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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12099 airplays from 146 different DJs

  1: "Sweetheart Like You," Guy Davis [Red House, 2/09] (78)
        "Steamboat Captain"
        "Sweetheart Like You"
        "Can't Be Satisfied"
        "Slow Motion Daddy"
  2: "What I Know," Tom Rush [Appleseed, 2/09] (75)
        "River Song"
        "What I Know"
        "Hot Tonight"
        "Casey Jones"
  3: "Land Of The Shadows," Ben Bedford [Hopeful Sky, 1/09] (71)
        "20 One"
        "Mother Jones On The Line"
        "Land Of The Shadows"
  4: "River Of Time," Jorma Kaukonen [Red House, 2/09] (69)
        "There's A Bright Side Somewhere"
        "Been So Long"
        "Cracks In The Finish"
        "River Of Time"
  5: "You Don't Have To Like Them Both," Eric Brace And Peter Cooper [Red Beet, 11/08] (58)
        "I Know A Bird"
        "Denali, Not McKinley"
        "Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still"
        "Omar's Blues #2"
  6: "Instead The Forest Rose To Sing," Danny Schmidt [Red House, new] (52)
        "Better Off Broke"
        "Swing Me Down"
        "Grampa Built Bridges"
  6: "Let's Do Something," Bill Evans And Megan Lynch [Native And Fine, 1/09] (52)
        "Rocks And Water"
        "Into The Mystic"
  8: "Get Close To Me," Stephanie Bettman [Self, new] (46)
        "Evening Prayer Blues"
        "Letting Go"
        "Seed Of Doubt"
  9: "Free To Fall," Beaucoup Blue [Self, 10/08] (38)
        "Oh America"
        "Catch Me When I Wake Up"
        "Free To Fall"
        "Delta Rain"
  9: "Girls Like Us," Rhythm Angels [High Horse, 1/09] (38)
        "Sister Love's Cafe"
        "If I Had A Gun"
        "Girls Like Us"
 11: "Eros," Cosy Sheridan [Wind River, 11/08] (36)
        "Last Love Letter"
        "Days I Do Not Believe"
        "Story Of Longing"
 12: "The Incident," Beoga [Compass, new] (33)
        "On The Way"
        "Strange Things"
 13: "Let The Circle Be Wide," Tommy Sands [Appleseed, 1/09] (29)
        "People Have Spoken"
        "Young Man's Dream"
 14: "The Maker's Mark," Tony McManus [Compass, new] (28)
        "Rolling Waves / Martin Wynne's #1"
 15: "Born To The Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins," Various Artists [Wildflower, 8/08] (27)
        "Secret Gardens," Shawn Colvin
        "Albatross," Rufus Wainwright
        "Weaver Song," Dar Williams
 15: "Short Blue Stories," Steve James [Hobemian, new] (27)
        "Folk Radio"
        "Original High/Low Stomp"
        "Birmingham Steel"
 17: "Raising Sand," Robert Plant And Alison Krauss [Rounder, 2007] (26)
        "Please Read The Letter"
        "Killing The Blues"
 17: "That Kind Of Love," Pierce Pettis [Compass, 1/09] (26)
        "Talk Memphis"
        "That Kind Of Love"
        "To Dance"
 19: "Crooked Man," Chris Stuart And Backcountry [Backcountry, 9/08] (25)
        "Streets Of Charlottetown"
        "I Remember Memphis"
 19: "The Crow," Steve Martin [Self, new] (25)
        "Daddy Played The Banjo"
        "Clawhammer Medley"
 19: "Freedom," Crabtree And Mills [Self, 1/09] (25)
        "I Can't Wait"
        "Price Of Freedom"
 22: "Classics," Susan Werner [Self, new] (24)
        "Hazy Shade Of Winter"
        "Turn Turn Turn"
 22: "Wanderer's Paean," Kim Beggs [Self, 2006] (24)
        "Lay It All Down"
        "Ain't Gonna Work"
 24: "Double Play," Liz Carroll And John Doyle [Compass, new] (22)
        "Pound A Week Rise"
        "Down At The Wakehouse/The True Love Of My Heart"
 24: "Willie And The Wheel," Willie Nelson And Asleep At The Wheel [Bismeaux, 2/09] (22)
        "Corrine Corrina"
        "Fan It"
 26: "At 89," Pete Seeger [Appleseed, 9/08] (21)
        "Wonderful Friends"
        "Song Of The World's Last Whale"
 26: "The Green Fields Of America," The Green Fields Of America [Compass, 1/09] (21)
        "Across The Western Ocean"
        "Down By The Tanyard Side"
 26: "Ozark: A Celebration In Song," Still On The Hill [Termite, 9/08] (21)
        "7 Pies"
 29: "Alligator Purse," Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet [Yep Roc, 1/09] (20)
        "Little Darlin," Beausoleil Featuring Natalie Merchant
 29: "I'm Not Leaving," Cindy Kalmenson [Big Gack, new] (20)
        "Land Of The Free"
        "Your Ring"
 29: "Last Exit To Happyland," Gurf Morlix [Rootball, 1/09] (20)
        "Music You Mighta Made"
        "She's A River"
 29: "Singing Through The Hard Times: A Tribute To Utah Phillips," Various Artists [Righteous Babe, new] (20)
        "Green Rolling Hills Of West Virginia," Emmylou Harris And Mary Black
 29: "Unbound," The Refugees [Wabuho, 7/08] (20)
        "Save The Best For Last"
        "You Plant Your Fields"
 29: "When Humans Walked The Earth," Mason Brown [Round Shining, 5/08] (20)
        "Bright Sunny South"
        "Days Of 49"
 29: "Working On A Dream," Bruce Springsteen [Columbia, new] (20)
        "Last Carnival"
 36: "Buena Vista," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 9/08] (19)
        "Pretty Polly Williams"
 36: "Day After Tomorrow," Joan Baez [Razor And Tie, 9/08] (19)
        "Rose Of Sharon"
        "I Am A Wanderer"
 38: "Abraham Lincoln In Song," Chris Vallillo [Gin Ridge, new] (18)
        "Lincoln And Liberty"
 38: "Deep Water," Tony Furtado [Funzalo, 11/08] (18)
        "Deep Water"
        "Mississippi Sage"
 38: "Love And Other Tragedies," Red Molly [Self, 5/08] (18)
        "May I Suggest"
        "Beaumont Rest Stop"
 41: "American Holly," J Shogren [Jaha!, 12/08] (17)
        "Salt Lakrits"
        "Hand Grenade"
 42: "Elkins," Notorious [Black Socks, 7/08] (16)
        "All Night Long"
        "Picking The Berries"
 42: "The Law And The Lonesome," Jonathan Byrd [Waterbug, 7/08] (16)
        "The Law And The Lonesome"
        "Houston Window Blues"
 42: "Rambling Boy," Charlie Haden Family & Friends [Decca, 9/08] (16)
        "Wildwood Flower"
 42: "Walk This Mountain Down," Donna Ulisse [Hadley, 1/09] (16)
        "In My Wildest Dreams"
 46: "Able Baker Charlie And Dog," Joe Crookston [Self, 2/08] (15)
        "Bird By Bird"
        "Logical Song"
 46: "Between 2 Worlds," Paul McKenna Band [Greentrax, new] (15)
        "Between 2 Worlds"
 46: "Comedians And Angels," Tom Paxton [Appleseed, 2/08] (15)
        "Home To Me"
 46: "Delivered," Mark Erelli [Signature, 9/08] (15)
        "Not Alone"
 46: "Great Big Family," Truckstop Honeymoon [Squirrel, 10/08] (15)
        "Mardi Gras In Kansas"
        "He Ain't Out Of Date"
 46: "The Truth According To Ruthie Foster," Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn, new] (15)
        "I Really Love You"
        "Joy On The Other Side"
 52: "Gates Of Gold," Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club [Australia, new] (14)
        "Wheels Of Fortune"
 52: "Signs," Special Consensus [Pinecastle, new] (14)
        "Lonesome Lesson Learned"
        "I'll Go To My Grave"
 52: "Chances," Kelleigh McKenzie [Self, 2/09] (14)
        "Call It A Day"
 52: "Fast Paced World," The Duhks [Sugar Hill, 8/08] (14)
        "You Don't See It"
 52: "Lovers' Well," Matt And Shannon Heaton [Eats, new] (14)
        "Mountain Rambler"
 52: "Songs Of Hope And Freedom," Gathering Time [Inspireline, 12/08] (14)
        "Songs Of Hope And Freedom"
 58: "Adrienna Valentine," Trent Wagler And Jay Lapp [Self, 3/08] (13)
        "Darlin' Cory"
 58: "Another Country," Caroline Doctorow [Narrow Lane, 10/08] (13)
        "Bold Marauder"
 58: "Coal," Kathy Mattea [Captain Potato, 4/08] (13)
        "Green Rolling Hills"
        "L And N Don't Stop Here Anymore"
 58: "The Near Demise Of The Highwire Dancer," Antje Duvekot [Black Wolf, new] (13)
        "Ragdoll Princes And Junkyard Queens"
 58: "Strangers In Another Country," Rosalie Sorrels [Red House, 8/08] (13)
        "Ashes On The Sea"
 63: "Cafe Loco," Coco And Lafe [Skyhunter, 1/09] (12)
        "Cambridge Underground"
 63: "Dragon," John Flynn [Mettafour, 2004] (12)
        "Only One"
 63: "Into The Stars," Priscilla Herdman [Stardreamer, 12/08] (12)
        "Underneath The Stars"
 63: "Leave The Light On," Chris Smither [Signature, 2006] (12)
        "Origin Of Species"
 63: "Long Story Short," Barry And Holly Tashian [Rock-A-Lot, 11/08] (12)
        "We Don't Give Up On Love"
 63: "Matching Baggage," Bill And Kate Isles [Self, new] (12)
        "Matching Baggage"
        "Wilderness Lady"
 63: "Modern Hymns," Darrell Scott [Appleseed, 8/08] (12)
        "All The Lovely Ladies"
 63: "Our Time," The Gordons [Inside Out, 6/08] (12)
        "Lincoln's Funeral Train"
 63: "Promised Land," Dar Williams [Razor And Tie, 9/08] (12)
        "Troubled Times"
 63: "Sidecar," Mark Delaney [Patuxent, new] (12)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12099 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. "20 One" (19)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "Land Of The Shadows"
1. "I Know A Bird" (19)
        by Eric Brace And Peter Cooper
        from "You Don't Have To Like"
3. "There's A Bright Side Somewhere" (18)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "River Of Time"
4. "Better Off Broke" (16)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Instead The Forest Rose To Sing"
5. "Steamboat Captain" (14)
        by Guy Davis
        from "Sweetheart Like You"
6. "Evening Prayer Blues" (12)
        by Stephanie Bettman
        from "Get Close To Me"
6. "Folk Radio" (12)
        by Steve James
        from "Short Blue Stories"
6. "Rocks And Water" (12)
        by Bill Evans And Megan Lynch
        from "Let's Do Something"
6. "Swing Me Down" (12)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Instead The Forest Rose To Sing"
10. "Amelia" (11)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "Land Of The Shadows"
10. "Origin Of Species" (11)
        by Chris Smither
        from "Leave The Light On"
10. "Sweetheart Like You" (11)
        by Guy Davis
        from "Sweetheart Like You"
13. "Into The Mystic" (10)
        by Bill Evans And Megan Lynch
        from "Let's Do Something"
13. "River Song" (10)
        by Tom Rush
        from "What I Know"
13. "Secret Gardens" (10)
        by Shawn Colvin
        from "Born To The Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins"
13. "Sister Love's Cafe" (10)
        by Rhythm Angels
        from "Girls Like Us"
17. "7 Pies" (9)
        by Still On The Hill
        from "Ozark: A Celebration In Song"
17. "Cracks In The Finish" (9)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "River Of Time"
17. "What I Know" (9)
        by Tom Rush
        from "What I Know"
20. "Been So Long" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "River Of Time"
20. "Denali, Not McKinley" (8)
        by Eric Brace And Peter Cooper
        from "You Don't Have To Like Them Both"
20. "Hot Tonight" (8)
        by Tom Rush
        from "What I Know"
20. "Last Love Letter" (8)
        by Cosy Sheridan
        from "Eros"
20. "Mother Jones On The Line" (8)
        by Ben Bedford
        from "Land Of The Shadows"
20. "Oh America" (8)
        by Beaucoup Blue
        from "Free To Fall"
20. "River Of Time" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "River Of Time"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12099 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. Tom Rush
2. Ben Bedford
3. Guy Davis
3. Jorma Kaukonen
5. Danny Schmidt
6. Eric Brace And Peter Cooper
7. Bill Evans And Megan Lynch
8. Stephanie Bettman
9. Susan Werner
10. Bob Dylan
10. Cosy Sheridan
10. John Gorka
13. Rhythm Angels
14. Tom Paxton
15. Beaucoup Blue
15. Dar Williams
15. Kim Beggs
18. Joan Baez
19. Pierce Pettis
20. Beoga
20. Pete Seeger
22. Tony McManus
23. Robin And Linda Williams
24. Bruce Springsteen
24. Cheryl Wheeler
26. Emmylou Harris
27. Eliza Gilkyson
27. Steve James
27. Tommy Sands
30. Robert Plant And Alison Krauss
31. Carrie Newcomer
32. Bill Staines
33. Steve Martin
34. Chris Stuart
34. Greg Brown
34. The Refugees
34. Ruthie Foster
34. Willie Nelson And Asleep At The Wheel
39. Beausoleil
39. Crabtree And Mills
39. Ellis Paul
39. John McCutcheon
39. Jonathan Byrd
39. Still On The Hill

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12099 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. Red House
2. Rounder
3. Compass
4. Appleseed
5. Sugar Hill
6. Columbia
7. Signature
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
9. Philo
10. Greentrax
11. Red Beet
12. Vanguard
13. Waterbug
14. Hopeful Sky
15. Wind River
16. Green Linnet
17. Warner
18. Rhino
19. Razor And Tie
20. Borealis
21. Hightone
22. Flying Fish
22. Yep Roc
24. High Horse
24. Shanachie
24. Wildflower
27. Native And Fine
28. Pinecastle
28. Telarc
30. Capitol
30. RCA
30. Rebel
30. Righteous Babe
34. Elektra
35. MCA
35. New West
37. Blue Corn
38. Decca
38. Nettwerk
38. Bear Family

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12099 airplays from 146 different DJs

Andrew Doerr (KCSB-FM, CA)
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)
Brenda Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chip Morgan (WMUD-LP, NY)
Chris Trostel (KRNN-KTOO-KXLL, AK)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Clytia Fuller (KZSC-FM, CA)
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 Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Diane Rae (KGPR-FM, MT)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Don Charles (KJZA-FM, AZ)
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 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)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Greg Shaya (WCWS-FM, OH)
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 Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Jim Sigler (KMST-FM, MO)
Jo Beattie (CFUR-FM, BC)
Joel Wortzman (CKLN-FM, ON)
John Bommarito (WFHR-FM, MI)
John Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
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)
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)
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 Sue Twohy (XM)
Matt Watroba (WDET-DM, MI)
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)
Mike Kelsey (WFHB, IN)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Norm Mast and Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Rebecca Katz (WBRS-FM, MA)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Richard Higgs (KWGS-FM, OK)
Rob Killam (WFIT-FM, FL)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Robyne Fawx (KDVS-FM, CA)
Roger Wise (KGNU-FM, CO)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
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 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)
Suzi Wollenberg (WVUD-FM, DE)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Carpenter (WTJU-FM, VA)
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