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    FAR Best of 2000  
  1. Doug Sahm: The Return Of Wayne Douglas *TG/*GS/*JSn/*BW/*EW 

  2. Johnny Cash: Solitary Man *BF/*RH/*BL/*JSp 

  3. Slaid Cleaves: Broke Down *DJ/*MM 

  4. Dave Alvin: Public Domain *JE/*JHo/*BR 
    Neko Case & Her Boyfriends: Furnace Room Lullaby *AB/*DY/*CZ 

  5. Dwight Yoakam: Tomorrow’s Sounds Today *MP/*JZ 

  6. Ted Roddy & The Tearjoint Troubadors: Tear Time *DF/ChL/*MT 

  7. Merle Haggard: If I Could Only Fly *WH 

  8. Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics: Rhyme, Rhythm & Truth *VL/*RS 

  9. Tom Armstrong Sings Heart Songs *KF/*TF 

  10. Steve Earle: Transcendental Blues *WR 

  11. Marti Brom: Feudin’ & Fightin’ With The Cornell Hurd Band 

  12. Marah: Kids In Philly *RC/*ST 

  13. The Gourds: Bolsa de Agua *DT 
    Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Beneath The Country Underdog *TJ 

  14. Elizabeth Cook: Elizabeth Cook 
    Justin Trevino: Loud Music & Strong Wine 

  15. Emmylou Harris: Red Dirt Girl *RD 
    Dave Stuckey & The Rhythm Gang: Get A Load Of This *SH 
    Dallas Wayne: Big Thinkin’ *KD 

  16. VA: O Brother, Where Art Thou? *SJ 

  17. Kasey Chambers: The Captain 

  18. Pat Haney: Wrong Rite Of Passage *EB 
    Terri Hendrix: Places In Between *PP 

  19. Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Night Tide 
    Cornell Hurd Band: A Stagecoach Named Desire 
    Alison Moorer: The Hardest Part 
    Susanna Van Tassel: The Heart I Wear 

  20. VA: Big D Jamboree Live *JH 

  21. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker 
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore: One Endless Night 
    The Hangdogs: Beware Of Dog 
    John Hiatt: Crossing Muddy Waters 
    Houston Marchman & The Contraband: Tryin’ For Home 
    Gurf Morlix: Toad Of Titicaca 
    Cary Swinney: Martha 

  22. 16 Horsepower: Secret South *AL 
    John Hartford: Live From Mountain Stage *SG 
    Joel Rafael Band: Hopper *LW 
    Ruthie & The Wranglers: Live At Chick Hall’s Surf Club *TS 
    Johnny Staats Project: Wires & Wood *KR 
    Uncle Lightnin’: Sunday Breakfast *RP 
    VA: The Best Of Broadside 1962-1988 *MR 
    Carl Vaughan: Six Feet Deep In The Heart Of Texas *ER 
    Rhonda Vincent: Back Home Again *MA 
    Waco Brothers: Electric Waco Chair *PD 

  23. Audrey: The Fallen 
    Sam Bush: Ice Caps 
    Ray Condo & His Ricochets: High & Wide 
    James Intveld: Somewhere Down The Road 
    The Lucky Stars: Hollywood & Western 
    The Spurs: Go Boy Go 
    VA: Shuffle Town; Western Swing On King 1946-50 


  1. Marti Brom 
  2. Kelly Hogan 
  3. Susanna Van Tassel 
  4. Elizabeth Cook 
  5. Emmylou Harris 
  6. Neko Case 
  7. Terri Hendrix / Laura Cantrell 


  1. Justin Trevino 
  2. Merle Haggard
  3. Ted Roddy 
  4. Dave Alvin /  Doug Sahm / Dwight Yoakam
  5. Slaid Cleaves 
  6. Tom Armstrong 
  7. Jimmie Dale Gilmore 


  1. Cary Swinney 
  2. Slaid Cleaves 
  3. Terri Hendrix 
  4. John Hiatt 
  5. Dwight Yoakam  

FAR charts are compiled from reports sent in by actual DJs with freeform (i.e. no playlists) radio shows on public, college and community stations round the country (and world).  Each of them lists the four albums they took most pleasure in playing, one of which can be their Album of the Month (designated by a * and their initials). 

MA: Mathias Andrieu, NSEO, Paris FRA
AB: Allen Baekeland, CJSW, Calgary CAN
DB: David Besonen, KNON, Dallas TX
EB: Erika Brady, WKYU, Bowling Green KY
JB: Jim Beal Jr,  KSYM, San Antonio TX
RB: Rob Banes, KEOS, College Station TX
SB: Stu D Baker, KRXS, Globe/Phoenix AZ
BC: Bill Conner, KNBT, New Braunfels TX
KC: Kay Clements, KWMR, Point Reyes CA
KD: Ken Date,  2RRR, New South Wales AUS
PD: Paul Daly,  KSYM, San Antonio TX
RD: Renee Dechert, Powell WY
JE: Julie Espy, KUCI, Irvine CA
BF: Bill Frater, KRCB, Santa Rosa CA
DF: Dan Ferguson, WRIU, Kingston RI
KF: Kirsty Fitzsimons, Radio Anna Livia, Dublin IRL
TF: Tom Funk, KGLP, Gallup NM
LG: Lynne Greenamyre, KKFI, Kansas City MO
SG: Steve Gardner,  WXDU, Durham NC
TG: Thomas Greener,  KVMR, Nevada City CA
CH: Clint Holley, WERE, Cleveland OH
JoH: John Hauser,  KOOP, Austin TX
JaH: Jamie Hoover,  KGLP, Gallup NM
SH: Steve Hathaway, KKUP, Cupertino CA
TH: Tristessa Howard, WTTU, Cookeville TN
WH: Wade Hockett,  KBOO, OR
DJ: David John,  KTRU, Houston TX
GJ: Greg Johnson, KRXO, Oklahoma City OK
RJ: Rik James, KGLT, Bozeman MT
SJ: Suzanne Jameson, KXCI, Tuscon AZ
TJ: Tom Jackson,  WLUW, Chicago IL
AL: Aleksandar Lazarevic, M+, Mladenovac YUG
BL: Billy Lee, NEAR/Caroline IRL
ChL: Chip Lamey, WLFR, Pomona NJ
CrL: Craig Lammers, WBGU, Bowling Green OH
VL: Vida Lee, KKUP, Cupertino CA
MM: Mark Mundy, KNON, Dallas TX
RM: Rod Moag, KOOP, Austin TX
DN: Doug Neal,  WDBM, East Lansing MI
DO: Dan Orange, KZSC, Santa Cruz CA
JP: Jana Pendragon KXLU, Los Angeles CA
MP: Michel Penard, ISA Radio, Pont de Beauvoisin FRA
PP: ProfessorPurple (Richard Schwartz), KZMU, Moab UT
RP: Ray Pieters, Radio Milo, Mol BEL
ER: Eddie Russell, Outlaws For Peace, Columbus TX
JR: John Roths, KEOS, College Station TX
KR: Kim Rogers, KVMR, Nevada City CA
MR: Mike Regenstreif, CKUT, Montreal CAN
WR: Wesley Robertson, KVMR, Nevada City CA
GS: Gerd Stassen, Radio Ems-Vechte-Welle GER
JoS: Johnny Simmons,  KUSP, Santa Cruz CA
JaS: Jacques Spiry, RCF, Lyon FRA
PS: Peter Schiffman, KDVS, Davis CA
RS: Rob Silverberg,  WCUW, Worcester MA
TS: Ted Smouse, Radio Del Ray, DC
DwT: Dwight Thurston,  WWUH, West Hartford CT
DoT: Doug Tucker,  KWVA, Eugene OR
MT: Mike Trynosky,  WCNI, New London CT
RT: Raúl J Tejeiro, Cabildo-Mas, Montevideo URY
ST: Steve Terrell, KSFR, Santa Fe NM
BiW: Bill Wagman, KDVS, Davis CA
BaW: Barry Wass, 3 Inner, Melbourne AUS
CW: Chad Williams, WCBN, Ann Arbor MI
GW: Gus T Williker, KCR, San Diego CA
LW: Larry Weir,  KDHX, St Louis MO
RW: Rein Wortelboer, Radio Venray, NLD
DY: Doug Young, KRCL, Salt Lake City UT
CZ: Carl Zimring, WRCT, Pittsburgh PA
JZ: Jon Ziegler, WMSE, Milwaukee WI

FAR is compiled by John Conquest for 3rd Coast Music Magazine.   ©2001 John Conquest

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