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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L broadcast radio playlists
Based on 12446 airplays from 138 different DJs

  1: "Best Medicine," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 10/14] (98)
        "Best Medicine"
        "Simple Man"
  2: "The Early Mays," The Early Mays [Bird On The Wing, new] (77)
        "Little Darling Pal Of Mine"
        "I'm Sorry, Wyoming"
        "Lonesome John"
        "Nothing Stands"
  3: "The Longing Road," Johnsmith [, 7/14] (69)
        "Borders Of The Moon"
        "The Longing Road"
        "Little Man"
  4: "Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn," Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn [Rounder, new] (64)
        "Banjo Banjo"
        "Ride To You"
        "New South Africa"
  5: "Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie," Various Artists [Compass, 9/14] (60)
        "L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore," Robin And Linda Williams
        "Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn," Peggy Seeger
        "Jubilee," Kathy Mattea And Friends
  6: "Lay It Down," Louise Mosrie [Zoe Cat, new] (59)
        "Lay It Down"
        "Singing My Heart Out"
        "I'll Take You In"
        "When Cotton Was King"
  6: "You Can't Outrun The Radio," Jonathan Byrd [Waterbug, new] (59)
        "You Can't Outrun The Radio"
        "Big Truck Brought It"
        "38 Baby"
  8: "The Rose Of No-Man's Land," Nell Robinson [Compass, new] (48)
        "Scots Irish"
        "Blue-Eyed Boston Boy"
        "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier"
  9: "When I'm Free," Hot Rize [Ten In Hand, 9/14] (47)
        "Blue Is Fallin"
        "Western Skies"
        "You Were On My Mind This Morning"
 10: "Standing In The Breach," Jackson Browne [Inside, 10/14] (46)
        "Birds Of St. Marks"
        "Standing In The Breach"
        "Long Way Around"
        "Leaving Winslow"
 11: "A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble," Jesse Winchester [Appleseed, 9/14] (43)
        "All That We Have Is Now"
        "Never Forget To Boogie"
        "Rhythm Of The Rain"
 12: "Tracks," Anne Hills [Hand And Heart, 9/14] (38)
        "City Of New Orleans"
        "Maria Took The Train To Town"
        "Train To Morrow"
 13: "North Star," Kyle Carey [Americelta, 9/14] (36)
        "Across The Great Divide"
        "Casey Jones Whistle Blow"
        "Wind Through Casper"
 13: "What About The Water," Lee Murdock [Depot, new] (36)
        "What About The Water"
        "Tiny Fish For Japan"
 15: "Down The Deep Well," Hardin Burns [Ithaca, new] (35)
        "Down The Deep Well"
        "Get Back Home"
 15: "Still On The Levee," Chris Smither [Signature, 7/14] (35)
        "Leave The Light On"
        "No Love Today"
        "What They Say"
 17: "Old Silo," James Hill [Borealis, 9/14] (34)
        "Village Belle"
        "New Moon"
        "I'll Never Know"
 18: "Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither," Various Artists [Signature, new] (33)
        "Love Me Like A Man," Bonnie Raitt
        "Leave The Light On," Jorma Kaukonen
        "Train Home," Patty Larkin
 19: "Return To Trion," Chris Coole And Ivan Rosenberg [Vole-O-Tone, 9/14] (32)
        "Train That Carried My Girl From Town"
        "Stage Fright"
        "Standard Mule"
 20: "Fiddle Tune X," Billy Strings And Don Julin [, new] (30)
        "Walk On Boy"
        "Beaumont Rag"
 20: "Sometimes Love," Beth Wood [, 6/14] (30)
        "Bird Girl"
        "To Get To Zero"
        "Wildest Dream"
 22: "Milltowns," Mark Erelli [Hillbilly Pilgrim, 9/14] (29)
        "Handsome Molly"
 22: "Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern And Ray," Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick [Spruce And Maple, 8/14] (29)
        "Little Birdie"
        "My Old Kentucky Home"
 24: "The Last Shot Got Him," Scott Ainslie [Cattail, new] (28)
        "First Shot Missed Him"
        "Avalon Blues"
        "Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me"
 25: "While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet," Heather Styka [Kite Stripe, 9/14] (27)
        "Birch Log"
        "Like It's 1945"
 26: "Aberdeen," Phil Henry [Self, new] (26)
        "Old Joe's Chair"
        "Birdhouse In Your Soul"
        "Hard Times Come Again No More"
 26: "Sake Of The Sound," Front Country [, 9/14] (26)
        "Like A River"
        "One Kind Word"
        "Rock Salt And Nails"
 26: "Tell 'em I'm Gone," Yusuf (Cat Stevens) [Legacy, new] (26)
        "I Was Raised In Babylon"
        "Dying To Live"
        "You Are My Sunshine"
 29: "Carousel," Robert Bruey [, 4/14] (25)
        "Comin' Around"
        "Open Road"
 29: "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone," Lucinda Williams [Highway 20, new] (25)
        "Stand Right By Each Other"
        "Cold Day In Hell"
 29: "Second Nature," Adler & Hearne [Spring Hollow, 9/14] (25)
        "Love Is A Fire"
        "Second Nature"
        "Soup's On"
 32: "Live Again!," Phil Ochs [Rockbeat, 8/14] (24)
        "Ballad Of The Carpenter"
 32: "Paradise Outlaw," Pieta Brown [Red House, 9/14] (24)
        "Letter In Hand"
        "Wondering How"
 34: "Georgia I'm Here," Joe Crookston [Milagrito, 4/14] (23)
        "Pretty Saro"
        "Riding The Train"
 34: "Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited," Various Artists [Sony, 8/14] (23)
        "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow," Gillian Welch And Dave Rawlings
        "Custer," Steve Earle
        "Apache Tears," Emmylou Harris
 36: "Laughter Out Of Tears," Moira Smiley And Voco [Whim, 9/14] (22)
        "Chilly Winds"
 37: "Tucson," Brad Colerick [Back 9, new] (21)
        "This Is What I Do"
 38: "Chasing Beauty," Ellis Paul [Black Wolf, 7/14] (20)
        "Never Want To Lose You"
        "Kick Out The Lights"
 38: "No Passengers," Davey O [Self, 9/14] (20)
        "Main Street"
        "Long Black Veil"
        "Song I Wrote"
 38: "Warriors Of Love," Camela Widad [Al-Ubudiyya, new] (20)
 41: "Popular Problems," Leonard Cohen [Columbia, new] (19)
        "You Got Me Singing"
        "Samson In New Orleans"
 42: "Goodbye Nashville," Eliza Lynn [Civility, 8/14] (18)
        "Space In Between"
        "Cry Honey Cry"
 42: "Halls Of My Heart," Jim Photoglo [Grifftone, 7/14] (18)
        "Shadow And Light"
 42: "New Lady On The Prairie," Lizzy Hoyt [Blue Crown, 9/14] (18)
        "Movement Never Lies"
        "New Lady On The Prairie"
 45: "The Earls Of Leicester," The Earls Of Leicester [Rounder, 9/14] (17)
        "Big Black Train"
        "You're Not A Drop In The Bucket"
 45: "The Red Album," Red Molly [, 4/14] (17)
        "Willow Tree"
        "Clinch River Blues"
 47: "Three Bells," Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas And Rob Ickes [Rounder, 9/14] (16)
        "Panhandle Rag"
        "Silver Threads Among The Gold"
 47: "Beyond the Blue," The Duhks [Compass, 5/14] (16)
        "Lazy John"
        "Black Mountain Lullaby"
 47: "A Friend Too Long," Lac La Belle [Double Lot, new] (16)
        "Carry Me Under"
 47: "Poor Man's Diamonds," John Flynn [Flying Stone, 5/14] (16)
        "Like Woody Done"
 47: "River Of Sand," Lynne Hanson [Continental, 9/14] (16)
        "River Of Sand"
        "Trading In My Lonesome"
 47: "The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside," Jon Brooks [Borealis, new] (16)
        "Gun Dealer"
 47: "You Got This," Haas Kowert Tice [, 7/14] (16)
        "Down The Hatch"
 54: "Another Day," Burning Bridget Cleary [Self, 8/14] (15)
        "Another Day"
 54: "Come Clean," Teresa Storch [, 9/14] (15)
        "Come Clean"
 54: "Crooked Fiddle," Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt [, 9/14] (15)
        "Old Joe's Chair"
 54: "The Flower Of Muscle Shoals," Cahalen Morrison And Country Hammer [Free Dirt, 8/14] (15)
        "Delta Divine"
 54: "Prospect Hill," Dom Flemons [Fat Possum, 7/14] (15)
        "Polly Put The Kettle On"
 54: "Trouble Follows Me," Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice [Rebel, 9/14] (15)
        "Jesus Walked On Water"
        "Trouble Follows Me"
 60: "One-Take Jake," Jacob Johnson [Self, 9/14] (14)
        "Chim Chim Chiree"
        "She's Got A Way"
 60: "The River And The Thread," Rosanne Cash [Blue Note, 1/14] (14)
        "Feather's Not A Bird"
 60: "Stray Birds," Rose Cousins [Self, new] (14)
        "If You Could Read My Mind"
        "Stray Birds"
 60: "The Turning Point," Tim Grimm [Cavalier, 9/13] (14)
        "Rovin' Gambler"
 64: "Five," Balsam Range [Mountain Home, 6/14] (13)
        "Moon Over Memphis"
 64: "And The War Came," Shakey Graves [Dualtone, new] (13)
        "Big Time Nashville Star"
        "Hard Wired"
 64: "Carter Girl," Carlene Carter [Rounder, 4/14] (13)
        "Gold Watch And Chain"
 64: "Everything's Beautiful Now," Christine Albert [Moon House, 9/14] (13)
        "Old New Mexico"
 64: "Letting Go," Cheryl Branz [Self, 8/14] (13)
 64: "The Nocturne Diaries," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 3/14] (13)
 64: "Staking Flags In The Valley," Emily White [Self, new] (13)
 64: "Turn On A Dime," Lonesome River Band [Mountain Home, new] (13)
        "Her Love Won't Turn On A Dime"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L broadcast radio playlists
Based on 12446 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. "Another Day" (19)
        by Burning Bridget Cleary
        from "Another Day"
1. "Best Medicine" (19)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Best Medicine"
3. "Adelaide" (18)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Best Medicine"
4. "Little Darling Pal Of Mine" (16)
        by The Early Mays
        from "The Early Mays"
5. "Down The Deep Well" (14)
        by Hardin Burns
        from "Down The Deep Well"
6. "Lay It Down" (12)
        by Louise Mosrie
        from "Lay It Down"
6. "Railroad" (12)
        by Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet
        from "Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet"
6. "Walk On Boy" (12)
        by Billy Strings And Don Julin
        from "Fiddle Tune X"
9. "Borders Of The Moon" (11)
        by Johnsmith
        from "The Longing Road"
9. "Pallet" (11)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Best Medicine"
9. "When Fall Comes To New England" (11)
        by Cheryl Wheeler
        from "Driving Home"
        also "Different Stripe"
12. "I'm Sorry, Wyoming" (10)
        by The Early Mays
        from "The Early Mays"
12. "The Longing Road" (10)
        by Johnsmith
        from "The Longing Road"
12. "You Can't Outrun The Radio" (10)
        by Jonathan Byrd
        from "You Can't Outrun The Radio"
15. "Across The Great Divide" (9)
        by Kyle Carey
        from "North Star"
15. "Bells" (9)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Best Medicine"
15. "Big Truck Brought It" (9)
        by Jonathan Byrd
        from "You Can't Outrun The Radio"
15. "Blue Is Fallin" (9)
        by Hot Rize
        from "When I'm Free"
15. "Chilly Winds" (9)
        by Moira Smiley And Voco
        from "Laughter Out Of Tears"
15. "Dear Sister" (9)
        by Claire Lynch
        from "Dear Sister"
15. "First Shot Missed Him" (9)
        by Scott Ainslie
        from "The Last Shot Got Him"
15. "Little Man" (9)
        by Johnsmith
        from "The Longing Road"
15. "Lonesome John" (9)
        by The Early Mays
        from "The Early Mays"
15. "Scots Irish" (9)
        by Nell Robinson
        from "The Rose Of No-Man's Land"
15. "Singing My Heart Out" (9)
        by Louise Mosrie
        from "Lay It Down"
15. "Starlight" (9)
        by Jonathan Byrd
        from "You Can't Outrun The Radio"
15. "Village Belle" (9)
        by James Hill
        from "Old Silo"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L broadcast radio playlists
Based on 12446 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. The Stray Birds
2. The Early Mays
3. Johnsmith
4. Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet
5. Jonathan Byrd
6. Louise Mosrie
7. Bob Dylan
8. Jackson Browne
9. Jesse Winchester
9. Nell Robinson
11. Hot Rize
12. Anne Hills
12. Chris Smither
14. Lee Murdock
15. Richard Thompson
16. Heather Styka
16. James Hill
16. Pete Seeger
19. Billy Strings And Don Julin
19. John Gorka
19. John McCutcheon
19. Kyle Carey
19. Phil Ochs
24. Chris Coole And Ivan Rosenberg
24. Hardin Burns
24. Mark Erelli
24. Scott Ainslie
28. Beth Wood
28. Pieta Brown
30. Cheryl Wheeler
30. Eliza Gilkyson
30. John Flynn
30. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
30. Lucinda Williams
35. Leonard Cohen
35. Mary Chapin Carpenter
35. Red Molly
38. Nanci Griffith
38. Seldom Scene
40. Adler And Hearne
40. Ellis Paul
40. Front Country
40. Joe Crookston
40. Joni Mitchell
40. Phil Henry
40. Susan Werner

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L broadcast radio playlists
Based on 12446 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Signature
5. Yep Roc
6. Sugar Hill
7. Columbia
8. Borealis
8. Waterbug
10. Appleseed
11. Smithsonian/Folkways
12. Rebel
13. Vanguard
14. Zoe Cat
15. Warner
16. Flying Fish
16. Rhino
18. Capitol
19. Spruce And Maple
20. Mountain Home
21. Philo
22. Hand And Heart
23. Sony
24. Inside
25. Bear Family
25. Legacy
27. New West
27. Pinecastle
29. Nonesuch
30. 10 In Hand
30. Blue Pine
32. Cattail
32. Hillbilly Pilgrim
34. Arc
34. Bird On The Wing
36. Green Linnet
36. Reprise
38. Elektra
38. RCA
38. Spring Hollow

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L broadcast radio playlists
Based on 12446 airplays from 138 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allison Brock (CKUA-FM, AB)
Allison Brown (CJAM-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Art Menius (WMMT-FM, KY)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
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)
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)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-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 McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Heather Miller (KRUU-LP, IA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Eads (WNKU-FM, KY)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
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 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)
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)
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 (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 Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated, DC)
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)
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)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rhonda J. Miller (WXIN-FM, RI)
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)
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 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)
Terri Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Terry Carpenter (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)

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