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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13911 airplays from 140 different DJs

  1: "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers," Joe Jencks [Turtle Bear, new] (95)
        "Let Me Sing You A Song"
        "Everybody Sings The Blues"
        "Let It Rain"
        "Solidarity Forever"
  2: "Against All Tides," Harpeth Rising [, 5/17] (76)
        "I Did Not Make The World"
        "Love Child"
  3: "God's Problem Child," Willie Nelson [Legacy, 4/17] (73)
        "Still Not Dead"
        "God's Problem Child"
        "Little House On The Hill"
        "He Won't Ever Be Gone"
  4: "God Bless The Grass," The Malvinas [Soona, 4/17] (68)
        "God Bless The Grass"
        "How Can I Keep From Singing"
  5: "The Fairest Flower Of Womankind," Lindsay Straw [, 4/17] (58)
        "Blow Away The Morning Dew"
        "Female Rambling Sailor"
  6: "A Stranger In This Time," Tim Grimm And The Family Band [Vault, 3/17] (55)
        "13 Years"
        "Gonna Be Great"
        "These Rollin' Hills"
  7: "Different Hymnals," Joel Mabus [Fossil, new] (53)
        "God Don't Like It - I Don't Either"
        "4 Early Shape Note Hymns"
        "We'll Understand It Better Bye And Bye"
  8: "Smoke Behind The Clouds," The Bucking Mules [Free Dirt, 4/17] (50)
        "Fire On The Mountain"
        "Smoke Behind The Clouds"
        "Wild Geese At Flight"
  9: "Where The River Meets The Road," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 3/17] (48)
        "High Flying Bird"
        "When The Mist Clears Away"
        "Where The River Meets The Road"
        "Guardian Angel"
 10: "Tunes From David Holt's State Of Music 2," Various Artists [High Windy, 4/17] (46)
        "Roll On Buddy," Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little, And David Holt
        "Shake Sugaree," Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell And Jason Sypher
        "Leaving Eden," Laurelyn Dossett
 11: "Eyes Brand New," Zoe And Cloyd [, 4/17] (45)
        "Running On Empty"
        "Let's All Go Down To The River"
        "Old Stone Wall"
 12: "Turn Your Face To The Sun," I Draw Slow [Compass, 4/17] (44)
        "Garage Flowers"
        "My Portion"
 13: "One Light Many Windows," Merlin Snider [Barking Dog, 10/16] (43)
        "Procrastination Blues"
        "Cold Rain"
        "Fresh Dirt"
 14: "Wild As We Came Here," The Steel Wheels [Big Ring, 3/17] (42)
        "Sing Me Like A Folk Song"
        "To The Wild"
        "Wild As We Came Here"
 14: "You've Been Away So Long (EP)," Alice Howe [, 2/17] (42)
        "Homeland Blues"
        "Make A Fool Out Of Me"
        "You've Been Away So Long"
        "Don't Worry Honey"
 16: "Americana," Ray Davies [Legacy, 4/17] (41)
 16: "Shame," Rachel Baiman [Free Dirt, new] (41)
        "Getting Ready To Start"
        "Never Tire Of The Road"
 18: "Fading Mystery," Taarka [, 1/17] (38)
        "Carried Away"
        "Sun And Rain"
 18: "Transient Lullaby," The Mastersons [Red House, 5/17] (38)
        "Transient Lullaby"
 20: "Phat Live," Phil Henry Acoustic Trio [, new] (37)
        "There Be Monsters Here"
        "James Brown"
 20: "Treasure Of The Broken Land: The Songs Of Mark Heard," Various Artists [Storm Weathered, new] (37)
        "House Of Broken Dreams," Amy Speace
        "Nod Over Coffee," Rodney Crowell
        "Worry Too Much," Willie Sugarcapps
 22: "Almost Anyone," Montgomery Delaney [, 4/17] (35)
        "Empty Windows"
 22: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, 2/17] (35)
        "At The Purchaser's Option"
        "Freedom Highway"
 22: "TajMo," Taj Mahal And Keb' Mo' [Concord, 5/17] (35)
        "Diving Duck Blues"
        "Waiting On The World To Change"
        "All Around The World"
 25: "Trip To Walden Pond," Hanneke Cassel [, 4/17] (33)
        "Trip To Walden Pond"
        "Passing Place/Silver Special"
 26: "Hands In The Dirt," The Resonant Rogues [Self, new] (32)
        "Hands In The Dirt"
        "Muddy River"
        "Fomo Blues"
 26: "Tennessee Moon," Ray Cardwell [Pinecastle, 1/17] (32)
        "His Will"
        "Stop, Look And Listen"
        "Tennessee Moon"
 28: "Further Down The Line," Scott Cook [, 3/17] (31)
        "Further Down The Line"
        "Your Sweet Time"
        "Walk That Lonesome Valley"
 28: "Play One More: The Songs Of Ian And Sylvia," Tom Russell [True North, new] (31)
        "Wild Geese"
        "Night The Chinese Restaurant Burned Down"
        "When The Wolves No Longer Sing"
 30: "A Calm Sun," Lesley Kernochan [Maple Syrup, 12/16] (30)
        "Country In The City"
        "Blown Away"
        "Les Petits Mondes Sont Partout"
 30: "Jayme Stone's Folklife," Jayme Stone [Borealis, 4/17] (30)
        "Drunken Hiccups"
        "That's All Right"
 30: "What She Said," Fred Gillen Jr [Dys, new] (30)
        "Future Americans"
        "Prayer For America"
        "Price Of Progress"
 33: "Baby Lets Take The Long Way Home," Nell Robinson And Jim Nunally [Whippoorwill, new] (28)
        "I'm Brilliant"
        "Hillbilly Boy"
 33: "Solomon," Calan [Sain, 4/17] (28)
        "Big D"
        "Ryan Jigs"
 33: "Sonny And Brownie's Last Train," Guy Davis And Fabrizio Poggi [M. C., 3/17] (28)
        "Step It Up And Go"
        "Baby Please Don't Go Back To New Orleans"
 33: "The Trailer Sessions," Hardened And Tempered [Fly Pants , 5/17] (28)
        "Leavin' In The Morning"
        "My Wildest Ride"
 37: "The Irishman's Daughter," Kitty Donohoe [Roheen, 4/17] (27)
        "Ireland Song"
        "Abe Lincloln's Army"
        "Lark In The Morning"
 38: "Small Brown Birds," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/17] (26)
        "Won't You Come On In?"
 38: "Trolling For Dreams," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 1/17] (26)
        "Sharecropper's Son"
 40: "Everything," Darden Smith [Compass, 4/17] (25)
 40: "From Where I Started," Sera Cahoone [Lady Muleskinner, 3/17] (25)
        "Up To Me"
        "Dusty Lungs"
 40: "Ironbark," The Waifs [Compass, 3/17] (25)
        "Something's Coming"
        "Willow Tree"
 40: "This Much Is True," Byrd And Street [, 2/17] (25)
        "Mighty Long Road"
        "Eighty Dollar Guitar"
 44: "50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde," Old Crow Medicine Show [Columbia, new] (24)
        "I Want You"
        "Rainy Day Women #12 And 35"
 44: "Manic Revelations," Pokey LaFarge [Rounder, new] (24)
        "Riot In The Streets"
        "Silent Movie"
 46: "Bonfire To Ash," Porter Nickerson [Weasel, 1/17] (23)
        "Old Red Barn"
        "Living Proof"
        "Plant A Garden"
 46: "Kids In The Street," Justin Townes Earle [New West, new] (23)
        "Maybe A Moment"
        "What's She Crying For"
 48: "Alastair Moock," Alastair Moock [Self, new] (22)
        "Make It Great"
 48: "Other Love Songs," Front Country [Organic, 4/17] (22)
        "If Something Breaks"
        "Storms Are On The Ocean"
        "Good Side"
 50: "Divining Rod," Wyatt Easterling [Phoenix Rising, 3/17] (21)
        "Stay In The Boat"
        "American Dream"
 51: "Periscope Heart," Jackie Morris [Button Box, new] (20)
        "Coffee Kisses"
        "Devil In The Heartland"
 51: "Shake Me Now," Quiles And Cloud [Compass, 3/17] (20)
        "Deep Ellum Blues"
        "By The Rio Grande"
 53: "Black Irish," Shannon McNally [Compass, new] (19)
        "Prayer In Open D"
        "Banshee Moan"
 53: "The Dustbowl Revival," The Dustbowl Revival [Signature, new] (19)
        "Debtor's Prison"
        "Honey I Love You"
 53: "Mount Royal," Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge [Free Dirt, 2/17] (19)
        "Greener Grass"
        "Living In The Mississippi Valley"
 53: "The Road We Once Knew," The Eisenhauers [Black Hen, new] (19)
        "Moving To The High Country"
        "Rather Have You Around"
 57: "I've Never Met A Stranger," Bumper Jacksons [Self, 5/17] (18)
        "Many Paths To The Top Of The Mountain"
 57: "Original," Bobby Osborne [Compass, new] (18)
        "They Call The Wind Maria"
        "8 More Miles"
 57: "This Is Absolutely Real," Pat Wictor [RiskyDisc, 3/17] (18)
        "There But For Fortune"
        "Scorpion Departs"
 60: "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg," Gillian Welch [Acony, 11/16] (17)
        "Acony Bell"
        "Old Time Religion"
 60: "Brighter In The Dark," Mouths Of Babes [Wild Awake, 3/17] (17)
        "Black Tea, Red Wine"
 60: "Going Home," Joe Newberry And April Verch [Slab Town, 3/17] (17)
        "Will You Wait For Me?"
 60: "In The Ground," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/17] (17)
        "Homemade Wine"
 60: "The Wishing Hour," Lisa Bastoni [Self, 1/17] (17)
        "Halfway Out Of Michigan"
        "In This Town"
 65: "Blink," Rebecca Loebe [Black Wolf, 2/17] (16)
        "Smoke Signals"
        "Down To The Wire"
 65: "Escaped The Tide," Russ Rentler [, 3/17] (16)
        "Escaped The Tide"
 65: "Get Up And Do Right," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 2/17] (16)
        "Get Up And Do Right"
 65: "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Various Artists [Capitol, 1972] (16)
        "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
 65: "Wow And Flutter," Amilia K Spicer [Free Range, new] (16)
        "Fill Me Up"
 70: "Brooks' Blues," Brooks Williams [Red Guitar Blue, 2016] (15)
        "Backwater Blues"
        "Sitting On Top Of The World"
 70: "Close Ties," Rodney Crowell [New West, 3/17] (15)
        "It Ain't Over Yet"
 70: "Pretty Little Troubles," Malcolm Holcombe [Gypsy Eyes, 4/17] (15)
        "Eyes O' Josephine"
 70: "Workin's Too Hard," Rayna Gellert [StorySound, 1/17] (15)
        "Grey Bird"
        "Oh Lovin' Babe"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13911 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. "Still Not Dead" (19)
        by Willie Nelson
        from "God's Problem Child"
2. "Let Me Sing You A Song" (17)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers"
3. "God Bless The Grass" (15)
        by The Malvinas
        from "God Bless The Grass"
4. "Homeland Blues" (13)
        by Alice Howe
        from "You've Been Away So Long (EP)"
4. "I Did Not Make The World" (13)
        by Harpeth Rising
        from "Against All Tides"
6. "535" (12)
        by Harpeth Rising
        from "Against All Tides"
6. "Everybody Sings The Blues" (12)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers"
6. "God Don't Like It - I Don't Either" (12)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "Different Hymnals"
6. "God's Problem Child" (12)
        by Willie Nelson
        from "God's Problem Child"
6. "Love Child" (12)
        by Harpeth Rising
        from "Against All Tides"
6. "Running On Empty" (12)
        by Zoe And Cloyd
        from "Eyes Brand New"
6. "Sing Me Like A Folk Song" (12)
        by The Steel Wheels
        from "Wild As We Came Here"
13. "Blow Away The Morning Dew" (11)
        by Lindsay Straw
        from "The Fairest Flower Of Womankind"
13. "Geordie" (11)
        by Lindsay Straw
        from "The Fairest Flower Of Womankind"
13. "Hands" (11)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers"
13. "How Can I Keep From Singing" (11)
        by The Malvinas
        from "God Bless The Grass"
13. "Perfect" (11)
        by The Mastersons
        from "Transient Lullaby"
18. "Highwayman" (10)
        by Harpeth Rising
        from "Against All Tides"
18. "Little House On The Hill" (10)
        by Willie Nelson
        from "God's Problem Child"
18. "Solidarity Forever" (10)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers"
21. "13 Years" (9)
        by Tim Grimm And The Family Band
        from "A Stranger In This Time"
21. "Diving Duck Blues" (9)
        by Taj Mahal And Keb' Mo'
        from "TajMo"
21. "Grace" (9)
        by Montgomery Delaney
        from "Almost Anyone"
21. "He Won't Ever Be Gone" (9)
        by Willie Nelson
        from "God's Problem Child"
21. "Make A Fool Out Of Me" (9)
        by Alice Howe
        from "You've Been Away So Long (EP)"
21. "Transient Lullaby" (9)
        by The Mastersons
        from "Transient Lullaby"
21. "You've Been Away So Long" (9)
        by Alice Howe
        from "You've Been Away So Long (EP)"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13911 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Joe Jencks
2. Willie Nelson
3. Harpeth Rising
4. Jimmy Lafave
5. Joel Mabus
6. Pete Seeger
6. Tim O'Brien
8. The Malvinas
9. Bob Dylan
10. Tim Grimm
11. Lindsay Straw
12. Alice Howe
13. The Bucking Mules
14. John McCutcheon
15. The Steel Wheels
16. Rhiannon Giddens
17. Zoe And Cloyd
18. I Draw Slow
19. Merlin Snider
20. Ray Davies
20. Taarka
20. Tom Russell
23. Rachel Baiman
24. Jayme Stone
24. Montgomery Delaney
24. Phil Henry Acoustic Trio
27. The Mastersons
28. Hanneke Cassel
28. Ray Cardwell
30. Taj Mahal And Keb' Mo'
31. Guy Davis And Fabrizio Poggi
31. Tom Paxton
33. Joan Baez
34. Old Crow Medicine Show
34. The Resonant Rogues
36. Fred Gillen Jr
36. John Prine
36. Lesley Kernochan
36. Scott Cook
40. Calan

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13911 airplays from 140 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Sugar Hill
5. Columbia
6. Smithsonian/Folkways
7. Turtle Bear
8. Free Dirt
9. Legacy
10. Borealis
11. Capitol
12. Rebel
13. Rhino
14. Fossil
15. Nonesuch
15. Sony
17. New West
18. Mountain Home
19. Pinecastle
19. Signature
21. Bear Family
22. Flying Fish
22. Vanguard
22. Vault
22. Warner
26. Concord
26. Patuxent
26. Z And C
29. Mountain Fever
30. True North
31. Green Linnet
32. Folk-Legacy
33. Howdy Skies
33. Storm Weathered
35. Mercury
36. RCA
36. Reprise
36. Soona Songs
39. Sain
40. Music Road

FOLK DJs - MAY 2017
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13911 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)
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)
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)
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)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
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)
Ellen Ellis (WVUD-FM, DE)
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)
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 Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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