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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14796 airplays from 140 different DJs

  1: "A Stranger In This Time," Tim Grimm And The Family Band [Vault, new] (134)
        "Gonna Be Great"
        "These Rollin' Hills"
        "13 Years"
        "Finding Home"
        "Black Snake"
  2: "This Is Absolutely Real," Pat Wictor [RiskyDisc, new] (82)
        "Knock On The Door"
        "There But For Fortune"
        "Lincoln Park"
  3: "Small Brown Birds," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/17] (74)
        "President Sang Amazing Grace"
        "Answer The Knock At The Door"
  4: "Where The River Meets The Road," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, new] (70)
        "Where The River Meets The Road"
        "High Flying Bird"
        "When The Mist Clears Away"
        "Grandma's Hands"
  5: "Divining Rod," Wyatt Easterling [Phoenix Rising, new] (68)
        "Stumbling Towards The Light"
        "American Dream"
        "Pacing The Cage"
  6: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, 2/17] (57)
        "Birmingham Sunday"
        "At The Purchaser's Option"
        "Freedom Highway"
        "Angels Laid Him Away"
  7: "Further Down The Line," Scott Cook [, new] (55)
        "Further Down The Line"
        "Careful With My Heart"
        "Walk That Lonesome Valley"
        "Your Sweet Time"
  8: "Coming Down The Mountain," Mipso [, new] (53)
        "Coming Down The Mountain"
        "Hurt So Good"
        "Monterey County"
        "Train Down The Line"
  8: "Tennessee Moon," Ray Cardwell [Pinecastle, 1/17] (53)
        "Sailin' For Glory"
        "Tennessee Moon"
        "Whole World 'round"
        "Cedar Creek Pickaway"
 10: "Chasing The Ghost," Lydia Sylvia Martin [Dryad, 2014] (51)
        "Jo Bones"
        "Undone In Sorrow"
        "C And O Train"
 11: "Tunes From David Holt's State Of Music 2," Various Artists [High Windy, new] (50)
        "Shake Sugaree," Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jason Sypher
        "Leaving Eden," Laurelyn Dossett
        "Darling Corey," Amythyst Kiah
 12: "Trolling For Dreams," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 1/17] (49)
        "Y'all Means All"
        "Between Good And Gone"
        "3 Chords And The Truth"
 12: "Windy City," Alison Krauss [Capitol, 2/17] (49)
        "Gentle On My Mind"
        "It's Goodbye And So Long To You"
        "Losing You"
 14: "From Where I Started," Sera Cahoone [Lady Muleskinner, new] (46)
        "Always Turn Around"
        "Only One"
 15: "Workin's Too Hard," Rayna Gellert [StorySound, 1/17] (43)
        "Workin's Too Hard"
        "Grey Bird"
        "Oh Lovin' Babe"
 16: "Every Soul Grows To The Light," Jenny Bienemann [, new] (39)
        "Pay The Piper"
        "Biggest Mistake"
        "Morning Light"
 16: "No Ordinary Love," Julie Snow [, 11/16] (39)
        "Relax Your Mind"
        "Cracks In The Sky"
 18: "Before I Go," Ordinary Elephant [Berkalin, 1/17] (37)
        "Best Of You"
        "Railroad Man"
        "Highway 71"
 19: "No Rain, No Rose," John Craigie [, 1/17] (36)
        "Virgin Guitar"
        "Live With Less"
 19: "Shake Me Now," Quiles And Cloud [Compass, new] (36)
        "Deep Ellum Blues"
        "Worried Man Blues"
        "Black Sky Lightning"
 19: "This Much Is True," Byrd And Street [, new] (36)
        "Mighty Long Road"
        "Ain't No 2 Ways About It"
        "Money's Good"
 19: "Universal Favorite," Noam Pikelny [Rounder, 3/17] (36)
        "Folk Bloodbath"
        "Old Banjo"
 23: "Sonny And Brownie's Last Train," Guy Davis And Fabrizio Poggi [M. C., new] (35)
        "Walk On"
        "Baby Please Don't Go Back To New Orleans"
        "Freight Train"
 24: "Brighter In The Dark," Mouths Of Babes [Wild Awake, new] (33)
        "Blue Collar Blues"
        "Brighter In The Dark"
 24: "Close Ties," Rodney Crowell [New West, 3/17] (33)
        "It Ain't Over Yet"
        "East Houston Blues"
        "I'm Tied To Ya"
 24: "Get Up And Do Right," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 2/17] (33)
        "Get Up And Do Right"
        "Well May The World Go/Letter From Pete's Banjo"
        "Chilly Winds"
 24: "Ironbark," The Waifs [Compass, new] (33)
        "Higher Ground"
 28: "Mount Royal," Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge [Free Dirt, 2/17] (32)
        "Bone Collector"
        "Living In The Mississippi Valley"
 29: "Brooks' Blues," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 2016] (30)
        "You Never Can Tell"
        "Mother Earth"
 29: "Reach For The Stars," Elaine Mahon [Gatorbone, 2/17] (30)
        "Your Are Not Alone"
 29: "The Tide (EP)," Rachael Sage [Mpress, new] (30)
        "Disarm Distrust"
        "Try Try Try"
 32: "Boat In The Water," Tom Paxton [Pax, 2/17] (29)
        "Last Hobo"
        "Outward Bound"
 33: "For Better, Or Worse," John Prine [Oh Boy, 9/16] (28)
        "Just Waitin"
        "Mr. And Mrs. Used To Be"
 33: "The Penny Collector," Carrie Elkin [Self, new] (28)
        "American Tune"
        "New Mexico"
        "Live Wire"
 33: "The Swift House," Ken And Brad Kolodner [Fenchurch, 1/17] (28)
        "Steel Rail Blues"
        "Chilly Winds"
 36: "Jayme Stone's Folklife," Jayme Stone [Borealis, new] (26)
 36: "Tightrope," Mike Laureanno [Self, new] (26)
        "Shine A Light On Washington"
        "Dig A Little Deeper"
 38: "Dance Across The Sky (EP)," Kipyn Martin [Self, new] (25)
        "Dance Across The Sky"
        "Coming Home"
 38: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (25)
        "House Of Mercy"
        "Take Me Back"
 40: "Are You Listening?," Peter Mulvey [Righteous Babe, new] (24)
        "D. I. A"
        "Last Song"
        "Which One Were You"
 40: "While We're Here," Catie Curtis [Magenta, 2/17] (24)
        "While We're Here"
        "Don't Belong To This World"
 40: "Yearbook," Ryanhood [Self, new] (24)
        "Alright Tonight"
        "Welcome You Into My Head"
 43: "Joy Comes Back," Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn, new] (23)
        "Richland Woman Blues"
        "Joy Comes Back"
 43: "Waves," Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra [Sunsign, 1/17] (23)
        "One April Morning"
        "Rocking The Baby / The Curlew"
 45: "Cider House Sessions," Tony Furtado [Self, new] (22)
        "Some Of Shelly's Blues"
        "Tyson's Dream"
 45: "Natural Conclusion," Rose Cousins [Old Farm Pony, 2/17] (22)
 45: "Through These Waves," Bill Scorzari [Self, new] (22)
        "Brand New Deal"
        "Dream Of You"
 45: "The Willow Collection," Cassie And Maggie [, 11/16] (22)
        "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme"
 49: "Passing Trains," Annie Moscow [11 Blocks, 1/17] (21)
        "What Everybody Else Wants"
 49: "Songswarm, Vol. 1," Various Artists [Puff Bunny, 10/16] (21)
        "Oh, Mandolin," Taylor Pie
        "Grandma's Apron And Grandpa's Vest," George Ensle
 49: "Souvenir," Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors [Magnolia, new] (21)
        "Fight For Love"
 52: "Solidarity," Bill And Joel Plaskett [Pheromone, 2/17] (20)
        "Jim Jones"
        "Next Blue Sky"
 53: "Everything," Darden Smith [Compass, new] (19)
        "Can You See The Moon"
 53: "Going Home," Joe Newberry And April Verch [Slab Town, new] (19)
        "Arkansas Travelers"
 53: "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)," Kate Campbell [Large River, 1/16] (19)
        "Hope's Too Hard"
 53: "Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls," The Burns Sisters [Sisters, 2015] (19)
        "Oh, Danny Boy"
 53: "The Order Of Time," Valerie June [Concord, new] (19)
        "Long Lonely Road"
 53: "Passing It On," All-She-Wrote [, 2/17] (19)
        "If I Were Free"
 53: "The Producer's Choice," Battlefield Band [Temple, 2/17] (19)
        "Leaving Friday Harbor"
        "Road Of Tears"
 53: "Sixty," Julie Gold [, 11/16] (19)
 53: "Tanglewood Tree (single)," Gathering Time [Treble-G, new] (19)
        "Tanglewood Tree"
 62: "Stove Up," Danny Barnes [Wendell World, 11/16] (18)
        "Rockwood Deer Chase"
 62: "Far Away, Long Ago," Jack Williams [Wind River, 12/16] (18)
        "Ain't I A Woman"
 62: "Highway Queen," Nikki Lane [New West, 2/17] (18)
        "Highway Queen"
 62: "In The Ground," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/17] (18)
        "Everywhere I Go"
        "Fool's Hill"
 62: "Kings And Kings," Blackie And The Rodeo Kings [Self, 10/16] (18)
        "Live By The Song"
        "Long Walk To Freedom"
 67: "The April Verch Anthology," April Verch [Slab Town, 2/17] (17)
        "My Home In The Sky"
 67: "Big Things And Little Things," Truckstop Honeymoon [Squirrel, 1/17] (17)
        "Big Things And Little Things"
        "Ice Cream Man"
 67: "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg," Gillian Welch [Acony, 11/16] (17)
        "Orphan Girl"
 67: "Loving Light," Lee Murdock [Depot, 11/16] (17)
        "Midnight Lullaby"
 67: "Other Love Songs," Front Country [Organic, new] (17)
        "Lonesome Town"
 67: "Way Out West," Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives [Superlatone, new] (17)
        "Wait For The Morning"
        "Lost On The Desert"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14796 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. "Gonna Be Great" (28)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
2. "These Rollin' Hills" (23)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
3. "Tanglewood Tree" (22)
        by Gathering Time
        from "Tanglewood Tree (single)"
4. "Gentle On My Mind" (20)
        by Alison Krauss
        from "Windy City"
4. "Stumbling Towards The Light" (20)
        by Wyatt Easterling
        from "Divining Rod"
6. "Knock On The Door" (18)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "This Is Absolutely Real"
7. "Further Down The Line" (17)
        by Scott Cook
        from "Further Down The Line"
7. "There But For Fortune" (17)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "This Is Absolutely Real"
9. "13 Years" (16)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
9. "Coming Down The Mountain" (16)
        by Mipso
        from "Coming Down The Mountain"
9. "Lincoln Park" (16)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "This Is Absolutely Real"
12. "Shake Sugaree" (15)
        by Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jason Sypher
        from "Tunes From David Holt's State Of Music 2"
        also "Tomorrow Is My Turn"
13. "Finding Home" (14)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
14. "Shine A Light On Washington" (13)
        by Mike Laureanno
        from "Tightrope"
14. "Tide" (13)
        by Rachael Sage
        from "The Tide (EP)"
16. "Always Turn Around" (12)
        by Sera Cahoone
        from "From Where I Started"
16. "American Dream" (12)
        by Wyatt Easterling
        from "Divining Rod"
16. "Where The River Meets The Road" (12)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Where The River Meets The Road"
16. "Workin's Too Hard" (12)
        by Rayna Gellert
        from "Workin's Too Hard"
20. "Black Snake" (11)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
20. "Blackbird" (11)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"
20. "Broken" (11)
        by John Craigie
        from "No Rain, No Rose"
20. "Celia" (11)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "This Is Absolutely Real"
20. "Dance Across The Sky" (11)
        by Kipyn Martin
        from "Dance Across The Sky (EP)"
20. "Pay The Piper" (11)
        by Jenny Bienemann
        from "Every Soul Grows To The Light"
20. "President Sang Amazing Grace" (11)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"
20. "Zillionaire" (11)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Small Brown Birds"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14796 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Tim Grimm
2. Tim O'Brien
3. Pat Wictor
4. Rhiannon Giddens
5. Zoe Mulford
6. Wyatt Easterling
7. John McCutcheon
8. Alison Krauss
9. Mipso
10. Chuck Berry
10. Scott Cook
12. Lydia Sylvia Martin
12. Ray Cardwell
14. Rayna Gellert
15. Sera Cahoone
16. Rodney Crowell
17. John Craigie
18. Jayme Stone
18. Jenny Bienemann
18. Tom Paxton
21. Gathering Time
21. The Waifs
23. Guy Davis And Fabrizio Poggi
23. Julie Snow
25. John Prine
25. Noam Pikelny
25. Quiles And Cloud
28. Brooks Williams
28. Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
28. Kate Campbell
28. Ordinary Elephant
28. Rachael Sage
33. Byrd And Street
34. Catie Curtis
34. Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge
36. Mouths Of Babes
36. Pete Seeger
38. Bob Dylan
38. Peter Mulvey
40. Norman Blake

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14796 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Vault
4. Sugar Hill
5. Smithsonian/Folkways
6. Red House
7. Nonesuch
8. Columbia
9. Warner
10. Phoenix Rising
11. Borealis
12. Green Linnet
12. Howdy Skies
12. Pinecastle
15. New West
16. Capitol
16. Rhino
18. Signature
19. Mountain Home
19. Vanguard
21. Flying Fish
22. Appalsongs
22. RCA
24. Azalea City
25. MCA
26. Shanachie
27. Rebel
28. Free Dirt
28. Storysound
30. Waterbug
31. High Windy
32. M. C.
32. Risky Disc
34. Appleseed
34. Slab Town
36. Community
37. Bear Family
37. Dryad
37. Mpress
37. Righteous Babe
37. Zabriskie Point

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14796 airplays from 140 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)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
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)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-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)
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 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)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
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)
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 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)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
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 Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Sheila Shigley (WPR, WI)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
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