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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13184 airplays from 136 different DJs

  1: "Know The Mountain," Hannah Shira Naiman [Merriweather, 10/16] (45)
        "Know The Mountain"
        "In The Pouring Rain"
        "Train On The Island"
  2: "Dreaming In Vinyl," Caroline Doctorow [Narrow Lane, 9/16] (39)
        "To Be Here"
        "Abraham, Martin And John"
        "Across The Universe"
  2: "The Life And Songs Of Emmylou Harris," Various Artists [Rounder, new] (39)
        "Hickory Wind," Lucinda Williams
        "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Mavis Staples
        "Orphan Girl," Holly Williams And Chris Coleman
  4: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, 9/16] (37)
        "Down On Penny's Farm"
        "Louis Collins"
  4: "The Ultimate Guide To English Folk," Various Artists [Arc, 10/16] (37)
        "Canadee-I-O," Nic Jones
        "Lavender's Blue," Jackie Oates
  6: "Wonderful World Outside," The Piedmont Melody Makers [Vigortone, new] (35)
        "Are You Lonesome Tonight"
        "Kentucky Home"
  7: "Innocent Road," Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms [West Sound, 9/16] (34)
        "I'd Jump The Mississippi"
        "New Shoes"
        "There Goes My Love"
  8: "You Want It Darker," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, new] (32)
        "You Want It Darker"
        "Travelling Light"
        "Leaving The Table"
  9: "More Than A Little," Adrian And Meredith [Vertigo, new] (31)
        "Take A Boat"
        "Birthday Cakes"
 10: "North By South," Claire Lynch [Compass, 9/16] (30)
        "Kingdom Come"
        "Cold Hearted Wind"
        "Black Flowers"
 11: "And It Was Good," The Andrew Collins Trio [, 10/16] (28)
        "And It Was Good"
        "Fish And Fowl"
 11: "Playing It Forward," The Savage Hearts [, 9/16] (28)
        "Don't Cry Blue"
        "Heaven On Earth"
 11: "The Slaughterhouse Sessions," Terri Hendrix [Wilory, 10/16] (28)
        "Double Shift Tuesday"
        "Troubles On Your Mind"
 11: "Woody's Landlord (Single)," Tim Grimm [, 10/16] (28)
        "Woody's Landlord"
 15: "Patch Of Sky," Larry Murante [Weeping Wood, 10/16] (27)
        "Veterans Day"
        "Little Patch Of Sky"
        "Ready For The Dark"
 16: "Fiddler's Dream," Michael Cleveland [Compass, 10/16] (26)
        "Blues For Bill"
        "Steamboat Whistle Blues"
        "Fiddler's Dream"
 17: "The Seven Suns," John McSherry [Compass, new] (25)
        "King Of Dal Buinne"
        "Dance Of The Siog"
 17: "Borderland," Joe K. Walsh [Skinny Elephant, 9/16] (25)
        "There But For Fortune"
        "Red Skies"
        "Never More Will Roam"
 17: "Magic Fire," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 8/16] (25)
        "All The News"
        "Shining In The Distance"
 20: "Gone For Evermore," The Lonesome Ace Stringband [, 9/16] (24)
        "Mad As A Hornet"
        "Old Paint"
 20: "Midwest Side Stories," Chicago Farmer [, 9/16] (24)
        "2 Sides Of The Story"
        "Farms And Factories"
 20: "New Hope Chateau," Katherine Rondeau [, 10/16] (24)
        "Long Ago, Far Away"
        "Raise Up Your Hand"
        "Boyish Charms"
 23: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 9/16] (23)
        "Lean In Toward The Light"
        "Season Of Mercy"
 23: "Love Is Love," Paul Sachs [, 7/16] (23)
        "Late For The Protest"
        "Every Mother's Son"
 23: "Tree," Anna Elizabeth Laube [Ahh... Pockets!, 9/16] (23)
        "Please Let It Rain In California Tonight"
 26: "This Changes Everything," Jim Lauderdale [Sky Crunch, 9/16] (21)
        "You Turn Me Around"
 26: "Until You Come Home: Songs For Veterans And Their Kin," George Mann, Julius Margolin and Friends [, 2010] (21)
        "Johnnie's Coming Home"
 28: "Blue Mountain," Bob Weir [Columbia, 9/16] (20)
        "Only A River"
        "Blue Mountain"
 28: "The Essential Leonard Cohen," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, 1992] (20)
        "Everybody Knows"
 28: "Pete, Woody & Me - Volume I: Keep The Flame Alive," Spook Handy [Akashic, 6/16] (20)
 28: "Long List Of Priors," Kenny White [MVP, 9/16] (20)
        "Road Less Traveled"
        "Another Bell Unanswered"
 28: "Simpatico," Adler And Hearne [Spring Hollow, 10/16] (20)
        "River Of Peace"
 33: "Careless," Richard Shindell [Amalgamated Balladry, 9/16] (19)
        "Deer On The Parkway"
        "Stray Cow Blues"
 33: "Fall Away Blues," Red Tail Ring [, 8/16] (19)
        "Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies"
 33: "Mountain Voodoo," Balsam Range [Mountain Home, 11/16] (19)
        "Something 'bout That Suitcase"
        "Rise And Shine"
 33: "Original Traditional," Blue Highway [Rounder, 9/16] (19)
        "She Ain't Worth It"
 33: "Songs Of Leonard Cohen," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, 1967] (19)
        "Sisters Of Mercy"
 33: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (19)
        "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan"
        "Mighty Long Way"
 39: "75th Birthday Celebration," Joan Baez [, 6/16] (18)
        "Hard Times Come Again No More"
 39: "Beneath Still Waters," Courtney Granger [Valcour, 10/16] (18)
        "Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There"
        "Warm Red Wine"
 39: "Blindfaller," Mandolin Orange [Yep Roc, 9/16] (18)
        "Gospel Shoes"
        "Hey Stranger"
        "My Blinded Heart"
 39: "The Blues, The Whole Blues And Nothing But The Blues," David Bromberg [Red House, 10/16] (18)
        "Kentucky Blues"
        "900 Miles"
 39: "Coming Home," O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor [Rounder, 8/16] (18)
        "Always Do"
        "Jerusalem Ridge"
 39: "For The Road And The Sky," George Mann [Running Scared, 9/16] (18)
        "Beautiful Up To The Brain"
        "Drop The "
        "Rock Me To Sleep"
 39: "New Shoes," The Bombadils [Borealis, 9/16] (18)
        "Wild Mountain Thyme"
        "Silver Linings"
 39: "Rise Up," Erika Kulnys [, 8/16] (18)
        "Keep Your Feet Moving"
 47: "Nine Pin," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 5/16] (17)
        "Hangman's Reel"
        "Little Pink"
 47: "The Other Way Around," David Lamotte [DPI, 8/16] (17)
        "Taste The Light"
        "Drink Deeply"
 47: "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars," Dwight Yoakam [Sugar Hill, 9/16] (17)
        "Guitars, Cadillacs"
 50: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (16)
        "Color Of The Blues," John Prine And Susan Tedeschi
        "Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out"
 50: "Wandering Father, Forgotten Son," Silas Lowe [Self, 10/16] (16)
 50: "Weep Little Willow," Larry Stephenson Band [Whysper Dream, 10/16] (16)
        "Let Those Brown Eyes Smile At Me"
        "Yesterday's Gone"
 53: "The Long Unbroken Line," The Good Intentions [Tres Pescadores, 11/16] (15)
        "Long Way Home"
        "Hard Times Have Come Again"
 53: "Made In Brooklyn," John McEuen [Chesky, 9/16] (15)
        "Blue Ridge Cabin Home"
 53: "The Man Who Became A Song," Ron Renninger [Self, 6/16] (15)
        "I Got The River"
 53: "One More Song," Jack Tempchin [Blue Elan, 9/16] (15)
        "Song For You"
        "Circle Ties That Bind"
 53: "Secular Hymns," Madeleine Peyroux [Verve, 9/16] (15)
        "Tango Till They're Sore"
 53: "Slingin' Rhythm," Wayne Hancock [Bloodshot, new] (15)
        "Slingin' Rhythm"
        "Small Bouquet Of Roses"
 53: "Walk These Fields," Adam Nordell With Johanna Davis [New Root, 9/16] (15)
        "Means Of Production"
        "Sweet Grass Hills"
 60: "1000 Arms," Blue Rodeo [Telesoul, new] (14)
        "Hard To Remember"
        "I Can't Hide This Anymore"
 60: "Celebration," David Mallett [North Road, 2/16] (14)
        "2 Sides To Every Story"
        "Whatever Gets You By"
 60: "Famous Blue Raincoat," Jennifer Warnes [Cypress, 2000] (14)
        "Famous Blue Raincoat"
        "Ain't No Cure For Love"
 60: "Lighthouse," David Crosby [Verve, 10/16] (14)
        "By The Light Of Common Day"
 60: "Miller's Creek," The Belle Hollows [Elm Hill, 8/16] (14)
        "Miller's Creek"
        "Different Kind Of Rain"
 60: "Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad," Billy Bragg And Joe Henry [Cooking Vinyl, 9/16] (14)
        "Gentle On My Mind"
        "Waiting For A Train"
 60: "Tears And Laughter," Robin Greenstein [Windy, 9/16] (14)
        "Tale Of 2 Cities"
        "Tears In Heaven"
 60: "Where I Came From," Nothin' Fancy [Mountain Fever, new] (14)
        "Daddy Made Moonshine"
 68: "The Boston States," Katie McNally Trio [Self, 10/16] (13)
        "Scotty Fitzgerald's"
 68: "Colors And Crossroads," Sideline [Mountain Fever, new] (13)
        "Darlin' Corey"
 68: "Copper Rooster And Other Tunes And Tales," Gina Forsyth [Waterbug, 6/16] (13)
        "It's Moving Day"
 68: "The Kingdom Of Summer," Dennis Caraher [Self, new] (13)
        "Blue Cadillac"
        "What Might Have Been"
 68: "Very Next Thing EP," Banjo Nickaru And Western Scooches [On The Bol, 9/16] (13)
        "Freight Train"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13184 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. "Woody's Landlord" (26)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "Woody's Landlord (Single)"
2. "Suzanne" (15)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "Songs Of Leonard Cohen"
2. "Vote" (15)
        by Spook Handy
        from "Pete, Woody & Me - Volume I: Keep The Flame Alive"
        also "Breakfast At Bill's"
4. "Know The Mountain" (13)
        by Hannah Shira Naiman
        from "Know The Mountain"
5. "Democracy" (12)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "More Best Of Leonard Cohen"
        also "The Essential Leonard Cohen"
5. "Too Stupid For Democracy" (12)
        by Eileen McGann
        from "Journeys"
7. "Hallelujah" (11)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "Songs From The Road"
        also "Various Positions"
7. "Suzanne" (11)
        by Judy Collins
        from "Very Best Of Judy Collins"
        also "In My Life"
7. "You Want It Darker" (11)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "You Want It Darker"
10. "And It Was Good" (10)
        by The Andrew Collins Trio
        from "And It Was Good"
10. "I'd Jump The Mississippi" (10)
        by Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms
        from "Innocent Road"
10. "Road Less Traveled" (10)
        by Kenny White
        from "Long List Of Priors"
13. "Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown" (9)
        by Ray Lambiase
        from "Ballad Of 3 Finger"
13. "Everybody Knows" (9)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "The Essential Leonard Cohen"
13. "News" (9)
        by Terri Hendrix
        from "The Slaughterhouse Sessions"
13. "Orphan Girl" (9)
        by Gillian Welch
        from "Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg"
13. "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" (9)
        by Gordon Lightfoot
        from "Summertime Dream"
18. "Beautiful Up To The Brain" (8)
        by George Mann
        from "For The Road And The Sky"
18. "This Land Is Your Land" (8)
        by Woody Guthrie
        from "Folkways - The Original Vision"
18. "To Be Here" (8)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Dreaming In Vinyl"
18. "Tree" (8)
        by Anna Elizabeth Laube
        from "Tree"
18. "Yarrow" (8)
        by Red Tail Ring
        from "Fall Away Blues"
23. "Age" (7)
        by The Savage Hearts
        from "Playing It Forward"
23. "Alice's Restaurant" (7)
        by Arlo Guthrie
        from "Alice's Restaurant"
23. "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (7)
        by The Piedmont Melody Makers
        from "Wonderful World Outside"
23. "Hallelujah" (7)
        by Jeff Buckley
        from "Grace"
23. "Hallelujah" (7)
        by K. D. Lang
        from "Hymns Of The 49th Parallel"
23. "In The Pouring Rain" (7)
        by Hannah Shira Naiman
        from "Know The Mountain"
23. "Kingdom Come" (7)
        by Claire Lynch
        from "North By South"
23. "Old Midwestern Tune" (7)
        by Adrian And Meredith
        from "More Than A Little"
23. "Sisters Of Mercy" (7)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "Songs Of Leonard Cohen"
23. "So Long, Marianne" (7)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "Songs Of Leonard Cohen"
23. "Take A Boat" (7)
        by Adrian And Meredith
        from "More Than A Little"
23. "Travelling Light" (7)
        by Leonard Cohen
        from "You Want It Darker"
23. "Veterans Day" (7)
        by Larry Murante
        from "Patch Of Sky"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13184 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Leonard Cohen
2. Leon Russell
3. Hannah Shira Naiman
4. Caroline Doctorow
5. Judy Collins
6. Bob Dylan
7. Pete Seeger
8. Claire Lynch
8. Gillian Welch
8. Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
11. Carrie Newcomer
11. Joan Baez
13. The Stray Birds
14. The Piedmont Melody Makers
15. Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms
15. Tim Grimm
17. George Mann
17. John Gorka
17. John McCutcheon
20. Adrian And Meredith
20. Brother Sun
22. David Bromberg
22. Terri Hendrix
24. The Andrew Collins Trio
24. Anna Laube
26. John Prine
26. The Lonesome Ace Stringband
26. Michael Cleveland
26. Mose Allison
26. Tom Paxton
31. The Savage Hearts
32. Joe K. Walsh
32. Larry Murante
32. Richard Shindell
35. Jim Lauderdale
35. John McSherry
35. Spook Handy
38. Blue Highway
38. Paul Sachs
40. Arlo Guthrie
40. Chicago Farmer
40. Dry Branch Fire Squad
40. Katherine Rondeau
40. Steve Goodman

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13184 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Columbia
3. Compass
4. Red House
5. Sugar Hill
6. Rhino
7. Borealis
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
8. Warner
10. Yep Roc
11. Nonesuch
11. Rebel
13. Philo
14. Signature
15. Merriweather
16. Arc
16. Vanguard
18. Elektra
18. Flying Fish
18. Waterbug
21. Appleseed
22. MCA
22. Mountain Fever
24. Sony
25. Folk-Legacy
25. RCA
27. Narrow Lane
28. Mountain Home
29. Capitol
30. Kingswood
31. Patuxent
32. New West
33. Weeping Wood
33. Bloodshot
35. Razor And Tie
35. Skinny Elephant
37. Akashic
38. Ahh... Pockets!
38. Available Light
38. Bear Family
38. Green Linnet
38. Sky Crunch

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13184 airplays from 136 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Anne Fuller (KRNN-FM, AK)
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)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Christine Lavin (WFUV-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)
Dave Aton (WRFG-FM, GA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Devin Adams (WYSO-FM, OH)
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)
Gary Crouth (WYEP-FM, PA)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
Greg Priddy (WJCU-FM, OH)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Nary (4EB-FM, Australia)
Jared Ingersol (syndicated &, IA)
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 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)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Kiger (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
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)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated, DC)
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 Horyczun (KPKN-FM, CT)
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)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KQSC-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)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
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