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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13878 airplays from 141 different DJs

  1: "Letters Never Read," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, 10/17] (90)
        "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight"
        "If I Could Make You My Own"
        "Over There"
        "That's Alright"
        "Lovers On The Run"
  2: "Echo In The Valley," Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn [Rounder, 10/17] (89)
        "Take Me To Harlan"
        "On This Winding Road"
        "Don't Let It Bring You Down"
        "Over The Divide"
        "My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains"
  3: "Fifteen," The Wailin' Jennys [Red House, 10/17] (88)
        "Loves Me Like A Rock"
        "Boulder To Birmingham"
        "Keep Me In Your Heart"
        "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning"
  4: "Short Stories," Beppe Gambetta [Borealis, 10/17] (73)
        "Randall Collins"
        "Doc Watson Medley"
        "Notes From The Road"
        "Benedicta 1944"
  5: "Rise," Molly Tuttle [, 6/17] (59)
        "Good Enough"
        "Friend And A Friend"
        "Save This Heart"
        "Super Moon"
        "Lightning In A Jar"
  6: "Sing Louder," Meghan Cary [Angel Bear, 11/17] (58)
        "Sing Louder"
        "River Rock"
  7: "The Long-Awaited Album," Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder, 9/17] (50)
        "Canadian Girl"
        "All Night Long"
  8: "Turmoil And Tinfoil," Billy Strings [Apostol , 9/17] (48)
        "Turmoil And Tinfoil"
        "Living Like An Animal"
        "On The Line"
        "Salty Sheep"
  9: "Spirit To The Sea," Trout Steak Revival [, 11/17] (47)
        "Last Chance"
        "Fall At Your Feet"
        "No Sweat"
 10: "Bidin' My Time," Chris Hillman [Rounder, 9/17] (43)
        "Bells Of Rhymney"
        "Different Rivers"
 11: "Facets Of Folk (preview)," Mara Levine [Mara's Creations, new] (42)
        "You Reap What You Sow"
        "By My Silence," Mara Levine With Gathering Time
 12: "One Go Around," Jeffrey Martin [Fluff And Gravy, 10/17] (41)
        "Poor Man"
        "Billy Burroughs"
        "Surprise, Az"
 13: "Down Hearted Blues," Eilen Jewell [Signature, 9/17] (34)
        "Another Night To Cry"
        "Crazy Mixed Up World"
        "Down Hearted Blues"
 13: "A Hand Full Of Songs," Jim Page [, 10/17] (34)
        "Masters Of Lies"
        "As The Wheel Spins"
        "Jim's Song"
 13: "Poor David's Almanack," Dave Rawlings [Acony, 8/17] (34)
        "Come On Over My House"
        "Midnight Train"
        "Guitar Man"
 16: "At The End Of The Day," Bett Padgett [, 10/17] (33)
        "Living In This World"
        "At The End Of The Day"
        "Birds Of Winter"
 16: "Folksinger, Vol. 2," Willie Watson [Acony, 9/17] (33)
        "On The Road Again"
        "Samson And Delilah"
 18: "Small Believer," Anna Tivel [Fluff And Gravy, 9/17] (32)
        "Last Cigarette"
        "All Along"
        "Riverside Hotel"
 18: "Summerfallwinterspring (EP)," Noel Paul Stookey [Neworld, new] (32)
        "I Will Stand"
        "Moon River"
 20: "Happy Little Trees," KC Groves [, 9/17] (31)
        "Little Rain"
        "Train 45"
 21: "Long Hot Summer Days," Jim Byrnes [Black Hen, new] (30)
        "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City"
        "Anywhere The Wind Blows"
        "Everybody Knows"
 21: "The Oxygen Girl," Jeni Hankins [Jewel Ridge, 6/17] (30)
        "Will I Always Wander?"
        "Shipping News"
 21: "Wake Up Call," Michael Veitch [Burt Street, 10/17] (30)
        "Veteran's Day"
        "Pledging Allegiance"
        "White Rose"
 24: "Edge Of America," Crowes Pasture [, 9/17] (28)
        "Edge Of America"
        "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
        "Catch The Wind"
 24: "The Ultimate Guide To Welsh Folk," Various Artists [Arc Music, 10/17] (28)
        "Aderyn Pur," Mary Hopkin
        "Lisa Lan," Heather Jones
 26: "Dounia Tabolo," Boubacar Traore [Hearth, new] (27)
        "Dis Lui Que Je L'aime Comme Mon Pays"
        "Dounia Tabolo"
        "Je Chanterai Pour Toi"
 26: "Same As I Ever Have Been," Matt Patershuk [Black Hen, 10/17] (27)
 28: "Headwaters," Misner And Smith [, 10/17] (25)
        "Return Of The Grievous Angel"
        "Expecting To Fly"
        "It Makes No Difference"
 29: "Leadbelly, Baby!," Dan Zane And Friends [Smithsonian/Folkways, 9/17] (24)
        "Rock Island Line"
        "Cotton Fields"
 29: "Night Tree," Night Tree [, 9/17] (24)
        "I Feel A Rumblin"
 31: "All American Made," Margo Price [Third Man, 10/17] (23)
        "Learning To Lose"
        "Pay Gap"
 32: "California Calling," Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards [Compass, 10/17] (22)
        "Swing And Turn"
        "Low Hum"
 32: "Folk Hotel," Tom Russell [Frontera, 9/17] (22)
        "Leaving El Paso"
        "Sparrow Of Swansea"
 32: "The Laughing Apple," Yusuf (Cat Stevens) [Decca, 9/17] (22)
        "Blackness Of The Night"
        "See What Love Did To Me"
 32: "Lost At Last Vol. 1," Langhorne Slim [Dualtone, 11/17] (22)
        "Private Property"
        "Old Things"
 32: "Undone," Sean McConnell [Rounder, 9/17] (22)
        "One Acre Of Land"
        "Best We've Ever Been"
 37: "The Lonely, The Lonesome And The Gone," Lee Ann Womack [ATO, new] (21)
        "Shine On Rainy Day"
        "Bottom Of The Barrel"
 37: "Tribute To The Travelin' Lady Rosalie Sorrels," Various Artists [Self, 9/17] (21)
        "Travelin' Lady," Eliza Gilkyson
        "High Flyin' Wonder," Eilen Jewell And Nina Gerber
 39: "Three Black Crows," Hope Dunbar [Self, 10/17] (20)
        "I Write"
 39: "Medicine Songs," Buffy Sainte-Marie [True North, new] (20)
        "Universal Soldier"
        "War Racket"
        "You Got To Run"
 39: "Not My Monkey," Fiddle Whamdiddle [Self, 7/17] (20)
        "Cold Frosty Morning"
 39: "Where The Heart Is," Katy Moffatt [Centerfire, 4/17] (20)
        "I Know"
 43: "Said Little Sparrow," Kim Beggs [Baselinemusic, 10/17] (19)
        "Vampire Love Song"
        "Frozen Horizon"
 44: "Chase The Sun," The Early Mays [Bird On The Wing, 8/17] (18)
 44: "Eric Gerber Three," Eric Gerber [Scruffy Dog, 10/17] (18)
        "If I Had Known"
        "Sunny Day Rag"
 46: "Jump In," The Railsplitters [Self, 11/17] (17)
        "Lessons I've Learned"
        "Jump In"
 46: "The Wild," Kris Delmhorst [Blue Blade, 9/17] (17)
        "I Don't Need To Know It All"
        "Rules To Games"
 48: "Laughing With The Reckless," The Contenders [Rock Ridge, new] (16)
        "Save A Place At The Table"
 48: "Mingle With The Universe: The Worlds Of Lord Byron," Eric Andersen [Meyer, 5/17] (16)
        "Mingle With The Universe"
        "She Walks In Beauty"
 48: "On That Other Green Shore," John Reischman And The Jaybirds [Corvus, 6/17] (16)
        "Gonna Walk"
 48: "Run Away," Rebekah Long [LUK, 9/17] (16)
        "Fishin On The Cumberland"
        "Honky Cat"
 52: "Belle Of The West," Samantha Fish [Ruf, new] (15)
        "American Dream"
 52: "Bone On Bone," Bruce Cockburn [True North, 9/17] (15)
        "12 Gates To The City"
        "Looking And Waiting"
 52: "The Femme Fatale Of Maine," The Jeremiahs [, 7/17] (15)
        "Plough And Stars"
        "Wild Barrow Road"
 52: "Ladies Auxiliary," Scott Miller [F. A. Y., new] (15)
        "10 Miles Down The 9 Mile Road"
 52: "The Quiet Places," Terry Kitchen [Urban Campfire, 9/17] (15)
        "Bar Harbor Full Sail Downeast Acadia Windjammer Sunset Cruise"
        "Enjoy It While It Lasts"
 52: "Ruckus And Romance," Bruce T. Carroll [Self, new] (15)
        "When 2 Worlds Collide"
        "These Things Are Mine"
 52: "A Stranger In This Time," Tim Grimm And The Family Band [Vault, 3/17] (15)
        "Gonna Be Great"
        "These Rollin' Hills"
 52: "Where The River Meets The Road," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 3/17] (15)
        "Queen Of The Earth And Child Of The Skies"
        "Where The River Meets The Road"
 52: "Wildflower Blues," Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton [Cinquefoil, 9/17] (15)
        "Gooseberry Rag"
        "You Are Not Needed Now"
 61: "Deep Water," Amanda Cook [Mountain Fever, 11/17] (14)
        "Caleb Meyer"
        "Deep Water"
 61: "Champion," Nora Jane Struthers [Blue Pig, 10/17] (14)
        "Each Season"
 61: "Middle Of Nowhere," Folkapotamus [Phatcat, 9/17] (14)
        "Road To Nowheresville"
 61: "Portraits In Fiddles," Mike Barnett [Compass, 10/17] (14)
        "Mary And The Soldier"
        "Hangman's Reel"
 61: "Some Distant Shore," Bill Booth [Wheeling, 3/17] (14)
        "Cliffs Of Dover"
 61: "Spaghettification," Christine Lavin [, 8/17] (14)
        "Turn This Ship Around"
        "Please Don't Hand Me Your Baby"
 67: "Any Port In A Storm," Mark Stepakoff [, 10/17] (13)
        "Making Guns"
        "Sausage Factory"
 67: "Crazy If You Let It," Thomm Jutz [Mountain Fever, 10/17] (13)
        "White Water Train"
 67: "For You To See The Stars," Radney Foster [Devil's River, 9/17] (13)
        "All That I Require"
 67: "The Hammer And The Heart," Susan Cattaneo [Jersey Girl, 6/17] (13)
        "Work Hard, Love Harder"
 67: "Last Man Standing," Brother Roy [Self, new] (13)
 67: "Live From Long Island City," D. B. Rielly [Shut Up And Play!, new] (13)
        "Let It Ring"
 67: "Mother Lion," May Erlewine [Earthwork, 11/17] (13)
        "Mountain Top"
        "Paint The Town"
 67: "Poets, Philosophers, Workers And Wanderers," Joe Jencks [Turtle Bear, 5/17] (13)
        "One Piece At A Time"
 67: "Songs From The Dog House," Dennis Dougherty [Thinking Dog, 10/17] (13)
        "Climb Up A Ladder"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13878 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. "You Reap What You Sow" (37)
        by Mara Levine
        from "Facets Of Folk (preview)"
2. "Sing Louder" (19)
        by Meghan Cary
        from "Sing Louder"
3. "Veteran's Day" (18)
        by Michael Veitch
        from "Wake Up Call"
3. "Wildflowers" (18)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
5. "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" (17)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Letters Never Read"
6. "I Will Stand" (15)
        by Noel Paul Stookey
        from "Summerfallwinterspring (EP)"
6. "Loves Me Like A Rock" (15)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
6. "Responsibility" (15)
        by Meghan Cary
        from "Sing Louder"
9. "Doc Watson Medley" (14)
        by Beppe Gambetta
        from "Short Stories"
9. "Good Enough" (14)
        by Molly Tuttle
        from "Rise"
9. "Randall Collins" (14)
        by Beppe Gambetta
        from "Short Stories"
9. "Take Me To Harlan" (14)
        by Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
        from "Echo In The Valley"
13. "Last Chance" (13)
        by Trout Steak Revival
        from "Spirit To The Sea"
13. "On This Winding Road" (13)
        by Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
        from "Echo In The Valley"
15. "Boulder To Birmingham" (12)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
15. "If I Could Make You My Own" (12)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Letters Never Read"
17. "Alice's Restaurant" (11)
        by Arlo Guthrie
        from "Alice's Restaurant"
17. "Caroline" (11)
        by Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
        from "The Long-Awaited Album"
17. "Friend And A Friend" (11)
        by Molly Tuttle
        from "Rise"
17. "Keep Me In Your Heart" (11)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
17. "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning" (11)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
17. "Tecumseh" (11)
        by Beppe Gambetta
        from "Short Stories"
17. "Thanksgiving" (11)
        by Night Tree
        from "Night Tree"
24. "Over There" (10)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Letters Never Read"
24. "Save This Heart" (10)
        by Molly Tuttle
        from "Rise"
24. "That's Alright" (10)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Letters Never Read"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13878 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
2. The Wailin' Jennys
3. Dori Freeman
4. Beppe Gambetta
5. Tom Paxton
6. Molly Tuttle
7. Meghan Cary
7. Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
9. Trout Steak Revival
10. Billy Strings
11. John McCutcheon
12. Chris Hillman
12. Mara Levine
14. Jeffrey Martin
14. Tom Russell
16. Jim Page
17. Gordon Lightfoot
18. Bett Padgett
18. Matt Patershuk
18. Willie Watson
21. Dave Rawlings
21. Eilen Jewell
21. Noel Paul Stookey
24. Jim Byrnes
25. Anna Tivel
25. Bob Dylan
25. Joni Mitchell
28. Michael Veitch
29. Kc Groves
30. Jeni Hankins
30. John Gorka
30. Pete Seeger
33. Buffy Sainte-Marie
33. Tim Grimm
35. Boubacar Traore
35. Crowes Pasture
35. John Prine
35. Tim O'Brien
39. Hope Dunbar
39. Johnny Cash

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13878 airplays from 141 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Smithsonian/Folkways
5. Sugar Hill
6. Signature
7. Acony
8. Borealis
9. Columbia
9. Warner
11. Black Hen
12. Fluff And Gravy
12. Rhino
14. Pinecastle
15. Mountain Fever
16. Arc Music
16. Mountain Home
18. Sony
19. Flying Fish
20. Appleseed
20. Green Linnet
22. Nonesuch
23. Apostol
24. Rebel
25. Capitol
25. Reprise
27. Mara's Creations
28. Blue Hens
29. ATO
30. Dualtone
30. True North
32. Philo
32. Vanguard
34. Waterbug
35. Burt Street
35. New West
37. Folk-Legacy
38. Elektra
38. Lusafrica
40. Shanachie

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13878 airplays from 141 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
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)
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)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Denis McKay (VOX-FM, Australia)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-FM, OH)
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)
Gary Crouth (WYEP-FM, PA)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
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)
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 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 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)
Jonathan Mernit (WJFF-FM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Nagelberg (WHYR-FM, LA)
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)
Lora McCullough (KUHS-LP, AR)
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)
Matt Watroba (WKAR-FM, MI)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
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)
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)
Ron Cooke (KTAL-LP, NM)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
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 Brent Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
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