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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14623 airplays from 135 different DJs

  1: "Singin'," Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio [Vessel, 6/17] (84)
        "Dark As A Dungeon"
        "Sometimes I Can't Believe My Luck"
        "Give Give Give"
  2: "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers," Joe Jencks [Turtle Bear, 5/17] (65)
        "Let Me Sing You A Song"
        "Going Home"
        "One Piece At A Time"
        "Wheelbarrow Johnny"
  3: "Play One More: The Songs Of Ian And Sylvia," Tom Russell [True North, 5/17] (60)
        "Play One More"
        "When The Wolves No Longer Sing"
        "Old Cheyenne"
  4: "When The Bloom Falls From The Rose," Sarah Jane Scouten [Light Organ, 6/17] (59)
        "Every Song I Sing"
        "Where The Ghost River Flows"
        "Bang Bang"
        "Rosehips For Scurvy"
  5: "Say Yes," Laura Zucker [, new] (55)
        "If Your Well Has Run Dry"
        "Say Yes"
        "Things My Father Gave Me"
  6: "So Many Stars," Friction Farm [, 7/17] (53)
        "Price Of War"
        "Calm Is Worse Than The Storm"
        "All This Living"
  7: "Revolution Now," Emma's Revolution [Moving Forward, 5/17] (47)
        "Sing People Sing"
        "Need A Progressive Woman"
        "Fire In Ferguson"
  7: "Savage On The Downhill," Amber Cross [, new] (47)
        "Pack Of Lies"
        "Savage On The Downhill"
        "Tracey Joe"
  9: "The Nashville Sound," Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit [Southeastern, 6/17] (39)
        "Last Of My Kind"
        "Something To Love"
        "If We Were Vampires"
 10: "Resistance," Beth DeSombre [, 5/17] (38)
        "Way To Hope"
        "Bowling Green Massacre"
 11: "A Black And Tan Ball," Ben Hunter And Joe Seamons With Phil Wiggins [Tantamount, new] (33)
        "Po Howard"
        "Shanghai Rooster"
 11: "Shame," Rachel Baiman [Free Dirt, 6/17] (33)
        "Never Tire Of The Road"
        "Thinkin' On You"
 11: "This Old Town," Andy And Judy [, new] (33)
        "I'll Call You When I Get There"
        "Orphan Train Lament"
 14: "O'Connor Band Live!," O'Connor Band [Omac, 6/17] (32)
        "Shady Grove"
        "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
 15: "Homeless In America: Blues And Protest Songs In An Era Of Trump," Ron Israel [, 6/17] (31)
        "Alt Facts"
        "Everyone Knows The President Lies"
        "Don't Neglect Nobody"
 15: "The Richmond Sessions," The Sherman Holmes Project [M.C., new] (31)
        "Dark End Of The Street"
        "Lonesome Pines"
        "Green River"
 17: "Against All Tides," Harpeth Rising [, 5/17] (30)
        "Early Riser"
 17: "A Stranger In This Time," Tim Grimm And The Family Band [Vault, 3/17] (30)
        "These Rollin' Hills"
        "13 Years"
        "Gonna Be Great"
 19: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, 2/17] (29)
        "Hey Bebe"
 19: "God Bless The Grass," The Malvinas [Soona, 4/17] (29)
        "Weak In The Knees"
        "Somewhere Off The Foot Of This Mountain"
 21: "Ghost On The Car Radio," Slaid Cleaves [Candy House Media, 7/17] (28)
        "Drunken Barber's Hand"
        "Already Gone"
 22: "Alastair Moock," Alastair Moock [, 6/17] (27)
        "Off They Go"
        "Make It Great"
 23: "The Fairest Flower Of Womankind," Lindsay Straw [, 4/17] (26)
        "Blow Away The Morning Dew"
 23: "Smoke Behind The Clouds," The Bucking Mules [Free Dirt, 4/17] (26)
        "Fire On The Mountain"
 25: "Crossover," Dan Whitener [Rench, 5/17] (25)
        "Orange Barrel Blues"
        "We Are Gonna Be Okay"
        "Ballad Of Jim Bowie"
 25: "Further Down The Line," Scott Cook [, 3/17] (25)
        "Kitchen Dance Party On"
        "Alberta, You're Breaking My Heart"
        "Fellas, Get Out The Way"
 25: "Land Of Doubt," Sam Baker [, 6/17] (25)
        "Same Kind Of Blue"
        "Summer Wind"
 25: "Threads," Tom Chapin [Sundance, 3/17] (25)
        "Any Old Kind Of Day"
        "Build A Dream"
        "Here Is A Song For You"
 25: "Turn Your Face To The Sun," I Draw Slow [Compass, 4/17] (25)
        "My Portion"
        "Crooked Life"
 30: "A Calm Sun," Lesley Kernochan [Maple Syrup, 12/16] (24)
        "Chocolate Tree"
        "Hurricane Eye"
 30: "God's Problem Child," Willie Nelson [Legacy, 4/17] (24)
        "Still Not Dead"
        "God's Problem Child"
 30: "Horizon Lines," Matthew Byrne [Self, new] (24)
        "Long Years Ago"
        "Go To Sea No More"
 30: "Manic Revelations," Pokey LaFarge [Rounder, 5/17] (24)
        "Must Be A Reason"
        "Better Man Than Me"
 30: "This Much Is True," Byrd And Street [, 2/17] (24)
        "Mighty Long Road"
        "Eighty Dollar Guitar"
 30: "Where The River Meets The Road," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 3/17] (24)
        "Where The River Meets The Road"
        "Guardian Angel"
        "When The Mist Clears Away"
 36: "It's Personal," Bev Grant [Self, 5/17] (23)
        "National Anthem: Arise! Arise!"
        "Hang On Girl"
 36: "Kids In The Street," Justin Townes Earle [New West, 5/17] (23)
        "Maybe A Moment"
        "Kids In The Street"
 38: "Lines Of Longitude," Chris And Meredith Thompson [Alkali, 5/17] (22)
        "When I Go"
        "Light Of The Sun"
 39: "Black Irish," Shannon McNally [Compass, 6/17] (21)
        "Banshee Moon"
        "I Went To The Well"
 39: "Flying Machine," Sylvia Bullett [Self, 4/17] (21)
 39: "So You Wannabe An Outlaw," Steve Earle And The Dukes [Warner, 6/17] (21)
        "Lookin' For A Woman"
        "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"
 39: "TajMo," Taj Mahal And Keb' Mo' [Concord, 5/17] (21)
        "All Around The World"
        "Waiting On The World To Change"
 39: "This Highway," Zephaniah Ohora [, 6/17] (21)
        "Songs My Mama Sang"
        "I Can't Let Go"
 44: "Eyes Brand New," Zoe And Cloyd [, 4/17] (20)
        "Running On Empty"
        "Eyes Brand New"
 44: "Lucky Stars," Loretta Hagen [Bearfort, 6/17] (20)
        "Where Are The Rainbows"
        "I Will Send My Love"
 44: "Old Salt Union," Old Salt Union [Compass, new] (20)
        "Flatt Baroque"
        "Feel My Love"
 44: "Wild As We Came Here," The Steel Wheels [Big Ring, 3/17] (20)
        "Scrape Me Off The Ceiling"
        "Sing Me Like A Folk Song"
 48: "Balance," Shawn Taylor (Featuring The Wandering Roots) [Self, 5/17] (18)
        "For What It's Worth"
        "Love Is The Water"
 48: "If It's Alright With You: The Songs Of Gene MacLellan," Catherine MacLellan [True North, 6/17] (18)
        "Put Your Hand In The Hand"
 48: "Live At Hillbilly Haiku," Jefferson Ross [Deep Fried, new] (18)
        "Trying Not To Lose My Mind"
        "Slap It On"
 48: "London Southern," Jim Lauderdale [Sky Crunch, 2/17] (18)
        "Sweet Time"
        "We've Only Got So Much Time Here"
 48: "Together Again For The First Time," Gordon Bok And Bob Zentz [Timberhead, new] (18)
        "Harbour Le Cou"
 48: "Trolling For Dreams," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 1/17] (18)
        "3 Chords And The Truth"
 54: "Almost Anyone," Montgomery Delaney [, 4/17] (17)
        "Queen Of Annandale"
 54: "Songs I Left Behind," Rebb Firman [Lemon Cove, 4/17] (17)
        "Let It Rain"
        "Only A Love Song"
 54: "The Trailer Sessions," Hardened And Tempered [Fly Pants , 5/17] (17)
        "House Of The Soiled Dove"
        "Crossing The Rio Grande"
 54: "You Don't Own Me Anymore," The Secret Sisters [New West, 6/17] (17)
        "Tennessee River Runs Low"
        "Kathy's Song"
 58: "Different Hymnals," Joel Mabus [Fossil, new] (16)
        "When Peace, Like A River"
 58: "In The Ground," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/17] (16)
        "Remember Who You Are"
        "Homemade Wine"
 58: "On That Other Green Shore," John Reischman And The Jaybirds [Corvus, new] (16)
        "2 Of Us"
        "Don't You Hear The Lambs A-Crying"
 58: "Small Brown Birds," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/17] (16)
        "President Sang Amazing Grace"
 58: "Tennessee Moon," Ray Cardwell [Pinecastle, 1/17] (16)
        "My Heart Stays With You"
        "New Jerusalem"
 63: "Adios," Glen Campbell [Bloodshot, 6/17] (15)
        "Everybody's Talkin"
        "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
 63: "Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters," Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters [Organic, 6/17] (15)
        "Good Guys"
 63: "From Where I Started," Sera Cahoone [Lady Muleskinner, 3/17] (15)
        "Only One"
        "Up To Me"
 63: "Party Of One," George Thorogood [Rounder, new] (15)
        "Down The Highway"
 63: "Sam Gleaves And Tyler Hughes," Sam Gleaves And Tyler Hughes [Community, 6/17] (15)
        "I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew"
 63: "The Shed Sessions," Steven Blane [Self, 5/17] (15)
        "Proclaim Liberty"
        "Earth Angel"
 63: "Treasure Of The Broken Land: The Songs Of Mark Heard," Various Artists [Storm Weathered, 6/17] (15)
        "Nod Over Coffee," Rodney Crowell
        "Strong Hand Of Love," Sierra Hull
 63: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (15)
        "Take Me Back"
        "Early Morning Light"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14623 airplays from 135 different DJs

1. "Dark As A Dungeon" (20)
        by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
        from "Singin'"
2. "Let Me Sing You A Song" (16)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers"
2. "Singin" (16)
        by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
        from "Singin'"
4. "This Land Is Your Land" (13)
        by Woody Guthrie
        from "This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1"
        also "Folkways - The Original Vision"
5. "Sing People Sing" (12)
        by Emma's Revolution
        from "Revolution Now"
6. "Every Song I Sing" (11)
        by Sarah Jane Scouten
        from "When The Bloom Falls From The Rose"
7. "If Your Well Has Run Dry" (10)
        by Laura Zucker
        from "Say Yes"
7. "Way To Hope" (10)
        by Beth DeSombre
        from "Resistance"
9. "Bowling Green Massacre" (9)
        by Beth DeSombre
        from "Resistance"
9. "Never Tire Of The Road" (9)
        by Rachel Baiman
        from "Shame"
9. "Play One More" (9)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Play One More: The Songs Of Ian And Sylvia"
9. "Po Howard" (9)
        by Ben Hunter And Joe Seamons With Phil Wiggins
        from "A Black And Tan Ball"
9. "So You Wannabe An Outlaw" (9)
        by Steve Earle And The Dukes
        from "So You Wannabe An Outlaw"
14. "America" (8)
        by Simon And Garfunkel
        from "Bookends"
14. "Fox" (8)
        by Laura Zucker
        from "Say Yes"
14. "I'll Call You When I Get There" (8)
        by Andy And Judy
        from "This Old Town"
14. "Last Of My Kind" (8)
        by Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
        from "The Nashville Sound"
14. "Little Lies" (8)
        by I'm With Her
        from "Little Lies"
14. "Must Be A Reason" (8)
        by Pokey LaFarge
        from "Manic Revelations"
14. "Off They Go" (8)
        by Alastair Moock
        from "Alastair Moock"
14. "Orange Barrel Blues" (8)
        by Dan Whitener
        from "Crossover"
14. "Pack Of Lies" (8)
        by Amber Cross
        from "Savage On The Downhill"
14. "Price Of War" (8)
        by Friction Farm
        from "So Many Stars"
14. "Savage On The Downhill" (8)
        by Amber Cross
        from "Savage On The Downhill"
14. "Say Yes" (8)
        by Laura Zucker
        from "Say Yes"
14. "Sometimes I Can't Believe My Luck" (8)
        by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
        from "Singin'"
14. "Still Not Dead" (8)
        by Willie Nelson
        from "God's Problem Child"
14. "Wheelbarrow Johnny" (8)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers"
14. "When I Go" (8)
        by Chris And Meredith Thompson
        from "Lines Of Longitude"
14. "When The Wolves No Longer Sing" (8)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Play One More: The Songs Of Ian And Sylvia"
14. "Where The Ghost River Flows" (8)
        by Sarah Jane Scouten
        from "When The Bloom Falls From The Rose"
14. "Whole Life Of You" (8)
        by Heather Kenney
        from "Waltz (EP)"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14623 airplays from 135 different DJs

1. Heather Pierson
2. Tom Russell
3. Joe Jencks
4. Woody Guthrie
5. Sarah Jane Scouten
6. Emma's Revolution
6. Pete Seeger
8. Friction Farm
9. Laura Zucker
10. Steve Earle
11. Amber Cross
12. John McCutcheon
13. Rhiannon Giddens
14. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
14. Slaid Cleaves
16. Beth Desombre
17. Tim Grimm
18. Bob Dylan
18. Tim O'Brien
20. Gillian Welch
20. Harpeth Rising
20. Nanci Griffith
20. Sarah Jarosz
24. Arlo Guthrie
24. Ben Hunter And Joe Seamons
24. Rachel Baiman
24. Tom Chapin
28. Andy And Judy
28. Greg Brown
28. Sherman Holmes
28. Willie Nelson
32. Alastair Moock
32. Infamous Stringdusters
32. The Malvinas
35. Alison Krauss
35. Catherine MacLellan
37. I Draw Slow
37. John Prine
37. O'Connor Band
37. Ron Israel
37. Scott Cook

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14623 airplays from 135 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Columbia
5. Sugar Hill
6. Smithsonian/Folkways
7. Nonesuch
8. True North
9. Rebel
9. Warner
11. Signature
12. Turtle Bear
13. Free Dirt
14. Rhino
14. Vessel
16. Light Organ
17. New West
17. Sony
19. Pinecastle
19. Vanguard
21. Borealis
22. Yep Roc
23. Flying Fish
24. Mountain Fever
25. Capitol
25. Green Linnet
27. Legacy
28. Mountain Home
29. Bear Family
29. Concord
31. Philo
32. Universal
33. Omac
34. Elektra
35. Acony
35. Appleseed
37. Arc
37. RCA
39. Sundance
40. Candy House Media

FOLK DJs - JULY 2017
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14623 airplays from 135 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)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Anne Fuller (KRNN-FM, AK)
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 Heyer (WWOV-FM, WV)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
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)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Murphy (, NH)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
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)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
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)
Ian Zolitor (WXPN-FM, PA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jared Ingersol (syndicated &, CA)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
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 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)
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)
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 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)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mike Horyczun (KPKN-FM, CT)
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 Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
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)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
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