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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14088 airplays from 137 different DJs

  1: "Trolling For Dreams," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 1/17] (111)
        "Y'all Means All"
        "3 Chords And The Truth"
        "Sharecropper's Son"
        "Waltz 'round The Kitchen"
  2: "Before I Go," Ordinary Elephant [Berkalin, 1/17] (75)
        "Best Of You"
        "Railroad Man"
        "Who I Am"
        "Thank You"
  3: "Waves," Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra [Sunsign, 1/17] (70)
        "Crane And Tower"
        "Johnny Has Gone Electric"
  4: "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg," Gillian Welch [Acony, 11/16] (67)
        "Orphan Girl"
        "Red Clay Halo"
  4: "Laws Of Gravity," The Infamous Stringdusters [Compass, 1/17] (67)
        "Hard Life Makes A Good Song"
  6: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (62)
        "Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out"
        "Just Waitin"
        "My Happiness"
  7: "Far Away, Long Ago," Jack Williams [Wind River, new] (57)
        "Ain't I A Woman"
        "John Henry"
        "Sing-Song World"
  8: "Brooks' Blues," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 2016] (56)
        "Trouble In Mind"
        "Backwater Blues"
        "From 4 Until Late"
        "Sitting On Top Of The World"
  8: "The Swift House," Ken And Brad Kolodner [Fenchurch, 1/17] (56)
        "I've Endured"
        "Steel Rail Blues"
        "Chilly Winds"
        "Deep Ellum Blues"
 10: "While We're Here," Catie Curtis [Magenta, new] (51)
        "While We're Here"
        "Don't Belong To This World"
        "Please Explain"
 11: "Rabbit Hole," Billy Crockett [Blue Rock, 10/16] (45)
        "Record Player"
        "Rabbit Hole"
        "That's Something"
 12: "Sixty," Julie Gold [, 11/16] (44)
        "Southbound Train"
        "Real World"
 13: "Time To Turn The Tide," Millpond Moon [Tikopia, 2015] (43)
        "Forever Young"
        "Time To Turn The Tide"
        "Wayfaring Stranger"
 14: "The Willow Collection," Cassie And Maggie [, 11/16] (36)
        "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme"
        "Down In The Willow Garden"
 15: "Awake Again," Isabel Taylor [, 3/16] (34)
        "What The Water Knows"
        "This Year"
        "Gimme Me Some Good News"
 15: "Natural Conclusion," Rose Cousins [Old Farm Pony, new] (34)
        "Like Trees"
 17: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, 9/16] (33)
        "Down On Penny's Farm"
        "Boll Weevil"
 18: "The April Verch Anthology," April Verch [Slab Town, new] (32)
        "Still Trying"
        "Canadian Reel Medley"
 19: "Big Things And Little Things," Truckstop Honeymoon [Squirrel, new] (31)
        "Big Things And Little Things"
        "Go Go Go"
 19: "Frailing To Succeed," Daniel Koulack [Little Giant, 5/16] (31)
        "Happy Tune"
        "2 Flat Feet"
        "Hummingbird Waltz"
 21: "Peel Back Another Layer," Laura Oden [, new] (29)
        "Your Move"
        "Best Things In Life"
        "Gracie And The Tsa"
 22: "Blink," Rebecca Loebe [Black Wolf, new] (28)
        "Forever Young Forever"
        "Down To The Wire"
        "Easy Money"
 22: "Boat In The Water," Tom Paxton [Pax, new] (28)
        "Last Hobo"
 22: "The Life And Songs Of Emmylou Harris," Various Artists [Rounder, 11/16] (28)
        "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Mavis Staples
        "Born To Run," Lee Ann Womack
 25: "Fall Away Blues," Red Tail Ring [, 8/16] (27)
        "Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies"
        "Fall Away Blues"
 25: "Know The Mountain," Hannah Shira Naiman [Merriweather, 10/16] (27)
        "Know The Mountain"
        "In The Pouring Rain"
 25: "Turn Styles," Naming The Twins [Duet Right, 11/16] (27)
        "Age Unknown"
        "Last Song"
 28: "No Rain, No Rose," John Craigie [Self, new] (25)
        "Virgin Guitar"
 28: "Recitative," Robt Sarazin Blake [Self, new] (25)
        "All My Tomorrows Yesterday"
        "Another New Year"
 28: "Wonderful World Outside," The Piedmont Melody Makers [Vigortone, 11/16] (25)
        "Troublesome Waters"
        "Are You Lonesome Tonight"
 31: "Greenland," Ben Plotnick [, 9/16] (24)
        "Abandon Ship"
        "Railroad To Babylon"
 31: "Made In Brooklyn," John McEuen [Chesky, 9/16] (24)
        "Mr. Bojangles"
        "She Darked The Sun"
 33: "Get Up And Do Right," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, new] (23)
        "Get Up And Do Right"
        "My Huge Mistake"
 33: "Stitch Of The World," Tift Merritt [Yep Roc, new] (23)
        "Love Soldiers On"
        "Eastern Light"
 33: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (23)
        "Early Morning Light"
        "Take Another Turn"
 33: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (23)
        "Mighty Long Way"
        "When I'm Gone"
        "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan"
 37: "Weighted Mind," Sierra Hull [Rounder, 1/16] (22)
        "Black River"
 38: "Gone For Evermore," The Lonesome Ace Stringband [, 9/16] (21)
        "Hold On"
        "Saro Jane"
 38: "I Sang The Song," Mac Wiseman [Mountain Fever, new] (21)
        "I Sang The Song"
        "Somewhere Bound"
 38: "Workin's Too Hard," Rayna Gellert [Self, new] (21)
        "Workin's Too Hard"
        "I'm Bound For The Promised Land"
 41: "Dori Freeman," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, 2/16] (20)
        "Ain't Nobody"
        "You Say"
 41: "Every Now And Then," Elva Jones-Hahn [Self, 2016] (20)
        "Wicked Games"
        "Better Side Of The Truth"
 41: "Long List Of Priors," Kenny White [MVP, 9/16] (20)
        "Road Less Traveled"
 41: "New Shoes," The Bombadils [Borealis, 9/16] (20)
        "Train In The Night"
        "Wild Mountain Thyme"
 41: "The Ultimate Guide To English Folk," Various Artists [Arc, 10/16] (20)
        "Bold Riley," Oysterband
 41: "When It All Goes Wrong We'll Turn This Ship Around (single)," Christine Lavin [Self, new] (20)
        "When It All Goes Wrong We'll Turn This Ship Around"
 47: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 9/16] (19)
        "3 Feet Or So"
        "Help In Hard Times"
 47: "Before Beginning," John Gorka [Red House, 7/16] (19)
        "Down In The Milltown"
 47: "Borderland," Joe K. Walsh [Skinny Elephant, 9/16] (19)
        "Red Skies"
        "Cumberland Gap"
 47: "Fryd," Sver [Folkhall, 8/16] (19)
        "Bow In The Eye"
 47: "Kings And Kings," Blackie And The Rodeo Kings [Self, 10/16] (19)
        "Live By The Song"
        "Long Walk To Freedom"
 47: "Magic Fire," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 8/16] (19)
        "Mississippi Pearl"
 47: "Playing It Forward," The Savage Hearts [, 9/16] (19)
        "Don't Cry Blue"
        "Faded Love"
 54: "Hanging Tree," Blue Mafia [Pinecastle, new] (18)
        "Say Won't You Be Mine"
        "Midnight Rain"
 55: "1000 Arms," Blue Rodeo [Telesoul, 10/16] (17)
        "I Can't Hide This Anymore"
        "Long Hard Life"
 55: "Beneath Still Waters," Courtney Granger [Valcour, 10/16] (17)
        "Beneath Still Waters"
        "My New Year Starts Today"
 55: "The Boston States," Katie McNally Trio [, 10/16] (17)
        "Scotty Fitzgerald's / Hills Of Glenorchy"
        "Colin MacIntosh/Black Horse"
 55: "Deep Waters," The Lonely Heartstring Band [Rounder, 6/16] (17)
        "If I Had A Hammer"
 55: "Good Days a Comin," Ivas John [Right Side Up, 6/16] (17)
        "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound"
        "Dark As A Dungeon"
 55: "North By South," Claire Lynch [Compass, 9/16] (17)
        "All The Diamonds In The World"
        "Cold Hearted Wind"
 55: "Tears And Laughter," Robin Greenstein [Windy, 9/16] (17)
        "Happy New Year"
        "Tears In Heaven"
 62: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 11: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 12/16] (16)
        "Leonard Cohen Christmas," Mark Stepakoff
        "Winterclear," David Lamotte
 62: "Afterlight," Imar [Big Mann, new] (16)
        "L'air Mignonne"
        "Into The Light"
 62: "Bandit Queen," Sarah Beatty [King Of The Road, new] (16)
        "Bandit Queen"
        "Dig Before You Sow"
 62: "Deliverance," The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc [, 4/16] (16)
 62: "Duende," The Band Of Heathens [Boh, new] (16)
        "All I'm Asking"
        "Sugar Queen"
 62: "Incident On Willow Street," Greg Trooper [52 Shakes, 2013] (16)
        "Land Of No Forgiveness"
        "Mary Of The Scots In Queens"
 62: "Innocent Road," Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms [West Sound, 9/16] (16)
        "Chalk Up Another One"
        "I'd Jump The Mississippi"
 62: "Miller's Creek," The Belle Hollows [Elm Hill, 8/16] (16)
        "Tightrope Wires"
 62: "Mount Royal," Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge [Free Dirt, new] (16)
        "Living In The Mississippi Valley"
        "Things In Life"
 62: "Some Part Of The Truth," Brother Sun [, 2013] (16)
        "Lady Of The Harbor"
        "In The Name Of Love"
 62: "Storyman," Sam Bush [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (16)
        "Play By Your Own Rules"
 62: "Tennessee Moon," Ray Cardwell [Pinecastle, new] (16)
        "Tennessee Moon"
        "Whole World 'round"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14088 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. "Y'all Means All" (23)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
2. "When It All Goes Wrong We'll Turn This Ship Around" (20)
        by Christine Lavin
        from "When It All Goes Wrong We'll Turn This Ship Around (single)"
3. "Best Of You" (18)
        by Ordinary Elephant
        from "Before I Go"
3. "Hard Life Makes A Good Song" (18)
        by The Infamous Stringdusters
        from "Laws Of Gravity"
5. "3 Chords And The Truth" (16)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
5. "Gone" (16)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
7. "Ain't I A Woman" (15)
        by Jack Williams
        from "Far Away Long Ago"
7. "Railroad Man" (15)
        by Ordinary Elephant
        from "Before I Go"
7. "Sharecropper's Son" (15)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Trolling For Dreams"
10. "Freedom" (14)
        by The Infamous Stringdusters
        from "Laws Of Gravity"
11. "America" (13)
        by Julie Gold
        from "Sixty"
11. "While We're Here" (13)
        by Catie Curtis
        from "While We're Here"
13. "Forever Young" (12)
        by Millpond Moon
        from "Time To Turn The Tide"
14. "I've Endured" (11)
        by Ken And Brad Kolodner
        from "The Swift House"
14. "She" (11)
        by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
        from "Waves"
14. "Steel Rail Blues" (11)
        by Ken And Brad Kolodner
        from "The Swift House"
14. "Waves" (11)
        by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
        from "Waves"
18. "Chilly Winds" (10)
        by Ken And Brad Kolodner
        from "The Swift House"
18. "Time To Turn The Tide" (10)
        by Millpond Moon
        from "Time To Turn The Tide"
18. "What The Water Knows" (10)
        by Isabel Taylor
        from "Awake Again"
18. "Your Move" (10)
        by Laura Oden
        from "Peel Back Another Layer"
22. "All My Tomorrows Yesterday" (9)
        by Robt Sarazin Blake
        from "Recitative"
22. "Broken" (9)
        by John Craigie
        from "No Rain, No Rose"
22. "Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies" (9)
        by Red Tail Ring
        from "Fall Away Blues"
22. "Hammond Song" (9)
        by The Roches
        from "The Roches"
22. "Happy Tune" (9)
        by Daniel Koulack
        from "Frailing To Succeed"
22. "John Henry" (9)
        by Jack Williams
        from "Far Away Long Ago"
22. "This Year" (9)
        by Isabel Taylor
        from "Awake Again"
22. "Wayfaring Stranger" (9)
        by Millpond Moon
        from "Time To Turn The Tide"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14088 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. John McCutcheon
2. Greg Trooper
3. The Infamous Stringdusters
4. Gillian Welch
5. Ordinary Elephant
6. Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
6. John Prine
8. Jack Williams
9. Catie Curtis
10. Brooks Williams
11. Ken And Brad Kolodner
12. Pete Seeger
13. April Verch
14. Millpond Moon
15. Julie Gold
16. Billy Crockett
16. Tom Paxton
18. Brother Sun
19. Cassie And Maggie
19. Rose Cousins
21. Bob Dylan
22. John Gorka
23. Isabel Taylor
24. Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
24. Joan Baez
26. Truckstop Honeymoon
27. Christine Lavin
27. Laura Oden
27. Leonard Cohen
30. Carrie Newcomer
30. Daniel Koulack
32. Red Tail Ring
33. Hannah Shira Naiman
33. Phil Ochs
33. Rebecca Loebe
33. Richard Shindell
37. Claire Lynch
37. Guy Clark
37. Sarah Jarosz
37. Tift Merritt

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14088 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Sugar Hill
4. Red House
5. Columbia
6. Acony
6. Appalsongs
8. Yep Roc
8. Oh Boy
10. Warner
11. Wind River
12. Appleseed
12. Smithsonian/Folkways
14. Pinecastle
14. Rhino
16. Fenchurch
17. Borealis
18. Rebel
19. Capitol
20. Blue Rock Artists
20. Mountain Home
20. Sunsign
23. New West
24. Nonesuch
24. Vanguard
26. Slab Town
27. Berkalin
28. Free Dirt
29. Bear Family
29. Green Linnet
31. Flying Fish
31. Patuxent
31. RCA
34. Mountain Fever
35. Kingswood
35. Philo
37. Arc
37. Signature
37. Waterbug
40. Little Giant

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14088 airplays from 137 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
Allison Brock (CKUA-FM, AB)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
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)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
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)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Murphy (, NH)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
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 (WVGN-FM, VI)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
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)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jared Ingersol (syndicated &, CA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
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 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 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 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 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)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
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 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