Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of June 2015 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13042 airplays from 138 different DJs

  1: "Tomorrow's Child," Jonathan Edwards [Rising, new] (96)
        "Down In The Woods"
        "Tomorrow's Child"
        "Hard Times"
        "This Old Guitar"
        "Mole In The Ground"
  2: "Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie," Various Artists [Compass, 9/14] (91)
        "Black Waters," John McCutcheon
        "Peace Round," Jean Ritchie And Friends
        "L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore," Robin And Linda Williams
        "My Dear Companion," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
  3: "Joe Hill's Last Will," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 5/15] (84)
        "Casey Jones"
        "Joe Hill's Last Will"
        "Preacher And The Slave"
        "Where The Fraser River Flows"
  4: "Precious Memories," Sue Massek [Strictly Country, 4/15] (77)
        "I Don't Want Your Millions Mister"
        "I'm Going To Organize"
        "Come All You Coal Miners"
        "I Am A Traveling Creature"
  5: "Django And Jimmie," Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard [Legacy, 6/15] (65)
        "Django And Jimmie"
        "Don't Think Twice"
        "It's All Going To Pot"
        "Live This Long"
  6: "Further West," Hungrytown [Listen Here!, 5/15] (56)
        "Hard Way To Learn"
        "Pastures Of Plenty"
        "Don't You Let Me Down"
  7: "Ordinary Band," Katie Dahl [Waterbug, new] (49)
        "Ballad Of The Lazy Susan And The Dumb Waiter"
  8: "Della Mae," Della Mae [Rounder, 5/15] (48)
        "Boston Town"
        "No Expectations"
        "Can't Go Back"
  8: "Still She Will Fly (EP)," Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio [Vessel, 5/15] (48)
        "Still She Will Fly"
        "Ain't Gotten Around"
        "You Don't Know Him The Way I Do"
        "Make It Mine"
 10: "Solo Flight," Steve Spurgin [Blue Night, new] (45)
        "Church Street Blues"
        "Darcy Farrow"
        "Sing Me A Song About Home"
 11: "The Newpart," April Verch [Slab Town, 4/15] (43)
        "Polska From Kumla"
        "I Heard The Bluebirds Sing"
        "Belle Election"
 12: "Tangled Country," The Honey Dewdrops [, 3/15] (41)
        "Fair Share Blues"
        "Loneliest Songs"
        "Same Old"
 13: "What I'm Lookin' For," Dan Weber [Highway 142, 3/15] (40)
        "Oh Woody"
        "Leaving Texas"
        "Ain't Done Ramblin' Yet"
 14: "Ten From The Pen," Roy Schneider [Shiny Gnu, new] (39)
        "Cabin In The Sky"
        "High On A Mountain"
        "Under The Lights Of The Angels"
 15: "Dogwood Cats," Jefferson Ross [Deep Fried, new] (38)
        "Dogwood Cats"
        "Closed Minded People"
 16: "Woody Pines," Woody Pines [Muddy Roots, 5/15] (37)
        "Anything For Love"
        "This Train Rolls By"
        "Black Rat"
 17: "The Faster It Goes," The Railsplitters [, 5/15] (36)
        "Salt Salt Sea"
        "Planted On The Ground"
 17: "Power In The Blood," Buffy Sainte-Marie [True North, 5/15] (36)
        "It's My Way"
        "Carry It On"
        "Farm In The Middle Of Nowhere"
 19: "Owls," Danny Schmidt [Live Once, 5/15] (35)
        "Cries Of Shadows"
        "Faith Will Always Rise"
        "Girl With Lantern Eyes"
 20: "Soul Of A Man," Adam Michael Rothberg [, 4/15] (34)
        "Guitar Song"
        "Soul Of A Man"
        "Postcards From The Moon"
 20: "The Traveling Kind," Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell [Nonesuch, 5/15] (34)
        "The Traveling Kind"
        "Bring It On Home To Memphis"
        "Higher Mountains"
 22: "Sundown Over Ghost Town," Eilen Jewell [Signature, 5/15] (33)
        "Down The Road"
        "Rio Grande"
 22: "Tell Tale Heart," Chuck Brodsky [, 3/15] (33)
        "Not A Single Shot"
        "2000 Friends"
 24: "Lifeline Extended," Holly Near And Ronnie Gilbert [Appleseed, 2012] (30)
        "Singing For Our Lives"
        "Beloved Comrade"
        "Goodnight Irene"
 25: "Anna And Elizabeth," Anna And Elizabeth [Free Dirt, 3/15] (29)
        "Little Black Train"
        "Lovin' Babe"
 25: "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1," Spuyten Duyvil [, 3/15] (29)
        "Lord Franklin"
        "Make Me A Pallet"
        "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?"
 25: "Tim May And Steve Smith," Tim May And Steve Smith [Desert Night, 4/15] (29)
        "Washboard Road"
        "Deer Valley"
        "Let It Be"
 28: "Grandma's Got A Boombox," Sandy Ross [Self, new] (27)
        "Distant Campfire"
        "Erev Shel Shashanim"
 28: "Nearness Of You," Vance Gilbert [Disismye, 4/15] (27)
        "Ain't Misbehavin"
        "For The Good Times"
        "Nearness Of You"
 28: "The Pedestrian," Steep Ravine [Self, new] (27)
        "Shadow Of A Cloud"
        "Lonesome Daybreak"
 31: "Harp: A Time To Sing," Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert And Pete Seeger [Appleseed, 2001] (26)
        "Pallet On The Floor"
        "Small Business Blues"
 31: "Sorrow Bound," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, new] (26)
        "Southern Girl"
        "When Sorrows Encompass Me Round"
 33: "A Wanderer I'll Stay," Pharis And Jason Romero [Lula, 3/15] (25)
        "Cocaine Blues"
        "A Wanderer I'll Stay"
        "Goodbye Old Paint"
 34: "Mother Country," Dave Crossland [Folk Era, 4/15] (24)
        "I Remember America"
        "Daydream Believer"
        "Mother Country"
 34: "Wilder Days," Natasha Borzilova [Hadley, 4/15] (24)
        "Only The Best"
        "Wilder Days"
 36: "L.A. Blues," John Malcolm Penn [Blue Night, new] (23)
        "Mutual Attraction"
 36: "Starlight Highway," Corinne West [Make, 5/15] (23)
        "Trouble No More"
        "Cry Of The Echo Drifter"
 36: "Tomorrow You're Going," The Pine Hill Project [Signature, 3/15] (23)
        "Farewell To Saint Dolores"
 39: "The Rose Of Roscrae: A Ballad Of The West," Tom Russell [Frontera, 4/15] (22)
        "Rose Of Roscrae"
        "Hair Trigger Heart"
 39: "Some Part Of The Truth," Brother Sun [, 2013] (22)
        "In The Name Of Love"
        "Jericho Road"
 41: "Fall Is A Good Time To Die," Jami Lynn [, 4/15] (21)
        "God Out On The Plains"
 41: "Still," Richard Thompson [Concord, new] (21)
        "She Never Could Resist A Winding Road"
        "Beatnik Walking"
 41: "Too Big World," Bumper Jacksons [Self, new] (21)
        "Come All You Virginia Gals"
 41: "Walk On Solid Ground," Gene And Gayla Mills [Heart Pine, 4/15] (21)
        "Daytime Stars"
 45: "Best Medicine," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 10/14] (20)
        "Best Medicine"
 45: "A Bird In This World," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 2/15] (20)
        "Hillbilly Singer"
        "Brown County Bounce"
 45: "Jayme Stone's Lomax Project," Jayme Stone [Borealis, 2/15] (20)
        "I Want To Hear Somebody Pray"
        "Lazy John"
 48: "Morning In A New Machine," Dubl Handi [Self, new] (19)
        "Cumberland Gap"
        "Don't It Get Trouble In Your Mind"
 48: "Sing Sad Songs (EP)," The Earnest Lovers [Elko, new] (19)
        "Still Missing You"
        "No Songs Came By Today"
        "San Andreas' Fault"
 48: "Sun Might Shine On Me," Grant Dermody [, 5/15] (19)
        "Tree Of Life"
        "Ain't Going Back"
 48: "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry," The Hillbenders [Compass, 6/15] (19)
        "Pinball Wizard"
 48: "Wink At July," Rachel Garlin [Tactile, 4/15] (19)
        "Sea You Sea"
        "Hey Keith Haring"
 53: "Fiddle Gems," Kitty Amaral [String Dreams, 1/15] (18)
        "Durham's Bull"
        "Midnight On The Water/Bonaparte's Retreat"
 53: "The Hour Before," Elaine Romanelli [, 4/15] (18)
 53: "Monterey," The Milk Carton Kids [Self, 5/15] (18)
        "City Of Our Lady"
        "Secrets Of The Stars"
 56: "Can't Forget," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, 5/15] (17)
        "I Can't Forget"
 56: "Muscle Shoals Recordings," The Steeldrivers [Rounder, new] (17)
        "Long Way Down"
        "Too Much"
 58: "Room To Run (EP)," Jack Tempchin [Blue Elan, 5/15] (16)
        "Room To Run"
        "Summertime Bum"
        "Jesus And Mohammed"
 58: "Such Jubilee," Mandolin Orange [Yep Roc, 5/15] (16)
        "Old Ties And Companions"
 58: "Third Generation Blues," Doc And Richard Watson [Sugar Hill, 1999] (16)
        "Honey Please Don't Go"
 61: "Chasing Beauty," Ellis Paul [Black Wolf, 7/14] (15)
        "Empire State"
        "Never Want To Lose You"
 61: "Chicago Town And Points West," Art Thieme [Folk-Legacy, 2006] (15)
 61: "Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams," Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams [Red House, new] (15)
        "Attics Of My Life"
        "Surrender To Love"
 61: "Leave Some Things Behind," The Steel Wheels [Big Ring, 4/15] (15)
        "So Lonely"
 61: "The Lied To's," The Lied To's [Hollow Body, 2/15] (15)
        "Always Asking For You"
        "Carry Your Boots"
 61: "Little Hinges," Qristina And Quinn Bachand [Beacon Ridge, 1/15] (15)
        "What You Do With What You've Got"
        "Jimmy's Fiddle"
 61: "The Longest River," Olivia Chaney [Nonesuch, 4/15] (15)
        "False Bride"
        "Loose Change"
 61: "Paint Me A Picture," Patty Stevenson And Craig Siemsen [Larrea, 3/15] (15)
        "Paint Me A Picture"
        "Across The Great Divide"
 61: "Spinning Yarns," Norah Rendell [Two Tap, 3/15] (15)
        "Pinery Boy"
 61: "Stumpjumper," Charlie Parr [Red House, 4/15] (15)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13042 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. "Down In The Woods" (21)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
2. "Hard Way To Learn" (17)
        by Hungrytown
        from "Further West"
2. "Still She Will Fly" (17)
        by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
        from "Still She Will Fly (EP)"
4. "Black Waters" (16)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie"
5. "Django And Jimmie" (15)
        by Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
        from "Django And Jimmie"
6. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (13)
        by The Weavers
        from "The Weavers At Carnegie Hall"
6. "Tomorrow's Child" (13)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
8. "Ain't Gotten Around" (12)
        by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
        from "Still She Will Fly (EP)"
8. "Boston Town" (12)
        by Della Mae
        from "Della Mae"
8. "Don't Think Twice" (12)
        by Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
        from "Django And Jimmie"
8. "Hard Times" (12)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
8. "This Old Guitar" (12)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
13. "Casey Jones" (11)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Joe Hill's Last Will"
13. "Joe Hill's Last Will" (11)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Joe Hill's Last Will"
13. "Mole In The Ground" (11)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
13. "Peace Round" (11)
        by Jean Ritchie And Friends
        from "Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie"
13. "The Traveling Kind" (11)
        by Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell
        from "The Traveling Kind"
13. "You Don't Know Him The Way I Do" (11)
        by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
        from "Still She Will Fly (EP)"
19. "Anything For Love" (10)
        by Woody Pines
        from "Woody Pines"
19. "Crowns" (10)
        by Katie Dahl
        from "Ordinary Band"
19. "Guitar Song" (10)
        by Adam Michael Rothberg
        from "Soul Of A Man"
19. "It's My Way" (10)
        by Buffy Sainte-Marie
        from "Power In The Blood"
19. "Salt Salt Sea" (10)
        by The Railsplitters
        from "The Faster It Goes"
24. "I Don't Want Your Millions Mister" (9)
        by Sue Massek
        from "Precious Memories"
24. "I'm Going To Organize" (9)
        by Sue Massek
        from "Precious Memories"
24. "It's All Going To Pot" (9)
        by Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
        from "Django And Jimmie"
24. "No Expectations" (9)
        by Della Mae
        from "Della Mae"
24. "Pastures Of Plenty" (9)
        by Hungrytown
        from "Further West"
24. "Preacher And The Slave" (9)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Joe Hill's Last Will"
24. "Where The Fraser River Flows" (9)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Joe Hill's Last Will"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13042 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. John McCutcheon
2. Jean Ritchie
3. Jonathan Edwards
4. Weavers
5. Sue Massek
6. Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
7. Hungrytown
8. Katie Dahl
9. Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
10. April Verch
10. Della Mae
10. The Honey Dewdrops
13. Woody Pines
14. Art Thieme
14. Dan Weber
14. Steve Spurgin
17. Chuck Brodsky
17. Holly Near And Ronnie Gilbert
17. Roy Schneider
20. Jefferson Ross
21. Danny Schmidt
21. Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell
23. Buffy Sainte-Marie
23. Eilen Jewell
23. Richard Thompson
26. The Railsplitters
27. Adam Michael Rothberg
28. Bob Dylan
28. Pharis And Jason Romero
30. Anna And Elizabeth
31. Brother Sun
31. Joel Mabus
31. Spuyten Duyvil
34. Doc Watson
34. Steep Ravine
34. Tim May And Steve Smith
34. Tom Paxton
38. Jean Ritchie And Friends
38. Kaia Kater
38. Leonard Cohen
38. Sandy Ross
38. Tom Russell

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13042 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Signature
5. Appleseed
6. Sugar Hill
7. Rising
8. Waterbug
9. Strictly Country
10. Columbia
10. Vanguard
12. Nonesuch
13. Borealis
14. Smithsonian/Folkways
15. Arc
16. Rhino
17. True North
17. Yep Roc
19. Blue Night
19. Capitol
19. Sony
22. Appalsongs
22. Legacy
24. Warner
25. Muddy Roots
26. Shiny Gnu
27. New West
28. Philo
28. Slab Town
30. Flying Fish
30. Folk-Legacy
32. Hadley
33. RCA
34. Anti
34. ATO
36. Folk Era
36. Mercury
36. Rebel
39. Elektra
39. Greentrax

FOLK DJs - JUNE 2015
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13042 airplays from 138 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
Allison Brock (CKUA-FM, AB)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Andrew Antipin (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
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)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Caragh McMaster (WTJU-FM, VA)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
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 Murphy (, NH)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
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)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Ian Zolitor (WXPN-FM, PA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jay Hertel (WTJU-FM, VA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Eads (WNKU-FM, KY)
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 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 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)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
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)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Kane (WBRS-FM, MA)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
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)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (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)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
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)
Sandy Goodson (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)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Kindig (WTJU-FM, VA)
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 Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
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