Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of May 2014 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13228 airplays from 133 different DJs

  1: "The Red Album," Red Molly [, new] (114)
        "Homeward Bound"
        "Clinch River Blues"
        "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
        "Sing To Me"
        "Willow Tree"
        "With A Memory Like Mine"
  2: "Georgia I'm Here," Joe Crookston [Milagrito, new] (87)
        "Riding The Train"
        "Big Sky"
        "Fall Down As The Rain"
        "Georgia I'm Here"
        "Miner In The Mourning"
  3: "Ancient Dreams," Red June [Organic, 4/14] (68)
        "Ancient Dreams"
        "Black Mountain Night"
        "Gabriel's Storm"
        "Saddle Up My Son"
  4: "Kindred Lines," T Sisters [Spruce And Maple, new] (62)
        "American Tune"
        "Seduction Of Spring"
        "Woo Woo"
  5: "O Love," Ernest Troost [Travelin' Shoes, 1/14] (47)
        "Harlan County Boys"
        "Pray Real Hard"
        "Old Screen Door"
        "Storm Comin"
  6: "Carry The Water," Lucy Billings [Sassy Time, new] (46)
        "Not Far From Me"
        "Carry The Water"
  6: "Loving a Fool," Tumbling Bones [, 3/14] (46)
        "Broken Things"
        "Just Because"
        "Bright Morning Stars"
        "Red, Red Rose"
  6: "Molly Tuttle And John Mailander," Molly Tuttle And John Mailander [Back Studio, 2/14] (46)
        "Another Side/Tell Me"
        "Morning Morgantown"
        "Red Prairie Dawn"
  9: "Dot The Dragon's Eyes," Hanneke Cassel [, 12/13] (42)
        "Dot The Dragon's Eyes"
        "Jig For Christina"
  9: "For Keeps," Carrie Elkin And Danny Schmidt [Red House, 5/14] (42)
        "2 White Clouds"
        "Company Of Friends"
        "Kiss Me Now"
  9: "Louder Than Words," The Henry Girls [, 1/14] (42)
        "It's Not Easy"
        "So Long But Not Goodbye"
 12: "Carter Girl," Carlene Carter [Rounder, 4/14] (40)
        "Me And The Wildwood Rose"
        "Black Jack David"
        "Blackie's Gunman"
 13: "The More I Wonder," Craig Bickhardt [Stone Barn, new] (39)
        "Crazy Nightingale"
        "Giant Steps"
        "Young Hearts, Wild Horses Or The Wind"
 14: "Bright Side Of Down," John Gorka [Red House, 3/14] (38)
        "Holed Up In Mason City"
        "Bright Side Of Down"
        "Really Spring"
 15: "A Dotted Line," Nickel Creek [Nonesuch, 4/14] (37)
        "Elephant In The Corn"
        "21st Of May"
        "Where Is Love Now"
 16: "Dream A Little Dream," Katie Glassman & Snapshot [, 3/14] (36)
        "Liza Jane"
        "My Window Faces The South"
        "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine"
 16: "Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne," Various Artists [Music Road, 4/14] (36)
        "Before The Deluge," Eliza Gilkyson
        "After The Deluge," Eliza Gilkyson
 16: "Out Among The Stars," Johnny Cash [Columbia, 3/14] (36)
        "Out Among The Stars"
        "Call Your Mother"
        "She Used To Love Me A Lot"
 19: "Childhood Home," Ben And Ellen Harper [Prestige Folklore, new] (35)
        "House Is A Home"
        "Farmer's Daughter"
 19: "Goody Shoes," The Squirrel Hillbillies [, 3/14] (35)
        "River Rat"
        "I Can"
        "Old Dry Bones"
 21: "A Permeable Life," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 4/14] (34)
        "Writing You A Letter"
        "Empty Chair"
 21: "Trouble," The Howlin' Brothers [Readymade, new] (34)
        "Pour It Down"
 23: "Blood Test," Kris Delmhorst [Signature, new] (33)
        "My Ohio"
        "Bright Green World"
        "Blood Test"
 23: "Cut To The Chase," Kathy Kallick [Live Oak, 2/14] (33)
        "Cut To The Chase"
        "Franco's Spain"
        "Time Traveler's Wife"
 23: "Folk Singer Vol. 1," Willie Watson [Acony, 5/14] (33)
        "Rock Salt And Nails"
        "Long John Dean"
 23: "The Nocturne Diaries," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 3/14] (33)
        "Eliza Jane"
        "American Boy"
        "Fast Freight"
 23: "Tarpaper Sky," Rodney Crowell [New West, 4/14] (33)
        "Long Journey Home"
        "Fever On The Bayou"
        "Flyboy And The Kid"
 28: "Click," Neale Eckstein & friends [Fox Run, new] (32)
        "One Month Crazier," Buskin And Batteau And Tom Rush
        "I've Always Been Older Than Me," Dan Navarro
        "Watery Grave," David Buskin
 28: "Pretty Bird," Cosy Sheridan [Waterbug, new] (32)
        "Pretty Bird"
        "Sweet Animal"
        "Drive On"
 28: "Trouble & Love," Mary Gauthier [Proper, new] (32)
        "False From True"
        "Oh Soul"
        "Trouble And Love"
 31: "In The Balance," Lynn Hollyfield [Self, new] (31)
        "In The Balance"
 31: "One Evening In May," Laurie Lewis [Spruce And Maple, 1/14] (31)
        "Garden Grow"
        "My True Love Loves Me"
 33: "Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In," Bumper Jacksons [Self, new] (30)
        "That's My Gal"
        "Clap Hands"
 34: "Checks & Love Letters," Bernice Lewis [, 3/14] (27)
        "Checks And Love Letters"
        "From Us"
        "It Could Be"
 35: "Country Mile," American Nomad [Spruce And Maple, new] (26)
        "Country Mile"
 35: "Long Time... Seldom Scene," Seldom Scene [Smithsonian/Folkways, 4/14] (26)
        "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round"
        "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
 35: "Once A River," Still On The Hill [Self, new] (26)
        "When I Go To Water"
        "What's Done Is Done"
 38: "Early Treasuries," Abe Loomis [Self, new] (25)
        "Let It Ride"
        "Beautiful Lie"
 39: "Elsebound," True North [Self, new] (24)
        "Shiny Black Shoes"
        "Twist In The Wind"
 39: "The Hanging Road," Joseph Huber [Muddy Roots, new] (24)
        "Same River Twice"
        "Goin' Far On Little"
 41: "Poor Man's Diamonds," John Flynn [Flying Stone, new] (23)
        "Like Woody Done"
        "Bury Me With My Guitar"
 42: "Into My Own," Bryan Sutton [Sugar Hill, new] (22)
        "That's Where I Belong"
        "Been All Around This World"
 42: "Love Runner," Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore [Remington Road, 1/14] (22)
        "Sunday Street"
        "Central Square"
        "Green Summertime"
 44: "Duets," Linda Ronstadt [Rhino, 4/14] (21)
        "Adieu False Heart"
        "Pretty Bird"
 44: "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands," Cahalen Morrison And Eli West [, 2/14] (21)
        "Livin' In America"
        "Down In The Lonesome Draw"
 46: "Flat Earth Diary," Krista Detor [Tightrope, 1/14] (20)
        "Belle Of The Ball"
        "Flat Earth Diary"
        "Always Somewhere"
 46: "Natalie Merchant," Natalie Merchant [Nonesuch, new] (20)
        "7 Deadly Sins"
 46: "Words And Music," Byrd & Street [, 1/14] (20)
        "You Have Been My Friend"
        "Family, Faith And Friends"
 49: "Another Roller Coaster," Scott And Michelle Dalziel [Dl Arts, 3/13] (19)
        "I Think I Saw Elvis"
        "Feather In A Storm"
 49: "Punishing The Myth," Grant Peeples And The Peeples Republik [Gatorbone, 3/14] (19)
        "New American Dream"
 51: "Beyond the Blue," The Duhks [Compass, new] (18)
        "Suffer No Fools"
        "Banjo Roustabout"
 51: "The Turning Point," Tim Grimm [Cavalier, 9/13] (18)
        "Rovin' Gambler"
        "Family History"
 53: "Blood Like A River," Nathan Bell [Stone Barn, 1/14] (17)
 53: "A Dozen Other Loves," Matt Nakoa [Self, new] (17)
        "Daisies In The Rain"
        "Fool Of A Knight"
 53: "Epilogue," Ronstadt Generations [, 4/14] (17)
        "For A Dancer"
        "16 Tons"
 53: "Everything Is Great," Erik Balkey [Hudson Harding, 2012] (17)
        "Born In The Usa"
        "My America"
 53: "World Of Strangers," Zoe Muth [Signature, new] (17)
        "Mama Needs A Margarita"
        "Somebody I Know"
 58: "Mother, Queen Of My Heart," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 2002] (16)
        "Mama Don't Allow No Music," Doc Watson
        "Mother, The Queen Of My Heart," Lonesome Standard Time
 58: "Robby Hecht," Robby Hecht [Old Man Henry, 3/14] (16)
        "Sea And The Shore"
 60: "Can't Fix Crazy," Jackie Morris [Button Box, 3/14] (14)
        "Come And Gone"
        "Can't Fix Crazy"
 60: "How Red Is The Blood," Tattletale Saints [Old Oak, 3/13] (14)
        "Fell Upon The Fields"
 60: "New Whirled Order," Claudia Schmidt [Red House, 3/14] (14)
        "Jane's Gone"
        "Strong Woman Has A Bad Day Polka"
 60: "Silver Ladder," Peter Mulvey [Signature, 4/14] (14)
        "Lies You Forgot You Told"
 64: "22 Days," John McCutcheon [Appalseed, 10/13] (13)
        "Dry Land Fish"
 64: "9 Dead Alive," Rodrigo Y Gabriela [ATO, new] (13)
 64: "Berrymania," Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen [Compass Rose, 12/13] (13)
        "Chat With Your Mom"
 64: "Everywhere I Go," Shari Ulrich [Borealis, 3/14] (13)
        "Everywhere I Go"
        "One Sky"
 64: "The Last Laugh," Asylum Street Spankers [Yellow Dog, new] (13)
        "Didn't It Rain"
 64: "Life On Fire," Scott Wolfson And Other Heroes [, 1/14] (13)
        "Brooklyn Mermaids"
        "You Can't Break Me Again"
 64: "The Littlest Prisoner," Jenny Scheinman [Sony, new] (13)
        "Just A Child"
 64: "Old Mill Sessions," The Blushin' Roulettes [, 2/14] (13)
        "Let It Roll"
        "Purple Clouds"
 64: "Some Part Of The Truth," Brother Sun [, 2/13] (13)
        "House That Jack Built"
 64: "The Stray Birds," The Stray Birds [, 2012] (13)
        "Railroad Man"
 64: "Summer's End," Garnet Rogers [Snow Goose, 3/14] (13)
        "Old Campfires"
 64: "The Waymores," The Waymores [, 2012] (13)
        "Singing Like A Byrd"
        "Wilder Girl"
 64: "White Wave Chapel," I Draw Slow [Pinecastle, new] (13)
        "Bread And Butter"
        "All Souls"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13228 airplays from 133 different DJs

1. "Ancient Dreams" (20)
        by Red June
        from "Ancient Dreams"
1. "House Is A Home" (20)
        by Ben And Ellen Harper
        from "Childhood Home"
3. "Homeward Bound" (18)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"
4. "Clinch River Blues" (17)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"
4. "Dot The Dragon's Eyes" (17)
        by Hanneke Cassel
        from "Dot The Dragon's Eyes"
4. "Riding The Train" (17)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Georgia I'm Here"
7. "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" (15)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"
8. "Big Sky" (14)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Georgia I'm Here"
8. "Black Mountain Night" (14)
        by Red June
        from "Ancient Dreams"
8. "Fall Down As The Rain" (14)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Georgia I'm Here"
8. "Seduction Of Spring" (14)
        by T Sisters
        from "Kindred Lines"
12. "American Tune" (13)
        by T Sisters
        from "Kindred Lines"
12. "Another Side/Tell Me" (13)
        by Molly Tuttle And John Mailander
        from "Molly Tuttle And John Mailander"
12. "Georgia I'm Here" (13)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Georgia I'm Here"
12. "Red Prairie Dawn" (13)
        by Molly Tuttle And John Mailander
        from "Molly Tuttle And John Mailander"
16. "Morning Morgantown" (12)
        by Molly Tuttle And John Mailander
        from "Molly Tuttle And John Mailander"
16. "Sing To Me" (12)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"
16. "When I Go To Water" (12)
        by Still On The Hill
        from "Once A River"
16. "With A Memory Like Mine" (12)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"
20. "2 White Clouds" (11)
        by Carrie Elkin And Danny Schmidt
        from "For Keeps"
20. "Checks And Love Letters" (11)
        by Bernice Lewis
        from "Checks & Love Letters"
22. "Answer" (10)
        by Lucy Billings
        from "Carry The Water"
22. "Harlan County Boys" (10)
        by Ernest Troost
        from "O Love"
22. "Long Journey Home" (10)
        by Rodney Crowell
        from "Tarpaper Sky"
22. "Miner In The Mourning" (10)
        by Joe Crookston
        from "Georgia I'm Here"
22. "Moonshiner" (10)
        by Molly Tuttle And John Mailander
        from "Molly Tuttle And John Mailander"
22. "Willow Tree" (10)
        by Red Molly
        from "The Red Album"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13228 airplays from 133 different DJs

1. Red Molly
2. Pete Seeger
3. Joe Crookston
4. Bob Dylan
5. Red June
6. T Sisters
7. Eliza Gilkyson
8. John Gorka
9. Laurie Lewis
9. Molly Tuttle And John Mailander
11. Johnny Cash
12. Craig Bickhardt
13. The Henry Girls
13. Lucy Billings
13. Tumbling Bones
16. Ernest Troost
17. Mary Gauthier
18. Carrie Newcomer
18. Nickel Creek
20. Carrie Elkin And Danny Schmidt
20. Cosy Sheridan
20. Rodney Crowell
23. Carlene Carter
23. Kathy Kallick
23. Kris Delmhorst
26. Hanneke Cassel
26. The Howlin' Brothers
28. Ben And Ellen Harper
28. Katie Glassman And Snapshot
30. Seldom Scene
30. The Squirrel Hillbillies
32. Willie Watson
33. John McCutcheon
34. Lynn Hollyfield
35. Bernice Lewis
35. Bumper Jacksons
37. Abe Loomis
37. Jesse Winchester
39. Still On The Hill
39. Tim Grimm

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13228 airplays from 133 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Columbia
4. Sugar Hill
5. Smithsonian/Folkways
6. Signature
7. Appleseed
8. Compass
9. Nonesuch
10. Spruce And Maple
11. Milagrito
12. Rhino
13. Rebel
13. Vanguard
15. Flying Fish
16. Borealis
16. Organic
16. Waterbug
19. New West
20. Stone Barn
21. Sony
22. Travelin' Shoes
22. Warner
24. Back Studio
25. Mountain Fever
25. Philo
27. RCA
28. Bear Family
29. Acony
30. Fiddle Parlor
31. Pinecastle
31. Sassy Time
33. Green Linnet
34. Elektra
34. MCA
36. Reprise
37. Capitol
37. Folk-Legacy
39. Readymade
40. Available Light
40. Berkalin
40. Mountain Home

FOLK DJs - MAY 2014
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13228 airplays from 133 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allison Brown (CJAM-FM, ON)
Amanda-Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (WIOX-FM, NY)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
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)
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)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
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 McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Harness (KRBX-FM, ID)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Eads (WNKU-FM, KY)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CA)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Jim Schwall (WORT-FM, WI)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
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)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Kiger (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
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)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurel Paulson-Pierce (KRBS-FM, CA)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (Folk Alley, WKSU & syndicated)
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 Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated)
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)
Mike Regenstreif (CKCU-FM, ON)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-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)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
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 Fisher (CKUA-FM, AB)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
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 O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Thomas Bisard (WNMC-FM, MI)
Tim Quackenbush
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Druckenmiller (syndicated)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)

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