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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13261 airplays from 145 different DJs

  1: "Beautiful World," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, new] (106)
        "Wildewood Spring"
        "Party's Over"
        "Emerald Street"
        "Runaway Train"
        "Dream Lover"
        "Great Correction"
  2: "Sunset Waltz," Pat Wictor [Risky Disc, new] (70)
        "Well, Well, Well"
        "That's The Way It's Gonna Be"
        "Song Of Songs"
        "Whiskey Vacation"
  3: "10 Years Of European World Of Bluegrass," Various Artists [Strictly Country, 4/08] (58)
        "Fields Of Gold," Fragment
        "Blue Lonesome Wind," 50 Fingers
  4: "Don't Let Go," Jack Williams [Wind River, 4/08] (48)
        "Tomorrow Is Such A Long Time"
        "Hallelujah I Love Her So"
        "Heart Of Saturday Night"
  5: "Round My Door," Dana And Susan Robinson [Threshold, 3/08] (47)
        "Pastures Of Plenty"
        "Cotton From The Clay"
        "Glory In The Meeting House"
  6: "Standing On The Side Of Love," Greg Greenway [Face, 4/08] (46)
        "Standing On The Side Of Love"
        "Little Patch Of Sky"
        "Color Yellow"
  6: "With Roots And Wings," Angel Band [Appleseed, new] (46)
        "I'll Sing This Song For You"
        "Place Of Grace"
        "We Are Shepherds"
  8: "Starlight On The Rails: A Songbook," Utah Phillips And Friends [Daemon, 2005] (42)
        "Telling Takes Me Home"
        "Yellow Ribbon"
  9: "Able Baker Charlie And Dog," Joe Crookston [Self, 2/08] (41)
        "Able Baker Charlie And Dog"
        "Logical Song"
        "Bird By Bird"
 10: "Come Up Full," Meg Hutchinson [Red House, 3/08] (39)
        "Seeing Stars"
 11: "Live," Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands [Spruce And Maple, new] (38)
        "Live Forever"
        "Tall Pines"
 12: "Even Trade," Terence Martin [Good Dog, 4/08] (36)
        "Go Ask The Rain"
        "Looking South"
        "Who's Breathing All The Air"
 12: "Good Though," Utah Phillips [Philo, 1997] (36)
        "Daddy What's A Train"
        "Moose Turd Pie"
        "Going Away"
 14: "Hallowed Ground," I See Hawks In L. A. [Big Book, new] (34)
        "Good And Foolish Times"
        "Carbon Dated Love"
        "Ever Since The Grid Went Down"
 15: "Coal," Kathy Mattea [Captain Potato, 4/08] (33)
        "Green Rolling Hills"
        "The L And N Don't Stop Here Anymore"
        "Red-Winged Blackbird"
 16: "Thirteen Stories High," Joel Rafael [Inside, 4/08] (32)
        "This Is My Country"
        "Rich Man's War"
        "Time Stands Still"
 17: "The Geography Of Light," Carrie Newcomer [Philo, 2/08] (30)
        "Don't Push Send"
        "There Is A Tree"
        "Clean Edge Of Change"
 17: "Praying For Land," Randall Williams [Musafir, 2/08] (30)
        "I Will Come For You"
        "Stronger For Your Flame"
        "Praying For Land"
 19: "The Infamous Stringdusters," The Infamous Stringdusters [Sugar Hill, new] (29)
        "Won't Be Coming Back"
        "Black Rock"
 20: "Chameleon," Tim O'Brien [Obus, 3/08] (28)
        "Get Out There And Dance"
        "Hoss Race"
 20: "Get Off Your Money," The Stairwell Sisters [Yodel-Ay-Hee, new] (28)
        "Silly Liza Jane"
 20: "Paris, Texafrance," Christine Albert [Moon House, new] (28)
        "French Song"
        "L'air De La Louisiane"
        "Don't Cry"
 20: "Retold," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1/08] (28)
        "Touch A Name On The Wall"
        "Holding To The Land"
 24: "Just Another Day," Dan McKinnon [Self, 4/08] (26)
        "Captain And The Queen"
        "Just Another Day"
        "My Old Walking Shoes"
 24: "Territory," Tony Trischka [Smithsonian/Folkways, 3/08] (26)
        "Fox Chase"
 26: "From Now On," Michael Doucet [Smithsonian/Folkways, new] (25)
        "Brasse Le Gombo Vite"
        "St. Louis Blues"
 26: "Roses And Tears," Capercaillie [Compass, 5/08] (25)
        "Don't You Go"
        "Turas An Anraidh"
 26: "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2," Jackson Browne [Inside, 3/08] (25)
        "In The Shape Of A Heart"
        "Enough Of The Night"
 29: "Lucky," Amy Meyers [Arm, new] (24)
        "Friday Night"
        "Summer Town"
 30: "Proof Of Love," Old Man Luedecke [Black Hen, 3/08] (23)
        "Proof Of Love"
        "Send My Troubles Away"
        "Thrown By The Bull"
 30: "Sundirtwater," The Waifs [Compass, 3/08] (23)
 32: "Bound To Go," Andrew Calhoun And Campground [Waterbug, 5/08] (22)
        "Bound To Go"
        "Open The Window Noah"
 32: "Good Summer Rain," Erica Wheeler [Blue Pie, 3/08] (22)
        "Good Summer Rain"
        "As The Crow Flies"
 32: "Loaded," The Waybacks [Compass, 3/08] (22)
        "Tired Of Being Right"
        "Good Enough"
 35: "The Good Life," Justin Townes Earle [Bloodshot, 3/08] (21)
        "Hard Livin"
        "Turn Out My Lights"
 35: "Lantana," Caroline Herring [Signature, 3/08] (21)
        "All The Pretty Little Horses"
        "Midnight On The Water"
 35: "Someone's Got To Pay," The Wilders [Free Dirt, 4/08] (21)
        "Hey Little Darlin"
        "Broken Down Gambler"
 38: "Awkward Annie," Kate Rusby [Pure, 8/07] (20)
        "Blooming Heather"
        "Village Green Preservation Society"
 38: "Fringe," Cris Williamson [Wolf Moon, 11/07] (20)
        "Big Seed Catalog"
        "Git Along Little Dogies"
 38: "Little Grey Sheep," Danny Schmidt [Waterbug, 2/08] (20)
        "Company Of Friends"
        "Drawing Board"
 38: "Song," Lissa Schneckenburger [Footprint, 4/08] (20)
        "Jam On Gerry's Rock\Willie's"
        "Little Musgrove And Lady Barnswell"
 42: "Dump The Bosses Off Your Back," Anne Feeney [Self, 4/08] (19)
        "Business News / Hallelujah, I'm A Bum"
        "Dump The Bosses Off Your Back"
 42: "Iron And Diamonds," The Gibson Brothers [Sugar Hill, 4/08] (19)
        "Long Way Down"
        "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go"
 42: "Lau Live," Lau [Compass, new] (19)
        "Butcher Boy"
        "Banks Of Marble"
        "Frank And Flo's"
 42: "Notes From Elsewhere," Peter Mulvey [Signature, 11/07] (19)
        "Wings Of The Ragman"
 46: "Facets," Noel Paul Stookey [New World, 3/08] (18)
        "Facets Of The Jewel"
 46: "Hungrytown," Hungrytown [Listen Here!, 12/07] (18)
        "One Morning In May"
        "Hungrytown Road"
 46: "Just Us Kids," James McMurtry [Lightning Rod, 4/08] (18)
        "Cheney's Toy"
        "Hurricane Party"
 49: "Goin' By Feel," Ray Bonneville [Red House, 5/07] (17)
        "I Am The Big Easy"
        "Run Jolee Run"
 49: "I've Got To Know," Utah Phillips [Alcazar, 2003] (17)
        "I've Got To Know"
 49: "Live Cactus!," Joe Ely And Joel Guzman [Rack'em, 3/08] (17)
        "Slow You Down"
 49: "The Steeldrivers," The Steeldrivers [Rounder, 1/08] (17)
        "Blue Side Of The Mountain"
        "Midnight Train To Memphis"
 49: "The Time I Spend With You," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 2/08] (17)
        "Statesboro Blues"
 49: "Trouble In Mind," Hayes Carll [Lost Highway, new] (17)
        "Drunken Poets Dream"
        "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"
 55: "Airstream," David Wilcox [What Are, 3/08] (16)
        "Never Change"
        "Reaper Sweepstakes"
 55: "Blue Roads, Red Wine," Tom May [Waterbug, 4/08] (16)
        "Blue Roads, Red Wine"
        "Celilo Falls"
 55: "Book Of Sparrows," Tracy Grammer [Self, 11/07] (16)
        "Lord Of The Buffalo"
        "Travis John"
 55: "Comedians And Angels," Tom Paxton [Appleseed, 2/08] (16)
        "Home To Me"
        "Dance In The Kitchen"
 55: "Never Close Enough," Sarah Sample [Ramona, 4/08] (16)
        "If You See Me Walking"
 55: "Plans Gang Aft Agley," Jim Patton And Sherry Brokus [Edgecity, new] (16)
        "Finest Hour"
        "Fortunate Man"
 55: "Ships In The Forest," Karan Casey [Compass, 4/08] (16)
        "Love Is Pleasing"
        "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye"
 55: "Simple Tunes For Troubled Times," Steppin' In It [Earth Work, new] (16)
        "Break Of Day"
        "Hittin' On All 6"
 55: "Sowing The Seeds: The 10th Anniversary," Various Artists [Appleseed, 9/07] (16)
        "Bring Them Home," Pete Seeger W/ Billy Bragg, Anidifranco, Steve Earle And Anne Hills
 64: "Dailey And Vincent," Dailey And Vincent [Rounder, 1/08] (15)
        "More Than A Name On The Wall"
 64: "Love And Other Tragedies," Red Molly [Self, new] (15)
        "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning"
        "Mind Of A Soldier"
 64: "Practice Makes Progress," David Roth [Wind River, new] (15)
        "Lipstick On The Mirror"
        "No Apologies"
 64: "The Story So Far?," Lunasa [Compass, 3/08] (15)
        "Morning Nightcap"
 68: "Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet," Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet [Nettwerk, new] (14)
        "Banjo Pickin' Girl"
        "Fuller Wine"
 68: "Better Dreams," The Kennedys [Appleseed, 1/08] (14)
        "I Found A Road"
        "Sago Mine"
 68: "Greater Storm," High Windy [Mountain Home, new] (14)
        "Dance Around The Daisies"
        "Staten-Isle Joe"
 68: "Tapestry," Carole King [Legacy, 1971] (14)
        "Natural Woman"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13261 airplays from 145 different DJs

1. "Emerald Street" (16)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
2. "Wildewood Spring" (15)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
3. "Party's Over" (14)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
3. "Touch A Name On The Wall" (14)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "Retold"
5. "Runaway Train" (13)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
6. "Home" (12)
        by Meg Hutchinson
        from "Come Up Full"
6. "Pastures Of Plenty" (12)
        by Dana And Susan Robinson
        from "Round My Door"
8. "Dream Lover" (11)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
8. "Great Correction" (11)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
8. "That's The Way It's Gonna Be" (11)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "Sunset Waltz"
8. "Won't Be Coming Back" (11)
        by The Infamous Stringdusters
        from "The Infamous Stringdusters"
12. "Beautiful World" (10)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Beautiful World"
12. "I'll Sing This Song For You" (10)
        by Angel Band
        from "With Roots And Wings"
12. "Logical Song" (10)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Able Baker Charlie And Dog"
12. "Standing On The Side Of Love" (10)
        by Greg Greenway
        from "Standing On The Side Of Love"
12. "Well, Well, Well" (10)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "Sunset Waltz"
17. "Changes" (9)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "Sunset Waltz"
17. "Daddy What's A Train" (9)
        by Utah Phillips
        from "Good Though"
17. "Telling Takes Me Home" (9)
        by Utah Phillips
        from "Starlight On The Rails"
17. "This Is My Country" (9)
        by Joel Rafael
        from "Thirteen Stories High"
17. "Whiskey Vacation" (9)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "Sunset Waltz"
22. "Able Baker Charlie And Dog" (8)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Able Baker Charlie And Dog"
22. "Captain And The Queen" (8)
        by Dan McKinnon
        from "Just Another Day"
22. "Go Ask The Rain" (8)
        by Terence Martin
        from "Even Trade"
22. "Green Rolling Hills" (8)
        by Kathy Mattea
        from "Coal"
22. "Hey Little Darlin" (8)
        by The Wilders
        from "Someone's Got To Pay"
22. "I Will Come For You" (8)
        by Randall Williams
        from "Praying For Land"
22. "In These Times" (8)
        by Noel Paul Stookey
        from "In These Times"
22. "Moose Turd Pie" (8)
        by Utah Phillips
        from "Good Though"
22. "Song Of Songs" (8)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "Sunset Waltz"
22. "Summer Town" (8)
        by Amy Meyers
        from "Lucky"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13261 airplays from 145 different DJs

1. Utah Phillips
2. Eliza Gilkyson
3. Pete Seeger
4. Bob Dylan
5. Pat Wictor
6. Greg Greenway
7. Jack Williams
8. Laurie Lewis
9. Tim O'Brien
10. Joe Crookston
11. Angel Band
12. Dana And Susan Robinson
13. Kathy Mattea
14. Terence Martin
15. Meg Hutchinson
16. The Infamous Stringdusters
17. The Wilders
18. Carrie Newcomer
19. Greg Brown
19. Joel Mabus
21. I See Hawks In L. A.
21. Randall Williams
23. Dan McKinnon
24. Joel Rafael
25. Jackson Browne
26. Willie Nelson
27. Christine Albert
27. The Stairwell Sisters
27. The Waifs
30. Tom Paxton
31. Amy Meyers
31. Anne Feeney
31. David Roth
31. Erica Wheeler
31. Susan Werner
31. Tony Trischka
37. James McMurtry
38. Michael Doucet
38. Nanci Griffith
38. Rosalie Sorrels

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13261 airplays from 145 different DJs

1. Red House
2. Rounder
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Columbia
6. Philo
7. Appleseed
8. Signature
9. Waterbug
10. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Flying Fish
11. Warner
13. Risky Disc
14. Vanguard
15. Wind River
16. Borealis
17. Green Linnet
18. Rhino
19. Face
20. Greentrax
21. Shanachie
22. Hightone
23. Strictly Country
24. Black Hen
24. Capitol
24. Good Dog
24. Threshold
24. Yodel-Ay-Hee
29. Reprise
30. Captain Potato
31. Fossil
32. Daemon
32. Inside
32. Nettwerk
32. Rebel
36. Lost Highway
37. Legacy
37. Moon House
39. MCA
40. RCA

FOLK DJs - MAY 2008
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13261 airplays from 145 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)
Betsi Meissner (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Blackman (WKAR-FM, MI)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (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-FM, VT)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Christian Rath (Radio Dreyeckland, Germany)
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 John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Diane Rae (KGPR-FM, MT)
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)
Gary Harrison (KVMR-FM, CA)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (WXPN-FM, PA)
George Maida (WCVE-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
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)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Jamie Hoover (KSUT-FM, CO)
Jan Nary (4EB-FM, Australia)
Jean Brendecke (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Brown (KTOO-FM, AK)
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)
Jim Sigler (KMST-FM, MO)
Jo Beattie (CFUR-FM, BC)
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)
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)
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)
Len Osland (CJUM-FM, MB)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
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)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Fitzgerald (WEBR, VA)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mike Regenstreif (CKUT-FM, QC)
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)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Rachel Rice (WVEW-FM, VT)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM, NY)
Rebecca Derry (WOBC-FM, OH)
Rich Pietrzak (WPRK-FM, FL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Robyne Fawx (KDVS-FM, CA)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
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)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM, CT)
Suzi Wollenberg (WVUD-FM, DE)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
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)
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                        
Tuesday "Lunch With Folks" Noon-3pm        
KBCS (91.3 FM) - Bellevue, WA