Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of February 2008 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12556 airplays from 151 different DJs

  1: "Little Grey Sheep," Danny Schmidt [Waterbug, 2/08] (67)
        "Company Of Friends"
        "Leaves Are Burning"
        "Drawing Board"
        "Tales Of Sweet Odysseus"
  1: "Retold," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1/08] (67)
        "Duct Tape Blues"
        "Hopelessly Midwestern"
        "Naked Truth"
        "5 Kinds Of Snow"
  3: "The Time I Spend With You," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, new] (64)
        "61 Highway"
        "The Time I Spend With You"
        "Johnny's Farewell"
  4: "Better Dreams," The Kennedys [Appleseed, 1/08] (57)
        "American Wish"
        "No Mornings"
        "Speed Of Soul"
  5: "Goin' By Feel," Ray Bonneville [Red House, 5/07] (52)
        "I Am The Big Easy"
        "Cemetery Road"
        "Reckless Feeling"
  6: "The Geography Of Light," Carrie Newcomer [Philo, 2/08] (47)
        "One Woman And A Shovel"
        "There Is A Tree"
        "Clean Edge Of Change"
  7: "Comedians And Angels," Tom Paxton [Appleseed, 2/08] (45)
        "How Beautiful Upon The Mountain"
        "Comedians And Angels"
        "First Song Is For You"
  8: "Lincoln's Man," Ben Bedford [Hopeful Sky, 1/08] (44)
        "Lincoln's Man"
        "Dark Highway"
        "Harley Albright"
  9: "Nothing Sweet Nothing," Kym Tuvim [Retrofit, 2/08] (39)
        "In My Head"
 10: "Bring Me Home," Peggy Seeger [Appleseed, 1/08] (34)
        "Peacock Street"
        "Roving Gambler"
        "Wagoner's Lad"
 11: "Come Up Full," Meg Hutchinson [Red House, new] (33)
 11: "Fly Not Yet," Elizabeth Nicholson And Stringed Migration [Waterbug, 2/08] (33)
        "Lebanese Melody/The Unquiet Grave"
        "La Rotta/Waltz From Orsa"
        "Fly Not Yet"
 11: "Praying For Land," Randall Williams [Musafir, new] (33)
        "Spirit Of Amelia"
        "Praying For Land"
        "Fair Winds And Following Seas"
 14: "Lantana," Caroline Herring [Signature, new] (32)
        "Stone Cold World"
        "Lay My Burden Down"
        "Midnight On The Water"
 15: "Book Of Sparrows," Tracy Grammer [Self, 11/07] (31)
        "Lord Of The Buffalo"
        "Waking Hour"
        "April Comes She Will"
 15: "Good Summer Rain," Erica Wheeler [Blue Pie, new] (31)
        "Apache Motel"
        "Muddy Waters"
        "Good Summer Rain"
 15: "Restless Soul," Sally Barris [Self, 1/08] (31)
        "Restless Soul"
        "My Love Loves The Ocean"
        "Drive Home"
 18: "Paperdust :: Stardust," We're About 9 [Self, new] (30)
        "Nobody Flying"
        "All The Time"
 19: "Raising Sand," Robert Plant And Alison Krauss [Rounder, 10/07] (29)
        "Please Read The Letter"
        "Fortune Teller"
        "Killing The Blues"
 20: "Meet The Sun Halfway," Mae Robertson [Lyric Partners, new] (28)
        "Meet The Sun Halfway"
        "Almost Blue"
        "Straight As The Crow Flies"
 21: "Prodigal Son," Martin Simpson [Topic, 7/07] (27)
        "Louisiana 1927"
        "Duncan And Brady"
 22: "The Steeldrivers," The Steeldrivers [Rounder, new] (26)
        "Blue Side Of The Mountain"
        "Drinkin' Dark Whiskey"
 23: "Everything," Caren Armstrong [Wildplum, new] (23)
        "That Is Why"
 24: "Dirt Farmer," Levon Helm [Vanguard, 10/07] (22)
        "Feelin' Good"
        "Single Girl, Married Girl"
 24: "Sowing The Seeds: The 10th Anniversary," Various Artists [Appleseed, 9/07] (22)
        "Ghost Of Tom Joad," Pete Seeger And Bruce Springsteen
 24: "Through The Window Of A Train," Blue Highway [Rounder, new] (22)
        "Homeless Man"
        "Through The Window Of A Train"
 27: "Family Album: Custom Songs, Volume 1," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, new] (21)
        "Good Things To Those Who Wait," Scott And Michelle Dalziel
        "Second Chances," Jonathan Byrd
 27: "Old Dogs," Bill Staines [Red House, 11/07] (21)
        "Cotton Pickin"
        "Old Dogs"
 27: "Wordless," Lee Murdock [Depot, 2007] (21)
        "Carolan's Farewell To Music"
 30: "Dailey And Vincent," Dailey And Vincent [Rounder, 1/08] (20)
        "By The Mark"
        "Cumberland River"
 30: "In Love And Light," Heidi Talbot [Compass, 2/08] (20)
        "Music Tree"
 30: "Watch The Sky," Patty Larkin [Vanguard, 1/08] (20)
        "Cover Me"
 33: "Good Thing Going," Rhonda Vincent [Rounder, 1/08] (19)
        "Bluegrass Saturday Night"
 33: "The Mountains Above And The Valleys Below," Sparky And Rhonda Rucker [Tremont, 1/08] (19)
        "Goin' 'cross The Mountains"
        "Reuben's Train"
 33: "Try Me One More Time," David Bromberg [Appleseed, 2/07] (19)
        "Love Changing Blues"
        "Shake Sugaree"
 33: "Waiting For The Lights To Come Up," Steve Dawson [Black Hen, new] (19)
        "At Arms Length"
        "Walkin' Down The Line"
 37: "Ripe," The Dixie Bee-Liners [Pinecastle, 1/08] (18)
        "Down On The Crooked Road"
        "Dixie Grey To Black"
 38: "The Candle And The Flame," Joe Jencks [Self, 9/07] (17)
        "Sweetest Of Rose"
 38: "Cross The Water," Cindy Kallet And Grey Larsen [Sleepy Creek, 2007] (17)
        "Cross The Water/Little Girl"
        "If You Say Yes"
 38: "This Fire," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 7/07] (17)
        "Hope Dies Last"
 38: "Washington Square Serenade," Steve Earle [New West, 9/07] (17)
        "City Of Immigrants"
 42: "Awkward Annie," Kate Rusby [Pure, 8/07] (16)
        "Bitter Boy"
        "High On A Hill"
 42: "Hush," James Moors [Self, new] (16)
        "10 Years"
 42: "Moment Of Forever," Willie Nelson [Lost Highway, new] (16)
 42: "The Wounded Heart Of America," Various Artists [Hightone, 8/07] (16)
        "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall," Tom Russell
        "Walking On The Moon," Eliza Gilkyson
 42: "Young Amelia," Hans York [Hazzazar, 1/08] (16)
        "Tell Me Why"
 47: "Big Old Life," Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem [Signature, 6/07] (15)
        "Farewell Angelina"
        "Joy Comes Back"
 47: "Get A Witness," Garnet Rogers [Snow Goose, 10/07] (15)
 47: "Hollywood Pocketknife," Eric Taylor [Blue Ruby, 1/08] (15)
        "Hollywood Pocketknife"
        "Jail Widow's Walk"
 47: "Migrations," The Duhks [Sugar Hill, 2006] (15)
        "Down To The River"
 47: "One Man Band," James Taylor [Hear, 11/07] (15)
        "Fire And Rain"
 47: "Recapturing The Banjo," Otis Taylor [Telarc, new] (15)
        "Walk Right In"
 47: "Thanksgiving," Si Kahn [Strictly Country, 2/07] (15)
        "To Hear Doc Watson Play"
 47: "Welcome Here Again," Martin Hayes And Dennis Cahill [Green Linnet, 1/08] (15)
        "New Post Office"
 55: "Another Country," Tift Merritt [Concord, 2/08] (14)
        "Hopes Too High"
 55: "Debut," Nancy Simmonds [Joe Tucker, new] (14)
        "Hurry Make Love"
        "Waiting Game"
 55: "Dona Got A Ramblin' Mind," Carolina Chocolate Drops [Music Maker, 2/07] (14)
        "Little Margaret"
 55: "Fringe," Cris Williamson [Wolf Moon, 11/07] (14)
        "Murder Of Crows"
 55: "My Remembrance Of You," Diana Jones [Newsong, 2006] (14)
        "My Remembrance Of You"
        "All My Money On You"
 55: "Roots, Rock And Revolution," Emma's Revolution [Moving Forward, 3/07] (14)
        "I Will Stand"
 55: "The Space Between," Karen Mal [Waterbug, 10/07] (14)
        "Beneath My Quilt"
 55: "Waterloo, Tennessee," Uncle Earl [Rounder, 3/07] (14)
        "Last Goodbye"
        "My Little Carpenter"
 55: "Your Town Tonight," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 7/07] (14)
        "Beauty Way"
 64: "Box Cars," Kevin Danzig [Keda, new] (13)
        "Oklahoma Miner"
        "Route 66"
 64: "Cimarron Manifesto," Jimmy Lafave [Red House, 5/07] (13)
        "Hideaway Girl"
 64: "Just A Little Lovin," Shelby Lynne [Lost Highway, 1/08] (13)
        "How Can I Be Sure"
 64: "Small Theatres," Evalyn Parry [Borealis, 2/07] (13)
        "War Dream"
 64: "Something Worth Standing For," Andrew McKnight [Falling Mountain, new] (13)
 69: "Gamblin' House," Malcolm Holcombe [Echo Mountain, new] (12)
        "My Ol' Radio"
        "Baby Likes A Love Song"
 69: "Jukebox," Cat Power [Matador, new] (12)
        "New York"
 69: "Land Of Milk And Honey," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 2004] (12)
        "Peace Call"
 69: "Scenechronized," Seldom Scene [Sugar Hill, 8/07] (12)
        "Hometown Blues"
 69: "Song In Her Heart," Mary Kathleen Burke [Greentrax, new] (12)
        "Black Is The Colour"
 69: "Things Change," Emily Kurn [Self, 7/07] (12)
        "Mississippi Moon"
        "Wait For The Roses"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12556 airplays from 151 different DJs

1. "Company Of Friends" (15)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Little Grey Sheep"
1. "I Am The Big Easy" (15)
        by Ray Bonneville
        from "Goin By Feel"
3. "Lincoln's Man" (13)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "Lincoln's Man"
4. "Nobody Flying" (12)
        by We're About 9
        from "Paperdust :: Stardust"
5. "Duct Tape Blues" (11)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "Retold"
5. "Leaves Are Burning" (11)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Little Grey Sheep"
5. "The Time I Spend With You" (11)
        by Brooks Williams
        from "The Time I Spend With You"
8. "61 Highway" (10)
        by Brooks Williams
        from "The Time I Spend With You"
8. "Cemetery Road" (10)
        by Ray Bonneville
        from "Goin By Feel"
8. "Everywhere" (10)
        by Brooks Williams
        from "The Time I Spend With You"
8. "How Beautiful Upon The Mountain" (10)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Comedians And Angels"
12. "American Wish" (9)
        by The Kennedys
        from "Better Dreams"
12. "Drawing Board" (9)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Little Grey Sheep"
12. "Lebanese Melody/The Unquiet Grave" (9)
        by Elizabeth Nicholson And Stringed Migration
        from "Fly Not Yet"
12. "Mystery" (9)
        by Kym Tuvim
        from "Nothing Sweet Nothing"
12. "One Woman And A Shovel" (9)
        by Carrie Newcomer
        from "The Geography Of Light"
12. "Praying For Land" (9)
        by Randall Williams
        from "Praying For Land"
12. "Spirit Of Amelia" (9)
        by Randall Williams
        from "Praying For Land"
19. "Breathe" (8)
        by The Kennedys
        from "Better Dreams"
19. "Clean Edge Of Change" (8)
        by Carrie Newcomer
        from "The Geography Of Light"
19. "Comedians And Angels" (8)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Comedians And Angels"
19. "Geodes" (8)
        by Carrie Newcomer
        from "The Geography Of Light"
19. "Hopelessly Midwestern" (8)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "Retold"
19. "Junior" (8)
        by Garnet Rogers
        from "Get A Witness"
19. "Lord Of The Buffalo" (8)
        by Tracy Grammer
        from "Book Of Sparrows"
19. "Naked Truth" (8)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "Retold"
19. "Restless Soul" (8)
        by Sally Barris
        from "Restless Soul"
19. "There Is A Tree" (8)
        by Carrie Newcomer
        from "The Geography Of Light"
19. "Vote" (8)
        by Spook Handy
        from "Breakfast At Bill's"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12556 airplays from 151 different DJs

1. Joel Mabus
2. Danny Schmidt
3. Brooks Williams
4. The Kennedys
4. Tom Paxton
6. John Stewart
6. Ray Bonneville
8. Ben Bedford
8. Carrie Newcomer
10. Tracy Grammer
11. Peggy Seeger
11. Pete Seeger
13. Eliza Gilkyson
13. John McCutcheon
15. Randall Williams
16. Bill Staines
16. Kym Tuvim
18. Erica Wheeler
19. Caroline Herring
19. Elizabeth Nicholson And Stringed Migration
21. Greg Brown
21. Martin Simpson
21. Meg Hutchinson
24. John Gorka
24. Patty Larkin
26. Bob Dylan
26. Kate Rusby
26. Mae Robertson
26. Sally Barris
26. We're About 9
31. Robert Plant And Alison Krauss
31. Steve Earle
33. Rhonda Vincent
34. Blue Highway
34. The Steeldrivers
36. The Duhks
36. Heidi Talbot
36. Lucy Kaplansky
39. Caren Armstrong
39. Levon Helm

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12556 airplays from 151 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Appleseed
4. Compass
5. Waterbug
6. Sugar Hill
7. Columbia
7. Vanguard
9. Signature
10. Philo
11. Borealis
12. Warner
13. Shanachie
14. Fossil
15. Green Linnet
16. Greentrax
17. Smithsonian/Folkways
18. Rebel
19. Hightone
20. Pinecastle
21. Flying Fish
22. Capitol
23. Lost Highway
24. New West
25. Reprise
26. Black Hen
26. RCA
28. Alligator
28. Wrensong
30. MCA
30. Red Guitar Blue
30. Rhino
33. Hopeful Sky
34. Putumayo
35. Blue Pie
35. Dualtone
37. Elektra
38. Hannibal
38. Skaggs Family
38. Sony
38. Wildplum
38. Yep Roc

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12556 airplays from 151 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Andrew Doerr (KCSB-FM, CA)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Arthur Berman (CITR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Arthur Elliott (4RED-FM, Australia)
Barry Parks (2HHH-FM, Australia)
Ben Sands (Clanrye-FM, Ireland)
Betsi Meissner (KXCI-FM, AZ)
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 (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Brenda 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)
Clytia Fuller (KZSC-FM, CA)
Craig Huegel (WSLR-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
Danny Watson (2MAX-FM, Australia)
David Fuente, Jr. (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
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)
Gary Harrison (KVMR-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)
Ginger Hopper (KBCS-FM, WA)
Graham McDonald (ArtSound-FM, Australia)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
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)
Jamie Hoover (KSUT-FM, CO)
Jan Nary (4EB-FM, Australia)
Jean Brendecke (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Jim Sigler (KMST-FM, MO)
Joe Colvin (WYSO-FM, OH)
Joe H. Takacs (WRFL-FM, KY)
Joel Wortzman (CKLN-FM, ON)
Johanna Halbeisen (WXOJ-FM, MA)
John Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John McLaughlin (WMUC-FM, MD)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Sincock (KBCS-FM, WA)
John Trout (WYEP-FM, PA)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
John Wright (WLUW-FM, IL)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Jude & Mart Fowler (2HHH-FM, Australia)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Connors (WZNZ-AM, FL)
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)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Laurie Niles (KZFR-FM, CA)
Lee Larcheveque (WMUA-FM, MA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Len Osland (CJUM-FM, MB)
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, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Cliff (WAMU-FM, DC)
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 Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Paul Hefti (cable FM, CA)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Paula Ascher (KZAS-FM, OR)
Peggy Mitchell (WFSS-FM, NC)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Rachel Rice (WVEW-FM, VT)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
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)
Sandy Stift (CJSR-FM, AB)
Sean Donovan (KBCS-FM, WA)
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 Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM, CT)
Suzi Wollenberg (WVUD-FM, DE)
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