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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 11635 airplays from 144 different DJs

  1: "Heart Of The Country," Chris Brashear [Dog Boy, 9/12] (57)
        "Mama's Opry"
        "Time The Perfect Stranger"
        "Old Pueblo"
        "Today I Saw The Longest Train"
  2: "Grandma's Rules For Drinking," Annie Lou [, 6/12] (56)
        "Grandma's Rules For Drinking"
        "Plaid Parade"
        "Teach Me To Dance"
  2: "Sing The Delta," Iris DeMent [Flariella, 10/12] (56)
        "Go On Ahead And Go Home"
        "Before The Colors Fade"
        "Makin' My Way Back Home"
  4: "Little Pilgrim," Jory Nash [Thin Man, 11/12] (53)
        "Best Of Your Heart"
        "Helicopters Circling"
        "Take Me Back To Monticello"
  5: "Tender Is The Night," Old Man Luedecke [True North, 11/12] (52)
        "Jonah And The Whale"
        "Kingdom Come"
        "Little Stream Of Whiskey"
  6: "Our Lady Of The Tall Trees," Cahalen Morrison And Eli West [, 9/12] (49)
        "Our Lady Of The Tall Trees"
        "Stone To Sand"
  7: "Reunion," Lucy Kaplansky [Red House, 9/12] (48)
        "I'm Looking Through You"
        "Life Is Beautiful"
  8: "The Same Way Down," Annalivia [, 9/12] (45)
        "False Sir John"
        "Turtle Dove"
        "Bright Sunny South"
  9: "The Things I Notice Now: Anne Hills Sings the Songs of Tom Paxton," Anne Hills [Appleseed, new] (43)
        "Early Snow"
        "Things I Notice Now"
        "Hold On To Me, Babe"
 10: "The Stray Birds," The Stray Birds [, 9/12] (42)
        "Dream In Blue"
        "Railroad Man"
 11: "American Hornpipe," Dana And Susan Robinson [Threshold, 6/12] (40)
        "Raleigh And Spencer"
        "Who Killed Cock Robin"
 12: "Prelude," Ronstadt Generations [, 10/12] (39)
        "For What It's Worth"
        "Find The Cost Of Freedom"
        "Malaguena Salerosa"
 12: "What We Lost," Ben Bedford [Waterbug, 9/12] (39)
        "What We Lost"
        "Empty Sky"
 14: "Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts," Linda McRae [42rpm, 5/12] (34)
        "Be Your Own Light"
        "Hope It Lasts Through Supper"
        "Rough Edges And Ragged Hearts"
 15: "Outshine The Sun," The Foghorn String Band [, 9/12] (32)
        "Whoa Mule"
        "Just A Few Old Memories"
 16: "Pete Remembers Woody," Pete Seeger And Friends [Appleseed, 9/12] (30)
        "This Machine Kills Fascists"
 17: "Beneath Some Lucky Star," Bill Staines [Red House, 10/12] (29)
        "Salt Air"
        "Along The Road"
        "If I Come To Need An Angel"
 18: "Heartstrings," Suzie Brown [, 5/11] (28)
        "Long Monday"
        "Urge For Going"
 18: "When We Get To Shore," Coty Hogue [Perpetual Hoedown, 8/12] (28)
        "Going To The West"
        "Motherless Children"
 20: "Scrimshaw," Nels Andrews [, 4/12] (27)
        "Small Victories"
 21: "Delta Time," Hans Theessink & Terry Evans [Blue Groove, 9/12] (26)
        "Build Myself A Home"
        "Delta Time"
 22: "Brambles And Thorns," John Wort Hannam [Borealis, 10/12] (25)
        "Great Lakes"
        "Poor Man"
 22: "Walls That Talk," Roy Schneider [Shiny Gnu, 9/12] (25)
        "Soldier's Joy 1864/ Cedar Ridge"
        "Walls That Talk"
 24: "Blue Clouds," Elizabeth Mitchell [Smithsonian/Folkways, new] (24)
        "Blue Sky"
 24: "Calling Me Home," Kathy Mattea [Sugar Hill, 9/12] (24)
        "Gone, Gonna Rise Again"
        "Hello, My Name Is Coal"
 24: "Red Apples And Gold," Gathering Time [, 5/12] (24)
        "Sweet Cider"
        "Path That's Right For You"
 27: "Building Characters," Todd Burge [Bunj Jam, 4/12] (22)
        "Blue Monday"
        "Listening To A Woody Guthrie Tune"
 27: "Home Sweet Home," Amy White [Fairewood, 10/12] (22)
        "Home Sweet Home"
        "Salt Of The Earth"
 27: "Kindred Spirits: A Collection," Carrie Newcomer [Rounder, new] (22)
        "Betty's Diner"
        "Gathering Of Spirits"
 27: "Rise," Annabelle Chvostek [Borealis, 9/12] (22)
        "G20 Song"
 31: "Empty Seat On A Plane," Jesse Terry [, 7/12] (21)
        "Grace On A Train"
        "Empty Seat On A Plane"
 31: "King Fisher King," Sons Of The Never Wrong [Waterbug, 11/12] (21)
 31: "Silver Lining," The Honey Dewdrops [, 6/12] (21)
        "One Kind Word"
 31: "These Old Dark Hills," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 8/12] (21)
 31: "Time," Kathy Kallick Band [Live Oak, 8/12] (21)
        "Fare Thee Well"
 36: "Camilla," Caroline Herring [Signature, 8/12] (20)
        "Black Mountain Lullaby"
 36: "New Siberia," Antje Duvekot [, 4/12] (20)
        "Sleepy Sea Of Indigo And Blue"
        "Into The City"
 36: "Trouble I Wrought," Bobtown [, 8/12] (20)
        "Burn Your Building Down"
        "Flood Water Rising"
 39: "Among Friends," Debra Cowan [Muzzzy House, 8/12] (19)
        "Cold Day In November"
        "Good Fish Chowder"
 39: "Release Your Shrouds," Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys [Earthwork, 6/12] (19)
        "All Day"
        "Hat's Off"
 39: "Simply," Jay Psaros [, 7/12] (19)
        "Right Next To Me"
        "Cowboy Song"
 39: "Wreck And Ruin," Kasey Chambers And Shane Nicholson [Sugar Hill, new] (19)
        "Adam And Eve"
 43: "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile [Sony, 11/11] (18)
        "Fiddle Medley"
 43: "Trouble In The Fields," Various Artists [Paradiddle, 10/12] (18)
        "Lookin' For The Time," Red Molly
        "Gulf Coast Highway," Tracy Grammer And Jim Henry
 45: "Catz Of The Colosseum," Jon Vezner [, 10/12] (17)
        "I've Got An App For That"
        "Catz Of The Colosseum"
 45: "Lay Down, Lay Low," The Steel Wheels [, 1/12] (17)
        "Breaking Like The Sun"
        "Spider Wings"
 45: "Resurrection Day," Kim And Reggie Harris [Appleseed, new] (17)
        "Do What I Have To Do"
        "Straighten 'em"
 45: "Seinn," Mary Jane Lamond And Wendy MacIsaac [Factor, 9/12] (17)
        "Yellow Coat"
 45: "Then There's Me," Michael Reno Harrell [Dancing Bear, 8/12] (17)
        "Too Late Lounge"
 45: "Vicksburg Blues," Butch Thompson And Pat Donohue [Red House, 8/12] (17)
        "How Long Blues"
        "Midnight Hour Blues"
 51: "Depending On The Distance," Jimmy LaFave [Music Road, 9/12] (16)
        "Land Of Hope And Dreams"
 51: "Road To Red Point," Hat Check Girl [Waterbug, 11/12] (16)
        "Cape Rouge"
        "Under Those Trees"
 51: "Small Braveries," Carey Creed [Azalea City, 9/12] (16)
        "Great Unknown"
 51: "Voices From The Other Side," Sandy Cash [Self, 8/12] (16)
        "Gilad's Guitar"
        "Banks Of Freedom"
 55: "Carry Me Back," Old Crow Medicine Show [ATO, 7/12] (15)
        "Ain't It Enough"
 55: "Letters From The Road," Neptune's Car [, 7/12] (15)
        "Flashing In The Dark"
 55: "Shel," Shel [Moraine, 8/12] (15)
        "Lost At Sea"
 55: "Thanksgiving," Si Kahn [Strictly Country, 2007] (15)
 55: "We're Usually A Lot Better Than This," Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott [Full Light, 10/12] (15)
        "Climbing Up A Mountain"
        "Long Time Gone"
 60: "America Come Home," Joel Rafael [Inside, 7/12] (14)
        "Runaway Girl"
 60: "Circus Heart," Rebecca Loebe [Black Wolf, 9/12] (14)
        "Swallowed By The Sea"
 60: "Election Special," Ry Cooder [Nonesuch, 8/12] (14)
        "Mutt Romney Blues"
        "Brother Is Gone"
 60: "Gravity," Moors & McCumber [, 5/12] (14)
        "Leaving For Cobh"
 60: "The Hills Of Ithaca," The Burns Sisters [Sisters, 7/12] (14)
        "The Hills Of Ithaca"
 60: "Home," Shawn Taylor [Trespass, 10/12] (14)
        "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You"
 60: "Hundred Dollar Valentine," Chris Smither [Signature, 6/12] (14)
        "What They Say"
 60: "I Am Going To The West," John Lowell [Self, new] (14)
 60: "In The Lobby," Billy Bratcher [Cow Island, new] (14)
        "This Hotel Room"
 60: "A More Perfect Union," Pete Seeger And Lorre Wyatt [Appleseed, 9/12] (14)
        "God's Counting On Me, God's Counting On You"
        "Keep The Flame Alive"
 60: "Road Into Town," Dan Paisley And The Southern Grass [Patuxent, new] (14)
        "Road Into Town"
 60: "Waves," Milkdrive [, 6/12] (14)
        "Tom's Ranch"
        "Dear Prudence"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 11635 airplays from 144 different DJs

1. "Grandma's Rules For Drinking" (16)
        by Annie Lou
        from "Grandma's Rules For Drinking"
2. "Early Snow" (15)
        by Anne Hills
        from "The Things I Notice Now: Anne Hills Sings the Songs of Tom Paxton"
3. "Our Lady Of The Tall Trees" (13)
        by Cahalen Morrison And Eli West
        from "Our Lady Of The Tall Trees"
3. "Thanksgiving" (13)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Thanksgiving"
5. "Plaid Parade" (12)
        by Annie Lou
        from "Grandma's Rules For Drinking"
6. "False Sir John" (11)
        by Annalivia
        from "The Same Way Down"
6. "Go On Ahead And Go Home" (11)
        by Iris DeMent
        from "Sing The Delta"
6. "Jonah And The Whale" (11)
        by Old Man Luedecke
        from "Tender Is The Night"
6. "Kingdom Come" (11)
        by Old Man Luedecke
        from "Tender Is The Night"
6. "Vote" (11)
        by Spook Handy
        from "Breakfast At Bill's"
6. "What We Lost" (11)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "What We Lost"
12. "Mama's Opry" (10)
        by Chris Brashear
        from "Heart Of The Country"
12. "Time The Perfect Stranger" (10)
        by Chris Brashear
        from "Heart Of The Country"
14. "Best Of Your Heart" (9)
        by Jory Nash
        from "Little Pilgrim"
14. "Dream In Blue" (9)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "The Stray Birds"
14. "For What It's Worth" (9)
        by Ronstadt Generations
        from "Prelude"
14. "I'm Looking Through You" (9)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"
14. "Starboard" (9)
        by Nels Andrews
        from "Scrimshaw"
14. "There's A Whole Lotta Heaven" (9)
        by Iris DeMent
        from "Sing The Delta"
14. "Turtle Dove" (9)
        by Annalivia
        from "The Same Way Down"
21. "Arkansas" (8)
        by Sons Of The Never Wrong
        from "King Fisher King"
21. "Blue Monday" (8)
        by Todd Burge
        from "Building Characters"
21. "Gone, Gonna Rise Again" (8)
        by Kathy Mattea
        from "Calling Me Home"
21. "Home Sweet Home" (8)
        by Amy White
        from "Home Sweet Home"
21. "I've Got An App For That" (8)
        by Jon Vezner
        from "Catz Of The Colosseum"
21. "Old Pueblo" (8)
        by Chris Brashear
        from "Heart Of The Country"
21. "Scavenger" (8)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"
21. "Thanksgiving Eve" (8)
        by Bob Franke
        from "In This Night"
        also "The Other Evening In Chicago"
21. "This Morning I Am Born Again" (8)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 11635 airplays from 144 different DJs

1. Iris DeMent
2. Pete Seeger
3. Anne Hills
3. Chris Brashear
3. Lucy Kaplansky
6. Annie Lou
6. Jory Nash
6. Old Man Luedecke
9. Cahalen Morrison And Eli West
10. Annalivia
10. The Stray Birds
12. Tom Paxton
13. Ben Bedford
13. Bob Dylan
15. Dana And Susan Robinson
15. Ronstadt Generations
17. Nels Andrews
18. Linda McRae
19. Bill Staines
20. The Foghorn String Band
21. Robin And Linda Williams
22. John McCutcheon
22. Kathy Mattea
24. Carrie Newcomer
25. Coty Hogue
25. Tim Grimm
27. Ry Cooder
28. Greg Brown
28. The Honey Dewdrops
28. Joel Mabus
28. John Wort Hannam
28. Si Kahn
33. John Prine
33. Kasey Chambers And Shane Nicholson
33. Roy Schneider
33. Suzie Brown
37. Antje Duvekot
37. Kathy Kallick Band
39. Caroline Herring
39. Cheryl Wheeler
39. Debra Cowan
39. Elizabeth Mitchell
39. Hans Theessink And Terry Evans
39. John Gorka
39. Sons Of The Never Wrong

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 11635 airplays from 144 different DJs

1. Red House
2. Rounder
3. Sugar Hill
4. Appleseed
5. Waterbug
6. Borealis
7. Compass
8. Columbia
9. Signature
10. True North
11. Smithsonian/Folkways
12. Trespass
13. Rhino
14. Greentrax
14. Vanguard
16. Flying Fish
16. Philo
16. Rebel
19. Rural Rhythm
20. Flariella
20. Sony
22. Dog Boy
22. Nonesuch
22. Threshold
25. Warner
26. Arc
27. 42 Rpm
27. Capitol
29. Shanachie
30. RCA
31. Blue Groove
31. Folk-Legacy
33. Elektra
33. Freshie
33. New West
36. Live Oak
36. Thin Man
38. Patuxent
38. Pinecastle
38. Reprise

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 11635 airplays from 144 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Allison Brown (CJAM-FM, ON)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
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)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Brad Edmondson (WVBR-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)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
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)
Donna Mavity (WTUF-FM, GA)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Harness (KRBX-FM, ID)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
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)
Jeremy Gosek (WICB-FM, NY)
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 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)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Weiner (WESU-FM, CT)
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)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
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)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
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)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
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)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Robin Pressman (KRCB-FM, CA)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sandy Miranda (KPFA-FM, CA)
Sean McGowan (KLCC-FM, OR)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Stephanie Elkins (WPR, WI)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
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)
Thomas Bisard (WNMC-FM, MI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
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 (the official FOLKDJ-L web site) and also, in an
extended version, at (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

Richard Gillmann                                            
KBCS (91.3 FM) - Bellevue, WA