TOP ALBUMS OF MAY 2006

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13073 airplays from 145 different DJs

  1: "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," Bruce Springsteen [Columbia, 4/06] (167)
        "Mrs. McGrath"
        "Old Dan Tucker"
        "O Mary Don't You Weep"
        "Pay Me My Money Down"
        "Erie Canal"
        "Eyes On The Prize"
        "John Henry"
  2: "My Remembrance Of You," Diana Jones [Newsong, 3/06] (59)
        "Pony"
        "Pretty Girl"
        "Willow Tree"
        "Hold On Me"
  3: "Roadside Saints," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, new] (47)
        "Elegy"
        "American Wake"
        "Gone Is Gone"
  4: "Sail Away: The Songs Of Randy Newman," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 5/06] (43)
        "Rider In The Rain," Reckless Kelly And Joe Ely
        "Political Science," Duhks
        "Sail Away," Tim O'Brien
  5: "Cottonwood," Brad Colerick [Back, new] (42)
        "Cottonwood"
        "Come What May"
        "Fire On The River"
  6: "Break Me Open," Johnsmith [Blue Pine, 4/06] (41)
        "21 Miles"
        "Back To The Mystery"
        "Honest Truth"
  7: "Being There," Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen [Compass, 4/06] (37)
        "Hurricane"
        "Kid With The Comic Book"
        "Road Through The Woods"
  7: "Love And Fear," Tom Russell [Hightone, 2/06] (37)
        "Stealing Electricity"
        "Pugilist At 59"
        "All The Fine Young Ladies"
  9: "Bob Dylan Uncovered," Various Artists [Paradiddle, 4/06] (36)
        "One Too Many Mornings," Caroline Doctorow
        "If You Gotta Go, Go Now," Cadillac Moon
        "Girl From The North Country," Drew Olsen
 10: "Wild Card," James Reams, Walter Hensley, And The Barons Of Bluegrass [Mountain Redbird, new] (33)
        "Road To Columbus"
        "Wild Card"
        "I Caught A Keeper"
 11: "Liberty Tree," Liberty Tree [Hudson Harding, new] (32)
        "My 2 Sons"
        "Deja Vu"
 11: "Unsung," Slaid Cleaves [Rounder, new] (32)
        "Everette"
        "Call It Sleep"
 13: "All The Roadrunning," Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris [Warner, new] (30)
        "This Is Us"
        "All The Roadrunning"
        "Beachcombing"
 13: "Closer," Lui Collins [Waterbug, 4/06] (30)
        "Red Red Robin"
        "Blood Red The Stain"
        "Someone To Come Home To"
 15: "Spooked," Marley's Ghost [Sage Arts, 2/06] (29)
        "Sail Away Ladies"
        "Get Off The Track"
 16: "Lost John Dean," Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch And Fats Kaplin [Compass, 5/06] (27)
        "Monkey Jump"
        "I Can't Wait"
 16: "Skunkmello," Guy Davis [Red House, 4/06] (27)
        "Blackberry Ramble"
        "Natural Born Eas' Man"
        "Hooking Bull At The Landing"
 18: "From The Pasture To The Future," The Waybacks [Compass, 4/06] (26)
        "Blacksmith"
        "Motorway"
 18: "Take Me Back," April Verch [Rounder, 2/06] (26)
        "Tom, Brad And Alice"
        "Wings To Fly"
 18: "Tulips For Lunch," Chuck Brodsky [Waterbug, 2/06] (26)
        "Liar Liar Pants On Fire"
        "2 Left Feet"
 21: "Vista," David Wilcox [W. A. R, new] (24)
        "Get On"
        "Same Shaker"
 22: "Big Dream Boulevard," Antje Duvekot [Black Wolf, new] (23)
        "Judas"
        "Anna"
 22: "Little Willies," Little Willies [Milking Bull, 3/06] (23)
        "Roll On"
        "Roly Poly"
        "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive"
 22: "Personal File," Johnny Cash [Columbia, new] (23)
        "Galway Bay"
 25: "Ghost Repeater," Jeffrey Foucault [Signature, 5/06] (22)
        "Mesa, Arizona"
        "Americans In Corduroys"
 25: "The Great Divide," Eric Taylor [Blue Ruby, 1/06] (22)
        "The Great Divide"
        "Just Short Of The Line"
 25: "Mama's Hand: Bluegrass and Mountain Songs About Mother," Various Artists [Rounder, 2002] (22)
        "Mama's Gonna Stay," Hazel Dickens And Alice Gerrard
 25: "New Day," Claire Lynch [Rounder, 3/06] (22)
        "Only Passing Through"
        "I Believe In Forever"
 29: "Hope And Other Casualties," Mark Erelli [Signature, 3/06] (21)
        "Seeds Of Peace"
        "Passing Through"
 29: "I'm A Mountain," Sarah Harmer [Cold Snap, 11/05] (21)
        "I Am Aglow"
        "How Deep In The Valley"
 29: "Love Sweet Love," Lynn Miles [Red House, 4/05] (21)
        "This Is The Night"
        "1000 Lovers"
 32: "Canoesongs 2," Various Artists [Portage, new] (20)
        "Eskimo Roll," Nancy White
 32: "Flower Of Avalon," Tracy Grammer [Signature, 4/05] (20)
        "Mother, I Climbed"
        "Laughlin Boy"
 32: "Live At Coalesce," Darryl Purpose With Julie Beaver [Gambler's Grace, new] (20)
        "Singer/Songwriter Heaven"
        "Ghost Of Crazy Horse"
 32: "Not Forgotten," Malcolm Holcombe [Self, new] (20)
        "Sparrows And Sparrows"
        "Steady Heart"
 36: "3d," Casey Driessen [Sugar Hill, new] (19)
        "Jerusalem Ridge"
 36: "She Waits For Night," Uncle Earl [Rounder, 7/05] (19)
        "Walkin' In My Sleep"
        "Take These Chains"
 38: "Departure," The Mammals [Signature, 2/06] (18)
        "Alone On The Homestead"
        "Kiss The Break Of Day"
 38: "A Nod To Bob," Various Artists [Red House, 2001] (18)
        "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," Eliza Gilkyson
        "Delia," Spider John Koerner And Dave Ray
 38: "Patch Of Blue," Dee Carstensen [Exit 9, new] (18)
        "Cocoon"
        "Patch Of Blue"
 38: "West Of The West," Dave Alvin [Yep Roc, new] (18)
        "Tramps And Hawkers"
 38: "World's On Fire," Crooked Jades [Self, 3/06] (18)
        "Sandy Boys"
 43: "The Back Fields," Tim Grimm [Wind River, 10/05] (17)
        "My Turn"
 43: "Black Cadillac," Rosanne Cash [Capitol, 1/06] (17)
        "Black Cadillac"
        "God Is In The Roses"
 43: "Folk Is The New Black," Janis Ian [Cooking Vinyl, 2/06] (17)
        "Folk Is The New Black"
        "Great Divide"
 43: "Laughing In The Face Of The Blues," Jack Williams [Wind River, 10/05] (17)
        "Buckets Of Rain"
        "Life Is Sweet"
 43: "Let 'er Go, Boys," Michael Cleveland [Rounder, new] (17)
        "Hello City Limits"
        "Dark As The Night, Blue Ass The Day"
 43: "Solace For The Lonely," Robinella [Dualtone, 2/06] (17)
        "Down The Mountain"
        "Solace For The Lonely"
 43: "Strange Conversation," Kris Delmhorst [Signature, new] (17)
        "Strange Conversation"
        "Galuppi Baldessare"
 43: "Your Daughters And Your Sons," Duhks [Sugar Hill, 2003] (17)
        "Rock Of Ages"
        "Leather Winged Bat"
 51: "Celebration Of Life," Various Artists [Skaggs Family, new] (16)
        "John The Revelator," Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver
 51: "Lucky For Some," Dick Gaughan [Greentrax, 4/06] (16)
        "Devil And Pastor Jack"
        "Whatever Happened"
 51: "No Direction Home," Bob Dylan [Columbia, 8/05] (16)
        "Masters Of War"
 54: "Case For Case: A Tribute To The Songs Of Peter Case," Various Artists [Hungry For, 4/06] (15)
        "Blue Distance," Maura O'Connell
 54: "Knuckleball Suite," Peter Mulvey [Signature, 4/06] (15)
        "Knuckleball Suite"
        "You And Me And The 10 Thousand Things"
 54: "Say I Am You," The Weepies [Nettwerk, 3/06] (15)
        "Gotta Have You"
        "World Spins Madly On"
 54: "Something In The Water," Sally Shuffield [Self, new] (15)
        "Arkansas River Flow"
        "Lost Highway"
 54: "Wide Open," Mountain Heart [Skaggs Family, 2/06] (15)
        "Town That Isn't There"
 59: "Albannach," Whistlebinkies [Greentrax, new] (14)
        "Coronach"
        "Loch Ness Monster"
 59: "Living With War," Neil Young [Reprise, new] (14)
        "Flags Of Freedom"
        "Let's Impeach The President"
 59: "Paradise Hotel," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 8/05] (14)
        "Requiem"
 59: "Seeds: The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3," Pete Seeger & Friends [Appleseed, 2003] (14)
        "Bring Them Home," Pete Seeger And Friends
 59: "Shining Through," Tena Moyer [DocRoc, 4/06] (14)
        "Company Man"
        "Too Wonderful For Words"
 59: "The Waking Hour," David Francey [Red House, 2004] (14)
        "The Waking Hour"
 65: "40 Days," Wailin' Jennys [Red House, 2004] (13)
        "Beautiful Dawn"
 65: "Boxing Mirror," Alejandro Escovedo [Back Porch, new] (13)
        "Boxing Mirror"
 65: "Daybreak: Fainne An Lae," Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh [Compass, 3/06] (13)
        "Emigrant's Farewell"
 65: "Deceiving Blues," Johnson, Miller And Dermody [Orb Discs, 4/06] (13)
        "Some Of These Days"
 65: "For You Only," Rachel Ries [Waterbug, 8/05] (13)
        "Lonely Spires"
        "Our Summertime"
 65: "Forerunner," The Cottars [Rounder, 1/06] (13)
        "Hold On"
 65: "Lone Prairie," Matt Brown [Self, 3/06] (13)
        "Fine Times At Our House"
 65: "Mightier Than The Sword," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 2005] (13)
        "Our Flag Was Still There"
 65: "Miles From Home," Jed Marum [Boston Road, 2/05] (13)
        "Last Day In May"
        "Chickahominy River"
 65: "Song Of The Traveling Daughter," Abigail Washburn [Nettwerk, 8/05] (13)
        "Sometimes"
 65: "This Old Road," Kris Kristofferson [New West, 3/06] (13)
        "Last Thing To Go"
 65: "Underdog," Wishing Chair [Self, 5/05] (13)
        "Outlaw Wedding"

TOP SONGS OF MAY 2006

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13073 airplays from 145 different DJs

1. "Mrs. McGrath" (23)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
2. "Old Dan Tucker" (20)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
3. "O Mary Don't You Weep" (19)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
3. "Pay Me My Money Down" (19)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
5. "Erie Canal" (15)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
6. "Dancing With My Mother" (12)
        by Rachel Bissex
        from "Don't Look Down"
6. "Elegy" (12)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Roadside Saints"
6. "Eyes On The Prize" (12)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
6. "John Henry" (12)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
10. "Froggie Went A Courtin" (11)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
10. "Pony" (11)
        by Diana Jones
        from "My Remembrance Of You"
10. "Rider In The Rain" (11)
        by Reckless Kelly And Joe Ely
        from "Sail Away: The Songs Of Randy Newman"
13. "American Wake" (10)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Roadside Saints"
13. "Cottonwood" (10)
        by Brad Colerick
        from "Cottonwood"
13. "Jesse James" (10)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
13. "One Too Many Mornings" (10)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Bob Dylan Uncovered"
17. "Everette" (9)
        by Slaid Cleaves
        from "Unsung"
17. "My Oklahoma Home" (9)
        by Bruce Springsteen
        from "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
17. "Peace Call" (9)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Land Of Milk And Honey"
17. "Pretty Girl" (9)
        by Diana Jones
        from "My Remembrance Of You"
17. "Sail Away Ladies" (9)
        by Marley's Ghost
        from "Spooked"
22. "The Great Divide" (8)
        by Eric Taylor
        from "The Great Divide"
22. "Hold On Me" (8)
        by Diana Jones
        from "My Remembrance Of You"
22. "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" (8)
        by Cadillac Moon
        from "Bob Dylan Uncovered"
22. "Political Science" (8)
        by Duhks
        from "Sail Away: The Songs Of Randy Newman"
22. "Red Red Robin" (8)
        by Lui Collins
        from "Closer"
22. "Willow Tree" (8)
        by Diana Jones
        from "My Remembrance Of You"

TOP ARTISTS OF MAY 2006

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13073 airplays from 145 different DJs

1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Bob Dylan
3. Pete Seeger
4. Diana Jones
5. Tom Russell
6. Johnny Cash
7. Zoe Mulford
8. Johnsmith
9. Nanci Griffith
10. Eliza Gilkyson
11. Brad Colerick
11. John McCutcheon
13. Chuck Brodsky
14. Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen
15. Tim O'Brien
16. Guy Davis
17. John Gorka
17. Slaid Cleaves
19. Greg Brown
20. Liberty Tree
21. Emmylou Harris
21. Marley's Ghost
23. Dave Alvin
23. Kris Delmhorst
25. Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris
26. Duhks
26. Lui Collins
26. Margaret MacArthur
29. April Verch
29. Lynn Miles
31. Antje Duvekot
31. Doc Watson
31. Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch And Fats Kaplin
34. David Wilcox
34. Iris DeMent
34. James Reams, Walter Hensley, And The Barons Of Bluegrass
34. Mark Erelli
38. Claire Lynch
38. Darryl Purpose
38. Eric Taylor
38. Jeffrey Foucault
38. The Mammals
38. The Waybacks

TOP LABELS OF MAY 2006

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13073 airplays from 145 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Columbia
3. Sugar Hill
4. Red House
5. Compass
6. Signature
7. Warner
8. Waterbug
9. Smithsonian/Folkways
10. Appleseed
10. Vanguard
12. Flying Fish
13. Hightone
13. Philo
15. Borealis
16. Greentrax
17. Green Linnet
18. Rhino
18. Shanachie
20. RCA
21. Dualtone
22. Capitol
22. Rebel
24. Sony
25. Wind River
26. Reprise
27. Nettwerk
27. Pinecastle
29. Elektra
30. Folk-Legacy
31. Mercury
32. MCA
33. Newsong
34. Hudson Harding
34. Skaggs Family
36. Nonesuch
36. Putumayo
38. Alligator
38. Arc
38. Blue Pine


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 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
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