Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of May 2010 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14432 airplays from 142 different DJs

  1: "Courage," Si Kahn [Strictly Country, new] (116)
        "Otis Is Flying"
        "Playing The Old Songs"
        "On This Old Farm"
        "Peace Will Rise"
  2: "Made Of Stars," Sally Spring [Sniffinpup, 3/10] (77)
        "Boys In The Cornfield"
        "Lake Pontchartrain"
        "Beautiful Ride"
        "It Don't Make Sense"
  3: "Some Strange Country," Crooked Still [Signature, 5/10] (69)
        "Half Of What We Know"
        "Henry Lee"
        "Sometimes In This Country"
        "I'm Troubled"
        "Golden Vanity"
  4: "The Age Of Miracles," Mary Chapin Carpenter [Zoe, 4/10] (68)
        "I Was A Bird"
        "The Age Of Miracles"
        "I Have A Need For Solitude"
  5: "James," Red Molly [Self, 2/10] (63)
        "Gulf Coast Highway"
        "Troubled Mind"
        "Tear My Stillhouse Down"
  6: "Love Is Strange," Jackson Browne And David Lindley [Inside, 5/10] (61)
        "Mercury Blues"
        "Crow On The Cradle"
        "For Everyman"
  7: "Longing For Heaven," Jeni And Billy [Jewell Ridge, new] (51)
        "If I Ever Get 10 Dollars"
        "Single Girl"
        "I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day"
  8: "The Garden," Ruth Moody [Red House, 4/10] (45)
        "The Garden"
        "Closer Now"
        "We Can Only Listen"
        "Travellin' Shoes"
  9: "Country Music," Willie Nelson [Rounder, 4/10] (44)
        "Freight Train Boogie"
        "Dark As A Dungeon"
        "Pistol Packin' Mama"
 10: "A Crooked Road," Darrell Scott [Full Light, new] (43)
        "A Crooked Road"
        "Father's Song"
        "Long Wide Open Road"
 11: "Love And Circumstance," Carrie Rodriguez [Ninth Street Opus, 4/10] (42)
        "Rex's Blues"
        "When I Heard Gypsy Davy Sing"
        "Big Love"
 11: "When The Last Morning Glory Blooms," Peter Ostroushko [Red House, new] (42)
        "Napoleon Crossing The Alps"
        "When The Last Morning Glory Blooms"
        "9 Years Waltz"
 13: "Leave Your Sleep," Natalie Merchant [Nonesuch, 4/10] (37)
        "Nursery Rhyme Of Innocence And Experience"
        "Calico Pie"
        "Dancing Bear"
 14: "Darkness Sure Becomes This City," Joy Kills Sorrow [Signature, 2/10] (35)
        "We Will Have Our Day"
        "Kill My Sorrow"
        "New Shoes"
 15: "25," Patty Larkin [Signature, 3/10] (32)
        "I'm Fine"
        "Booth Of Glass"
 15: "Genuine Negro Jig," Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch, 2/10] (32)
        "Cornbread And Butterbeans"
        "Trouble In Your Mind"
        "Hit 'em Up Style"
 15: "Shade Of The Trees," Storyhill [Red House, 4/10] (32)
        "Better Angels"
        "Cover Your Tracks"
        "Well Of Sorrow"
 15: "The Spokes Man," Craig Werth [Self, 3/10] (32)
        "The Spokes Man"
        "My Way Or The Highway"
        "Good Old Dog"
 19: "Baby O!," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 3/10] (31)
        "Frank Delandry"
        "Moon On Down"
 20: "The Famous Lefty Flynn's," The Grascals [Rounder, 3/10] (30)
        "Last Train To Clarksville"
        "The Famous Lefty Flynn's"
        "Out Comes The Sun"
 20: "To The Heart," Adler And Hearne [Spring Hollow, new] (30)
        "River Wide, River Deep"
        "Hollerin' The Hills"
        "Goolsby's Pool"
 22: "Thief," Keller And The Keels [Sci Fidelity, new] (28)
        "Don't Cuss The Fiddle"
        "Mountains Of The Moon"
 23: "Your Train," Kajsa Vala [High Horse, 4/10] (27)
        "Your Train"
 24: "Before And After," Carrie Newcomer [Rounder, 2/10] (26)
        "Do No Harm"
        "Ghost Train"
 25: "Blossoms," Laurie Lewis [Spruce And Maple, 2/10] (25)
        "Lark In The Morning"
        "How Can I Keep From Singing"
 25: "The Day After Everything Changed," Ellis Paul [Black Wolf, 1/10] (25)
        "The Day After Everything Changed"
        "Hurricane Angel"
        "Rose Tattoo"
 25: "In My Room," Various Artists [Lml, 4/10] (25)
        "For Real," Christine Lavin
        "If I Should Fall Behind," Catie Curtis
 28: "Cry Till You Laugh," Terri Hendrix [Wilory, new] (24)
        "Hula Mary"
        "Slow Down"
 28: "I Am What I Am," Merle Haggard [Vanguard, new] (24)
        "Mexican Bands"
        "I've Seen It Go Away"
        "Pretty When It's New"
 28: "Through A Frozen Midnight Sky," Lara Herscovitch [Larama, 5/09] (24)
        "Here Comes The Sun"
        "Letters From A Ghost"
 31: "Acoustic Rainbow 36," Various Artists [Poetman, new] (23)
        "Lovers Love The Spring," Don McLean
        "Daily Blues," Leeann Atherton
 31: "Ravenwood," Michael Johnathon [Poetman, 3/10] (23)
        "East Virginia Blues"
        "Darlin' Corey"
 31: "Things That Fly," The Infamous Stringdusters [Sugar Hill, 4/10] (23)
        "17 Cents"
        "In God's Country"
 31: "Women And Country," Jakob Dylan [Columbia, 4/10] (23)
        "Nothing But The Whole Wide World"
        "Down On Our Own Shield"
 35: "By The Side Of The Lake," Wes Weddell [Dusty Shadows, 3/10] (22)
        "Not Now"
 35: "Live At The Troubadour," Carole King And James Taylor [Hear, new] (22)
        "Country Road"
        "Sweet Baby James"
 35: "No Fool For Trying," Madison Violet [True North, 6/09] (22)
        "Baby In The Black And White"
        "Best Part Of Your Love"
 38: "Bird Bones And Muscle," J. Shogren [Jaha!, new] (21)
        "Charlie Poole, Charlie Poole"
 38: "Downtown Church," Patty Griffin [Credential, 1/10] (21)
        "House Of Gold"
        "Little Fired"
 38: "October Boy," Tom Fisch [Self, 12/09] (21)
        "Carolina Blue Sky Day"
 41: "Feast," The Cottars [Rounder, 2/10] (20)
 41: "Turn Back A Page," Ruth And Max Bloomquist [Ruby, 2/10] (20)
        "Highway Song"
        "Oh Mother"
 43: "Feast Of The Hunters' Moon," Black Prairie [Sugar Hill, 4/10] (19)
        "Back Alley"
        "Across The Black Prairie"
 43: "The Living Side," Meg Hutchinson [Red House, 2/10] (19)
        "Every Day"
        "Hard To Change"
 43: "What's More Honest Than A Song?," Shannon Wurst [Fancy Mayhem, 2/10] (19)
        "Ivory Bill"
 46: "The Essential Carole King," Carole King and Friends [Epic/Legacy, new] (18)
        "Child Of Mine"
 46: "A Friend Of A Friend," Dave Rawlings Machine [Acony, 11/09] (18)
        "I Hear Them All"
        "Monkey And The Engineer"
        "Sweet Tooth"
 46: "See You On The Moon," Tift Merritt [Fantasy, new] (18)
        "See You On The Moon"
        "Things That Everybody Does"
 46: "Until You Come Home: Songs For Veterans And Their Kin," George Mann, Julius Margolin and Friends [Self, 1/10] (18)
        "When The War Is Won," Laurie MacAllister And Amy Speace
 50: "All In Good Time," Joe Iadanza [Self, new] (17)
        "For Those Who Wait"
        "Skin And Bones"
 50: "If The Sun Will Shine," The Honey Dewdrops [Self, 6/09] (17)
        "Fly Away Free"
 50: "Images Of Women, Vol. 2," Robin Greenstein [Windy, 3/10] (17)
        "2 Sisters"
 50: "Joe's Cafe," Rupert Wates [Self, new] (17)
        "Joe's Cafe"
        "Sally's Farm"
 50: "The List," Rosanne Cash [Manhattan, 10/09] (17)
        "Motherless Children"
        "500 Miles"
 50: "Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert," Various Artists [Rounder, 3/10] (17)
        "Gravity," Alison Krauss And Union Station
        "Pitkin County Turnaround," Steve Martin
 50: "String Nation," Various Artists [Arts And Media, new] (17)
        "Moses," String Nation
 57: "The Hills Will Cradle Thee," Lainie Marsh [Bait And Tackle, 9/09] (16)
        "Ways To Go"
 57: "Holy Waters," Donna Ulisse [Hadley, 4/10] (16)
        "He Will"
 57: "Home," Louise Mosrie [Zoe Cat, 1/10] (16)
        "Battle Of Blair Mountain"
        "I Love This World"
 57: "Live In '65," Pete Seeger [Appleseed, 11/09] (16)
        "Old Joe Clark"
        "Turn Turn Turn"
 57: "Red Wing," The Steel Wheels [Self, 1/10] (16)
        "Second Of May"
        "Red Wing"
 57: "Soul Of The January Hills," Tim Eriksen [Appleseed, 5/10] (16)
        "Soldier Traveling From The North"
        "Lass Of Glenshee"
 57: "Summertown Road," Summertown Road [Rounder, 3/10] (16)
        "If I Win"
        "That's Kentucky"
 57: "Take Off," Darren Beachley And Legends Of The Potomac [Patuxent, new] (16)
        "Tall Weeds And Rust"
        "You'll Forget"
 65: "Common Threads," Cherryholmes [Skaggs Family, new] (15)
        "When It's Not With Me Everyday"
 65: "Double CD: When Two Lovers Meet / I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning," Sarah McQuaid [Self, 10/09] (15)
        "Last Song"
 65: "Match Against A New Moon," Fred Gillen Jr [Dys, 3/10] (15)
        "Land Of Hope"
 65: "Mother, Queen Of My Heart," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 2002] (15)
        "Use A Napkin," Kathy Kallick
 65: "Sky It Shall Be," Greg Alexander [Summit House, 8/09] (15)
        "I'll Rock The Boat"
 65: "Soma," John McSherry [Compass, 4/10] (15)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14432 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. "I Was A Bird" (20)
        by Mary Chapin Carpenter
        from "The Age Of Miracles"
2. "A Crooked Road" (17)
        by Darrell Scott
        from "A Crooked Road"
2. "Otis Is Flying" (17)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Courage"
4. "Boys In The Cornfield" (14)
        by Sally Spring
        from "Made Of Stars"
4. "By My Silence" (14)
        by Ellen Bukstel And Nick Annis
        from "By My Silence"
        also "Daddy's Little Girl"
4. "If I Ever Get 10 Dollars" (14)
        by Jeni And Billy
        from "Longing For Heaven"
4. "Playing The Old Songs" (14)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Courage"
8. "The Garden" (13)
        by Ruth Moody
        from "The Garden"
8. "On This Old Farm" (13)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Courage"
10. "Crow On The Cradle" (11)
        by Jackson Browne And David Lindley
        from "Love Is Strange"
10. "Half Of What We Know" (11)
        by Crooked Still
        from "Some Strange Country"
10. "Henry Lee" (11)
        by Crooked Still
        from "Some Strange Country"
10. "Lake Pontchartrain" (11)
        by Sally Spring
        from "Made Of Stars"
10. "Single Girl" (11)
        by Jeni And Billy
        from "Longing For Heaven"
15. "The Age Of Miracles" (10)
        by Mary Chapin Carpenter
        from "The Age Of Miracles"
15. "Cornbread And Butterbeans" (10)
        by Carolina Chocolate Drops
        from "Genuine Negro Jig"
15. "Freight Train Boogie" (10)
        by Willie Nelson
        from "Country Music"
15. "Gulf Coast Highway" (10)
        by Red Molly
        from "James"
15. "Hutto" (10)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Courage"
15. "Mercury Blues" (10)
        by Jackson Browne And David Lindley
        from "Love Is Strange"
15. "Peace Will Rise" (10)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Courage"
15. "Sometimes In This Country" (10)
        by Crooked Still
        from "Some Strange Country"
23. "Better Angels" (9)
        by Storyhill
        from "Shade Of The Trees"
23. "Hunter" (9)
        by Si Kahn
        from "Courage"
23. "I'm Troubled" (9)
        by Crooked Still
        from "Some Strange Country"
23. "Napoleon Crossing The Alps" (9)
        by Peter Ostroushko
        from "When The Last Morning Glory Blooms"
23. "Troubled Mind" (9)
        by Red Molly
        from "James"
23. "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?" (9)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?"
        also "The Wounded Heart Of America"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14432 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Si Kahn
2. Pete Seeger
3. Red Molly
4. Sally Spring
5. Bob Dylan
6. Crooked Still
7. Mary Chapin Carpenter
8. Jackson Browne And David Lindley
9. Willie Nelson
10. Jeni And Billy
11. Darrell Scott
12. Ruth Moody
13. Natalie Merchant
14. Laurie Lewis
15. Peter Ostroushko
16. Carrie Rodriguez
16. Merle Haggard
18. Carolina Chocolate Drops
18. Joy Kills Sorrow
20. Storyhill
21. John Gorka
21. Patty Larkin
23. Craig Werth
24. John Prine
25. The Grascals
25. John McCutcheon
27. Brooks Williams
27. Carrie Newcomer
27. Ellis Paul
27. Terri Hendrix
27. Tom Russell
32. Adler And Hearne
33. Cherryholmes
33. Chieftains
35. The Infamous Stringdusters
36. Greg Brown
36. Guy Clark
36. Keller And The Keels
36. Tim O'Brien
40. Eliza Gilkyson
40. Joel Mabus

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14432 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Sugar Hill
4. Signature
5. Compass
6. Columbia
7. Appleseed
8. Strictly Country
9. Vanguard
10. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Sniffinpup
12. Green Linnet
13. Nonesuch
14. Greentrax
15. Warner
15. Waterbug
17. Rebel
18. Borealis
18. Capitol
20. Full Light
21. Inside
21. Jewell Ridge
21. Shanachie
24. Poetman
25. Flying Fish
25. Rhino
27. Hightone
28. Philo
29. Sony
30. High Horse
30. Topic
32. Zoe
33. Red Guitar Blue
33. Reprise
35. Patuxent
36. Black Wolf
36. Skaggs Family
38. Hear
38. Spring Hollow
38. True North

FOLK DJs - MAY 2010
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 14432 airplays from 142 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)
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 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 & Roman 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)
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)
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)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Grant Johnston & Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Jamie Hoover (KSUT-FM, CO)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
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 Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Colvin (WYSO-FM, OH)
Joe Gierlach (WRFL-FM, KY)
Johanna Halbeisen (WXOJ-FM, MA)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Adams (KVMR-FM, CA)
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)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WNEC-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
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 Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurel Paulson-Pierce (KRBS-FM, CA)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
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)
Mary Sue Twohy (XM)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Fitzgerald (WEBR, VA)
Mike Horyczun (KPKN-FM, CT)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Noah Zacharin (CKLN-FM, ON)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
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)
Steve Ritchie (CFOS-AM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
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)
Tim Bray (KZYX&Z-FM, CA)
Todd Gross (WFIT-FM, FL)
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 "The Outskirts" Noon-3pm           
KBCS (91.3 FM) - Bellevue, WA