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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13857 airplays from 139 different DJs

  1: "Small Brown Birds," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/17] (119)
        "February Thunder"
        "President Sang Amazing Grace"
        "Answer The Knock At The Door"
  2: "Trolling For Dreams," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 1/17] (102)
        "Y'all Means All"
        "3 Chords And The Truth"
        "Between Good And Gone"
  3: "Boat In The Water," Tom Paxton [Pax, 2/17] (78)
        "Boat In The Water"
        "Last Hobo"
        "Outward Bound"
  4: "Get Up And Do Right," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 2/17] (74)
        "Get Up And Do Right"
        "Chilly Winds"
        "Song Of Joy"
        "Redwinged Blackbird"
  5: "Chasing The Ghost," Lydia Sylvia Martin [Dryad, 2014] (72)
        "C And O Train"
        "Lonesome Road Blues"
        "Dark Holler Blues"
        "Jo Bones"
  6: "The April Verch Anthology," April Verch [Slab Town, 2/17] (65)
        "Long Way Home"
        "Jump Cricket Jump"
        "Light In The Window"
  7: "Before I Go," Ordinary Elephant [Berkalin, 1/17] (64)
        "Best Of You"
        "Railroad Man"
        "Washington Said East"
        "Highway 71"
  8: "Workin's Too Hard," Rayna Gellert [StorySound, 1/17] (54)
        "Strike The Bells"
        "Workin's Too Hard"
        "River Town"
        "Grey Bird"
        "Oh Lovin' Babe"
  9: "Far Away, Long Ago," Jack Williams [Wind River, 12/16] (53)
        "John Henry"
        "Ain't I A Woman"
        "Banks Of The Edisto"
        "Never Say Goodbye"
 10: "The Swift House," Ken And Brad Kolodner [Fenchurch, 1/17] (52)
        "Steel Rail Blues"
        "I've Endured"
        "Chilly Winds"
 11: "Brooks' Blues," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 2016] (49)
        "Trouble In Mind"
        "You Never Can Tell"
        "Sitting On Top Of The World"
 12: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (48)
        "Color Of The Blues"
        "Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out"
        "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke"
 13: "Waves," Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra [Sunsign, 1/17] (47)
        "Johnny Has Gone Electric"
        "Everything Glows"
 13: "Windy City," Alison Krauss [Capitol, new] (47)
        "Gentle On My Mind"
        "River In The Rain"
        "Dream Of Me"
 15: "Reach For The Stars," Elaine Mahon [Gatorbone, 2/17] (43)
        "Lean Into Love"
        "Rolling Home"
 16: "Mount Royal," Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge [Free Dirt, 2/17] (42)
        "Things In Life"
        "Bone Collector"
 16: "No Rain, No Rose," John Craigie [, 1/17] (42)
        "Virgin Guitar"
        "Rough Johns"
 18: "Laws Of Gravity," The Infamous Stringdusters [Compass, 1/17] (41)
        "Hard Life Makes A Good Song"
        "This Ol' Building"
 19: "Loving Light," Lee Murdock [Depot, 11/16] (40)
        "Soo Line"
        "Loving Light"
        "Blue Pike Song"
 20: "Passing Trains," Annie Moscow [11 Blocks, 1/17] (37)
        "He Paints Cats"
        "Someone To Walk With Me"
 21: "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg," Gillian Welch [Acony, 11/16] (36)
        "Dry Town"
 22: "Little Movies," Ron Sowell [Mountain Soul, 8/16] (34)
        "Mother Earth Blues"
        "Gig From Hell"
        "Dream On"
 22: "Natural Conclusion," Rose Cousins [Old Farm Pony, 2/17] (34)
 24: "Solidarity," Bill And Joel Plaskett [Pheromone, new] (33)
        "Jim Jones"
        "On Down The River"
 24: "Stitch Of The World," Tift Merritt [Yep Roc, 1/17] (33)
        "Stitch Of The World"
        "Love Soldiers On"
        "Something Came Over Me"
 26: "Land Of Broken Angels," Micah And Mark Atkinson [, 1/17] (32)
        "We'll Be Gone"
        "I Will Help You Lay Your Burden Down"
        "Wall Of Water"
 26: "Passing It On," All-She-Wrote [, new] (32)
        "Once The Ice Caps Melt"
        "Passing It On"
        "Polly Von"
 28: "Blink," Rebecca Loebe [Black Wolf, 2/17] (31)
        "Forever Young Forever"
        "Weeping Willow"
 29: "Just Another Song And Dance Man," D.C. Bloom [Sunnysky Days, 1/17] (30)
        "Mean People Suck"
        "Gone Forever Days"
        "I Ain't Careful"
 30: "Sixty," Julie Gold [, 11/16] (29)
 31: "Big Things And Little Things," Truckstop Honeymoon [Squirrel, 1/17] (28)
        "Big Things And Little Things"
        "Ice Cream Man"
 31: "The Love Still Shows," Donna Lynn Caskey [Cordulia, new] (28)
        "Break Free"
        "It Ain't Personal"
        "Time Is Here"
 33: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, new] (26)
        "Freedom Highway"
        "Hey Bebe"
 33: "In The Ground," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/17] (26)
        "Everywhere I Go"
 33: "Down In The West, Volume 2," Kyle Alden [Self, 2/17] (26)
        "As I Walked Out"
        "Sam Hall"
        "Better Than New"
 33: "While We're Here," Catie Curtis [Magenta, 2/17] (26)
        "You Are Loved"
        "While We're Here"
        "Please Explain"
 37: "Dream With Me," Moore And McGregor [Self, 12/16] (24)
        "Back On The Farm"
        "Reno Nevada"
 37: "Some Part Of The Truth," Brother Sun [, 2013] (24)
        "Lady Of The Harbor"
        "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"
        "These Hands"
 39: "Rabbit Hole," Billy Crockett [Blue Rock, 10/16] (23)
        "Rabbit Hole"
 39: "Universal Favorite," Noam Pikelny [Rounder, new] (23)
        "Old Banjo"
        "Folk Bloodbath"
 41: "Kings And Kings," Blackie And The Rodeo Kings [Self, 10/16] (22)
        "Where The River Rolls"
        "Bitter And Low"
 41: "Notes Of Blue," Son Volt [30 Tigers, new] (22)
        "Promise The World"
        "Back Against The Wall"
 43: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 9/16] (21)
        "Lean In Toward The Light"
 43: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (21)
        "House Of Mercy"
        "Early Morning Light"
 45: "Playing It Forward," The Savage Hearts [, 9/16] (20)
        "Don't Cry Blue"
 45: "Time To Turn The Tide," Millpond Moon [Tikopia, 2015] (20)
        "Forever Young"
        "Lena Baker"
 45: "The Ultimate Guide To English Folk," Various Artists [Arc, 10/16] (20)
        "Come Write Me Down, Ye Powers Above," Copper Family
 48: "Coming Home," O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor [Rounder, 8/16] (19)
        "Coming Home"
        "Jerusalem Ridge"
 48: "Highway Queen," Nikki Lane [New West, 2/17] (19)
        "Highway Queen"
 48: "Made To Move," Chris Jones And The Night Drivers [Mountain Home, 2/17] (19)
        "I'm A Wanderer"
        "All The Ways I'm Gone"
 51: "Awake Again," Isabel Taylor [, 3/16] (17)
        "What The Water Knows"
        "Gimme Some Good News"
 51: "Duende," The Band Of Heathens [Boh, 1/17] (17)
        "Keys To The Kingdom"
        "Sugar Queen"
 51: "The Janus Game," Steve Tilston And Jez Lowe [Tantobie, 12/16] (17)
        "Lucky Sami"
        "Wagga Moon"
 51: "Nightbird," The Bankesters [Compass, 1/17] (17)
        "If It Wasn't For The Rain"
 51: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, 9/16] (17)
        "Fishing Blues"
 51: "Seed-Maid: Sentimental Songs," The Princes Of Serendip [Jaiya, 1/17] (17)
        "Raging Night"
        "Shadow Of A Wall"
 51: "Turn Styles," Naming The Twins [Duet Right, 11/16] (17)
        "Rambling Away With The Gypsies"
        "Somewhere Near"
 51: "The Willow Collection," Cassie And Maggie [, 11/16] (17)
        "Blue Willow"
 59: "Kid Sister," The Time Jumpers [Rounder, 9/16] (16)
        "Kid Sister"
        "My San Antonio Rose"
 59: "Mockingbird Soul," Brigitte Demeyer And Will Kimbrough [BDM, 1/17] (16)
        "Rainy Day"
 61: "Frailing To Succeed," Daniel Koulack [Little Giant, 5/16] (15)
        "Happy Tune"
        "Insomniac's Lullabye"
 61: "Lover's Leap," Darrell Webb [Mountain Fever, new] (15)
        "Lost John"
 61: "Night Sky," Dick Weissman [Longest Bridge, 5/16] (15)
        "Boggin' The Grass"
        "Slade In Montana"
 61: "Recitative," Robt Sarazin Blake [Self, 1/17] (15)
        "Blues Of You"
 61: "Wonderful World Outside," The Piedmont Melody Makers [Vigortone, 11/16] (15)
        "Troublesome Waters"
 66: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (14)
        "Keep On Going"
        "Mighty Long Way"
 66: "Afterlight," Imar [Big Mann, 1/17] (14)
        "Into The Light"
 66: "Deep Waters," The Lonely Heartstring Band [Rounder, 6/16] (14)
        "Road's Salvation"
        "Rambling Gambling Willie"
 66: "I Confess," Steven Blane [Self, 12/16] (14)
        "Gonna Pray To The Lord"
        "Psychic Girlfriend"
 66: "Latitude," Rant Maggie Rant [Self, 11/16] (14)
        "Ballad Of Old Jack McGraw"
        "Good Western Wind"
 66: "Nothing Left To Lose," Dave Morrison [Trough, new] (14)
        "Firebrand Days"
        "Happy Again"
 66: "Peel Back Another Layer," Laura Oden [, 1/17] (14)
        "Gracie And The Tsa"
        "Your Move"
 66: "The Producer's Choice," Battlefield Band [Temple, new] (14)
        "Last Trip Home"
 66: "Upland Stories," Robbie Fulks [Bloodshot, 4/16] (14)
        "Alabama At Night"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13857 airplays from 139 different DJs

1. "Boat In The Water" (21)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Boat In The Water"
2. "February Thunder" (19)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"
3. "President Sang Amazing Grace" (18)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"
4. "Zillionaire" (17)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"
5. "Get Up And Do Right" (16)
        by Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
        from "Get Up And Do Right"
5. "Y'all Means All" (16)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
7. "C And O Train" (14)
        by Lydia Sylvia Martin
        from "Chasing The Ghost"
7. "Gone" (14)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
7. "Steel Rail Blues" (14)
        by Ken And Brad Kolodner
        from "The Swift House"
10. "Strike The Bells" (13)
        by Rayna Gellert
        from "Workin's Too Hard"
10. "Trouble In Mind" (13)
        by Brooks Williams
        from "Brook's Blues"
12. "Answer The Knock At The Door" (12)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"
12. "Broken" (12)
        by John Craigie
        from "No Rain No Rose"
12. "Chilly Winds" (12)
        by Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
        from "Get Up And Do Right"
12. "Last Hobo" (12)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Boat In The Water"
16. "3 Chords And The Truth" (11)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
16. "Best Of You" (11)
        by Ordinary Elephant
        from "Before I Go"
16. "Gentle On My Mind" (11)
        by Alison Krauss
        from "Windy City"
16. "Outward Bound" (11)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Boat In The Water"
16. "The Warmth Of Other Suns" (11)
        by Spuyten Duyvil
        from "The Warmth Of Other Suns"
21. "America" (10)
        by Julie Gold
        from "Sixty"
21. "As I Walked Out" (10)
        by Kyle Alden
        from "Down In The West, Volume 2"
21. "Bible" (10)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
21. "I've Endured" (10)
        by Ken And Brad Kolodner
        from "The Swift House"
21. "John Henry" (10)
        by Jack Williams
        from "Far Away Long Ago"
21. "Lean Into Love" (10)
        by Elaine Mahon
        from "Reach For The Stars"
21. "Virgin Guitar" (10)
        by John Craigie
        from "No Rain, No Rose"
21. "We'll Be Gone" (10)
        by Micah And Mark Atkinson
        from "Land Of Broken Angels"
21. "Workin's Too Hard" (10)
        by Rayna Gellert
        from "Workin's Too Hard"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13857 airplays from 139 different DJs

1. John McCutcheon
2. Zoe Mulford
3. Tom Paxton
4. Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
5. April Verch
5. Lydia Sylvia Martin
7. John Prine
8. Ordinary Elephant
9. Alison Krauss
9. Brooks Williams
11. Jack Williams
11. Rayna Gellert
13. Ken And Brad Kolodner
14. Gillian Welch
15. Brother Sun
15. Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
17. The Infamous Stringdusters
17. Rhiannon Giddens
19. Elaine Mahon
20. John Craigie
20. Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge
22. Lee Murdock
23. Rose Cousins
24. Annie Moscow
24. Catie Curtis
24. Pete Seeger
27. Tift Merritt
28. Bill And Joel Plaskett
29. Bob Dylan
29. John Gorka
29. Julie Gold
29. Rebecca Loebe
29. Ron Sowell
34. All-She-Wrote
34. Micah And Mark Atkinson
36. Blackie And The Rodeo Kings
36. The Gibson Brothers
38. D. C. Bloom
39. Carrie Newcomer
39. Donna Lynn Caskey
39. Johnny Cash

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13857 airplays from 139 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Sugar Hill
3. Red House
4. Compass
5. Columbia
6. Appalsongs
7. Nonesuch
8. Azalea City
9. Capitol
10. Smithsonian/Folkways
11. Mountain Fever
12. Signature
13. Pax
13. Rhino
13. Yep Roc
16. Storysound
17. Community
17. Mountain Home
19. Oh Boy
20. Wind River
21. Dryad
21. Warner
23. Vanguard
24. Slab Town
25. Sunsign
26. Flying Fish
27. New West
28. Arc
29. Waterbug
30. Rebel
31. RCA
32. Appleseed
33. Pinecastle
33. Sony
35. Free Dirt
35. Old Farm Pony
37. Philo
38. Berkalin
38. Mountain Soul
40. Borealis
40. Pheromone

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13857 airplays from 139 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Albert Lenge (WCNI-FM, CT)
Allison Brock (CKUA-FM, AB)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Anne Fuller (KRNN-FM, AK)
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)
Bradley Kolodner (WAMU-FM, DC)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
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)
Crystal Sarakas (WSKG-FM, NY)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Murphy (, NH)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Aton (WRFG-FM, GA)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
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)
Doug Dick (WQCS-FM, FL)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gail Comfort (, MB)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Greg Priddy (WJCU-FM, OH)
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)
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 C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
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)
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)
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)
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 Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated, DC)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
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)
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)
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)
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