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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13220 airplays from 143 different DJs

  1: "All These Years," Solas [, 2/16] (93)
        "Darkness Darkness"
        "Roarie Bummlers"
        "Standing On The Shore"
        "16 Come Next Sunday"
        "Little Bird Of Heaven"
  2: "The Hazel And Alice Sessions," Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands [Spruce And Maple, 1/16] (75)
        "Pretty Bird"
        "Cowboy Jim"
        "James Alley Blues"
        "Walking In My Sleep"
        "Won't You Come And Sing For Me?"
  3: "Roses And Victory," Honor Finnegan [Frock, 2/16] (63)
        "I Should Stop Having Sex With You"
        "Roses And Victory"
        "Song Of Bernadette"
  4: "These Are The Days," Burning Bridget Cleary [, 11/15] (56)
        "Madam I'm A Darling"
        "Another Day"
  5: "Extraordinary Days," Rebecca Folsom [, 1/16] (55)
        "Better Times"
        "New Day"
  5: "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)," Kate Campbell [Large River, 1/16] (55)
        "From Galway To Graceland"
        "Some Song"
  5: "Live From Blue Rock," Moors And McCumber [, new] (55)
        "Leaving For Cobh"
        "It's Different Now"
        "Long Way Down"
  8: "Dori Freeman," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, 2/16] (53)
        "You Say"
        "Where I Stood"
        "Fine Fine Fine"
        "Ain't Nobody"
  9: "Didn't We Waltz," Amy White with Al Petteway [Fairewood, new] (50)
        "You're My Favorite"
        "Love Among The Ruins"
        "Sing To Me"
        "Didn't We Waltz"
 10: "Ladies And Gentlemen," Infamous Stringdusters [Compass, 1/16] (48)
        "Won't Be Long"
        "I Believe"
        "Rock And Roll"
        "Run To Heaven"
 11: "Weighted Mind," Sierra Hull [Rounder, 1/16] (47)
        "Queen Of Hearts/Royal Tea"
        "Black River"
        "Choices And Changes"
 12: "Where I Belong," Lauren Heintz [Gatorbone, 2015] (46)
        "I'll Never Find Another You"
        "Rise 'n Shine"
        "Travelin' Fool"
        "Big Time Adventure And Small Town Hardware Store"
 13: "Traveling Circus," No Fuss And Feathers [Roadshow, 1/16] (45)
        "Drift Away"
        "Union Pacific"
        "How Much Time"
 14: "Foxhounds," Kathy Kallick Band [Live Oak, 11/15] (41)
        "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"
        "I'm Not Your Honey-Baby Now"
 15: "Big Sky Country," Sofia Talvik [Makaki, 4/15] (38)
        "Big Sky Country"
        "Dusty Heart, Empty Hand"
 15: "Folkest," Denise Jordan Finley [Dome Island, new] (38)
        "Darlin' Cory"
        "There Are No Sundays At Sea"
        "Girl On The Rhythm Guitar"
 17: "Beyond The Ash And Steel," Judy Kass [, 1/16] (33)
        "Snows They Melt The Soonest"
        "Same Sorry Old Timeless Tale"
        "Selfless Deed"
 17: "Folk Art," The Robert Bobby Duo [I Likemike, new] (33)
        "Constantly Tweaking"
        "Dance Hall Girls"
        "Blue Chevrolet"
 19: "Beyond The Rain," Quiles And Cloud [Compass, 1/16] (32)
        "By The Rio Grande"
        "Black Sky Lightning"
        "Deep Ellum Blues"
 19: "Real Midnight," Birds Of Chicago [5 Head, new] (32)
        "Dim Star Of The Palisades"
        "Estrella Goodbye"
        "Remember Wild Horses"
 21: "The Both," Eli West [Self, new] (30)
        "Lonesome Valley"
        "Give Me Your Love And I'll Give You Mine"
        "Lone Pilgrim"
 21: "Please Come Home," The Debutones [, 8/15] (30)
        "Missionary Ridge"
 23: "Less Is More," Gordie Tentrees [, 4/15] (29)
        "Camelot Hotel"
        "Love In Ink"
        "Broken Hero"
 23: "You're Dreaming," Cactus Blossoms [Red House, 2/16] (29)
        "You're Dreaming"
        "Change Your Ways Or Die"
 25: "Love You Strong," Terri Hendrix [Wilory, new] (28)
        "Love You Strong"
        "Texas Star"
 26: "The Back Of Winter," Adrianna Ciccone [, 9/15] (26)
        "The Back Of Winter"
        "Ottawa Valley Set"
 26: "Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams," Corin Raymond [Local Rascal, new] (26)
        "Law And The Lonesome"
        "Morning Glories"
        "2 Miles Of Train"
 26: "Lola," Carrie Rodriguez [Luz, new] (26)
        "Llano Estacado"
        "West Side"
 29: "Above The Prairie," The Pines [Red House, new] (24)
        "Sleepy Hollow"
        "Aerial Ocean"
 29: "The Guest House," Ellis [Singing Crow, 2/16] (24)
        "What Makes You Happy"
        "500 Crows"
        "Driving In This Storm"
 29: "Subcontinental Drift," Sultans Of String with Anwar Khurshid [McK, 9/15] (24)
        "Blowin' In The Wind"
        "Rakes Of Mallow/Rouge River Valley"
 32: "Crow The Dawn," Jon Shain And Joe Newberry [Flyin, new] (23)
        "All Your Neon Dollars"
        "Apricot Tree"
 32: "Pompadour," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 10/15] (23)
        "Water Is Wise"
        "Go Down To The Water"
 32: "So Lucky," The Lucky Sisters [Patio, 12/15] (23)
        "Let The Mystery Be"
 35: "The Ghosts Of Highway 20," Lucinda Williams [Highway 20, new] (22)
        "Bitter Memory"
        "Doors Of Heaven"
 35: "The Jeremiahs," The Jeremiahs [Self, 2014] (22)
        "North Sea Holes"
        "25 O Clock"
 37: "C&O Canal," Eric Brace And Peter Cooper [Red Beet, new] (21)
        "John Wilkes Booth"
        "C And O Canal"
 37: "Charm City Junction," Charm City Junction [Patuxent, 6/15] (21)
        "Frog On A Lily Pad"
        "Greasy Coat"
 37: "Love, Guns And Money," Bianca De Leon [Self, 2011] (21)
        "I Sang Patsy Cline"
        "Buscando Por Ti"
 40: "A Congress Of Treasons," Grant Peeples And The Peeples Republik [Gatorbone, new] (20)
        "Breakfast In The Gulag"
        "Basement Of Her Heart"
 41: "City Painted Gold," The Brothers Comatose [Swamp Jam, new] (19)
        "Brothers Comatose"
        "She's A Hurricane"
 41: "Crimson," Kirsten Maxwell [Self, 4/15] (19)
 41: "Simon Linsteadt," Simon Linsteadt [Stormy Deep, 2/15] (19)
        "Half Moonlit Mood"
        "Time And Again"
 41: "Traveling Roots," Matt Flinner Trio [Compass, 1/16] (19)
        "Hide Nor Hair"
 45: "God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson," Various Artists [Alligator, new] (18)
        "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning," Derek Trucks And Susan Tedeschi
        "Soul Of A Man," Tom Waits
 45: "In The Magic Hour," Aoife O'Donovan [Yep Roc, 1/16] (18)
        "Magic Hour"
        "Porch Light"
 45: "Meridian Rising," Paul Burch [Plowboy, new] (18)
        "Fast Fuse Blues"
 45: "Through Many A Land," Eden MacAdam-Somer And Larry Unger [Black Socks, 11/15] (18)
        "Red Mountain"
        "Sarah Jane"
 49: "Domestic Eccentric," Old Man Luedecke [True North, 7/15] (17)
        "Chester Boat Song"
 49: "Fine Bloom," Free The Honey [, 9/15] (17)
        "Beautiful Life"
 51: "Beg And Borrow," Battlefield Band [Temple, 8/15] (16)
 51: "I'll Take You Home," Steve Brooks [Frog, new] (16)
        "Austin Found"
        "Yoga Lady"
 51: "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl," Various Artists [Compass, 10/15] (16)
        "Sweet Thames, Flow Softly," Rufus And Martha Wainwright
 51: "Something More Than Free," Jason Isbell [Southeastern, 7/15] (16)
        "24 Frames"
        "If It Takes A Lifetime"
 51: "Sorrows And Glories," Red Moon Road [, 9/15] (16)
        "Beauty In These Broken Bones"
 51: "Too Big World," Bumper Jacksons [, 6/15] (16)
        "Come All You Virginia Gals"
        "Delta Bound"
 57: "Blues And Ballads: A Folksinger's Songbook, Volumes I & II," Luther Dickinson [New West, 2/16] (15)
        "Ain't No Grave"
 57: "Cayamo Sessions At Sea," Buddy Miller And Friends [New West, new] (15)
        "Wedding Bells"
        "Love's Gonna Live Here"
 57: "Experienced," Larry Keel [Keel Fish, 2/16] (15)
        "Fill 'em Up Again"
        "Lil Miss"
 57: "Nashville Obsolete," Dave Rawlings Machine [Acony, 9/15] (15)
 61: "Ain't We Brothers," Sam Gleaves [Community, 11/15] (14)
        "Ain't We Brothers"
 61: "Another Black Hole," Malcolm Holcombe [Gypsy Eyes, new] (14)
        "Sweet Georgia"
 61: "Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn," Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn [Rounder, 2014] (14)
        "What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?"
 61: "So Familiar," Steve Martin And Edie Brickell [Rounder, 10/15] (14)
        "Always Will"
        "Heart Of The Dreamer"
 65: "At Peace With One's Ghosts," The Paperboys [, 2014] (13)
        "City Of Chains"
 65: "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album," Avery Hill [, 7/15] (13)
        "Work I Do"
 65: "The Fiddle Preacher," Otter Creek [, 8/15] (13)
        "The Fiddle Preacher"
        "Lonesome Fiddle Blues"
 65: "Just For The Love Of It," Happy Traum [, 7/15] (13)
        "Church Street Blues"
 65: "The Tennessee Sessions," The Swamp Brothers [Itchy Sabot, 7/15] (13)
        "All The Way To China"
 65: "A Wanderer I'll Stay," Pharis And Jason Romero [Lula, 3/15] (13)
        "A Wanderer I'll Stay"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13220 airplays from 143 different DJs

1. "Better Times" (17)
        by Rebecca Folsom
        from "Extraordinary Days"
2. "Madam I'm A Darling" (16)
        by Burning Bridget Cleary
        from "These Are The Days"
3. "You Say" (15)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Dori Freeman"
4. "Darkness Darkness" (14)
        by Solas
        from "All These Years"
5. "Pretty Bird" (12)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
5. "You're My Favorite" (12)
        by Amy White with Al Petteway
        from "Didn't We Waltz"
7. "Another Day" (11)
        by Burning Bridget Cleary
        from "These Are The Days"
7. "Constantly Tweaking" (11)
        by The Robert Bobby Duo
        from "Folk Art"
7. "Librarian" (11)
        by Honor Finnegan
        from "Roses And Victory"
7. "Queen Of Hearts/Royal Tea" (11)
        by Sierra Hull
        from "Weighted Mind"
7. "Union Pacific" (11)
        by No Fuss And Feathers
        from "Traveling Circus"
7. "Walking In My Sleep" (11)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
13. "Cowboy Jim" (10)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
13. "James Alley Blues" (10)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
13. "Let The Mystery Be" (10)
        by The Lucky Sisters
        from "So Lucky"
13. "Roarie Bummlers" (10)
        by Solas
        from "All These Years"
13. "Standing On The Shore" (10)
        by Solas
        from "All These Years"
13. "Where I Stood" (10)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Dori Freeman"
13. "Won't Be Long" (10)
        by Infamous Stringdusters
        from "Ladies And Gentlemen"
20. "16 Come Next Sunday" (9)
        by Solas
        from "All These Years"
20. "By The Rio Grande" (9)
        by Quiles And Cloud
        from "Beyond The Rain"
20. "Drift Away" (9)
        by No Fuss And Feathers
        from "Traveling Circus"
20. "I'll Never Find Another You" (9)
        by Lauren Heintz
        from "Where I Belong"
20. "Law And The Lonesome" (9)
        by Corin Raymond
        from "Hobo Jungle Fever Dream"
20. "This Path Tonight" (9)
        by Graham Nash
        from "This Path Tonight"
20. "Unnamed Shetland Reel / Da Full Rigged Ship" (9)
        by Solas
        from "All These Years"
20. "Won't You Come And Sing For Me?" (9)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13220 airplays from 143 different DJs

1. Solas
2. Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
3. Honor Finnegan
4. Burning Bridget Cleary
5. Kate Campbell
5. Moors And McCumber
7. Dori Freeman
8. Rebecca Folsom
9. Infamous Stringdusters
10. Sierra Hull
11. Amy White
12. No Fuss And Feathers
13. Lauren Heintz
14. Denise Jordan Finley
14. Kathy Kallick
14. Terri Hendrix
17. Tim O'Brien
18. Sofia Talvik
19. Judy Kass
20. Birds Of Chicago
21. The Robert Bobby Duo
22. Willie Nelson
23. Cactus Blossoms
23. Carrie Rodriguez
23. The Debutones
23. Ellis
27. Bob Dylan
27. Quiles And Cloud
29. Corin Raymond
29. Eli West
29. Gordie Tentrees
29. Lucinda Williams
33. Adrianna Ciccone
33. Jefferson Airplane
35. Sultans Of String
36. The Pines
37. Aoife O'Donovan
37. Carrie Newcomer
37. Judy Collins
40. Altan

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13220 airplays from 143 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Sugar Hill
5. Thl
6. Spruce And Maple
7. Columbia
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
9. RCA
9. Signature
11. Green Linnet
11. Large River
13. Rhino
14. Warner
15. Borealis
16. Vanguard
17. Fairewood
18. New West
19. Free Dirt
19. Yep Roc
21. Appleseed
22. Nonesuch
22. Sony
24. Rebel
24. Shanachie
26. Live Oak
26. Philo
28. Arc
29. Capitol
30. Dome Island
30. Makaki
32. Gatorbone
32. Patuxent
34. Elektra
35. Mountain Fever
35. Wilory
37. Flying Fish
37. I Like Mike
39. Pinecastle
40. 5 Head

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13220 airplays from 143 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 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)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Carpenter, Brown, Kindig, Donleavy, Rough, Koplin & Davis (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
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 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 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 C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Lupton and George Mercer (WVUD-FM, DE)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
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)
Paul Porzio (cable FM, VA)
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 Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Rosemarie Nielsen (WAMU-FM & syndicated, VA)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
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