Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of May 2013 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12615 airplays from 137 different DJs

  1: "So Say We All," David Francey [Red House, 5/13] (88)
        "Cheap Motel"
        "Pandora's Box"
        "Blue Skies"
  2: "Sugar Shack," The Boxcar Lilies [, new] (80)
        "If I Needed You"
        "6 Ways To Sunday"
        "That Lonesome Road"
  3: "Some Part Of The Truth," Brother Sun [, 2/13] (66)
        "I Ain't Got No Home"
        "In The Name Of Love"
        "Lady Of The Harbor"
        "House That Jack Built"
  4: "No More Rain," The Steel Wheels [, 4/13] (64)
        "Go Up To That Mountain"
        "Walk Away"
        "Waters Edge"
  5: "These Wilder Things," Ruth Moody [Red House, 5/13] (63)
        "Dancing In The Dark"
        "Trouble And Woe"
        "One Light Shining"
  6: "Banjo Babes," Various Artists [Wepecket Island, 10/12] (62)
        "Boatman," Dale Robin Goodman
        "I Love My Honey," Evie Ladin
        "Precious Days," Evie Ladin
        "Rappin' Shady Grove," Kaia Kater
  7: "Into The Dark," Laura Cortese [, new] (55)
        "For Catherine"
        "Life Is Good Blues"
        "Heel To Toe"
        "Into The Dark"
  8: "The Light Still Burns," Lauren Sheehan [Wilson River, 4/13] (49)
        "C Medley"
        "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"
        "Bearcat Blues"
        "Soldier's Joy"
  9: "Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World," Chip Taylor [Train Wreck, new] (47)
        "Pretty Good Order"
        "Better Put My Glasses On"
        "Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World"
  9: "Love Has Come For You," Steve Martin And Edie Brickell [Rounder, 4/13] (47)
        "When You Get To Asheville"
        "Sun's Gonna Shine"
        "Friend Of Mine"
  9: "The Old School," Peter Rowan [Compass, 4/13] (47)
        "Keepin' It Between The Lines"
        "That's All She Wrote"
        "Doc Watson Morning"
 12: "Goodnight Moonshine," Molly Venter And Eben Pariser [, 2/13] (46)
        "Willow Tree"
        "Walking After Midnight"
        "End Of The World Blues"
 13: "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat," Amy Speace [Windbone, 4/13] (45)
        "Sea And The Shore"
        "Fortunate Ones"
        "Feathers And Wishbones"
 14: "The Comeback Album," Eric Brace And Peter Cooper [Red Beet, 4/13] (41)
        "Ancient History"
        "Ponzi Scheme"
 14: "Texodus," Dylan Sneed [, new] (41)
        "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
 16: "Walk Along John," John Reischman [Corvus, 4/13] (39)
        "Itzbin Reel"
        "Deadly Fox"
        "Walk Along John To Kansas"
 17: "American Kid," Patty Griffin [New West, 5/13] (37)
        "Go Wherever You Wanna Go"
        "Don't Let Me Die In Florida"
        "Mom And Dad's Waltz"
 17: "Yes Please," The Bills [Red House, 8/12] (37)
        "Gale In My Sail"
        "Hallowed Hall"
        "Shining Face"
 19: "Brothers Of The Highway," Dailey And Vincent [Rounder, 5/13] (34)
        "Tomorrow I'll Be Gone"
        "Back To Jackson County"
        "Brothers Of The Highway"
 19: "Long Gone Out West Blues," Pharis And Jason Romero [Lula, 2/13] (34)
        "Waiting For The Evening Mail"
        "Long Gone Out West Blues"
        "Come On Home"
 21: "Magdalene," Karyn Oliver [Buxom County, new] (33)
        "Slip Away With Me"
 22: "Northern Lights," Matt Stone [, 3/13] (32)
        "Brown Dog"
        "Sweet Barcelona"
 22: "Spirityouall," Bobby McFerrin [Sony, new] (32)
        "I Shall Be Released"
 24: "The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs," Various Artists [Doubloon, new] (29)
        "Band Played On," Richard Thompson And Christine Collister
        "Silver Dagger," Jolie Goodnight
 24: "Same Old Heart," Buffy Ford Stewart [Global, 1/13] (29)
        "Daydream Believer"
        "Same Old Heart"
        "Snakes Of Nuevo Laredo"
 24: "The Stray Birds," The Stray Birds [, 9/12] (29)
        "Dream In Blue"
        "25 To Life"
 27: "Carved Wood Box," Cal Scott [Tamarack, 12/12] (27)
        "Carved Wood Box"
        "Jimmy's Waltz"
 27: "The Heart's Swift Foot," Red Tail Ring [Earthwork, new] (27)
        "Ohio Turnpike"
        "My Heart's Own Love"
        "Dirt Triangle"
 27: "Traces," Karine Polwart [Borealis, 8/12] (27)
        "Don't Worry"
        "King Of Birds"
 27: "Wishing Well," Hans Theessink [Blue Groove, 4/13] (27)
        "Snowin' On Raton"
        "Wayfaring Stranger"
 31: "Live At Blue Rock," Mary Gauthier [Proper, 10/12] (26)
        "Our Lady Of The Shooting Stars"
        "Sugar Cane"
        "I Drink"
 32: "In The Time Of Gods," Dar Williams [Razor & Tie, 4/12] (25)
        "Summer Child"
        "Write This Number Down"
 33: "Bright Like Gold," April Verch [Slab Town, 4/13] (24)
        "Raven In The Hemlock"
        "Sandy River Belle"
 33: "Hayseed," Susan Werner [30 Tigers, new] (24)
        "Back To The Land"
        "City Kids"
 33: "House And Garden," Nell Robinson And Jim Nunally [Self, new] (24)
        "Life In The Garden"
        "Old Old House"
 33: "Little Boat," Rita Hosking [, 2/13] (24)
        "Parting Glass"
        "Nothing Left Of Me"
        "Sierra Bound"
 37: "Carry Me Home," The Dustbowl Revival [Self, 4/13] (23)
        "John The Revelator"
        "New River Train"
 38: "Child Ballads," Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer [Wilderland, 3/13] (21)
        "Willie's Lady"
        "Clyde Waters"
 38: "Let's Face The Music And Dance," Willie Nelson And Family [Legacy, 4/13] (21)
        "Let's Face The Music And Dance"
        "South Of The Border"
 38: "Next Time Around," Darryl Purpose [Blue Rock, 10/12] (21)
        "Dreams Of Life"
        "Girl From Golden"
 41: "This World Oft Can Be," Della Mae [Rounder, new] (20)
        "Letter From Down The Road"
        "Ain't No Ash Will Burn"
 42: "Honey Man," Hey Mavis [Stellada, 2/13] (19)
        "Let The Water Do The Work"
        "Honey Man"
        "Say Hello To Paris"
 42: "Old Yellow Moon," Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell [Nonesuch, 2/13] (19)
        "Hanging Up My Heart"
        "Bluebird Wine"
 42: "Reunion," Lucy Kaplansky [Red House, 9/12] (19)
        "Mother's Day"
 45: "The Ash & Clay," The Milk Carton Kids [Anti, 3/13] (18)
        "Hope Of A Lifetime"
        "Honey, Honey"
 45: "Carnival," Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line [Blue Pig, 4/13] (18)
        "Jack Of Diamonds"
        "Party Line"
 45: "Coyote Wings," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/13] (18)
        "Pocket Fulla Quarters"
        "Sister, Sail"
        "When The Coffee's All Gone"
 45: "The Low Highway," Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) [New West, 4/13] (18)
        "Love's Gonna Blow My Way"
        "After Mardi Gras"
 45: "Runaway Freeway Blues," Black Lillies [North Knox, 3/13] (18)
        "Ramblin' Boy"
 45: "Singing In My Soul," Lisa Biales [Big Song, 4/13] (18)
        "Strange Things Happening Every Day"
        "Write Me In Care Of The Blues"
 45: "They Called It Music," The Gibson Brothers [Compass, 3/13] (18)
        "Dying For Someone To Live For"
 45: "Thorn In My Heart," Kim Richey [Yep Roc, new] (18)
        "Breakaway Speed"
        "Come On"
        "Thorn In My Heart"
 45: "Threshold," Karine Polwart [Borealis, 2/13] (18)
        "Rivers Run"
 45: "Words Like Yours," Lily Henley [Self, 10/12] (18)
        "2 Birds"
        "Her Song"
 55: "Everything Is Moving," Laura Smith [Borealis, 4/13] (17)
        "Magdalen McGillivray"
        "Horses And Plough"
 55: "Memory Wall," Buddy Mondlock [Sparking Gap, new] (17)
        "Holes You Leave"
        "Canary's Song"
 55: "On The Edge," Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen [Compass, 4/13] (17)
        "On The Edge Of Letting Go"
 55: "Room Enough For All," Battlefield Band [Temple, 3/13] (17)
        "Farewell To Indiana"
        "Hairy Angler Fish"
 55: "The South Wind," Jed Marum [Boston Road, 3/13] (17)
        "Elkhorn Tavern"
        "Minstrel Boy"
 60: "Against The Grain," Moors And McCumber [Self, new] (16)
        "Love And War"
        "Slan Abhaile"
 61: "Bright Sunny South," Sam Amidon [Nonesuch, new] (15)
        "Bright Sunny South"
        "My Old Friend"
 61: "Jack Of All Trades," Steve Chizmadia [Jack Of All Trades, 2/13] (15)
        "Memphis Girl"
        "Song For Pete"
 61: "Take This Song With You," Maya And The Ruins [, 9/12] (15)
 61: "What We Lost," Ben Bedford [Waterbug, 9/12] (15)
        "John The Baptist"
        "What We Lost"
 61: "Wild Bill Jones," The Quiet American [, 1/13] (15)
        "Apple In The Fall"
        "Gallows Pole"
 66: "Building Bridges," Snyder Family Band [Mountain Roads Recordings, new] (14)
        "Blockade Runner"
        "Old Timer"
 66: "Mother, Queen Of My Heart," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 2002] (14)
        "Sweetest Gift," Linda Ronstadt And Emmylou Harris
 66: "Rabbits Motel," Woody Pines [, 4/13] (14)
        "Train That Carried My Gal From Town"
        "Keep Your Hands Off Her"
 66: "Sing The Delta," Iris DeMent [Flariella, 10/12] (14)
        "Mama Was Always Tellin' Her Truth"
 66: "So Sang The Whippoorwill," Run Boy Run [Self, 3/13] (14)
        "So Sang The Whippoorwill"
 66: "Things Are Coming My Way," Marcy Marxer [Community, 1/13] (14)
        "Things Are Coming My Way"
 66: "Transistor Corazon," Melissa Greener [Anima, 3/13] (14)
        "Ghost In The Van"
        "Mess Love Made"
 66: "Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake," Various Artists [Story Sound, 4/13] (14)
        "Pink Moon," Teddy Thompson And Krystle Warren

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12615 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. "Rain" (22)
        by David Francey
        from "So Say We All"
2. "Lightnin" (18)
        by The Boxcar Lilies
        from "Sugar Shack"
3. "Dancing In The Dark" (17)
        by Ruth Moody
        from "These Wilder Things"
4. "If I Needed You" (15)
        by The Boxcar Lilies
        from "Sugar Shack"
5. "One Light Shining" (14)
        by Ruth Moody
        from "These Wilder Things"
5. "Trouble And Woe" (14)
        by Ruth Moody
        from "These Wilder Things"
7. "Go Up To That Mountain" (13)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "No More Rain"
7. "Keepin' It Between The Lines" (13)
        by Peter Rowan
        from "The Old School"
7. "Sea And The Shore" (13)
        by Amy Speace
        from "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat"
10. "Cheap Motel" (12)
        by David Francey
        from "So Say We All"
10. "For Catherine" (12)
        by Laura Cortese
        from "Into The Dark"
10. "When You Get To Asheville" (12)
        by Steve Martin And Edie Brickell
        from "Love Has Come For You"
13. "Go Wherever You Wanna Go" (11)
        by Patty Griffin
        from "American Kid"
13. "Hope Of A Lifetime" (11)
        by The Milk Carton Kids
        from "The Ash & Clay"
13. "Pandora's Box" (11)
        by David Francey
        from "So Say We All"
13. "Texodus" (11)
        by Dylan Sneed
        from "Texodus"
17. "Ancient History" (10)
        by Eric Brace And Peter Cooper
        from "The Comeback Album"
17. "Band Played On" (10)
        by Richard Thompson And Christine Collister
        from "The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs"
17. "Boatman" (10)
        by Dale Robin Goodman
        from "Banjo Babes"
17. "Daydream Believer" (10)
        by Buffy Ford Stewart
        from "Same Old Heart"
17. "Magdalene" (10)
        by Karyn Oliver
        from "Magdalene"
17. "Parting Glass" (10)
        by Rita Hosking
        from "Little Boat"
17. "Willow Tree" (10)
        by Molly Venter And Eben Pariser
        from "Goodnight Moonshine"
24. "6 Ways To Sunday" (9)
        by The Boxcar Lilies
        from "Sugar Shack"
24. "Carved Wood Box" (9)
        by Cal Scott
        from "Carved Wood Box"
24. "Fortunate Ones" (9)
        by Amy Speace
        from "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat"
24. "Here Comes The Sun" (9)
        by Richie Havens
        from "Alarm Clock"
24. "I Ain't Got No Home" (9)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Some Part Of The Truth"
24. "Joshua" (9)
        by Bobby McFerrin
        from "Spirityouall"
24. "Life Is Good Blues" (9)
        by Laura Cortese
        from "Into The Dark"
24. "That Lonesome Road" (9)
        by The Boxcar Lilies
        from "Sugar Shack"
24. "Walk Away" (9)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "No More Rain"
24. "Waters Edge" (9)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "No More Rain"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12615 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. David Francey
2. Bob Dylan
3. The Boxcar Lilies
4. Pete Seeger
5. The Steel Wheels
6. Brother Sun
7. Ruth Moody
8. Lauren Sheehan
9. Laura Cortese
9. Peter Rowan
11. Amy Speace
11. Chip Taylor
13. Steve Martin And Edie Brickell
14. The Bills
15. Molly Venter And Eben Pariser
15. Richie Havens
17. Eric Brace And Peter Cooper
17. George Jones
19. Karine Polwart
20. Dar Williams
21. Dylan Sneed
22. John Reischman
23. Patty Griffin
24. Rita Hosking
24. The Stray Birds
26. Bobby McFerrin
26. Pharis And Jason Romero
28. Dailey And Vincent
29. Richard Thompson
30. Della Mae
30. Iris DeMent
30. Matt Stone
30. Susan Werner
34. Karyn Oliver
34. Red Tail Ring
36. Buffy Ford Stewart
36. Cal Scott
36. Mary Gauthier
39. Lucy Kaplansky
40. The Gibson Brothers

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12615 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Columbia
6. Borealis
7. Signature
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
9. Appleseed
10. Nonesuch
11. New West
12. Sony
13. Warner
14. Waterbug
15. Vanguard
16. Greentrax
17. Flying Fish
17. Rhino
19. Wepecket Island
19. Wilson River
21. Rebel
22. Yep Roc
23. Corvus
23. Green Linnet
23. Shanachie
26. Red Beet
27. Pinecastle
28. Legacy
28. Lula
28. Philo
28. Rural Rhythm
32. 30 Tigers
32. Alligator
32. Arc
32. Capitol
32. RCA
32. Train Wreck
38. Anti
39. Doubloon
40. Blue Groove

FOLK DJs - MAY 2013
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12615 airplays from 137 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Allison Brown (CJAM-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)
Artie Martello (WIOX-FM, NY)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WMNF-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, IL)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
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 (WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Harness (KRBX-FM, ID)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Eads (WNKU-FM, KY)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenni Peal (KNON-FM, TX)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CA)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Jim Schwall (WORT-FM, WI)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Trout (WYEP-FM, PA)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Impola (KUNI-FM, IA)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
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)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (Folk Alley, syndicated)
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)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Patrick Clifford (WDVR-FM, NJ)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sean McGowan (KLCC-FM, OR)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Harris (KRCC-FM, CO)
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 & WWUH-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Tamara Lewis (KBCS-FM, WA)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Thomas Bisard (WNMC-FM, MI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Druckenmiller (syndicated)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
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