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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14052 airplays from 140 different DJs

  1: "Playing It Forward," The Savage Hearts [, 9/16] (85)
        "High Road"
        "Faded Love"
        "Ragtime Annie"
  2: "Dreaming In Vinyl," Caroline Doctorow [Narrow Lane, 9/16] (78)
        "Time Passes Slowly"
        "To Be Here"
        "I Think It's Going To Rain Today"
        "Dangling Conversation"
        "Sunday Morning"
  3: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, 9/16] (68)
        "Sweet To Mama"
        "99 Year Blues"
        "Boll Weevil"
  4: "Innocent Road," Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms [West Sound, 9/16] (57)
        "Coming On Strong"
        "C'est Le Moment"
        "I'd Jump The Mississippi"
        "New Shoes"
  5: "Blue Mountain," Bob Weir [Columbia, 9/16] (53)
        "Ghost Towns"
        "Lay My Lily Down"
        "Only A River"
  5: "Love Is Love," Paul Sachs [, 7/16] (53)
        "Late For The Protest"
        "All That Love Provides"
        "Every Mother's Son"
  5: "Woody's Landlord (Single)," Tim Grimm [, new] (53)
        "Woody's Landlord"
  8: "Tom Dooley And Friends," Rob McHale [Wooden Door, 9/16] (50)
        "Tom Dula"
        "Laura Foster"
        "Daniel Boone"
        "Ghost Of Jesse James"
  9: "Gone For Evermore," The Lonesome Ace Stringband [, 9/16] (47)
        "Let Him Go On Mama"
        "Saro Jane"
        "Cotton-Eyed Joe"
 10: "Midwest Side Stories," Chicago Farmer [, 9/16] (45)
        "Farms And Factories"
        "New Used Car"
 10: "North By South," Claire Lynch [Compass, 9/16] (45)
        "All The Diamonds In The World"
        "It's Worth Believing"
        "Cold Hearted Wind"
 10: "The Ultimate Guide To English Folk," Various Artists [Arc, 10/16] (45)
        "Dance To Your Daddy/The Flaming Drones," Nancy Kerr And James Fagan
        "Early One Morning," Jim Moray
 13: "Beneath Still Waters," Courtney Granger [Valcour, 10/16] (42)
        "Back In My Baby's Arms Again"
        "Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There"
        "Mr. Fool"
 13: "The Long Unbroken Line," The Good Intentions [Tres Pescadores, new] (42)
        "Long Way Home"
        "Appalachian Girl"
        "Hard Times Have Come Again"
 13: "The Slaughterhouse Sessions," Terri Hendrix [Wilory, 10/16] (42)
        "Bury The Devil"
        "Crocodile Man"
 13: "Tears And Laughter," Robin Greenstein [Windy, 9/16] (42)
        "Here I Am"
        "I Heard The Road Call Me"
        "Tears In Heaven"
 17: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (39)
        "Color Of The Blues"
        "Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out"
        "Storms Never Last"
 18: "The Blues, The Whole Blues And Nothing But The Blues," David Bromberg [Red House, 10/16] (38)
        "Kentucky Blues"
        "You've Been A Good Old Wagon"
 18: "Kol Isha (A Woman's Voice)," Sharon Goldman [, 8/16] (38)
        "Song Of Songs"
 20: "Made In Brooklyn," John McEuen [Chesky, 9/16] (37)
        "Travelin' Mood"
        "My Dirty Life And Times"
        "Brooklyn Crossing"
 20: "Simpatico," Adler And Hearne [Spring Hollow, new] (37)
        "Piney Woods Are Singing Our Song"
        "River Of Peace"
 22: "Blindfaller," Mandolin Orange [Yep Roc, 9/16] (36)
        "Lonesome Whistle"
        "Gospel Shoes"
 23: "New Hope Chateau," Katherine Rondeau [, new] (35)
        "Long Ago, Far Away"
        "Broken Bird"
        "Raise Up Your Hand"
 24: "75th Birthday Celebration," Joan Baez [, 6/16] (33)
        "Water Is Wide"
        "Catch The Wind," Joan Baez W/Mary Chapin Carpenter
 24: "And It Was Good," The Andrew Collins Trio [, new] (33)
        "And It Was Good"
        "Stars, Sun And Moon"
 24: "Deliverance," The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc [, 4/16] (33)
        "Hen Hunt"
        "Talons Trip To Thompson Island"
 24: "Fall Away Blues," Red Tail Ring [, 8/16] (33)
        "Ghost Whispers"
 24: "The Other Way Around," David Lamotte [DPI, 8/16] (33)
        "Drink Deeply"
        "Taste The Light"
 29: "Patch Of Sky," Larry Murante [Weeping Wood, new] (32)
        "Little Patch Of Sky"
        "Story Of The Sale"
        "Heart Of Happiness"
 29: "Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad," Billy Bragg And Joe Henry [Cooking Vinyl, 9/16] (32)
        "Rock Island Line"
        "Hobo's Lullaby"
        "Midnight Special"
 31: "Original Traditional," Blue Highway [Rounder, 9/16] (31)
        "Alexander's Run"
        "Last Time I'll Ever Leave This Town"
 32: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 9/16] (30)
        "Slender Thread"
        "3 Feet Or So"
 32: "Borderland," Joe K. Walsh [Skinny Elephant, 9/16] (30)
        "Bee-Loud Glade"
        "There But For Fortune"
 32: "Kid Sister," The Time Jumpers [Rounder, 9/16] (30)
        "Table For 2"
        "Honky Tonkin"
        "My San Antonio Rose"
 35: "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars," Dwight Yoakam [Sugar Hill, 9/16] (29)
        "2 Doors Down"
        "Purple Rain"
 36: "Magic Fire," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 8/16] (28)
        "Hands Of Man"
        "Mississippi Pearl"
        "Sunday Morning"
 37: "T Sisters," T Sisters [Self, 10/16] (27)
        "Come Back Down"
        "Sonnet #4"
 38: "New Shoes," The Bombadils [Borealis, 9/16] (26)
        "Squirrels Rule The Day-Raccoons Rule The Night"
        "Wild Mountain Thyme"
 39: "Celebration," David Mallett [North Road, 2/16] (25)
        "2 Sides To Every Story"
 39: "I Was Here," Beth Desombre [Self, 7/16] (25)
        "Bigger Faster And More"
        "Dandelion Wine"
 39: "Know The Mountain," Hannah Shira Naiman [Merriweather, new] (25)
        "Know The Mountain"
        "Train On The Island"
 39: "Western And Country," Dennis Jay [Linkhorn, 9/16] (25)
        "Texas Skies Shining In A Cowgirl's Eyes"
        "Streets Of Laredo"
        "Watch Over You Tonight"
 43: "Molsky's Mountain Drifters," Molsky's Mountain Drifters [Tree Frog, 8/16] (24)
        "Between The Wars"
        "Across The Plains Of Illinois"
 43: "Rattle And Roar," The Earls Of Leicester [Rounder, 7/16] (24)
        "Branded Wherever I Go"
        "Flint Hill Special"
 45: "The Boston States," Katie McNally Trio [Self, new] (23)
        "Colin MacIntosh/Black Horse"
        "Down The Burn / Davie Lad"
 45: "Lighthouse," David Crosby [Verve, new] (23)
        "Look In Their Eyes"
 45: "The Man Who Became A Song," Ron Renninger [Self, 6/16] (23)
        "I Got The River"
        "Natural Causes"
        "Dream And The Memory"
 48: "Bird's Nest," The Fretless [Self, 10/16] (22)
        "Maybe Molly"
        "Jig Of The Blood Moon / Kylebrack Ramblers"
 48: "Fiddler's Dream," Michael Cleveland [Compass, new] (22)
        "Fiddler's Dream"
        "Steamboat Whistle Blues"
 48: "Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996," Oscar Brand [Smithsonian/Folkways, 1999] (22)
        "Adams And Liberty"
 48: "Very Next Thing EP," Banjo Nickaru And Western Scooches [On The Bol, 9/16] (22)
        "Sweet Georgia Brown"
 52: "Careless," Richard Shindell [Amalgamated Balladry, 9/16] (21)
        "Stray Cow Blues"
        "All Wide Open"
 53: "Keep Me Singing," Van Morrison [Exile, new] (20)
        "Memory Lane"
        "Let It Rhyme"
 53: "Rise Up," Erika Kulnys [, 8/16] (20)
        "Burning The Furniture"
        "I'm On Fire"
 55: "20,000 Versions Of The Sun," Greg Greenway [Sheen Of Heat, 8/16] (19)
        "Can't Get Out Of My Own Way"
        "Good Man"
 55: "Coming Home," O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor [Rounder, 8/16] (19)
        "Jerusalem Ridge"
        "Always Do"
 55: "Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down," Jack Grelle [Big Muddy, new] (19)
        "Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down"
        "Changes Never Made"
 58: "Nine Pin," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 5/16] (18)
        "Harvest And The Plough"
        "Saint Elizabeth"
 58: "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown," Ray Lambiase [Raytone, 8/16] (18)
        "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown"
        "I Could Only Love A Girl Like You"
 58: "Down The Road," The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band [American Melody, 8/16] (18)
        "East Virginia Blues"
        "Worried Man Blues"
 58: "Miller's Creek," The Belle Hollows [Elm Hill, 8/16] (18)
        "Different Kind Of Rain"
        "I'd Just Let It Go"
 58: "One More Song," Jack Tempchin [Blue Elan, 9/16] (18)
        "Slow Dancing"
        "Streets Of Midnight"
 58: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (18)
        "Keep On Going"
        "I Won't Look Down"
 58: "Wild Blue Yonder," The Western Flyers [, 7/16] (18)
        "You're From Texas"
        "Sweet Georgia Brown"
 65: "Pete, Woody & Me - Volume I: Keep The Flame Alive," Spook Handy [Akashic, 6/16] (17)
 65: "Storyman," Sam Bush [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (17)
        "Play By Your Own Rules"
        "Bowling Green"
 67: "Before Beginning," John Gorka [Red House, 7/16] (16)
        "Geza's Wailing Ways"
 67: "The Cutting Edge: 1965-1966 (box set)," Bob Dylan [Columbia, 11/15] (16)
        "Desolation Row"
        "Positively 4th Street"
 67: "For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price," Willie Nelson [Legacy, new] (16)
        "I'll Be There"
        "Invitation To The Blues"
 67: "Letters To Abigail," Letters To Abigail [Self, 9/16] (16)
        "Angel In Ordinary Shoes"
        "Recipe For A Smile"
 67: "Little Circles," The Wooks [Gnar Vector, 6/16] (16)
        "White Lines And Neon Signs"
 67: "The More I Learn," Bryan Sutton [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (16)
        "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14052 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. "Woody's Landlord" (53)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "Woody's Landlord (Single)"
2. "Age" (19)
        by The Savage Hearts
        from "Playing It Forward"
2. "Tom Dula" (19)
        by Rob McHale
        from "Tom Dooley And Friends"
4. "Time Passes Slowly" (17)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Dreaming In Vinyl"
5. "And It Was Good" (13)
        by The Andrew Collins Trio
        from "And It Was Good"
5. "Coming On Strong" (13)
        by Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms
        from "Innocent Road"
5. "To Be Here" (13)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Dreaming In Vinyl"
8. "High Road" (12)
        by The Savage Hearts
        from "Playing It Forward"
9. "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" (11)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Dreaming In Vinyl"
9. "Late For The Protest" (11)
        by Paul Sachs
        from "Love Is Love"
9. "Laura Foster" (11)
        by Rob McHale
        from "Tom Dooley And Friends"
9. "Let Him Go On Mama" (11)
        by The Lonesome Ace Stringband
        from "Gone For Evermore"
9. "Long Ago, Far Away" (11)
        by Katherine Rondeau
        from "New Hope Chateau"
9. "Umbrella" (11)
        by Chicago Farmer
        from "Midwest Side Stories"
15. "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown" (10)
        by Ray Lambiase
        from "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown"
15. "Bury The Devil" (10)
        by Terri Hendrix
        from "The Slaughterhouse Sessions"
15. "Here I Am" (10)
        by Robin Greenstein
        from "Tears And Laughter"
18. "Dangling Conversation" (9)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Dreaming In Vinyl"
18. "Delia" (9)
        by David Bromberg
        from "Blues The Whole Blues And Nothing But The Blues"
18. "Farms And Factories" (9)
        by Chicago Farmer
        from "Midwest Side Stories"
18. "Ghost Whispers" (9)
        by Red Tail Ring
        from "Fall Away Blues"
18. "Gonesville" (9)
        by Bob Weir
        from "Blue Mountain"
18. "Kentucky Blues" (9)
        by David Bromberg
        from "The Blues, The Whole Blues And Nothing But The Blues"
18. "Radioland" (9)
        by Adler And Hearne
        from "Simpatico"
18. "Sunday Morning" (9)
        by Caroline Doctorow
        from "Dreaming In Vinyl"
18. "Sweet To Mama" (9)
        by Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
        from "Penny's Farm"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14052 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Bob Dylan
2. Caroline Doctorow
3. The Savage Hearts
4. Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
4. Tim Grimm
6. Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms
6. John Prine
6. Oscar Brand
9. Joan Baez
9. Paul Sachs
11. Bob Weir
11. Terri Hendrix
13. The Lonesome Ace Stringband
13. Rob McHale
15. Claire Lynch
16. Robin Greenstein
17. Chicago Farmer
17. Sharon Goldman
19. David Bromberg
19. The Good Intentions
21. Courtney Granger
22. John Gorka
23. Dwight Yoakam
24. Adler And Hearne
24. Mandolin Orange
26. John McCutcheon
26. John McEuen
26. Red Tail Ring
26. Richard Shindell
30. Katherine Rondeau
31. Billy Bragg And Joe Henry
31. Carrie Newcomer
31. The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
34. The Andrew Collins Trio
34. The Stray Birds
36. Blue Highway
36. David Lamotte
36. Joe K. Walsh
36. Van Morrison
40. David Mallett
40. Larry Murante

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14052 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Columbia
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Red House
6. Yep Roc
7. Kingswood
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
9. Vanguard
10. Arc
11. Signature
12. Warner
13. Rhino
14. Borealis
14. Narrow Lane
14. Razor And Tie
17. Folk-Legacy
18. Mountain Home
19. New West
20. Green Linnet
20. Sony
22. Bear Family
22. Windy
24. Chesky
24. Rebel
26. Capitol
27. Spring Hollow
28. Oh Boy
28. Patuxent
28. Valcour
28. Waterbug
32. Appleseed
32. Elektra
34. RCA
35. Weeping Wood
36. Legacy
36. Nonesuch
36. Skinny Elephant
39. Available Light
39. Mountain Fever

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14052 airplays from 140 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
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)
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)
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)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Crowe (WMCB-FM, MA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Don Jacobson (KBOO-FM, OR)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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 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)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
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)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Terry O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
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