Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Geoff Bartley’s Mercy for the Dispossessed was the top album of the month on folk radio, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. Two of the album’s tracks — “Long Way Down to Harlan” and “I’ve Endured” — were reportedly among the the five most-played songs on folk radio during August 2012.

Geoff Bartley (Photo:Susan Wilson)

Released in July, Bartley’s tenth recording is a 12-song collection of pre-war and contemporary blues, primitive jazz, and string-band music from the southern mountains. Bartley has been described as a brilliant songwriter and wonderful guitarist in The Boston Globe and hailed by Dirty Linen as the spiritual godfather of the Boston area folk scene that he actively supports as host of the Cantab Lounge Open Mic in Cambridge, MA’s Central Square. His songs have been covered by others, and he has backed veteran folk artist Tom Paxton. Bartley also is a recipient of the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association’s Jerry Christen Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.

The August 2012 charts are based on 12,786 airplays from 144 different DJs. The number of spins (airplays) is shown in parentheses.

Top Albums of August 2012

1: “Mercy For The Dispossessed,” Geoff Bartley [Magic Crow, 7/12] (75)
“Long Way Down To Harlan”
“I’ve Endured”
“Past Is Dead And Gone”
“Everything’s 4 Sale”
2: “These Old Dark Hills,” Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 8/12] (64)
“These Old Dark Hills”
“Crossing The Bar”
“My Lucky Day”
3: “Silver Lining,” The Honey Dewdrops [, 6/12] (60)
“Let Me Sing”
“Hills Of My Home”
“One Kind Word”
“Silver Lining”
4: “Wilderness Songs And Bad Man Ballads,” Tim Grimm [Vault, 8/11] (55)
“Law And Order”
“Rebecca Versailles”
5: “Love Remembered, Love Forgot,” Buskin And Batteau [Nouveau Retro, new] (53)
“Single Wing”
“In This Light”
“3 Shots”
“One Month Crazier Than You”
6: “Waves,” Milkdrive [, 6/12] (52)
“Gargamel’s Cat”
“Gulf Road”
“Dear Prudence”
7: “Turnaround,” Stan Rogers [Fogarty’s Cove, 1978] (46)
“Dark Eyed Molly”
“Jeannie C”
“Second Effort”
8: “End Of The World,” David Greenberg And Harpeth Rising [Grimm Rising, new] (45)
“Evil Eye”
“Goin’ Goin’ Gone”
“Goin’ My Way”
8: “The Promise Of Friday Night,” Twangtown Paramours [Inside Edge, 7/12] (45)
“Widow Of The Mountain”
“Walks Like A Duck”
8: “You Don’t Know Me,” Erin Thomas [Sound Artist, 4/12] (45)
“You Don’t Know Me”
“If You Were Mine”
11: “Camilla,” Caroline Herring [Signature, new] (43)
“Summer Song”
“Black Mountain Lullaby”
12: “Release Your Shrouds,” Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys [Earthwork, 6/12] (42)
“Hat’s Off”
“Leaves And Pods”
“My Side Of The Mountain”
13: “Between The Breaks…Live!,” Stan Rogers [Fogarty’s Cove, 1979] (37)
“Witch Of The Westmorland”
“Mary Ellen Carter”
“White Collar Holler”
13: “Vicksburg Blues,” Butch Thompson And Pat Donohue [Red House, 8/12] (37)
“Midnight Hour Blues”
“Vicksburg Blues”
“Sunday Rag”
15: “Depending On The Distance,” Jimmy LaFave [Music Road, new] (35)
“Tomorrow Is A Long Time”
“Clear Blue Sky”
“Land Of Hope And Dreams”
16: “Caravan,” Burns And Kristy [Trespass, 6/12] (33)
“Runaway Train”
“All My Tears”
16: “Carry Me Back,” Old Crow Medicine Show [ATO, 7/12] (33)
“Mississippi Saturday Night”
“Ain’t It Enough”
18: “Trouble I Wrought,” Bobtown [, new] (32)
“Don’t Fear The Reaper”
“One Public Enemy”
“Trouble I Wrought”
19: “Ashes And Roses,” Mary Chapin Carpenter [Zoe, 6/12] (30)
“Soul Companion”
“Learning The World”
“What To Keep And What To Throw Away”
20: “Folk Remedies,” Steve Spurgin [Blue Night, 7/12] (29)
“Whiskey Town”
“Carolina In The Fall”
“If I Never See Ireland Again”
20: “Hundred Dollar Valentine,” Chris Smither [Signature, 6/12] (29)
“What They Say”
“Place In Line”
20: “Testing For Rust,” Davey O [H3O, new] (29)
“Miner’s Waltz”
“Absence Of Madalaine”
“Ev’ry Single Day”
23: “America Come Home,” Joel Rafael [Inside, new] (26)
“America Come Home”
“Go Tell The Savior”
23: “Heroes,” Willie Nelson [Legacy, 5/12] (26)
“Roll Me Up”
“Come On Up To The House”
23: “The Hills Of Ithaca,” The Burns Sisters [Sisters, new] (26)
“The Hills Of Ithaca”
“Prisoner Of The Promised Land”
26: “Somewhere Along The Road,” Runa [Self, new] (25)
“Dreadful End Of Marianna For Sorcery”
“Allison Cross”
27: “New Siberia,” Antje Duvekot [, 4/12] (24)
“Into The City”
28: “Gravity,” Moors & McCumber [, 5/12] (22)
“Quick As I Can”
“Caged Bird”
“Leaving For Cobh”
28: “Red Ducks,” Pesky J. Nixon [, 5/12] (22)
“Talk About Heaven”
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”
30: “A Hundred Years From Now,” Neal And Leandra [Uncle Gus, 2/12] (21)
“A Hundred Years From Now”
“I’ve Been Everywhere”
30: “Monticello,” The Hard Road Trio [Desert Night, 6/12] (21)
“Crack In The Sky”
“My Walden”
30: “Traveler,” Jerry Douglas [Entertainment One, 6/12] (21)
“Duke And Cookie”
33: “Find The One,” The Coal Porters [Prima, new] (19)
“Brand New Home”
“Never Right His Wrong”
33: “Leaving Eden,” Carolina Chocolate Drops [Nonesuch, 2/12] (19)
“I Truly Understand That You Love Another Man”
“Leaving Eden”
33: “Light In The Sky,” Red Molly [, 10/11] (19)
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”
“Come On In My Kitchen”
33: “Little Blue Egg,” Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Red House, 2/12] (19)
“Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key”
33: “Old Gold,” Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers [Signature, 7/12] (19)
“Country Blues”
“Heart Like A Wheel”
33: “Prior Convictions,” Grant Peeples [Gatorbone, 5/12] (19)
“Things Have Changed”
33: “Satellite,” Anna Dagmar [, 6/12] (19)
“So I Chased The Setting Sun”
“When It Shows”
40: “Intersection,” Nanci Griffith [Hell No, 4/12] (18)
“Hell No”
“Just Another Morning Here”
40: “Joy My Love (EP),” Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Red House, 7/12] (18)
“Wild Gardenias”
“Merlin’s Lament”
40: “Now Take Flight,” Coyote Grace [Mile After Mile, 11/11] (18)
“I’m On Fire”
43: “In Good Company,” Bill Evans [Native And Fine, 5/12] (17)
“Follow The Drinking Gourd”
“Hard Days Night”
44: “Two At A Time,” The Two Man Gentlemen Band [Hearth, 3/12] (16)
“Let’s Get Happy Together”
“Panama City Beach”
44: “Borderland,” The Stray Birds [, 3/12] (16)
“Come Sunday”
“Distant Shore”
44: “Hickory,” Mariel Vandersteel [, 3/12] (16)
“3 Forks Of The Cumberland”
“Hog And Sheep Going To The Pasture”
44: “Lay Down, Lay Low,” The Steel Wheels [, 1/12] (16)
“Rain In The Valley”
“Halfway To Heaven”
44: “Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection,” Woody Guthrie [Smithsonian/Folkways, 7/12] (16)
“Jolly Banker”
“Them Big City Ways”
49: “The Boy From Beaumont,” Cris Cuddy [, 6/12] (15)
“40 More Years Of Drudgery”
49: “Cabin Fever,” Corb Lund [New West, new] (15)
“Bible On The Dash”
49: “Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” Various Artists [Fontana, 2011] (15)
“Simple Twist Of Fate,” Diana Krall
49: “The Ghost Of Woody Guthrie,” Bucky Halker And Andy Dee [Revolting, 6/12] (15)
“I Ain’t Got No Home”
“Woody Guthries Union”
49: “One Virginia Night,” Andrew McKnight And Beyond Borders [Catalooch, 8/12] (15)
“Dancing In The Rain”
“How High The Mountain”
49: “The Plum Tree And The Rose,” Sarah McQuaid [Waterbug, 3/12] (15)
“In Derby Cathedral”
“Solid Air”
55: “Mark Twain: Words And Music,” Various Artists [Mark Twain Museum, 9/11] (14)
“When Hailey Came To Jackson,” Emmylou Harris
55: “Down The River,” Malcolm Holcombe [Gypsy Eyes, new] (14)
“Trail O’ Money”
“In Your Mercy”
55: “Election Special,” Ry Cooder [Nonesuch, new] (14)
“Going To Tampa”
“Mutt Romney Blues”
55: “This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America,” John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 11/11] (14)
“Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done”
55: “When We Get To Shore,” Coty Hogue [Perpetual Hoedown, new] (14)
“Cannot Deliver”
55: “You’re Getting Sleepy,” Roy Zimmerman [Metaphor, 10/11] (14)
“Vote Republican”
“Beer Party Anthem”
61: “Closer Than You Know,” The Kennedys [Planned Effervescence, new] (13)
“Happy Again”
“Wild Honey”
61: “Colors of the Sun: the early songs of Jackson Browne,” Penny Nichols [Pensongs, 5/12] (13)
“For A Dancer”
“Fountain Of Sorrow”
61: “In The Time Of Gods,” Dar Williams [Razor & Tie, 4/12] (13)
“Summer Child”
61: “Some Bright Morning,” Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem [Signature, 4/12] (13)
65: “All Fall Down,” Shawn Colvin [Nonesuch, 6/12] (12)
“All Fall Down”
“American Jerusalem”
65: “Hard Country,” Audie Blaylock [Rural Rhythm, 6/12] (12)
“Natural Thing”
“Newton’s Grove”
65: “Jubilee,” Marley’s Ghost [Sage Arts, 6/12] (12)
“It’s All Over Now”
65: “Lounge,” Hardin Burns [Ithaca, 6/12] (12)
“Beware Of Darkness”
65: “New Kind Of Lonely,” I See Hawks In L. A. [Western Seeds, 2/12] (12)
“Bohemian Highway”
65: “Once In A Blue Moon,” Glen Hornblast [Self, 5/12] (12)
65: “Pay It Forward,” Kilmarnock Edition [Greentrax, new] (12)
“Find Your Smile”
65: “Pretty House,” Liz Mitchell [Riverwide, new] (12)
65: “Redhills,” I Draw Slow [Pinecastle, new] (12)
“Hesitation Waltz”
65: “Revolutions Per Minute,” Emma’s Revolution [Moving Forward, 11/11] (12)
“Love Is”
65: “Roadside Attractions,” Chris Lavancher [, 5/12] (12)
“Butter Queen”
“Bus Ride West”
65: “Save Me From Myself,” Kati Mac [Baby Munsta, 4/12] (12)
“Bullet Hole Road”
65: “Searching For Sugar Man,” Rodriguez [Legacy, new] (12)
“Inner City Blues”
65: “Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt [Redwing, 4/12] (12)
“Down To You”
“Used To Rule The World”
65: “Walk With Me,” The Kickin Grass Band [Superfan, new] (12)
“Gum Stump Squirrel”
65: “We Walk The Line,” Various Artists [Legacy, new] (12)
“Cry Cry Cry,” Sheryl Crow
65: “Yes Please,” The Bills [Self, new] (12)
“Shining Face”

Top Songs of August 2012

1. “Long Way Down To Harlan” (16)
by Geoff Bartley
from “Mercy For The Dispossessed”
2. “China” (14)
by Tim Grimm
from “Wilderness Songs And Bad Man Ballads”
2. “I’ve Endured” (14)
by Geoff Bartley
from “Mercy For The Dispossessed”
4. “These Old Dark Hills” (13)
by Robin And Linda Williams
from “These Old Dark Hills”
4. “You Don’t Know Me” (13)
by Erin Thomas
from “You Don’t Know Me”
6. “Camilla” (12)
by Caroline Herring
from “Camilla”
7. “A Pocket Fulla Quarters” (11)
by Zoe Mulford
from “A Pocket Fulla Quarters”
7. “Things Have Changed” (11)
by Grant Peeples
from “Prior Convictions”
7. “Witch Of The Westmorland” (11)
by Stan Rogers
from “Between The Breaks…Live!”
10. “America Come Home” (10)
by Joel Rafael
from “America Come Home”
10. “Boxer” (10)
by Jerry Douglas
from “Traveler”
10. “Gargamel’s Cat” (10)
by Milkdrive
from “Waves”
10. “Let Me Sing” (10)
by The Honey Dewdrops
from “Silver Lining”
10. “Nowhereland” (10)
by David Greenberg And Harpeth Rising
from “End Of The World”
10. “What They Say” (10)
by Chris Smither
from “Hundred Dollar Valentine”
16. “Dark Eyed Molly” (9)
by Stan Rogers
from “Turnaround”
16. “Don’t Fear The Reaper” (9)
by Bobtown
from “Trouble I Wrought”
16. “Hills Of My Home” (9)
by The Honey Dewdrops
from “Silver Lining”
16. “Leavin” (9)
by Milkdrive
from “Waves”
16. “One Kind Word” (9)
by The Honey Dewdrops
from “Silver Lining”
16. “Past Is Dead And Gone” (9)
by Geoff Bartley
from “Mercy For The Dispossessed”
16. “Runaway Train” (9)
by Burns And Kristy
from “Caravan”
16. “Single Wing” (9)
by Buskin And Batteau
from “Love Remembered, Love Forgot”
24. “Absence Of Madalaine” (8)
by Davey O
from “Testing For Rust”
24. “Bluenose” (8)
by Stan Rogers
from “Turnaround”
24. “Everything’s 4 Sale” (8)
by Geoff Bartley
from “Mercy For The Dispossessed”
24. “Gulf Road” (8)
by Milkdrive
from “Waves”
24. “In This Light” (8)
by Buskin And Batteau
from “Love Remembered, Love Forgot”
24. “Jeannie C” (8)
by Stan Rogers
from “Turnaround”
24. “Law And Order” (8)
by Tim Grimm
from “Wilderness Songs And Bad Man Ballads”
24. “Mary Ellen Carter” (8)
by Stan Rogers
from “Between The Breaks…Live!”
24. “Miner’s Waltz” (8)
by Davey O
from “Testing For Rust”
24. “My Lucky Day” (8)
by Robin And Linda Williams
from “These Old Dark Hills”
24. “No More Trouble” (8)
by The Honey Dewdrops
from “Silver Lining”
24. “Rebecca Versailles” (8)
by Tim Grimm
from “Wilderness Songs And Bad Man Ballads”
24. “Silver Lining” (8)
by The Honey Dewdrops
from “Silver Lining”
24. “Squaw” (8)
by Tim Grimm
from “Wilderness Songs And Bad Man Ballads”
24. “Waves” (8)
by Milkdrive
from “Waves”
24. “Whiskey Town” (8)
by Steve Spurgin
from “Folk Remedies”
24. “Widow Of The Mountain” (8)
by Twangtown Paramours
from “The Promise Of Friday Night”