Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of May 2016 (with DJ list)

TOP ALBUMS AND SONGS OF MAY 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14497 airplays from 147 different DJs

  1: "Lift," Dave Gunning [Wee House, 7/15] (108)
        "Sing It Louder"
        "They Don't Do That No More"
        "This Changin' Wind"
        "Tractor"
        "Halo That Fits"
  2: "Mud And Apples," Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche [Bunny, 5/16] (102)
        "Landslide"
        "Desperado"
        "Rhythm Of The Rain"
        "Bleecker Street"
        "Mud And Apples"
        "Cold October Day"
  3: "The Pilot And The Flying Machine," Ben Bedford [Waterbug, 4/16] (80)
        "Letters From The Earth"
        "Pilot And The Flying Machine, Part 1"
        "Long Blue Hills"
        "Fox"
  4: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [brothersun.com, 4/16] (77)
        "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan"
        "When I'm Gone"
        "Where Are You Moses"
        "Keep On Going"
  5: "Nine Pin," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 5/16] (75)
        "Saint Elizabeth"
        "Paradise Fell"
        "White"
        "9 Pin"
        "Little Pink"
  6: "Jump The Fire," Evie Ladin Band [Evil Diane, 5/16] (71)
        "Ease On Down"
        "Honey Lou"
        "Jump The Fire"
        "Jump Up And Go"
  7: "Trail Of Tales," The Bills [Borealis, 3/16] (63)
        "Wonders I've Seen"
        "Trail Of Tales"
        "West Bay Crossing"
        "Forgotten Beech Grove"
  8: "Square Peg," Marci Geller [marcigeller.com, 12/15] (56)
        "Save Me"
        "Only Love Matters"
        "Forgotten Dreams"
        "Would You Still Believe"
  9: "Sometimes I Feel Too Much," Cosy Sheridan [cosysheridan.com, 3/16] (51)
        "Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me"
        "Your Old Age"
        "Eurydice Goodnight"
        "If I Were A Bird"
 10: "Blue Skies," Mountain Heart [Compass, 5/16] (44)
        "Have You Heard About The Old Hometown"
        "Maggie's Farm"
        "Bad Grounds"
        "Blue Skies"
 11: "Excellent Day," Lizanne Knott [Proper, 4/16] (41)
        "Sometimes"
        "Stolen Car"
        "Excellent Day"
 12: "American Landscape," Dave Murphy [davemurphy.net, new] (39)
        "Miss The Bus"
        "Rochester"
        "Brooklyn Street"
 12: "Flight," Coty Hogue [Perpetual Hoedown, new] (39)
        "Pretty Bird"
        "Poor Ellen Smith"
        "Run"
 14: "Keepsake," Gathering Time [Treble-G, 3/16] (38)
        "Mom's Guitar"
        "Touch Of Your Hand"
        "Who Knows Where The Time Goes"
 15: "Restless Moon," Meg Braun [megbraun.com, 4/15] (37)
        "Gypsy Moon"
        "Storms Are On The Ocean"
        "Drunkard's Daughter"
 16: "Still The Birds," Darryl Purpose [Blue Rock, 5/16] (35)
        "Birds"
        "When Buddha Smiled At The Elephant"
        "Meaning Of My Love"
 17: "The Deep Hollow," The Deep Hollow [thedeephollow.com, 4/16] (34)
        "Beginning And The End"
        "Getting Good At Feeling Bad"
        "Clipped Wings"
 17: "Del And Woody," Del McCoury Band [delmccouryband.com, 4/16] (34)
        "Dirty Overhalls"
        "Ain't A Gonna Do"
        "Californy Gold"
 19: "Calla's Waltz," Jed Marum [Boston Road, 3/16] (32)
        "Loch Lomond"
        "Calla's Waltz"
        "Even As I Ramble"
 19: "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark," Various Artists [Icehouse, 2011] (32)
        "Texas Cookin," Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott And Tim O'Brien
        "Cape," Patty Griffin
 21: "Grain By Grain," Mark Mandeville And Raianne Richards [Nobody's Favorite, 4/16] (31)
        "Don't Ever Stop Believing"
        "Hang On To The Day"
        "Temper"
 22: "Sing Me Home," Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble [Masterworks, 4/16] (30)
        "Little Birdie"
        "Sadila Jana"
 23: "Keepers," Guy Clark [Sugar Hill, 1997] (29)
        "Homegrown Tomatoes"
        "Desperados Waiting For A Train"
        "L. A. Freeway"
 23: "Old Songs For Modern Folk," Vincent Cross [Rescue Dog, 4/16] (29)
        "Freeport Town"
        "Michael Brown"
        "Passing Through"
 23: "Rattle Your Bones," The Haunted Windchimes [Blank Tape, 5/16] (29)
        "Everybody's Talking"
        "Dead And Gone"
        "River Song"
 26: "All These Years," Solas [THL, 2/16] (28)
        "Darkness Darkness"
        "Little Bird Of Heaven"
 27: "The Things That We Are Made Of," Mary Chapin Carpenter [Lambent Light, new] (27)
        "Something Tamed Something Wild"
        "What Does It Mean To Travel"
 28: "Dark Horse Days," Donal Hinely [Atom, 2/16] (26)
        "Ain't Nobody"
        "Damaged Goods"
 28: "Red Grass," Ilya Toshinskiy [Hadley, new] (26)
        "Red Grass"
        "Train Station"
 30: "Ladies And Gentlemen," Infamous Stringdusters [Compass, 1/16] (25)
        "Rock And Roll"
        "Ladders In The Sky"
        "Still The One"
 30: "More Alive," Don White [donwhite.net, 11/15] (25)
        "Last Dance"
        "Union Song"
        "Good Thing She Can't Read My Mind"
 30: "My Favorite Picture Of You," Guy Clark [Dualtone, 2013] (25)
        "My Favorite Picture Of You"
        "Rain In Durango"
 30: "Songbirds And Fog," The Lark And The Loon [Self, 5/16] (25)
        "Daedalus And Icarus"
        "Jonny And Mari"
 34: "Empty Train," David Francey [Laker, 2/16] (24)
        "Big Texas Moon"
        "Empty Train"
        "Holy Ground"
 34: "Family, Friends And Heroes," Frank Solivan [Compass, 3/16] (24)
        "Pretty Woman"
        "Dark Hollow"
 34: "Freedom Blues," Ken Whiteley [Borealis, 4/16] (24)
        "I Shall Be Released"
        "Throw Me Anywhere"
 37: "Charismo," Hackensaw Boys [Free Dirt, 4/16] (23)
        "Don't Bet Against Me"
        "By And By"
        "Content Not Seeking Thrills"
 37: "For A Song," Mark Erelli [markerelli.com, 4/16] (23)
        "Analog Hero"
        "For A Song"
 37: "Pick It Up," Jim Stringer And The AM Band [Music Room, 4/16] (23)
        "Baker's Half Dozen"
        "Bartender, Tell Me"
 37: "Red Shoes," Roosevelt Dime [Self, new] (23)
        "Pass It On"
        "American Girl"
        "Hey Hey"
 37: "Worth The Wait," Goodbye Blue [Wondermore, 3/16] (23)
        "Another One On The Way"
        "Worth The Wait"
 42: "The Hazel And Alice Sessions," Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands [Spruce And Maple, 1/16] (22)
        "Cowboy Jim"
        "Pretty Bird"
 43: "Cold Dog Soup," Guy Clark [Sugar Hill, 1999] (21)
        "Indian Head Penny"
        "Be Gone Forever"
 43: "Couchville Sessions," Darrell Scott [Full Light, new] (21)
        "Down To The River"
        "Morning Man"
 43: "Dublin Blues," Guy Clark [Elektra, 2012] (21)
        "Dublin Blues"
        "Randall Knife"
 46: "Choreographic," Rachael Sage [Mpress, new] (20)
        "Try Try Try"
 46: "Echoes," Jason Wilber [Self, 4/16] (20)
        "Paradise"
        "Coals And Water"
 46: "Gathering," Maria Dunn [Distant Whisper, 4/16] (20)
        "Flora"
        "When The Grandmothers Meet"
 46: "I Was So Fond Of You," Matt Patershuk [Black Hen, 2/16] (20)
        "Burnin' The Candle At Both Ends"
        "Smoke A Little Cigarette"
 46: "Songs About Lessons Learnt," Robin Bienemann [Self, 3/16] (20)
        "Enunciate Your Love"
        "My Politics Ain't Like Yours"
 46: "These Houses," C. Daniel Boling [Berkalin, new] (20)
        "Mama's Radio"
        "Singing Your Songs"
 52: "The Both," Eli West [elidoes.bandcamp.com, 2/16] (19)
        "Give Me Your Love And I'll Give You Mine"
        "Lone Pilgrim-Instr"
        "Lonesome Valley"
 52: "Detour," Cyndi Lauper [Sire, 5/16] (19)
        "Detour"
        "Walkin' After Midnight"
 52: "I Love Hamburgers," Joe Giacoio [Romantic Devil, 10/15] (19)
        "I Love Hamburgers"
        "Long Story Short"
 52: "Live At Maximal," Sonia Disappear Fear [Self, 4/16] (19)
        "Imagine"
        "Banker"
 52: "Live From Blue Rock," Moors And McCumber [moorsandmccumber.bandcamp.com, 2/16] (19)
        "Leaving For Cobh"
 52: "My Lucky Stars," Arnie Naiman [Merriweather, new] (19)
        "Slipping And Sliding / Boatsman"
        "Catch Of The Day"
 52: "Old No. 1," Guy Clark [Sugar Hill, 1975] (19)
        "Desperados Waiting For A Train"
        "L. A. Freeway"
 52: "Totally Average Woman," Carla Ulbrich [Romantic Devil, 8/15] (19)
        "If You're Going To China"
        "Joe's Ex-Girlfriends"
 52: "Weight Of The World," Western Centuries [Free Dirt, new] (19)
        "Weight Of The World"
        "Double Or Nothing"
 61: "Roses And Victory," Honor Finnegan [Frock, 2/16] (18)
        "Take Me"
        "Movie Star"
 61: "Washashore Cowgirl," Monica Rizzio [monicarizzio.com, 2/16] (18)
        "You And Me"
        "Willie Nelson"
 63: "Boats To Build," Guy Clark [Elektra, 1992] (17)
        "Boats To Build"
        "Baton Rouge"
 63: "Paths That Wind," The Paul McKenna Band [paulmckennaband.com, 4/16] (17)
        "Long Days"
 65: "Didn't We Waltz," Amy White with Al Petteway [Fairewood, 1/16] (16)
        "Love Among The Ruins"
        "More Like My Dog"
 65: "Foxhounds," Kathy Kallick Band [Live Oak, 11/15] (16)
        "Tear Stained Letter"
        "Roscoe"
 65: "Lovers And Leavers," Hayes Carll [Hwy 87, 4/16] (16)
        "Drive"
        "Love Is So Easy"
 65: "These Are The Days," Burning Bridget Cleary [burningbridgetcleary.com, 11/15] (16)
        "Madam I'm A Darling"
 65: "Wondrous Traveler," The Small Glories [Self, 2/16] (16)
        "Holding On"
        "Had I Paid"
 70: "The Dark," Guy Clark [Sugar Hill, 2002] (15)
        "The Dark"
        "Magnolia Wind"
 70: "Deep Waters," The Lonely Heartstring Band [Rounder, new] (15)
        "Graceland"
        "If I Had A Hammer"
 70: "Electricity," Victor And Penny [Overtone, 3/16] (15)
        "Day Off Boogie"
        "Moon Over Bourbon Street"
 70: "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)," Kate Campbell [Large River, 1/16] (15)
        "Me And Bobbie McGee"
        "Passing Through"
 70: "On The Ropes," The Honeycutters [Organic, new] (15)
        "On The Ropes"
        "Blue Besides"
 70: "One Of These Days," The Regulators [Self, 3/16] (15)
        "One Of These Days"
 70: "Stitch An Ocean," Wren [wrenmusic.net, 2/16] (15)
        "Dandelion"
        "Sea Calls"
 70: "Ziggy Marley," Ziggy Marley [Tuff Gong, 2/16] (15)
        "Butterflies"


TOP SONGS OF MAY 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14497 airplays from 147 different DJs

1. "Pilot And The Flying Machine, Part 1" (19)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "The Pilot And The Flying Machine"
1. "Sing It Louder" (19)
        by Dave Gunning
        from "Lift"
3. "Landslide" (17)
        by Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
        from "Mud And Apples"
4. "Homegrown Tomatoes" (16)
        by Guy Clark
        from "Keepers"
        also "Craftsman"
4. "Letters From The Earth" (16)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "The Pilot And The Flying Machine"
4. "Save Me" (16)
        by Marci Geller
        from "Square Peg"
7. "Desperado" (15)
        by Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
        from "Mud And Apples"
8. "Ease On Down" (14)
        by Evie Ladin Band
        from "Jump The Fire"
8. "L. A. Freeway" (14)
        by Guy Clark
        from "Keepers"
        also "Old No. 1"
8. "Wonders I've Seen" (14)
        by The Bills
        from "Trail Of Tales"
11. "Desperados Waiting For A Train" (13)
        by Guy Clark
        from "Old No. 1"
        also "Keepers"
11. "Randall Knife" (13)
        by Guy Clark
        from "Dublin Blues"
        also "Craftsman"
11. "Saint Elizabeth" (13)
        by Kaia Kater
        from "Nine Pin"
11. "They Don't Do That No More" (13)
        by Dave Gunning
        from "Lift"
15. "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan" (12)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
15. "Rhythm Of The Rain" (12)
        by Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
        from "Mud And Apples"
15. "This Changin' Wind" (12)
        by Dave Gunning
        from "Lift"
18. "Bleecker Street" (11)
        by Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
        from "Mud And Apples"
18. "Cold October Day" (11)
        by Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
        from "Mud And Apples"
18. "Mud And Apples" (11)
        by Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
        from "Mud And Apples"
18. "Paradise Fell" (11)
        by Kaia Kater
        from "Nine Pin"
18. "Trail Of Tales" (11)
        by The Bills
        from "Trail Of Tales"
18. "White" (11)
        by Kaia Kater
        from "Nine Pin"
24. "Long Blue Hills" (10)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "The Pilot And The Flying Machine"
24. "Tractor" (10)
        by Dave Gunning
        from "Lift"
24. "When I'm Gone" (10)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
24. "Where Are You Moses" (10)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
24. "Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me" (10)
        by Cosy Sheridan
        from "Sometimes I Feel Too Much"


TOP ARTISTS OF MAY 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14497 airplays from 147 different DJs

1. Guy Clark
2. Bob Dylan
3. Dave Gunning
4. Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche
5. Brother Sun
6. Ben Bedford
7. Kaia Kater
8. Evie Ladin
9. The Bills
10. Cosy Sheridan
11. Marci Geller
12. Pete Seeger
13. Mountain Heart
14. Dave Murphy
15. Lizanne Knott
16. Gathering Time
16. Meg Braun
18. Coty Hogue
18. Jed Marum
20. Darryl Purpose
21. Darrell Scott
22. The Deep Hollow
22. Mark Mandeville And Raianne Richards
24. Del McCoury Band
25. Infamous Stringdusters
26. The Haunted Windchimes
26. John McCutcheon
26. Mary Chapin Carpenter
26. Roosevelt Dime
30. David Francey
30. Slocan Ramblers
30. Vincent Cross
33. Hackensaw Boys
33. James King
33. John Gorka
33. Solas
37. Willie Nelson
38. Joan Baez
38. Mark Erelli
40. Goodbye Blue
40. The Lark And The Loon
40. Yo-Yo Ma


TOP LABELS OF MAY 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14497 airplays from 147 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Sugar Hill
3. Compass
4. Columbia
5. Borealis
6. Red House
7. Smithsonian/Folkways
8. Waterbug
9. Kingswood
10. Sony
11. Vanguard
12. Warner
13. Flying Fish
14. Folk-Legacy
15. Free Dirt
15. Signature
17. Philo
18. Rhino
19. Dualtone
20. Green Linnet
21. Elektra
22. Nonesuch
22. RCA
24. MCA
24. Rebel
26. Shanachie
26. Wee House Of
28. Capitol
29. Blue Rock
29. McCoury
29. Proper
32. Bear Family
32. Boston Road
32. Hadley
32. Icehouse
36. Full Light
37. Arc
38. BMG
38. Evil Diane
38. Phoenix Night
38. Romantic Devil


FOLK DJs - MAY 2016
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14497 airplays from 147 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annette Kastner & Ryan Marley Grant (WTJU-FM, VA)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WCOM-FM, NC)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (mostlyfolk.org, NY)
Bettie Carlson (WCUW-FM, MA)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob Heyer (WWOV-FM, WV)
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)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Carpenter, Brown, Kindig, Donleavy, Rough, Koplin & Davis (WTJU-FM, VA)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Cheryl Prashker (WDVR-FM, NJ)
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)
Dan Murphy (acousticoutpost.com, NH)
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)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-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)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jared Ingersol (sweetharmony.fm, IA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jeff Zolitor (KNYO-FM, CA)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM & radiohowhere903.com, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Lupton and George Mercer (WVUD-FM, DE)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Patterson (WXPI-FM, PA)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Sillberg (CKOL-FM, ON)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Nagelberg (WHYR-FM, LA)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
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)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mary Cliff (WERA-LP, VA)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
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)
Michelle Drackett-Smisek (WJCU-FM, OH)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
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 Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KCMJ-FM, CO)
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 O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
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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