brown
        from "Stolen Moments"
18. "Ramblin' Reckless Hobo" (9)
        by Joel Rafael Band
        from "Woodyboye"
18. "Revival" (9)
        by Jimmy Lafave
        from "Blue Nightfall"
22. "Any Way I Do" (8)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
22. "Handsome Molly" (8)
        by Kate MacLeod And The Pancakes
        from "Breakfast"
22. "Let Em Run" (8)
        by The Bills
        from "Let Em Run"
22. "My Darlin' Hometown" (8)
        by John Prine
        from "Fair And Square"
22. "Old Blue Bridge" (8)
        by The Bills
        from "Let Em Run"
22. "Shadows Of Evangeline" (8)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Flower Of Avalon"
22. "Stepstone" (8)
        by Joel Rafael Band
        from "Woodyboye"
22. "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key" (8)
        by Joel Rafael Band
        from "Woodyboye"

TOP ARTISTS OF MAY 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12392 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Tracy Grammer
2. John Prine
3. Alison Brown
4. Pete Seeger
5. Bob Dylan
6. Jimmy Martin
7. Joel Rafael Band
8. Cheryl Wheeler
9. Alison Krauss
9. Loudon Wainwright III
11. Bruce Springsteen
12. The Bills
13. The Duhks
14. Eliza Gilkyson
14. Kate MacLeod And The Pancakes
14. Peggy Seeger
17. Greg Trooper
18. Judy Collins
19. John Gorka
20. Greg Brown
21. Cathie Ryan
21. Ellis Paul
23. Nanci Griffith
23. Rhonda Vincent
25. Old School Freight Train
26. Dave Van Ronk
26. Robert Earl Keen
28. David Francey
28. Iris DeMent
28. Jimmy Lafave
31. Jed Marum
31. Le Vent Du Nord
33. Woody Guthrie
34. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
34. Erica Wheeler
34. Ian Robb
34. John McCutcheon
34. Lucy Kaplansky
34. Richard Shindell
40. Bruce Cockburn
40. Chip Taylor And Carrie Rodriguez
40. Solas


TOP LABELS OF MAY 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12392 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Sugar Hill
4. Columbia
5. Compass
6. Appleseed
7. Signature
8. Shanachie
9. Philo
10. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Waterbug
12. Borealis
12. Warner
14. Flying Fish
15. Green Linnet
16. Vanguard
17. Koch
18. Hightone
19. Greentrax
20. Oh Boy
21. Rhino
22. Gadfly
22. RCA
24. Capitol
25. MCA
26. Pinecastle
27. Sony
28. Reprise
29. Acoustic Disc
29. Alligator
29. Bear Family
32. Compadre
32. Folk-Legacy
32. Lost Highway
32. Wind River
36. Blue Corn
36. Maggie's
38. Copper Creek
39. Elektra
39. Zoe

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 (Mike Yuhas' 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 number of airplays listed for each album is the
number that my programs caught, which is smaller than the actual number.

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.  A more
detailed explanation is available at nwfolk.com.

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