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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12468 airplays from 134 different DJs

  1: "Sliding Delta," Michael Jerome Browne [Borealis, 1/15] (63)
        "Sliding Delta"
        "Special Rider Blues"
        "Living In The Whitehouse"
  2: "The 45th Parallel," Neptune's Car [, 1/15] (62)
        "The 45th Parallel"
        "Blue Sky Turned To Rust"
        "Emily Dickinson"
  3: "Ain't In No Hurry," Jorma Kaukonen [Red House, 2/15] (61)
        "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"
        "Other Side Of The Mountain"
        "Ain't In No Hurry"
        "Terrible Operation"
  4: "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," Robert Earl Keen [Dualtone, 2/15] (56)
        "Footprints In The Snow"
        "Hot Corn, Cold Corn"
        "Old Home Place"
  5: "Dreaming As I Do," Caroline Cotter [Bella Blue, new] (54)
        "Bella Blue"
        "Dreaming As I Do"
        "This Place"
  6: "Brotherhood," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/15] (51)
        "Bye Bye Love"
        "Crying In The Rain"
        "Long Gone"
  6: "Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls," The Burns Sisters [Sisters, new] (51)
        "Clare To Here"
        "Far From My Home"
        "Free Born Man"
  6: "Tillamook Burn," Lauren Sheehan And Zoe Carpenter [, 11/14] (51)
        "Honey Baby Blues"
        "In The Wee Midnight Hours"
  9: "Pandemonium," Moors And McCumber [, 12/14] (49)
        "Crack A Smile"
        "You Take Me Somewhere"
  9: "Trust," The Levins [, 1/15] (49)
        "Love Song"
        "Laugh With Me"
        "World Of Peace"
 11: "Chasing The Sun," The Sweet Lowdown [, 11/14] (42)
        "Birds And The Bees"
        "Road Song"
        "Chasing The Sun"
        "River Winding Down"
 12: "A Bird In This World," Joel Mabus [Fossil, new] (41)
        "Welcome Back To The Blues"
        "How About The Blues"
        "Simply Lost In The Blues"
 13: "The Widening Gyre," Altan [Compass, 1/15] (40)
        "White Birds"
        "House Carpenter"
        "Triple T"
 14: "Lomax Project," Jayme Stone [Borealis, new] (36)
        "Lazy John"
        "What Is The Soul Of Man?"
 14: "Straight Lines," Mike Agranoff [, 11/14] (36)
        "New York Central Yard"
        "Princess And The Frog"
 16: "Best Medicine," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 10/14] (35)
        "Best Medicine"
        "Black Hills"
        "Simple Man"
 17: "Shadows In The Night," Bob Dylan [Columbia, 1/15] (34)
        "Stay With Me"
        "Full Moon And Empty Arms"
        "What'll I Do"
 18: "Ionia," Lindsay Lou And The Flatbellys [, new] (32)
        "Hot Hands"
        "River Jordan"
 18: "Tomorrow Is My Turn," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, new] (32)
        "Shake Sugaree"
        "Black Is The Color"
 20: "Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!," Barnstar! [Signature, 2/15] (30)
        "Stay With Me"
        "Delta Rose"
        "Country John"
 21: "Kelly Bosworth," Kelly Bosworth [, 11/14] (29)
        "No, Never, No"
 21: "Redemption Road," Tom Paxton [Pax, new] (29)
        "Mayor Of MacDougal Street"
        "Redemption Road"
 21: "Wage Love," Fred Gillen Jr [Dys, new] (29)
        "Ghost Of Joe Hill"
        "I Dreamed I Saw Pete Seeger"
        "Walking Down That Freedom Highway"
 24: "The Ballad Beyond," Jez Lowe [Tantobie, 11/14] (28)
        "Austerity Alphabet"
        "Pitman Poets"
        "Tether's End"
 24: "The Nocturne Diaries," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 3/14] (28)
        "Red Rose And The Thorn"
        "American Boy"
 26: "The Phosphorescent Blues," Punch Brothers [Nonesuch, 1/15] (27)
        "Boll Weevil"
        "My Oh My"
 27: "Dragonflies," Scott And Michelle Dalziel [Gatorbone, new] (26)
        "Step Into Now"
 27: "XVII," The Nields [Self, new] (26)
        "Dave Hayes The Weather Guy"
        "Joe Hill"
 29: "Blue Roses," Rachael Sage [MPress, 10/14] (25)
        "Blue Roses"
 30: "All Over The Map," The Better Halves [Self, 7/14] (23)
        "Kentucky Fried Pickin"
 30: "Boomtown," Tom Pacheco [Frogs Claw, 10/14] (23)
        "MacDougal Street Summer 1966"
 30: "Wood, Wire & Words," Norman Blake [Plectraphone, 1/15] (23)
        "Chattanooga Rag"
        "Keeper Of The Government Light"
 33: "The Lazy Farmer," Flynn Cohen [Wepecket Island, 2013] (22)
        "Cousin Sally Brown"
        "Black Is The Color"
 34: "Songs Around The Kitchen Table," David Llewellyn And Ida Kristin [Norna, new] (21)
        "First Time"
        "This Morning Blues"
        "Turn, Turn, Turn"
 34: "Terraplane," Steve Earle & The Dukes [New West, new] (21)
        "Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now"
        "Acquainted With The Wind"
 36: "Lost On The River," The New Basement Tapes [Harvest, 11/14] (20)
        "Kansas City"
        "Down On The Bottom"
        "Spanish Mary"
 36: "Sterling Road," Cassie And Maggie [, 5/14] (20)
        "King's Shilling"
 36: "Wake," Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line [Blue Pig, new] (20)
        "Other Side"
        "When I Wake"
 39: "Lay It Down," Louise Mosrie [Zoe Cat, 10/14] (19)
        "Lay It Down"
        "Leave Your Gun"
        "Singing My Heart Out"
 39: "Portraits," George Mann [Running Scared, 1/15] (19)
        "I'm Going To McWallbucks Depot"
        "Folksinger In America"
 39: "Reckless Skyline," Caitlin Canty [, 1/15] (19)
        "Get Up"
        "I Never"
 39: "Swim," Alice Di Micele [Alice Otter, new] (19)
        "Old Life Back"
        "Open Road"
 43: "Black Beauty," Elana James [Snarf, new] (18)
        "All I Need Is You"
        "Only You"
 43: "Chasing Beauty," Ellis Paul [Black Wolf, 7/14] (18)
        "Chasing Beauty"
        "Hold Me, Scold Me"
 43: "A History Of Ghosts," Bobtown [, 11/14] (18)
        "Across The River"
        "A History Of Ghosts"
 46: "Acoustic Rainbow 44," Various Artists [Poetman, new] (17)
        "Ban-Jokes," Michael Johnathon
 46: "Medicine," Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors [Magnolia, new] (17)
        "American Beauty"
 46: "That Kind Of Girl," Amy Speace [Windbone, new] (17)
        "Hymn For The Crossing"
 49: "Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn," Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn [Rounder, 10/14] (16)
        "Pretty Polly"
        "New South Africa"
 49: "Ceilings, Floors And Open Doors," Gwyneth Moreland [Self, 2014] (16)
        "Little Black Flies"
 49: "Discovered: Live In Concert," Peter, Paul And Mary [Rhino, 11/14] (16)
        "Give Yourself To Love"
        "Midnight Special"
 49: "Fee Fie Foh Fum," Flagship Romance [Gatorbone, new] (16)
        "Strange Thing"
 49: "A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble," Jesse Winchester [Appleseed, 9/14] (16)
        "Rhythm Of The Rain"
 49: "Tell 'em I'm Gone," Yusuf (Cat Stevens) [Legacy, 10/14] (16)
        "Big Boss Man"
        "You Are My Sunshine"
 55: "Blackbirds," Gretchen Peters [Scarlet Letter, 2/15] (15)
        "When You Comin' Home"
        "Pretty Things"
 55: "Bright Side Of Down," John Gorka [Red House, 3/14] (15)
        "Holed Up Mason City"
        "More Than One"
 55: "Decade," Yellow Room Gang [Yellow Room, new] (15)
        "Winter Of '14"
        "Make It Snow"
 55: "Inside Llewyn Davis," Various Artists [Nonesuch, 2013] (15)
        "Fare Thee Well," Oscar Isaac And Marcus Mumford
 55: "A Time Long Gone," Charlie Mosbrook [Self, new] (15)
        "Anywhere Else But Here"
        "Howlin' At My Door"
 60: "Georgia I'm Here," Joe Crookston [Milagrito, 4/14] (14)
        "Impermanent Things"
 60: "Sweet Memories. . . Never Leave," Erynn Marshall And Carl Jones [Dittyville, new] (14)
        "Poor Little Ellen"
 60: "Waterproof," Robyn Landis [Brave Hearts, 10/14] (14)
 60: "You're Home Now," Richard Berman [Self, 11/14] (14)
        "County Clare"
 64: "Two, Three, Four?," John And Sheila Ludgate [Self, 2014] (13)
        "Robert Frost Said"
 64: "Empty Pockets And A Troubled Mind," Rodney Rice [Moody Spring, 10/14] (13)
        "Screwtop Wine"
 64: "The Fretless," The Fretless [Self, 2/14] (13)
        "Big Trip"
 64: "The Longing Road," Johnsmith [, 7/14] (13)
        "She Loved Flowers"
 64: "Mono," The Mavericks [Valory, new] (13)
        "All Night Long"
 64: "Next Year People," Colin Hay [Compass, new] (13)
        "Next Year People"
        "Trying To Get To You"
 64: "Thompson Family," Thompson Family [Concord, 11/14] (13)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12468 airplays from 134 different DJs

1. "Sliding Delta" (17)
        by Michael Jerome Browne
        from "Sliding Delta"
2. "Bella Blue" (15)
        by Caroline Cotter
        from "Dreaming As I Do"
2. "Clare To Here" (15)
        by The Burns Sisters
        from "Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls"
2. "Honey Baby Blues" (15)
        by Lauren Sheehan And Zoe Carpenter
        from "Tillamook Burn"
5. "The 45th Parallel" (12)
        by Neptune's Car
        from "The 45th Parallel"
5. "Blue Sky Turned To Rust" (12)
        by Neptune's Car
        from "The 45th Parallel"
7. "Corrina" (11)
        by Lauren Sheehan And Zoe Carpenter
        from "Tillamook Burn"
7. "Footprints In The Snow" (11)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions"
7. "In The Wee Midnight Hours" (11)
        by Lauren Sheehan And Zoe Carpenter
        from "Tillamook Burn"
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" (11)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
7. "Trust" (11)
        by The Levins
        from "Trust"
7. "Waters" (11)
        by Kelly Bosworth
        from "Kelly Bosworth"
13. "Other Side Of The Mountain" (10)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
13. "Helpless" (10)
        by Rachael Sage
        from "Blue Roses"
15. "Best Medicine" (9)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Best Medicine"
15. "Crack A Smile" (9)
        by Moors And McCumber
        from "Pandemonium"
15. "Ghost Of Joe Hill" (9)
        by Fred Gillen Jr
        from "Wage Love"
15. "Hot Corn, Cold Corn" (9)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions"
15. "Love Song" (9)
        by The Levins
        from "Trust"
15. "Welcome Back To The Blues" (9)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "A Bird In This World"
21. "Ain't In No Hurry" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
21. "Road Song" (8)
        by The Sweet Lowdown
        from "Chasing The Sun"
21. "Birds And The Bees" (8)
        by The Sweet Lowdown
        from "Chasing The Sun"
21. "Brother Can You Spare A Dime" (8)
        by Jorma Kaukonen
        from "Ain't In No Hurry"
21. "Dreaming As I Do" (8)
        by Caroline Cotter
        from "Dreaming As I Do"
21. "Emily Dickinson" (8)
        by Neptune's Car
        from "The 45th Parallel"
21. "Get Up" (8)
        by Caitlin Canty
        from "Reckless Skyline"
21. "Hot Hands" (8)
        by Lindsay Lou And The Flatbellys
        from "Ionia"
21. "I Am Grateful For What I Have" (8)
        by Sarah McQuaid
        from "The Silver Lining"
21. "Laugh With Me" (8)
        by The Levins
        from "Trust"
21. "Lazy John" (8)
        by Jayme Stone
        from "Lomax Project"
21. "Mayor Of MacDougal Street" (8)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Redemption Road"
21. "Shake Sugaree" (8)
        by Rhiannon Giddens
        from "Tomorrow Is My Turn"
21. "You Take Me Somewhere" (8)
        by Moors And McCumber
        from "Pandemonium"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12468 airplays from 134 different DJs

1. Jorma Kaukonen
2. Robert Earl Keen
3. Bob Dylan
4. Neptune's Car
5. Michael Jerome Browne
6. Caroline Cotter
7. The Gibson Brothers
8. Altan
9. The Burns Sisters
9. Joel Mabus
9. Moors And McCumber
12. Lauren Sheehan And Zoe Carpenter
12. The Stray Birds
14. The Levins
14. Tom Paxton
16. The Sweet Lowdown
17. Pete Seeger
18. Eliza Gilkyson
19. Lindsay Lou And The Flatbellys
20. Mike Agranoff
21. Jayme Stone
22. Rhiannon Giddens
23. Barnstar!
24. Punch Brothers
24. Steve Earle
26. Kelly Bosworth
27. Fred Gillen Jr
28. Erynn Marshall And Carl Jones
28. Jez Lowe
30. Ellis Paul
30. Jesse Winchester
30. Tim O'Brien
33. The Nields
33. Norman Blake
33. Rachael Sage
33. Scott And Michelle Dalziel
37. Cassie And Maggie
37. John Gorka
39. Brother Sun
39. David Llewellyn And Ida Kristin
39. George Mann
39. Johnny Cash
39. Leadbelly
39. Peter, Paul And Mary
39. Solas

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12468 airplays from 134 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Columbia
5. Borealis
6. Sugar Hill
7. Nonesuch
8. Signature
9. Smithsonian/Folkways
10. Rebel
11. Appleseed
12. Vanguard
13. Rhino
14. Yep Roc
15. Philo
16. Green Linnet
17. Capitol
18. Flying Fish
19. Warner
20. Folk-Legacy
21. Dualtone
22. Fossil
23. Arc
23. Bella Blue
23. New West
26. Shanachie
27. Pax
27. Waterbug
29. RCA
30. Mountain Home
31. Gatorbone
31. Sony
33. Mpress
34. Greentrax
34. Legacy
34. Patuxent
37. True North
38. Dys
38. Pinecastle
38. Plectrafone

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12468 airplays from 134 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
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)
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)
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 Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gail Comfort (, MB)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
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 Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CV)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
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 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 Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
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 Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
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)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
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 Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
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)
Rhonda J. Miller (WUMD-FM, MA)
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)
Sandy Goodson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sean McGowan (KLCC-FM, OR)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Fisher (CKUA-FM, AB)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Kindig (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
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