Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of September 2012 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12117 airplays from 142 different DJs

  1: "The Stray Birds," The Stray Birds [, new] (91)
        "Dream In Blue"
        "Just Sayin"
        "My Brother's Hill"
  2: "Reunion," Lucy Kaplansky [Red House, new] (72)
        "This Morning I Am Born Again"
        "Beauty Way"
        "I'm Looking Through You"
  3: "Walls That Talk," Roy Schneider [Shiny Gnu, new] (69)
        "Soldier's Joy"
        "Fill The Well"
        "Long Time Gone"
  3: "When We Get To Shore," Coty Hogue [Perpetual Hoedown, 8/12] (69)
        "Going To The West"
        "Handsome Molly"
        "I'm On Fire"
        "Second Hand News"
  5: "Red Apples And Gold," Gathering Time [, 5/12] (67)
        "Red Apples And Gold"
        "Family Tree"
        "Sweet Cider"
        "Path That's Right For You"
  6: "These Old Dark Hills," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 8/12] (62)
        "Storms Never Last"
        "Tessie Mae"
        "These Old Dark Hills"
  7: "Depending On The Distance," Jimmy LaFave [Music Road, 9/12] (57)
        "Land Of Hope And Dreams"
        "Bring Back The Trains"
        "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
        "Clear Blue Sky"
  8: "Camilla," Caroline Herring [Signature, 8/12] (53)
        "Black Mountain Lullaby"
        "Traveling Shoes"
        "Maiden Voyage"
  9: "Mercy For The Dispossessed," Geoff Bartley [Magic Crow, 7/12] (46)
        "Everything's 4 Sale"
        "Long Way Down To Harlan"
        "Mercy For The Dispossessed"
        "Past Is Dead And Gone"
 10: "Waves," Milkdrive [, 6/12] (43)
        "Gulf Road"
        "Dear Prudence"
 11: "Pete Remembers Woody," Pete Seeger And Friends [Appleseed, new] (42)
        "Woody's Ghost - Part 1," David Bernz
        "66 Highway Blues," Pete Seeger And Arlo Guthrie
        "New York Town," Woody Guthrie And Cisco Houston
 11: "Trouble I Wrought," Bobtown [, 8/12] (42)
        "Don't Fear The Reaper"
        "Skipping Stone"
        "Battle Creek"
 13: "American Hornpipe," Dana And Susan Robinson [Threshold, 6/12] (40)
        "When This Old Hat Was New"
        "Farmer's Market A-Z"
 14: "Brambles And Thorns," John Wort Hannam [Borealis, new] (39)
        "Poor Man"
        "Great Lakes"
        "Beautiful Friend"
 15: "The Hills Of Ithaca," The Burns Sisters [Sisters, 7/12] (38)
        "The Hills Of Ithaca"
        "Prisoner Of The Promised Land"
 15: "Outshine The Sun," The Foghorn String Band [, new] (38)
        "Be Kind To A Man While He's Down"
        "Homestead On The Farm"
 17: "Delta Time," Hans Theessink & Terry Evans [Blue Groove, new] (37)
        "Delta Time"
        "How Come People Act Like That"
 17: "Release Your Shrouds," Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys [Earthwork, 6/12] (37)
        "Leaves Are Changin"
        "My Side Of The Mountain"
        "Lemon Squeezy"
 19: "Silver Lining," The Honey Dewdrops [, 6/12] (35)
        "No More Trouble"
        "Let Me Sing"
        "One Kind Word"
 20: "America Come Home," Joel Rafael [Inside, 7/12] (34)
        "America Come Home"
        "Indian Summer"
        "Dance Around My Atom Fire"
 20: "Caravan," Burns And Kristy [Trespass, 6/12] (34)
        "Runaway Train"
        "Blue Paper Boat"
        "Standing Like A Tree"
 20: "Tempest," Bob Dylan [Columbia, new] (34)
        "Duquesne Whistle"
        "Scarlet Town"
        "Soon After Midnight"
 23: "Somewhere Along The Road," Runa [, 7/12] (31)
        "Maid That Sold Her Barley"
        "Dreadful End Of Marianna For Sorcery"
 23: "We're Usually A Lot Better Than This," Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott [Full Light, new] (31)
        "House Of Gold"
        "Climbing Up A Mountain"
        "Early Morning Rain"
 25: "Circus Heart," Rebecca Loebe [Black Wolf, new] (30)
        "High And Lonesome"
        "Chicago Kid"
 26: "Ashes And Roses," Mary Chapin Carpenter [Zoe, 6/12] (29)
        "Chasing What's Already Gone"
        "I Tried Going West"
 26: "Hundred Dollar Valentine," Chris Smither [Signature, 6/12] (29)
        "What They Say"
        "Hundred Dollar Valentine"
        "Place In Line"
 26: "A More Perfect Union," Pete Seeger And Lorre Wyatt [Appleseed, new] (29)
        "God's Counting On Me"
        "Keep The Flame Alive"
        "Old Apples"
 29: "End Of The World," David Greenberg And Harpeth Rising [Grimm Rising, 7/12] (28)
        "Goin' My Way"
 30: "Calling Me Home," Kathy Mattea [Sugar Hill, new] (27)
        "Gone, Gonna Rise Again"
        "Black Waters"
 31: "Shiver Into Spark," Otter Creek [, new] (26)
        "Shiver Into Spark"
        "Ashokan Farewell"
 32: "Vicksburg Blues," Butch Thompson And Pat Donohue [Red House, 8/12] (25)
        "Midnight Hour Blues"
        "Workingman Blues"
 33: "Carry Me Back," Old Crow Medicine Show [ATO, 7/12] (24)
        "We Don't Grow Tobacco"
        "Bootlegger's Boy"
 33: "Folk Remedies," Steve Spurgin [Blue Night, 7/12] (24)
        "Carolina In The Fall"
        "Long Gone"
 33: "Open Book," Marci Geller [Sonic Underground, new] (24)
        "Awakened Mind"
        "Jack Sang On"
        "No Weather Down"
 33: "Wilderness Songs And Bad Man Ballads," Tim Grimm [Vault, 8/11] (24)
        "Salt And Bullets"
 33: "You Don't Know Me," Erin Thomas [Sound Artist, 4/12] (24)
        "Think About It"
        "You Don't Know Me"
 38: "Find The One," The Coal Porters [Prima, 9/12] (23)
        "Barefoot On The Courthouse Lawn"
        "Paint It Black"
 38: "Letters From The Road," Neptune's Car [, 7/12] (23)
        "Flashing In The Dark"
        "Boxcar Betty"
 38: "Noble Stranger," Nuala Kennedy [Compass, new] (23)
        "Matt Hyland"
 38: "Rise," Annabelle Chvostek [Borealis, new] (23)
        "Fox Tail"
        "End Of The Road"
 42: "Between The Breaks...Live!," Stan Rogers [Fogarty's Cove, 1979] (22)
        "White Collar Holler"
        "Mary Ellen Carter"
 42: "Love Remembered, Love Forgot," Buskin And Batteau [Nouveau Retro, 8/12] (22)
        "In This Light"
        "Single Wing"
 42: "Old Gold," Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers [Signature, 7/12] (22)
        "Heart Like A Wheel"
        "Maureen, Maureen"
 42: "Pay It Forward," Kilmarnock Edition [Greentrax, 8/12] (22)
        "Women O The Earth"
 42: "Sing The Delta," Iris DeMent [Flariella, new] (22)
        "Go On Ahead And Go Home"
        "Sing The Delta"
 47: "The Promise Of Friday Night," Twangtown Paramours [Inside Edge, 7/12] (20)
        "All The Love I Can Stand"
 48: "Last Call!," Liam Fitzgerald And The Rainieros [, new] (19)
        "Let's Go Out Tonight"
        "I Don't Know Why"
 49: "Election Special," Ry Cooder [Nonesuch, 8/12] (18)
        "90 And The 9"
        "Going To Tampa"
 49: "Music To My Ears," Ricky Skaggs [Skaggs Family, new] (18)
        "Tennessee Stud"
        "You Can't Hurt Ham"
 49: "Red Ducks," Pesky J. Nixon [, 5/12] (18)
        "Talk About Heaven"
 49: "Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection," Woody Guthrie [Smithsonian/Folkways, 7/12] (18)
        "I Ain't Got No Home"
        "Pastures Of Plenty"
 53: "Mid Life Vices," The Four Bitchin' Babes [Hem And Haw, new] (17)
        "Hungarian Hormonal Rhapsody"
 53: "Turnaround," Stan Rogers [Fogarty's Cove, 1978] (17)
        "Dark Eyed Molly"
 53: "Walk With Me," The Kickin Grass Band [Superfan, 7/12] (17)
        "No One Can Live Forever"
 56: "Closer Than You Know," The Kennedys [Planned Effervescence, 8/12] (16)
        "Cradle To A Boat"
        "Rhyme And Reason"
 56: "Monticello," The Hard Road Trio [Desert Night, 6/12] (16)
        "Crack In The Sky"
        "Family Secrets"
 56: "The Plum Tree And The Rose," Sarah McQuaid [Waterbug, 3/12] (16)
        "Lift You Up And Let You Fly"
 56: "Revolutions Per Minute," Emma's Revolution [Moving Forward, 11/11] (16)
        "Occupy The Usa"
        "Stand Together"
 56: "Traveler," Jerry Douglas [Entertainment One, 6/12] (16)
        "American Tune/Spain"
        "King Silkie"
 56: "Voices From The Other Side," Sandy Cash [Self, new] (16)
        "Banks Of Freedom"
 62: "Two Birds," Grace Pettis [Blue Rock, new] (15)
        "You Are The Cowboy"
 62: "Among Friends," Debra Cowan [Muzzzy House, new] (15)
        "One More Before We Go"
 62: "The Beloved Country," Kevin Brown [Turkey King, 6/12] (15)
 62: "Blanco Sessions," Janis Martin [Cow Island, new] (15)
        "As Long As I'm Movin"
 66: "Gravity," Moors & McCumber [, 5/12] (14)
        "Nothing But Blue"
 66: "Intersection," Nanci Griffith [Hell No, 4/12] (14)
        "Bethlehem Steel"
        "High On A Mountain Top"
 66: "Little Blue Egg," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Red House, 2/12] (14)
        "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key"
        "September Sea"
 66: "Satellite," Anna Dagmar [, 6/12] (14)
        "So I Chased The Setting Sun"
        "Keep On Moving"
 66: "The Time Jumpers," The Time Jumpers [Rounder, new] (14)
        "Yodel Blues"
 66: "You're Getting Sleepy," Roy Zimmerman [Metaphor, 10/11] (14)
        "Unions Are To Blame"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12117 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. "Dream In Blue" (28)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "The Stray Birds"
2. "This Morning I Am Born Again" (15)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"
3. "Signs" (14)
        by Roy Schneider
        from "Walls That Talk"
4. "Red Apples And Gold" (13)
        by Gathering Time
        from "Red Apples And Gold"
5. "Delta Time" (12)
        by Hans Theessink & Terry Evans
        from "Delta Time"
5. "Everything's 4 Sale" (12)
        by Geoff Bartley
        from "Mercy For The Dispossessed"
5. "Land Of Hope And Dreams" (12)
        by Jimmy LaFave
        from "Depending On The Distance"
5. "What They Say" (12)
        by Chris Smither
        from "Hundred Dollar Valentine"
9. "Beauty Way" (11)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"
9. "Going To The West" (11)
        by Coty Hogue
        from "When We Get To Shore"
11. "Arizona" (10)
        by Robin And Linda Williams
        from "These Old Dark Hills"
11. "Duquesne Whistle" (10)
        by Bob Dylan
        from "Tempest"
11. "I'm Looking Through You" (10)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"
11. "Scavenger" (10)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "Reunion"
11. "Second Hand News" (10)
        by Coty Hogue
        from "When We Get To Shore"
16. "Be Kind To A Man While He's Down" (9)
        by The Foghorn String Band
        from "Outshine The Sun"
16. "Black Mountain Lullaby" (9)
        by Caroline Herring
        from "Camilla"
16. "Bring Back The Trains" (9)
        by Jimmy LaFave
        from "Depending On The Distance"
16. "Climbing Up A Mountain" (9)
        by Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
        from "We're Usually A Lot Better Than This"
16. "Don't Fear The Reaper" (9)
        by Bobtown
        from "Trouble I Wrought"
16. "Family Tree" (9)
        by Gathering Time
        from "Red Apples And Gold"
16. "God's Counting On Me" (9)
        by Pete Seeger And Lorre Wyatt
        from "A More Perfect Union"
16. "Gulf Road" (9)
        by Milkdrive
        from "Waves"
16. "Handsome Molly" (9)
        by Coty Hogue
        from "When We Get To Shore"
16. "The Hills Of Ithaca" (9)
        by The Burns Sisters
        from "The Hills Of Ithaca"
16. "I'm On Fire" (9)
        by Coty Hogue
        from "When We Get To Shore"
16. "Jonah" (9)
        by Coty Hogue
        from "When We Get To Shore"
16. "Leaves Are Changin" (9)
        by Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
        from "Release Your Shrouds"
16. "Long Time Gone" (9)
        by Tim O'Brien And Darrell Scott
        from "We're Usually A Lot Better"
16. "My Brother's Hill" (9)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "The Stray Birds"
16. "Storms Never Last" (9)
        by Robin And Linda Williams
        from "These Old Dark Hills"
16. "Sweet Cider" (9)
        by Gathering Time
        from "Red Apples And Gold"
16. "White Collar Holler" (9)
        by Stan Rogers
        from "Between The Breaks...Live!"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12117 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. The Stray Birds
2. Pete Seeger
3. Lucy Kaplansky
4. Bob Dylan
5. Coty Hogue
6. Robin And Linda Williams
7. Roy Schneider
8. Gathering Time
9. Jimmy Lafave
10. Bobtown
10. Stan Rogers
12. Caroline Herring
13. The Foghorn String Band
13. Geoff Bartley
15. Dana And Susan Robinson
15. Tim O'Brien And Darrell Scott
17. The Burns Sisters
17. Milkdrive
19. Chris Smither
19. Mary Chapin Carpenter
21. John Wort Hannam
21. Woody Guthrie
23. The Honey Dewdrops
23. Joel Rafael
25. Lindsay Lou And The Flatbellys
26. Hans Theessink And Terry Evans
27. Nuala Kennedy
27. Tim Grimm
29. Burns And Kristy
29. Emma's Revolution
29. Kathy Mattea
29. Old Crow Medicine Show
29. Runa
34. Otter Creek
35. Bill Monroe
35. Bruce Springsteen
35. John McCutcheon
35. Nanci Griffith
35. Rebecca Loebe
40. Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12117 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Red House
2. Rounder
3. Columbia
4. Borealis
5. Signature
6. Compass
7. Sugar Hill
8. Appleseed
9. Greentrax
10. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Perpetual Hoedown
12. Shiny Gnu
12. Waterbug
14. Music Road
15. Vanguard
16. Green Linnet
16. Nonesuch
16. Philo
19. Sony
20. Flying Fish
20. Warner
22. Inside
23. Rhino
24. Blue Groove
24. Inspireline/Trebleg
26. Earth Work
26. Trespass
28. Arc
28. Zoe
30. ATO
30. Magic Crow
32. Full Light
32. Legacy
34. Rural Rhythm
35. New West
36. Pinecastle
37. Shanachie
37. Threshold
39. Capitol
40. Blue Night
40. Vault

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12117 airplays from 142 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
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)
Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts (WEFT-FM, IL)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Brad Edmondson (WVBR-FM, NY)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
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 & WMNF-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
David Buskin (WPKN-FM, CT)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
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)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
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)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
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)
Jeremy Gosek (WICB-FM, NY)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
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 Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John McLaughlin (WMUC-FM, MD)
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)
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)
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 Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter van Zeijl (Dollard Radio-FM, The Netherlands)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sara Barden (WFSS-FM, NC)
Sean McGowan (KLCC-FM, OR)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonja Hedlund (WJFF, NY)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Stephanie Elkins (WPR, WI)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Fisher (CKUA-FM, AB)
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)
Thomas Bisard (WNMC-FM, MI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
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