Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of April 2017 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13947 airplays from 136 different DJs

  1: "A Stranger In This Time," Tim Grimm And The Family Band [Vault, 3/17] (89)
        "Gonna Be Great"
        "These Rollin' Hills"
        "13 Years"
        "Black Snake"
        "Over The Waves"
  2: "One Light Many Windows," Merlin Snider [Barking Dog, 10/16] (69)
        "Abraham's Light"
        "Fly Away Sail Away"
        "Procrastination Blues"
        "Cold Rain"
        "Fresh Dirt"
  3: "Wild As We Came Here," The Steel Wheels [Big Ring, new] (67)
        "To The Wild"
        "Scrape Me Off The Ceiling"
        "Sing Me Like A Folk Song"
        "Till No One Is Free"
  4: "Fading Mystery," Taarka [, 1/17] (64)
        "Carried Away"
        "Finn MacCool Crosses The Rocky Mountains"
        "Don't Go"
        "Sun And Rain"
  5: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, 2/17] (59)
        "At The Purchaser's Option"
        "Birmingham Sunday"
        "Freedom Highway"
        "We Could Fly"
  5: "Where The River Meets The Road," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 3/17] (59)
        "Friday, Sunday's Coming"
        "Guardian Angel"
        "When The Mist Clears Away"
        "Windy Mountain"
  7: "Eyes Brand New," Zoe And Cloyd [, new] (57)
        "Let's All Go Down To The River"
        "Eyes Brand New"
        "Running On Empty"
        "Old Stone Wall"
  7: "Jayme Stone's Folklife," Jayme Stone [Borealis, 4/17] (57)
        "Wait On The Rising Sun"
        "Candy Gal"
  9: "From Where I Started," Sera Cahoone [Lady Muleskinner, 3/17] (55)
        "Always Turn Around"
        "Time To Give"
        "Dusty Lungs"
  9: "Tunes From David Holt's State Of Music 2," Various Artists [High Windy, 4/17] (55)
        "Roll On Buddy," Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little, David Holt
        "Watches The Clouds Roll By," Kruger Brothers
        "Calling Me Home," Alice Gerrard
 11: "You've Been Away So Long (EP)," Alice Howe [, 2/17] (54)
        "Homeland Blues"
        "Make A Fool Out Of Me"
        "You've Been Away So Long"
        "Nothing But You"
 12: "Sonny And Brownie's Last Train," Guy Davis And Fabrizio Poggi [M. C., 3/17] (51)
        "Freight Train"
        "Take This Hammer"
        "Midnight Special"
        "Sonny And Brownie's Last Train"
 12: "Turn Your Face To The Sun," I Draw Slow [Compass, new] (51)
        "My Portion"
 14: "Small Brown Birds," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/17] (48)
        "President Sang Amazing Grace"
        "Queen Of Skye"
 15: "Further Down The Line," Scott Cook [, 3/17] (45)
        "Further Down The Line"
        "Kitchen Dance Party On"
        "Walk That Lonesome Valley"
 16: "Divining Rod," Wyatt Easterling [Phoenix Rising, 3/17] (41)
        "American Dream"
        "Pacing The Cage"
        "Stay In The Boat"
 16: "Ironbark," The Waifs [Compass, 3/17] (41)
        "Higher Ground"
 18: "This Is Absolutely Real," Pat Wictor [RiskyDisc, 3/17] (39)
        "Knock On The Door"
        "There But For Fortune"
 18: "Trip To Walden Pond," Hanneke Cassel [, new] (39)
        "Passing Place/Silver Special"
        "Trip To Walden Pond"
        "De Oppresso Liber"
 20: "A Bright Horizon Line," Davey O [H3o, 3/17] (34)
        "Don't Dream It's Over"
        "In Its Own Time"
        "To Buffalo"
 20: "Smoke Behind The Clouds," The Bucking Mules [Free Dirt, new] (34)
        "Smoke Behind The Clouds"
        "Jasper Jail"
        "Fire On The Mountain"
 22: "Coming Down The Mountain," Mipso [, 4/17] (33)
        "Train Down The Line"
        "Hurt So Good"
        "Talking In My Sleep"
 23: "Boat In The Water," Tom Paxton [Pax, 2/17] (32)
        "Hitch To My Gitalong"
        "Boat In The Water"
 23: "Americana," Ray Davies [Legacy, new] (32)
        "Great Highway"
        "Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys"
 23: "This Much Is True," Byrd And Street [, 2/17] (32)
        "Workin' Man"
        "Good Old Days"
        "Mighty Long Road"
 23: "Wow And Flutter," Amilia K. Spicer [Free Range, new] (32)
        "Fill Me Up"
        "Train Wreck"
 27: "Escaped The Tide," Russ Rentler [, new] (31)
        "Hassen's Creek"
        "Le Petite Voix"
 27: "Solomon," Calan [Sain, new] (31)
 29: "National Parks Centennial Songs EP," Gigi Love [, 6/16] (30)
        "Glacier Symphony"
        "Coast Starlight To Crater Lake"
        "Yellowstone Wind"
 29: "Shake Me Now," Quiles And Cloud [Compass, 3/17] (30)
        "By The Rio Grande"
        "Black Sky Lightening"
        "Feelin' Good"
 31: "Everything," Darden Smith [Compass, 4/17] (29)
        "Against The Grain"
        "Love Will Win The War"
 32: "Trolling For Dreams," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 1/17] (28)
        "Y'all Means All"
        "Sharecropper's Son"
        "Waltz 'round The Kitchen"
 33: "Chasing The Ghost," Lydia Sylvia Martin [Dryad, 2014] (27)
        "C And O Train"
        "Strawberry Blues"
        "Fisher's Hornpipe / Barlow Knife"
 33: "Gold Castle Masters Radio Sampler," Joan Baez [Razor And Tie, new] (27)
        "Brothers In Arms"
        "Fairfax County"
 33: "The Penny Collector," Carrie Elkin [Self, 3/17] (27)
        "My Brother Said"
        "New Mexico"
        "American Tune"
 33: "Pretty Little Troubles," Malcolm Holcombe [Gypsy Eyes, new] (27)
        "Good Ole Days"
        "Pretty Little Troubles"
 37: "Brighter In The Dark," Mouths Of Babes [Wild Awake, 3/17] (25)
        "Brighter In The Dark"
        "2 If By Sea"
 38: "God's Problem Child," Willie Nelson [Legacy, new] (24)
        "He Won't Ever Be Gone"
        "God's Problem Child"
 38: "I've Never Met A Stranger," Bumper Jacksons [Self, new] (24)
        "Find It Say Amen"
        "Get On Up"
 38: "Other Love Songs," Front Country [Organic, 4/17] (24)
        "If Something Breaks"
 41: "Going Home," Joe Newberry And April Verch [Slab Town, 3/17] (23)
        "I Can't Sit Down"
        "I'm Going Home"
 41: "Windy City," Alison Krauss [Capitol, 2/17] (23)
        "Dream Of Me"
        "Gentle On My Mind"
 43: "Dance Across The Sky (EP)," Kipyn Martin [Self, 3/17] (22)
        "Dance Across The Sky"
        "God Is Love"
 43: "Every Soul Grows To The Light," Jenny Bienemann [, 3/17] (22)
        "Wake Up"
        "Morning Light"
 43: "The Fool's Journey," Skinner And T'witch [Self, new] (22)
        "England's Spring"
        "Crazy Dreams"
 43: "Tennessee Moon," Ray Cardwell [Pinecastle, 1/17] (22)
        "His Will"
        "New Jerusalem"
 43: "Yearbook," Ryanhood [Self, 3/17] (22)
        "Alright Tonight"
        "One Who Was On My Mind"
 48: "Reach For The Stars," Elaine Mahon [Gatorbone, 2/17] (21)
        "You Are Not Alone"
        "When My Mother Sings"
 49: "Passing Trains," Annie Moscow [11 Blocks, 1/17] (20)
        "Back Again"
        "It's Just Water"
 50: "Cider," Gwyneth Moreland [Blue Rose, 3/17] (19)
        "California Zephyr"
        "Little Bird"
 50: "Get Up And Do Right," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 2/17] (19)
        "Redwinged Blackbird"
        "Chilly Winds"
 50: "Little Movies," Ron Sowell [Mountain Soul, 8/16] (19)
        "Mother Earth Blues"
        "Dead Egyptian Blues"
 50: "Mount Royal," Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge [Free Dirt, 2/17] (19)
        "Things In Life"
        "Living In The Mississippi Valley"
 50: "My Spirit Sister," Joshua James [Self, 4/17] (19)
        "Broken Tongue"
 50: "Universal Favorite," Noam Pikelny [Rounder, 3/17] (19)
        "Folk Bloodbath"
 56: "Are You Listening?," Peter Mulvey [Righteous Babe, 4/17] (18)
        "D. I. A"
        "Last Song"
 56: "Baby Let's Take The Long Way Home," Nell Robinson And Jim Nunally Band [Whipporwill Arts, new] (18)
        "Hillbilly Boy"
        "Baby Let's Take The Long Way Home"
 56: "Brooks' Blues," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 2016] (18)
        "Mother Earth"
        "On The Rolling Sea"
 56: "Waves," Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra [Sunsign, 1/17] (18)
        "Johnny Has Gone Electric"
        "One April Morning"
 56: "Workin's Too Hard," Rayna Gellert [StorySound, 1/17] (18)
        "Workin's Too Hard"
        "Oh Lovin' Babe"
 61: "All These Years," Solas [THL, 2/16] (17)
        "Unnamed Shetland Reel / Da Full Rigged Ship"
        "Willie Moore"
 61: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (17)
        "Mental Cruelty"
        "Storms Never Last"
 61: "In The Ground," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/17] (17)
        "In The Ground"
 61: "No Ordinary Love," Julie Snow [, 11/16] (17)
        "Cracks In The Sky"
        "Laugh Or Cry"
        "Pink One"
 61: "Roses In The Snow And Drought," Joanne Rand [Self, 1/17] (17)
        "Johnny Cash Came Back"
        "When You're Gone"
 61: "Sleeper Years," Ian Foster [Self, new] (17)
        "Feels Like It Wants To Rain"
        "You Left A Song"
 61: "TajMo," Taj Mahal And Keb' Mo' [Concord, new] (17)
        "Diving Duck Blues"
        "All Around The World"
 61: "Wild Orchid," Colcannon [Self, new] (17)
        "Wild Orchid"
        "Botanic Endgame"
 69: "Far Away, Long Ago," Jack Williams [Wind River, 12/16] (16)
        "Ain't I A Woman"
        "My Life's Companion"
        "Sail On"
 69: "Jewels And Harmony," Mara Levine [, 2013] (16)
        "April Come She Will"
 69: "Migration Blues," Eric Bibb [Stony Plain, new] (16)
        "With A Dolla' In My Pocket"
 69: "Down In The West, Volume 2," Kyle Alden [Self, 2/17] (16)
        "Sail Away Ladies"
        "Better Than New"
 69: "The Wishing Hour," Lisa Bastoni [Self, 1/17] (16)
        "It's The Staying That Hurts"
        "Rabbit Hole"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13947 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. "Homeland Blues" (24)
        by Alice Howe
        from "You've Been Away So Long (EP)"
2. "Scrape Me Off The Ceiling" (16)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Wild As We Came Here"
2. "To The Wild" (16)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Wild As We Came Here"
4. "Abraham's Light" (15)
        by Merlin Snider
        from "One Light Many Windows"
4. "Gonna Be Great" (15)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
6. "Always Turn Around" (14)
        by Sera Cahoone
        from "From Where I Started"
6. "Sing Me Like A Folk Song" (14)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Wild As We Came Here"
6. "Time To Give" (14)
        by Sera Cahoone
        from "From Where I Started"
6. "Wait On The Rising Sun" (14)
        by Jayme Stone
        from "Jayme Stone's Folklife"
10. "Fly Away Sail Away" (13)
        by Merlin Snider
        from "One Light Many Windows"
10. "Further Down The Line" (13)
        by Scott Cook
        from "Further Down The Line"
10. "These Rollin' Hills" (13)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
13. "Birmingham Sunday" (12)
        by Rhiannon Giddens
        from "Freedom Highway"
13. "My Portion" (12)
        by I Draw Slow
        from "Turn Your Face To The Sun"
13. "Procrastination Blues" (12)
        by Merlin Snider
        from "One Light Many Windows"
16. "My Fence And My Neighbor" (11)
        by Cosy Sheridan
        from "My Fence And My Neighbor"
16. "Passing Place/Silver Special" (11)
        by Hanneke Cassel
        from "Trip To Walden Pond"
16. "Shake Sugaree" (11)
        by Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jason Sypher
        from "Tunes From David Holt's State Of Music 2"
        also "Tomorrow Is My Turn"
19. "13 Years" (10)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
19. "At The Purchaser's Option" (10)
        by Rhiannon Giddens
        from "Freedom Highway"
19. "Carried Away" (10)
        by Taarka
        from "Fading Mystery"
19. "Cold Rain" (10)
        by Merlin Snider
        from "One Light Many Windows"
19. "Friday, Sunday's Coming" (10)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Where The River Meets The Road"
19. "Knock On The Door" (10)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "This Is Absolutely Real"
19. "Make A Fool Out Of Me" (10)
        by Alice Howe
        from "You've Been Away So Long (EP)"
19. "Maria" (10)
        by I Draw Slow
        from "Turn Your Face To The Sun"
19. "You've Been Away So Long" (10)
        by Alice Howe
        from "You've Been Away So Long (EP)"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13947 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Tim Grimm
2. Rhiannon Giddens
2. The Steel Wheels
4. Jayme Stone
5. Merlin Snider
5. Tim O'Brien
7. Taarka
8. John McCutcheon
8. Tom Paxton
10. Joan Baez
10. Zoe And Cloyd
12. Sera Cahoone
13. Alice Howe
14. I Draw Slow
15. Guy Davis And Fabrizio Poggi
16. Bob Dylan
16. Zoe Mulford
18. Scott Cook
19. Hanneke Cassel
20. Emmylou Harris
20. Wyatt Easterling
22. The Waifs
23. Pat Wictor
24. Mipso
24. Willie Nelson
26. Alison Krauss
26. Calan
26. John Prine
29. The Bucking Mules
29. Davey O
31. Gigi Love
32. Byrd And Street
32. Russ Rentler
34. Amilia K. Spicer
34. Bumper Jacksons
34. Ray Davies
37. John Gorka
37. Malcolm Holcombe
37. Quiles And Cloud
40. Chuck Brodsky
40. Front Country

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13947 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Compass
2. Rounder
3. Columbia
4. Borealis
5. Red House
6. Sugar Hill
7. Nonesuch
8. Vault
9. Legacy
10. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Howdy Skies
11. Signature
13. Warner
14. Capitol
15. High Windy
15. Vanguard
17. Sony
18. Big Ring
19. Rhino
20. Free Dirt
21. Green Linnet
21. Pinecastle
23. Barking Dog
23. Yep Roc
25. Appleseed
25. Rebel
27. Waterbug
28. Lady Muleskinner
28. MCA
28. Risky Disc
31. Mountain Fever
31. RCA
33. Flying Fish
33. Mountain Home
35. Pax
35. Razor And Tie
35. Shanachie
38. Azalea City
38. H3o
38. New West

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13947 airplays from 136 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Albert Lenge (WCNI-FM, CT)
Allison Brock (CKUA-FM, AB)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Anne Fuller (KRNN-FM, AK)
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)
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)
Crystal Sarakas (WSKG-FM, NY)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Murphy (, NH)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Crowe (WMCB-FM, MA)
Diane Hunt (KBOO-FM, OR)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Don Jacobson (KBOO-FM, OR)
Doug Dick (WQCS-FM, FL)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
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 Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jared Ingersol (syndicated &, CA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeanne Holton (WMNF-FM, FL)
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 Sillberg (CKOL-FM, ON)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (syndicated, NH)
Jon Kiger (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
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)
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)
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)
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 Hefti (, CA)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Sheila Shigley (WPR, WI)
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)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Tom MacArthur (, NB)
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