Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of August 2009 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15350 airplays from 140 different DJs

  1: "Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House," The Wailin' Jennys [Red House, new] (103)
        "Deeper Well"
        "One Voice"
  2: "My Blue Garden," Annie And Rod Capps [Yellow Room, 6/09] (88)
        "My Blue Garden"
        "Serenity Road"
        "Honey, Sugar, Baby, Mine"
        "Crocodile Man"
        "Sheriff's Daughter"
  3: "No Worries Now," Joel Mabus [Fossil, new] (74)
        "Am I Right"
        "How Can I Keep From Singing"
        "2 Cents Plain"
  4: "Rollin' Along," Jonathan Edwards [Strictly Country, 7/08] (70)
        "Red Light, Green Light"
        "Carolina, Caroline"
        "4 Strong Winds"
  5: "Let The Bad Times Roll," Tom Chapin [Sundance, 6/09] (67)
        "We Will Adjust"
        "Water Is Wide"
        "Bridge To Somewhere"
        "Upstate New York Waltz"
  6: "Cotton," Sam Baker [Music Road, 7/09] (66)
        "Who's Gonna Be Your Man"
  6: "Tremolo," The Pines [Red House, new] (66)
        "Spike Driver Blues"
        "Pray Tell"
        "Heart And Bones"
        "Lonesome Tremelo Blues"
  8: "Hello, Stranger," Catie Curtis [Compass, new] (63)
        "Hello Stranger"
        "100 Miles"
        "Walking On A Wire"
        "Passing Through"
  9: "Gauntlet," Nathan Rogers [Borealis, new] (60)
        "Jewel Of Paris"
        "Land Of The Living Skies"
        "Better Than Me"
  9: "Pointing At The Sun," Cheryl Wheeler [Dias, 5/09] (60)
        "Pointing At The Sun"
        "Grey And Green"
        "Cat Accountant"
        "Summer Fly"
  9: "Song Up In Her Head," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/09] (60)
        "Tell Me True"
        "Song Up In Her Head"
        "I Can't Love Your Now"
        "Come On Up To The House"
 12: "Everyone Is Someone," Dala [Campus, 6/09] (54)
        "Levi Blues"
        "Northern Lights"
        "Lonely Girl"
 13: "Gravity Of Grace," Johnsmith [Blue Pine, 6/09] (52)
        "Ring That Bell"
        "Scotch Pine"
        "Right Into Love"
 14: "Tales Of '69," Arlo Guthrie [Rising Son, 7/09] (51)
        "Unbelievable Motorcycle Tale"
        "Coming Into Los Angeles"
        "If Ever I Should See The Mountain"
 15: "Letters From A Flying Machine," Peter Mulvey [Signature, new] (44)
        "Kids In The Square"
        "Some People"
        "On A Wing And A Prayer"
 15: "Storm," Liz Meyer [Strictly Country, 2005] (44)
        "Blue Lonesome Wind"
        "Only Wind That Blows"
        "My Favorite Time Of The Year"
 17: "Dream City: Essential Recordings, 1997-2006," Greg Brown [Red House, 7/09] (38)
        "Summer Evening"
        "Dream City"
        "Rexroth's Daughter"
 17: "The Loving Kind," Nanci Griffith [Rounder, 6/09] (38)
        "The Loving Kind"
        "Cotton's All We Got"
        "Money Changes Everything"
 19: "Blood And Candle Smoke," Tom Russell [Shout Factory, new] (37)
        "East Of Woodstock, West Of Viet Nam"
        "Mississippi River Runnin' Backwards"
        "Nina Simone"
 20: "Fishing Music II," Various Artists [Snake River, new] (34)
        "Gone Fishin," Ben Winship And David Thompson
        "Mayfly," Ben Winship And David Thompson
 20: "Wild Horses," TR Ritchie [Apex, 6/09] (34)
        "Stumble Into Grace"
        "Cactus Ed"
        "All My Troubles Seem Small"
 22: "Dirty Little Secret," Cary Cooper [Self, 5/09] (33)
        "Forgive What I Find"
        "Edge Of The World"
        "Seventh Grade"
 22: "Postcards," Beyond The Pale [Borealis, new] (33)
        "Turkish Delight"
 24: "The Crow," Steve Martin [Self, 1/09] (32)
        "Daddy Played The Banjo"
        "Clawhammer Medley"
        "The Crow"
 24: "Pride Of New York," Pride Of New York [Compass, new] (32)
        "King Of The Clans"
 24: "Townes," Steve Earle [New West, 5/09] (32)
        "White Freightliner Blues"
        "To Live Is To Fly"
 27: "Links In A Chain," Joe Jencks [Turtle Bear, new] (30)
        "Links In A Chain"
        "Get Together"
 27: "White Sulphur Springs," Ben Bullington [Self, 11/08] (30)
        "Toe The Line"
        "White Sulphur Springs"
        "No Matter How Many Times"
 29: "Sara Watkins," Sara Watkins [Nonesuch, 4/09] (29)
        "Lord Won't You Help Me"
        "Long Hot Summer Days"
 30: "Open Hand," David Wilcox [What Are, 4/09] (28)
        "Modern World"
        "Outside Door"
        "Vow Of Silence"
 30: "Shelter Valley Blues," Rick Shea [Tres Pescadores, 7/09] (28)
        "Back Home To The Blues"
        "Fisherman's Blues"
        "Steady Drivin' Man"
 32: "America's Waiting," John Flynn [Self, 7/09] (27)
        "Chicken House"
        "Without You With Me"
        "America's Waiting"
 32: "The Legend Of Bobby The Kid," Jakob's Hollow [Self, 5/09] (27)
        "Few New Friends"
        "The Legend Of Bobby The Kid"
        "Praying For Dogs"
 32: "Not Far Now," Richard Shindell [Signature, 4/09] (27)
        "Juggler Out In Traffic"
        "Balloon Man"
        "Get Up Clara"
        "Gethsemani Goodbye"
 32: "Solo: Songs My Dad Loved," Ricky Skaggs [Skaggs Family, new] (27)
        "Foggy River"
        "Little Maggie"
        "Pickin' In Caroline"
 36: "Running For The Drum," Buffy Sainte-Marie [Appleseed, 2/09] (26)
        "No No Keshagesh"
        "Too Much Is Never Enough"
        "Little Wheel Spin And Spin"
 37: "Electric Dirt," Levon Helm [Vanguard, 6/09] (25)
        "Tennessee Jed"
        "When I Go Away"
        "White Dove"
 37: "Hill Of Thieves," Cara Dillon [Charcoal, 1/09] (25)
        "Hill Of Thieves"
        "Johnny, Lovely Johnny"
        "Spencer The Rover"
 37: "Third Annual Farewell Reunion," Mike Seeger [Rounder, 1994] (25)
        "East Virginia Blues," Mike Seeger And Ralph Stanley
        "Ballad Of Hollis Brown," Bob Dylan And Mike Seeger
 37: "True Vine," Mike Seeger [Smithsonian/Folkways, 2003] (25)
        "Freight Train"
        "Goodbye, My Little Darling"
 41: "Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away," Slaid Cleaves [Music Road, 4/09] (23)
        "Hard To Believe"
 41: "Live," String Sisters [Compass, 2007] (23)
        "Champaign Jig Goes To Columbia / Pat And Al's Jig"
        "Matchmaking Song"
 41: "The Longing," Smithfield Fair [Stevenson, new] (23)
        "The Longing"
 41: "Love Filling Station," Jesse Winchester [Appleseed, 4/09] (23)
        "Bless Your Foolish Heart"
        "It's A Shame About Him"
 41: "Old Jawbone," Euphonia [Self, 2/09] (23)
        "Angeline The Baker's Gone"
        "I'm Going Away"
 46: "Buffalo Street," Cori Brewster [Self, 5/09] (22)
        "My Familiar Sky"
 46: "Southern Banjo Sounds," Mike Seeger [Smithsonian/Folkways, 1998] (22)
        "Josh Thomas's Roustabout"
 48: "Chicken Ain't Chicken," The Sweetback Sisters [Signature, 6/09] (21)
        "My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died"
        "Have You Seen My Chicken"
 48: "River Of Time," Jorma Kaukonen [Red House, 2/09] (21)
        "There's A Bright Side Somewhere"
        "Preachin' On The Old Campground"
 48: "Rye Grass," Jack Hardy [Great Divide, new] (21)
        "Rye Grass"
        "Ask Questions"
 48: "Sea Of Tears," Eilen Jewell [Signature, 4/09] (21)
        "Rain Roll In"
        "Shakin' All Over"
        "One Of Those Days"
 48: "What I Know," Tom Rush [Appleseed, 2/09] (21)
        "Casey Jones"
        "Fall Into The Night"
 48: "Woodstock," Various Artists [Cotillion, 1970] (21)
        "Freedom," Richie Havens
 54: "The Woodstock Experience," Various Artists [Sony, 6/09] (20)
        "Mama Talk To Your Daughter," Johnny Winter
 54: "Instead The Forest Rose To Sing," Danny Schmidt [Red House, 3/09] (20)
        "Grampa Built Bridges"
        "Swing Me Down"
 54: "Is It Me?," Jim Photoglo [Grifftone, 5/09] (20)
        "Is It Me?"
 54: "New Harmony," Sandy And Caroline Paton [Folk-Legacy, 1995] (20)
        "May The Roads Rise With You"
        "Didn't I Dance"
 54: "Red Shoes And Golden Hearts," Buskin And Batteau [Nouveau Retro Media, 5/09] (20)
        "Choose Joy"
        "Red Shoes And Golden Hearts"
 54: "Somedays The Song Writes You," Guy Clark [Dualtone, new] (20)
        "Hemingway's Whiskey"
        "Somedays You Write The Song"
 54: "Wishful Thinking," Hot Club Of Cowtown [Gold Strike, new] (20)
        "Columbus Stockade Blues"
        "Magic Violin"
 61: "Brothers From Different Mothers," Dailey And Vincent [Rounder, 3/09] (19)
        "There Is You"
        "Girl In The Valley"
 61: "Come Sunrise," Rita Hosking [Self, 6/09] (19)
        "Come Sunshine"
        "Come Sunrise"
 61: "The Company You Keep," Alison Brown [Compass, 4/09] (19)
        "Clean Plate Club"
        "Forky On The Water"
 61: "The Killer In Me," Amy Speace [Wildflower, 3/09] (19)
        "Dog Days"
        "Haven't Learned A Thing"
 61: "Somewhere Beyond The Roses," Kieran Kane [Compass, new] (19)
        "Anybody's Game"
        "Way Down Below"
 61: "Unraveling Heart," Chuck Suchy [Little Bluestem, 9/08] (19)
        "Faces Of Main Street"
        "Burma Shave Boogie"
 67: "Glass Of Desire," Carolann Solebello [Elizabeth, new] (18)
        "Ties That Bind"
        "Papa's Mandolin"
 68: "Songs... With Repercussions," Ronny Cox [Wind River, 5/09] (17)
        "Santa Ana Winds"
 68: "Your Heart Is A Glorious Machine," Sometymes Why [Signature, 3/09] (17)
        "Sound Asleep"
        "Cold Feet Blues"
 70: "Waltz Of The Chickadee," Mike And Ruthy [Humble Abode, 4/09] (16)
        "Dust Bowl Blues"
        "Another Dawn Another Day"
 70: "Able Baker Charlie And Dog," Joe Crookston [Self, 2/08] (16)
        "Hands Metal And Wood"
        "Able Baker Charlie And Dog"
 70: "King Easy Radio Sampler Vol. 5," Various Artists [King Easy, new] (16)
        "I Got Blues For You," Homemade Jamz Blues Band

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15350 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. "My Blue Garden" (21)
        by Annie And Rod Capps
        from "My Blue Garden"
2. "Hello Stranger" (19)
        by Catie Curtis
        from "Hello, Stranger"
2. "Serenity Road" (19)
        by Annie And Rod Capps
        from "My Blue Garden"
4. "Deeper Well" (18)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House"
5. "Driving" (17)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House"
6. "Am I Right" (16)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "No Worries Now"
6. "Cotton" (16)
        by Sam Baker
        from "Cotton"
8. "Levi Blues" (15)
        by Dala
        from "Everyone Is Someone"
8. "Pointing At The Sun" (15)
        by Cheryl Wheeler
        from "Pointing At The Sun"
8. "Spike Driver Blues" (15)
        by The Pines
        from "Tremolo"
8. "Summertime" (15)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House"
8. "Toe The Line" (15)
        by Ben Bullington
        from "White Sulphur Springs"
13. "Unbelievable Motorcycle Tale" (14)
        by Arlo Guthrie
        from "Tales Of '69"
13. "We Will Adjust" (14)
        by Tom Chapin
        from "Let The Bad Times Roll"
15. "Coming Into Los Angeles" (13)
        by Arlo Guthrie
        from "Tales Of '69"
15. "Honey, Sugar, Baby, Mine" (13)
        by Annie And Rod Capps
        from "My Blue Garden"
15. "Pray Tell" (13)
        by The Pines
        from "Tremolo"
18. "East Of Woodstock, West Of Viet Nam" (12)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Blood And Candle Smoke"
18. "Jewel Of Paris" (12)
        by Nathan Rogers
        from "Gauntlet"
18. "Kids In The Square" (12)
        by Peter Mulvey
        from "Letters From A Flying Machine"
18. "Moon" (12)
        by Sam Baker
        from "Cotton"
18. "Red Light, Green Light" (12)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Rollin' Along"
18. "Ring That Bell" (12)
        by Johnsmith
        from "Gravity Of Grace"
18. "Tell Me True" (12)
        by Sarah Jarosz
        from "Song Up In Her Head"
25. "100 Miles" (11)
        by Catie Curtis
        from "Hello, Stranger"
25. "Crocodile Man" (11)
        by Annie And Rod Capps
        from "My Blue Garden"
25. "How Can I Keep From Singing" (11)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "No Worries Now"
25. "Redican's" (11)
        by Pride Of New York
        from "Pride Of New York"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15350 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. The Wailin' Jennys
2. Mike Seeger
3. Annie And Rod Capps
4. Joel Mabus
5. New Lost City Ramblers
6. Catie Curtis
6. Jonathan Edwards
8. Cheryl Wheeler
9. Arlo Guthrie
9. The Pines
11. Sam Baker
12. Tom Chapin
13. Johnsmith
14. Nathan Rogers
15. Sarah Jarosz
16. Dala
17. Greg Brown
17. Richard Shindell
19. Nanci Griffith
20. Tom Russell
21. Bob Dylan
21. Peter Mulvey
23. Liz Meyer
24. David Wilcox
24. Pete Seeger
26. Steve Earle
27. Joan Baez
28. Joe Jencks
29. Beyond The Pale
29. Ricky Skaggs
31. Levon Helm
32. Ben Bullington
32. Cary Cooper
34. Guy Clark
34. John Flynn
34. Pride Of New York
34. Steve Martin
38. Sara Watkins
38. Tom Rush
38. Tr Ritchie

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15350 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Signature
6. Smithsonian/Folkways
7. Folk-Legacy
8. Borealis
9. Columbia
10. Appleseed
11. Strictly Country
12. Vanguard
13. Green Linnet
14. Fossil
15. Rhino
16. Yellow Room
17. Music Road
18. Nonesuch
19. Greentrax
19. Philo
21. Dias
22. Warner
23. Capitol
23. Shanachie
25. Sundance
26. Flying Fish
27. Rising Son
27. Shout Factory
29. New West
29. RCA
31. Wind River
32. Yep Roc
33. Reprise
33. Sony
35. Rebel
36. Campus
36. Mercury
38. Alligator
39. Snake River
40. Topic
40. Waterbug

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 15350 airplays from 140 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
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)
Arthur Elliott (4RED-FM, Australia)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Blackman (WKAR-FM, MI)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (XM, KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chip Morgan (WMUD-LP, VT)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WSLR-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
Danny Watson (2MAX-FM, Australia)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
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)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Doug Tucker (KWVA-FM, OR)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
Fred Dolan (WJCU-FM, OH)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Ginger Hopper (KBCS-FM, WA)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hal Durden (KBCS-FM, WA)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henk de Weerd (5EBI-FM, Australia)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Colvin (WYSO-FM, OH)
John Bommarito (WFHR-FM, MI)
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)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Connors (WZNZ-AM, FL)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
Kent Anderson (KCSC-FM, OK)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurel Paulson-Pierce (KRBS-FM, CA)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Lee Larcheveque (WMUA-FM, MA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
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)
Mary Cliff (WAMU-FM, DC)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
Mary Sue Twohy (XM)
Matt Watroba (WDET-DM, MI)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Fitzgerald (WEBR, VA)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Norbert Sarsfield (KRUI-FM, IA)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Rhonda J. Miller (WXIN-FM, RI)
Rich Pietrzak (WPRK-FM, FL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rob Killam (WFIT-FM, FL)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Roger Wise (KGNU-FM, CO)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonja Hedlund (WJFF, NY)
Sonny Ochs (WRPI-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KRCC-FM, CO)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Hayden (WRPI-FM, NY)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Bingham (WCVF-FM, NY)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Tom Martin-Erickson (WPR, WI)
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                        
Tuesday "Lunch With Folks" Noon-3pm        
KBCS (91.3 FM) - Bellevue, WA