Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of April 2016 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14169 airplays from 144 different DJs

  1: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (113)
        "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan"
        "When I'm Gone"
        "Where Are You Moses"
        "Mighty Long Way"
        "Keep On Going"
  2: "Old Songs For Modern Folk," Vincent Cross [Rescue Dog, 4/16] (72)
        "Michael Brown"
        "Freeport Town"
        "Garments Of Shame"
        "Ode To An Old Guitar"
  3: "The Deep Hollow," The Deep Hollow [, 4/16] (63)
        "Straight To You"
        "Beginning And The End"
        "Clipped Wings"
  4: "I Love Hamburgers," Joe Giacoio [Romantic Devil, 10/15] (61)
        "I Love Hamburgers"
        "In God's Image"
  5: "Restless Moon," Meg Braun [, 4/15] (57)
        "Storms Are On The Ocean"
        "Gypsy Moon"
        "Red Bird"
        "Holland Town"
  6: "Charismo," Hackensaw Boys [Free Dirt, 4/16] (56)
        "Content Not Seeking Thrills"
        "Wolves Howling"
        "Worlds Upside Down"
  7: "Empty Train," David Francey [Laker, 2/16] (48)
        "Empty Train"
        "Holy Ground"
        "False Knight"
  8: "Excellent Day," Lizanne Knott [Proper, 4/16] (45)
        "Lay My Burden Down"
        "Stolen Car"
        "Come For The Kill"
  8: "Sometimes I Feel Too Much," Cosy Sheridan [, new] (45)
        "Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me"
        "Eurydice Goodnight"
        "Sometimes I Feel Too Much"
 10: "Keepsake," Gathering Time [Treble-G, 3/16] (44)
        "Who Knows Where The Time Goes"
        "Highest Walls Guard The Greatest Treasure"
 11: "All These Years," Solas [THL, 2/16] (43)
        "Wandering Aengus"
        "Lay Me Down"
        "Darkness, Darkness"
 12: "Full Circle," Loretta Lynn [Legacy, 3/16] (39)
        "Lay Me Down"
        "Black Jack David"
        "In The Pines"
 13: "Dark Horse Days," Donal Hinely [Atom, 2/16] (38)
        "Barn Wood"
        "When I Burn"
 13: "More Alive," Don White [, 11/15] (38)
        "Good Thing She Can't Read My Mind"
        "Great Day"
        "How To Get Your Kids To Move Out"
 15: "Ladies And Gentlemen," Infamous Stringdusters [Compass, 1/16] (36)
        "Ladders In The Sky"
        "Run To Heaven"
        "See How Far You've Come"
 16: "Freedom Blues," Ken Whiteley [Borealis, 4/16] (34)
        "Midnight Special"
        "Throw Me Anywhere"
        "I Shall Be Released"
 16: "Grain By Grain," Mark Mandeville And Raianne Richards [Nobody's Favorite, 4/16] (34)
        "Diggin' Me A Hole"
        "Grain By Grain"
        "Don't Ever Stop Believing"
 16: "Totally Average Woman," Carla Ulbrich [Romantic Devil, 8/15] (34)
        "Totally Average Woman"
        "Dr. Pepper"
        "Needless Dissection"
 16: "Washashore Cowgirl," Monica Rizzio [, 2/16] (34)
        "Willie Nelson"
        "On My Way"
        "You And Me"
 20: "For A Song," Mark Erelli [, 4/16] (32)
        "For A Song"
 21: "Blue Skies," Mountain Heart [Compass, new] (31)
        "Maggie's Farm"
        "Bad Grounds"
 21: "Electricity," Victor And Penny [Overtone, 3/16] (31)
        "Day Off Boogie"
        "Moon Over Bourbon Street"
        "Penny's Pounce"
 23: "At Home And In Nashville," Andy Ferrell [, 3/16] (30)
        "Last Dime Blues"
        "Price Of Freedom"
 23: "The Both," Eli West [, 2/16] (30)
        "Lonesome Valley"
        "Give Me Your Love And I'll Give You Mine"
        "Lone Pilgrim"
 23: "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)," Kate Campbell [Large River, 1/16] (30)
        "Lay Back The Darkness"
        "Some Song"
 23: "Trail Of Tales," The Bills [Borealis, new] (30)
        "Wonders I've Seen"
        "Forgotten Beech Grove"
        "Lullaby For Elephants"
 23: "Worth The Wait," Goodbye Blue [Wondermore, 3/16] (30)
        "Another One On The Way"
        "It's Complicated"
        "By Firelight"
 28: "Family, Friends And Heroes," Frank Solivan [Compass, 3/16] (28)
        "Dark Hollow"
        "Leaving On A Jet Plane"
 28: "I Was So Fond Of You," Matt Patershuk [Black Hen, 2/16] (28)
        "Prettiest Ones"
        "Back Against The Wall"
        "Tennessee Walker"
 30: "The Hazel And Alice Sessions," Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands [Spruce And Maple, 1/16] (27)
        "Working Girl Blues"
        "Train On The Island"
 31: "Folk Art," The Robert Bobby Duo [I Likemike, 2/16] (26)
        "Constantly Tweaking"
        "Dance Hall Girls"
        "My Baby Loves Her Man"
 32: "The Buck Stops Here," The Buck Stops Here Band [Self, new] (25)
        "Fly Bird"
 32: "Del And Woody," Del McCoury Band [Self, new] (25)
        "New York Trains"
        "Ain't A Gonna Do"
 32: "These Are The Days," Burning Bridget Cleary [, 11/15] (25)
        "Chloe's Passion"
        "Another Day"
 32: "A Tribute To Jack Hardy," Various Artists [Smithsonian/Folkways, 3/16] (25)
        "Fare Thee Well," Nanci Griffith
        "I Ought To Know," Ronny Cox
 36: "Calla's Waltz," Jed Marum [Boston Road, 3/16] (24)
        "Wild Geese"
        "Calla's Waltz"
 36: "Django And Jimmie," Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard [Legacy, 6/15] (24)
        "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
        "It's All Going To Pot"
        "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash"
 38: "Beyond The Ash And Steel," Judy Kass [, 1/16] (23)
        "Carry Me Nowhere"
        "Chili Pepper Nights"
 38: "The Complete '60s Capitol Singles," Merle Haggard [Omnivore, 2013] (23)
        "Mama Tried"
 38: "Echoes," Jason Wilber [Self, new] (23)
        "Coals And Water"
 38: "Jump The Fire," Evie Ladin Band [Evil Diane, new] (23)
        "Ease On Down"
        "Jump Up And Go"
 42: "Didn't We Waltz," Amy White with Al Petteway [Fairewood, 1/16] (21)
        "Never Got To Say Goodbye"
        "You're My Favorite"
 42: "Dori Freeman," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, 2/16] (21)
        "Ain't Nobody"
        "Go On Lovin"
 42: "Lambert And Walz," Lambert And Walz [Self, 3/16] (21)
        "Handsome Molly"
        "I'll Never Love Another"
 42: "Traveling Circus," No Fuss And Feathers [Roadshow, 1/16] (21)
        "Drift Away"
        "How Much Time"
 46: "Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams," Corin Raymond [Local Rascal, 3/16] (20)
        "2 Miles Of Train"
        "Hard On Things"
 46: "Real Midnight," Birds Of Chicago [5 Head, 2/16] (20)
        "Dim Star Of The Palisades"
 48: "Extraordinary Days," Rebecca Folsom [, 1/16] (19)
        "Better Times"
        "Extraordinary Days"
 48: "Live From Blue Rock," Moors And McCumber [, 2/16] (19)
        "Long Way Down"
 50: "Foxhounds," Kathy Kallick Band [Live Oak, 11/15] (18)
        "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"
        "Kentucky Mandolin"
 50: "God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson," Various Artists [Alligator, 2/16] (18)
        "John The Revelator," Tom Waits
        "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine," Lucinda Williams
 50: "Just For The Love Of It," Happy Traum [, 7/15] (18)
        "Sailing Down My Golden River"
 50: "Orchids And Violence," Michael Daves [Nonesuch, 2/16] (18)
        "Darling Corey"
 50: "Still The Birds," Darryl Purpose [Blue Rock, new] (18)
        "Prince Of The Apple Towns"
        "When Buddha Smiled At The Elephant"
 50: "Welcoming The Flood," Scott Wolfson And Other Heroes [, 1/16] (18)
        "Never Going Back"
 56: "Cajun Fandango," Michael Doucet And Tom Rigney [Parhelion, new] (17)
        "Cajun Fandango"
        "Oh Pauline"
 56: "In The Magic Hour," Aoife O'Donovan [Yep Roc, 1/16] (17)
        "Porch Light"
 56: "Paths That Wind," The Paul McKenna Band [, 4/16] (17)
        "Dodging The Weather"
        "Banks Of The Moy"
 56: "Resilience," Robinlee Garber [Joygirl, 3/16] (17)
        "My Imagination"
 56: "Upland Stories," Robbie Fulks [Bloodshot, 4/16] (17)
        "Aunt Peg's New Old Man"
        "America Is A Hard Religion"
 56: "Weighted Mind," Sierra Hull [Rounder, 1/16] (17)
        "Black River"
        "Wings Of The Dawn"
 56: "Wondrous Traveler," The Small Glories [Self, 2/16] (17)
        "Had I Paid"
 63: "Beyond The Bog Road," Eileen Ivers [Eone, 3/16] (16)
        "Green Fields Of America"
        "Kitty's Wedding"
 63: "Lovers And Leavers," Hayes Carll [Hwy 87, new] (16)
        "Love Is So Easy"
 63: "Traveling Roots," Matt Flinner Trio [Compass, 1/16] (16)
        "Hide Nor Hair"
        "One-Dog Night"
 63: "Tulare Dust: A Songwrters' Tribute To Merle Haggard," Various Artists [Hightone, 1994] (16)
        "Big City," Iris DeMent
 67: "Are You Serious," Andrew Bird [Loma Vista, new] (15)
        "Left Handed Kisses"
 67: "Fine Bloom," Free The Honey [, 9/15] (15)
        "Take Me Home"
 67: "The Fretless," The Fretless [Self, 2014] (15)
        "Forked Deer"
 67: "What's That I Hear?: The Songs of Phil Ochs," Various Artists [Sliced Bread, 1998] (15)
        "I Ain't Marching Anymore," Arlo Guthrie

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14169 airplays from 144 different DJs

1. "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan" (23)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
2. "Storms Are On The Ocean" (20)
        by Meg Braun
        from "Restless Moon"
2. "When I'm Gone" (20)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
4. "I Love Hamburgers" (18)
        by Joe Giacoio
        from "I Love Hamburgers"
5. "Mama Tried" (16)
        by Merle Haggard
        from "Complete '60s Capitol Single"
6. "Good Thing She Can't Read My Mind" (15)
        by Don White
        from "More Alive"
7. "Lay My Burden Down" (14)
        by Lizanne Knott
        from "Excellent Day"
7. "Straight To You" (14)
        by The Deep Hollow
        from "The Deep Hollow"
7. "Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me" (14)
        by Cosy Sheridan
        from "Sometimes I Feel Too Much"
10. "Michael Brown" (13)
        by Vincent Cross
        from "Old Songs For Modern Folk"
11. "Mighty Long Way" (12)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
11. "Where Are You Moses" (12)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
13. "Content Not Seeking Thrills" (11)
        by Hackensaw Boys
        from "Charismo"
13. "Freeport Town" (11)
        by Vincent Cross
        from "Old Songs For Modern Folk"
13. "Gypsy Moon" (11)
        by Meg Braun
        from "Restless Moon"
13. "Last Dime Blues" (11)
        by Andy Ferrell
        from "At Home And In Nashville"
13. "Lonesome Valley" (11)
        by Eli West
        from "The Both"
13. "When Doves Cry" (11)
        by The Be Good Tanyas
        from "Hello Love"
19. "Barn Wood" (10)
        by Donal Hinely
        from "Dark Horse Days"
19. "Maggie's Farm" (10)
        by Mountain Heart
        from "Blue Skies"
19. "Okie From Muskogee" (10)
        by Merle Haggard
        from "Essential Merle Haggard - The Epic Years"
19. "Pigs" (10)
        by Joe Giacoio
        from "I Love Hamburgers"
19. "Totally Average Woman" (10)
        by Carla Ulbrich
        from "Totally Average Woman"
24. "Beginning And The End" (9)
        by The Deep Hollow
        from "The Deep Hollow"
24. "Devil" (9)
        by The Deep Hollow
        from "The Deep Hollow"
24. "Empty Train" (9)
        by David Francey
        from "Empty Train"
24. "Garments Of Shame" (9)
        by Vincent Cross
        from "Old Songs For Modern Folk"
24. "Grain By Grain" (9)
        by Mark Mandeville And Raianne Richards
        from "Grain By Grain"
24. "Holy Ground" (9)
        by David Francey
        from "Empty Train"
24. "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (9)
        by Phil Ochs
        from "I Ain't Marching Anymore"
24. "Keep On Going" (9)
        by Brother Sun
        from "Weights And Wings"
24. "Paradise" (9)
        by Jason Wilber
        from "Echoes"
24. "Silver Wings" (9)
        by Merle Haggard
        from "The Complete '60s Capitol Singles"
24. "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" (9)
        by Gathering Time
        from "Keepsake"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14169 airplays from 144 different DJs

1. Merle Haggard
2. Brother Sun
3. Phil Ochs
4. Vincent Cross
5. The Deep Hollow
6. Meg Braun
7. Joe Giacoio
8. Hackensaw Boys
9. David Francey
10. Cosy Sheridan
11. Lizanne Knott
12. Gathering Time
12. Infamous Stringdusters
14. Mark Erelli
15. Carla Ulbrich
15. Loretta Lynn
15. Solas
18. Don White
18. Donal Hinely
20. Bob Dylan
20. Mark Mandeville And Raianne Richards
22. Del McCoury Band
22. Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
22. Pete Seeger
25. Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
26. Kate Campbell
27. Ken Whiteley
27. Monica Rizzio
29. Chuck Brodsky
29. Mountain Heart
31. Goodbye Blue
31. Victor And Penny
33. Andy Ferrell
33. The Bills
33. Eli West
33. Tim O'Brien
33. Willie Nelson
38. Burning Bridget Cleary
39. Evie Ladin Band
39. Terri Hendrix

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14169 airplays from 144 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Sugar Hill
5. Borealis
6. Columbia
7. Legacy
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
9. Signature
10. Capitol
11. Rescue Dog
12. Warner
13. Vanguard
14. Free Dirt
14. Nonesuch
16. Laker
17. Romantic Devil
18. Sony
19. Rhino
20. Alligator
21. Bloodshot
21. Thl
23. Folk-Legacy
23. McCoury
23. Philo
23. Waterbug
27. Flying Fish
28. Black Hen
28. Hightone
30. Elektra
31. Yep Roc
32. Bear Family
33. Mountain Home
34. Appleseed
34. Overtone
34. RCA
37. Green Linnet
37. New West
39. Proper
40. Evil Diane
40. Mountain Fever
40. Rebel

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14169 airplays from 144 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annette Kastner & Ryan Marley Grant (WTJU-FM, VA)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WCOM-FM, NC)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (, NY)
Bettie Carlson (WCUW-FM, MA)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob Heyer (WWOV-FM, WV)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brad Edmondson (WVBR-FM, NY)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chris Kocher (WHRW-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)
Dan Murphy (, NH)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
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)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gail Comfort (, MB)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jeff Zolitor (KNYO-FM, CA)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CV)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM &, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Patterson (WXPI-FM, PA)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Sillberg (CKOL-FM, ON)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Nagelberg (WHYR-FM, LA)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (WKSU & syndicated, OH)
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 Cliff (WERA-LP, VA)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
Michael Kane (WBRS-FM, MA)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Michelle Drackett-Smisek (WJCU-FM, OH)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Hefti (, CA)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Pietrzak (WPRK-FM, FL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Rosemarie Nielsen (WAMU-FM & syndicated, VA)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KCMJ-FM, CO)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM & WWUH-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Terry O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)
Wayne Greene (, LA)

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