Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of February 2011 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12596 airplays from 149 different DJs

  1: "Bright Morning Stars," The Wailin' Jennys [Red House, 2/11] (93)
        "Bird Song"
        "Swing Low Sail High"
        "Bright Morning Stars"
        "All The Stars"
        "Storm Comin"
  2: "Unruly Heart," Ari And Mia [Self, 12/10] (68)
        "Open Field"
        "Hundreds Of Ways"
        "Unruly Heart"
        "Freight Train"
  3: "Man Of Many Moons," Danny Schmidt [Red House, 2/11] (64)
        "Man Of Many Moons"
        "Houses Sing"
        "Buckets Of Rain"
        "Ragtime Ragtime Blues"
  4: "The Heart Of A Waiting Boy," Patti Casey [Long Shot, 2010] (58)
        "You Are The River"
        "Wander On, Weary Soul"
        "Gander In The Stubble"
        "Spread Joy Over This Land"
  5: "Call It My Garden," Carrie Elkin [Red House, 2010] (57)
        "Jesse Likes Birds"
        "Landeth By Sea"
        "Guilty Hands"
  5: "Kicking The Beehive," Susan Werner [Sleeve Dog, new] (57)
        "Kicking The Beehive"
        "Red Dress"
        "Manhattan, Kansas"
        "On The Other Side"
  7: "Okra And Ecclesiastes," Grant Peeples [Gatorbone, new] (56)
        "High Fructose Corn Syrup"
        "Last Great Buffalo Hunt"
        "My People Come From The Dirt"
  8: "We Still Love Our Country," Carrie Rodriguez And Ben Kyle [Ninth Street Opus, 2/11] (52)
        "If I Needed You"
        "Fire Alarm"
        "Big Kiss"
  9: "City Of Refuge," Abigail Washburn [Rounder, 1/11] (43)
        "Bright Morning Stars"
        "City Of Refuge"
        "Last Train"
 10: "Heaven Below," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 4/10] (41)
        "All The World Is One"
        "Singing A Song"
        "Church Of The Earth"
 11: "Kind Of Everything," Jeff Talmadge [Berkalin, 2/11] (40)
        "Hamburg Violin"
        "Kind Of Everything"
        "If It Wasn't For The Wind"
        "Sometimes You Choose Love"
 12: "Disappear," J Wagner [Constant Clip, new] (37)
        "Story For You To Tell"
        "Worries In The Grain"
 13: "Celilo Falls," Rachel Harrington [Skinny Dennis, new] (36)
        "House Of Cards"
        "You'll Do"
        "Goodbye Amsterdam"
 14: "Cackalack," Jonathan Byrd [Waterbug, 1/11] (33)
        "Wild Ponies"
        "White Oak Wood"
 14: "Folk-Worn Prose," Shaun Cromwell [Melon Patch, 11/10] (33)
        "Only If The Now Is Then"
        "I Am Undone"
 16: "The Holy Coming Of The Storm," Cahalen Morrison And Eli West [Self, 11/10] (32)
        "Lost Lovin' Gal"
        "Fleeting Like The Days"
        "On God's Rocky Shore"
 17: "Frank Solivan And Dirty Kitchen," Frank Solivan And Dirty Kitchen [Self, 8/10] (31)
        "Driftin' Apart"
        "Ominous Anonymous"
        "Tarred And Feathered"
 17: "Lorraine," Lori McKenna [Signature, 2010] (31)
        "You Get A Love Song"
        "American Revolver"
 17: "Put The Big Stone Down," Geoff Bartley [Magic Crow, 10/10] (31)
        "Money Is King"
        "Put The Big Stone Down"
        "Occam's Razor"
 20: "The Once," The Once [Borealis, 9/10] (30)
        "Coming Back To You"
        "Sail Away To The Sea"
 21: "What Makes Bob Holler," Hot Club Of Cowtown [Proper American, 2/11] (29)
        "Faded Love"
        "Oklahoma Hills"
 22: "At Home In This Town," Beth Desombre [Self, 12/10] (28)
        "Crawfordsville, Indiana"
        "Fiddle Player"
        "Chicken Song"
 22: "Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream," Gurf Morlix [Self, 1/11] (28)
        "If I Could Only Fly"
        "Baby Can I Crawl Back To You"
        "Clay Pigeons"
 24: "Watching You Think," Neema [Sony, new] (26)
        "Romeo And Juliet"
 25: "Living In The Dream," Mustard's Retreat [Yellow Room, 1/11] (25)
        "Let The Mystery Be"
        "Blow The Candle Out"
 25: "The Very Best Of Stan Rogers," Stan Rogers [Borealis, 7/10] (25)
        "Fogarty's Cove"
        "40-5 Years"
 27: "Collage," Michael J. Miles [Right Turn On Red, new] (24)
        "Sleepers Awake"
        "Suite: Whiskey"
 27: "Simply Eva," Eva Cassidy [Blix Street, 2010] (24)
        "People Get Ready"
        "Kathy's Song"
 27: "Stand Up Eight," Aaron Burdett [Puzzle Gully, 9/10] (24)
        "Stand Up 8"
        "Without You"
 30: "Otter Creek," Ken Kolodner And Brad Kolodner [Fenchurch, 1/11] (23)
        "Otter Creek"
        "Snow Drop"
 30: "Rise Above," Will White [Whippoorwil, 6/10] (23)
        "Run Chicken Run"
        "Firelight Waltz"
 32: "Fall For Beauty," Lynn Miles [True North, 10/10] (22)
        "Fearless Heart"
        "Love Doesn't Hurt"
 32: "To Drink The Rain," Malcolm Holcombe [Music Road, 2/11] (22)
        "One Man Singin"
        "Behind The Number One"
 34: "Genuine Negro Jig," Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch, 2/10] (21)
        "Hit 'em Up Style"
        "Cornbread And Butterbeans"
 35: "Waltzing's For Dreamers," Carol Noonan [Self, 1/11] (20)
        "Waltzing's For Dreamers"
        "Galway To Graceland"
 36: "Help My Brother," Gibson Brothers [Compass, new] (19)
        "Walkin' West To Memphis"
        "Help My Brother"
 36: "The Man With The Time Machine," Jaime Michaels [Frumdahart, 1/11] (19)
        "Black River"
        "Wish On The Moon"
        "China Dog"
 36: "Patch Of Land," Emily Arin [Self, new] (19)
        "Patch Of Land"
 36: "Red Horse," Red Horse [Red House, 7/10] (19)
        "I Am A Child"
        "Don't Mind Me"
 36: "There Was A Time," Hank Woji [Self, 8/10] (19)
        "Warm East Texas Rain"
        "Deep Ellum Blues"
 41: "Courage," Si Kahn [Strictly Country, 5/10] (18)
        "Abe Lincoln Walks Tonight"
        "Peace Will Rise"
 41: "Mission Bell," Amos Lee [Blue Note, new] (18)
        "El Camino"
        "Windows Are Rolled Down"
 41: "Reverie," David Wilcox [What Are, 11/10] (18)
        "Little Fish"
        "Dynamite In The Distance"
 44: "James," Red Molly [Self, 2/10] (17)
        "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"
 44: "Take Me Back," Lydia Adams Davis [Self, 1991] (17)
        "Lake Erie"
 46: "The King Is Dead," The Decemberists [Capitol, new] (16)
        "Down By The Water"
        "Rox In The Box"
 46: "Legacy," Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band [Compass, 9/10] (16)
        "Don't Ask Me Why"
        "Jailer, Jailer"
 46: "Remember Me Well," Red June [Self, 8/10] (16)
        "Biscuits And Honey"
 49: "Carolina Chocolate Drops / Luminescent Orchestrii," Carolina Chocolate Drops / Luminescent Orchestrii [Nonesuch, new] (15)
 49: "Harmonicopia," Jay Gaunt [Self, new] (15)
 49: "Hobos And Kings," Randy Burns [Self, 9/10] (15)
        "Bert's Blues"
        "Hobos And Kings"
 49: "Mile-High Rodeo," Johanna Divine [Self, 5/10] (15)
        "Big Grab"
 49: "The Road To Damascus," Notorious [Black Socks Press, 10/10] (15)
        "Wild Rose Of The Mountain"
 54: "Bella," Teddy Thompson [Verve Forecast, new] (14)
        "Looking For A Girl"
 54: "Steele The Show: The Songs of Davy Steele," Various Artists [Greentrax, new] (14)
        "Scotland Yet," Karine Polwart
 54: "Heartache Looking For A Home," Charlie Sizemore [Rounder, new] (14)
        "Ashley Judd"
        "Going To Georgia"
 54: "In The Cool Of The Day," Daniel Martin Moore [Sub Pop, new] (14)
        "Dark Road"
        "It Is Well With My Soul"
 54: "Low Country Blues," Gregg Allman [Rounder, 1/11] (14)
        "I Believe I'll Go Back Home"
 54: "Some Kind Of Cure," David Berkeley [Self, 1/11] (14)
        "Winter Winds"
 54: "A Winter Tale," Bobby Long [ATO, new] (14)
        "Penance Fire Blues"
 61: "Forever And A Day," Kruger Brothers [Double Time, 3/10] (13)
        "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
 61: "The Grim Parade," Uncle Bonsai [Yellow Tail, 11/10] (13)
 61: "Live At The Cafe Carpe," Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault And Peter Mulvey [Signature, 1/11] (13)
        "Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies"
        "Stewart's Coat"
 61: "When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers," The Louvin Brothers [Razor And Tie, 1995] (13)
        "When I Stop Dreaming"
 65: "The Garden," Ruth Moody [Red House, 4/10] (12)
 65: "Songs Of The Grateful Dead," Jesse McReynolds [Woodstock, 10/10] (12)
        "Deep Elem Blues"
 65: "T With The Maggies," T With The Maggies [Compass, new] (12)
        "Thugamar Fhein An Samhradh Linn"
        "Wedding Dress"
 65: "There Will Always Be A Small Time," Corin Raymond [Self, 2009] (12)
        "Paid To Party"
 65: "This Land I Love," One Left [Self, 8/10] (12)
        "Break Some Bread"
 65: "Words Unspoken," Barbara Dickson [Greentrax, new] (12)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12596 airplays from 149 different DJs

1. "If I Needed You" (22)
        by Carrie Rodriguez And Ben Kyle
        from "We Still Love Our Country"
2. "Jesse Likes Birds" (15)
        by Carrie Elkin
        from "Call It My Garden"
3. "Kicking The Beehive" (14)
        by Susan Werner
        from "Kicking The Beehive"
3. "You Are The River" (14)
        by Patti Casey
        from "The Heart Of A Waiting Boy"
5. "All The World Is One" (13)
        by Peter Mayer
        from "Heaven Below"
5. "Bird Song" (13)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Bright Morning Stars"
5. "Man Of Many Moons" (13)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Man Of Many Moons"
5. "Open Field" (13)
        by Ari And Mia
        from "Unruly Heart"
9. "Bright Morning Stars" (12)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Bright Morning Stars"
9. "Let The Mystery Be" (12)
        by Mustard's Retreat
        from "Living In The Dream"
9. "Swing Low Sail High" (12)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Bright Morning Stars"
12. "High Fructose Corn Syrup" (11)
        by Grant Peeples
        from "Okra And Ecclesiastes"
12. "Houses Sing" (11)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Man Of Many Moons"
14. "All The Stars" (10)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Bright Morning Stars"
14. "Buckets Of Rain" (10)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Man Of Many Moons"
14. "Guilty Hands" (10)
        by Carrie Elkin
        from "Call It My Garden"
14. "Landeth By Sea" (10)
        by Carrie Elkin
        from "Call It My Garden"
18. "City Of Refuge" (9)
        by Abigail Washburn
        from "City Of Refuge"
18. "Gristmill" (9)
        by Shaun Cromwell
        from "Folk-Worn Prose"
18. "House Of Cards" (9)
        by Rachel Harrington
        from "Celilo Falls"
18. "Last Thing On My Mind" (9)
        by Judy Collins
        from "Paradise"
18. "Money Is King" (9)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Put The Big Stone Down"
18. "Ragtime Ragtime Blues" (9)
        by Danny Schmidt
        from "Man Of Many Moons"
18. "Stand Up 8" (9)
        by Aaron Burdett
        from "Stand Up Eight"
18. "Storm Comin" (9)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Bright Morning Stars"
18. "Wild Ponies" (9)
        by Jonathan Byrd
        from "Cackalack"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12596 airplays from 149 different DJs

1. The Wailin' Jennys
2. Danny Schmidt
3. Bob Dylan
4. Ari And Mia
5. Susan Werner
6. Patti Casey
7. Carrie Rodriguez And Ben Kyle
8. Carrie Elkin
8. Grant Peeples
10. The Louvin Brothers
11. Carolina Chocolate Drops
12. Abigail Washburn
13. Peter Mayer
14. J Wagner
15. Mustard's Retreat
16. Hot Club Of Cowtown
17. Jeff Talmadge
17. Johnny Cash
17. Rachel Harrington
17. Shaun Cromwell
21. Jonathan Byrd
22. Greg Brown
23. Gurf Morlix
23. Lori McKenna
23. Si Kahn
23. Stan Rogers
27. Cahalen Morrison And Eli West
27. Frank Solivan And Dirty Kitchen
29. Geoff Bartley
30. Beth Desombre
30. David Wilcox
32. The Once
33. Eva Cassidy
33. Gibson Brothers
33. John McCutcheon
36. Michael J. Miles
36. Red Molly
36. Solas
36. Tom Paxton
36. Will White

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12596 airplays from 149 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Columbia
5. Signature
6. Sugar Hill
7. Borealis
8. Greentrax
9. Green Linnet
9. Vanguard
9. Waterbug
12. Nonesuch
13. Ninth Street Opus
14. Long Shot
15. Appleseed
16. Smithsonian/Folkways
17. Gatorbone
18. Rhino
19. Flying Fish
20. Sony
21. Capitol
21. True North
23. Blue Boat
24. Berkalin
24. Shanachie
26. Music Road
27. Warner
28. Philo
29. Yellow Room
30. RCA
31. ATO
31. Elektra
31. Topic
34. Blix Street
34. Constant Clip
36. Fenchurch
36. Lost Highway
36. Razor And Tie
39. Right Turn On Red
39. Skinny Dennis

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12596 airplays from 149 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Amanda-Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
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)
Betsi Meissner (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Blackman (WKAR-FM, MI)
Bob McWilliams (XM, KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, 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)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
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)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (XM & WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Ginger Hopper (KBCS-FM, WA)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
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)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CA)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Colvin (WYSO-FM, OH)
Johanna Halbeisen (WXOJ-FM, MA)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Adams (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Bommarito (WFHR-FM, MI)
John C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John McLaughlin (WMUC-FM, MD)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Trout (WYEP-FM, PA)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WNEC-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Julie Hill (CKLN-FM, ON)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Impola (KUNI-FM, IA)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Connors (WJSJ-FM, FL)
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)
Laurie Niles (KZFR-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 Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM, CT)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Kelsey (WFHB, IN)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nicholas Hill (WVBR-FM, NY)
Noah Zacharin (CKLN-FM, ON)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
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, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WNHU-FM, CT)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
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)
Tamara Lewis (KBCS-FM, WA)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
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 Leonardi (KZFR-FM, CA)
Tom Pittman (KOOP & KUTX, TX)
Trevor Ruffell (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
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