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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13841 airplays from 136 different DJs

  1: "The Long-Awaited Album," Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder, 9/17] (103)
        "Santa Fe"
        "Promontory Point"
        "Canadian Girl"
  2: "Bidin' My Time," Chris Hillman [Rounder, 9/17] (87)
        "Bells Of Rhymney"
        "Such Is The World That We Live In"
        "When I Get A Little Money"
  3: "Echo In The Valley," Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn [Rounder, new] (74)
        "Don't Let It Bring You Down"
        "Take Me To Harlan"
        "Come All You Coal Miners"
        "My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains"
  4: "Turmoil And Tinfoil," Billy Strings [Apostol , 9/17] (73)
        "On The Line"
        "Salty Sheep"
        "All Of Tomorrow"
        "While I'm Waiting Here"
  5: "Fifteen," The Wailin' Jennys [Red House, 10/17] (69)
        "Loves Me Like A Rock"
        "Boulder To Birmingham"
        "Keep Me In Your Heart"
  5: "Letters Never Read," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, 10/17] (69)
        "If I Could Make You My Own"
        "Over There"
        "Ern And Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' Dog"
        "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight"
  7: "Edge Of America," Crowes Pasture [, 9/17] (56)
        "Edge Of America"
        "Catch The Wind"
        "It's All Over Now Baby Blue"
  8: "Small Believer," Anna Tivel [Fluff And Gravy, 9/17] (52)
        "Ordinary Dance"
        "Riverside Hotel"
  9: "Folksinger, Vol. 2," Willie Watson [Acony, 9/17] (49)
        "Gallows Pole"
        "On The Road Again"
        "Samson And Delilah"
 10: "Happy Little Trees," KC Groves [, 9/17] (45)
        "I Can't Quit You"
 11: "A Hand Full Of Songs," Jim Page [, 10/17] (44)
        "Nothing Rhymes With Orange"
        "Masters Of Lies"
        "Same Train, Different Track"
 11: "Lead Belly, Baby!," Dan Zanes And Friends [Smithsonian/Folkways, 9/17] (44)
        "Rock Island Line"
        "Boll Weevil"
        "Bring Me A Little Water, Sylvie"
 13: "Spaghettification," Christine Lavin [, 8/17] (42)
        "Turn This Ship Around"
        "College Fight Song For Sesquipedalians"
        "Please Dont Hand Me Your Baby"
 14: "Short Stories," Beppe Gambetta [Borealis, new] (36)
        "Randall Collins"
        "Doc Watson Medley"
 15: "The Laughing Apple," Yusuf (Cat Stevens) [Decca, 9/17] (35)
        "Blackness Of The Night"
        "See What Love Did To Me"
        "You Can Do !"
 15: "Peaceful Easy Feeling," Jack Tempchin [Blue Elan, 8/17] (35)
        "Peaceful Easy Feeling"
        "Already Gone"
        "Slow Dancing"
 15: "Solid Ground: The Songs Of Fred Alley," Katie Dahl, Eric Lewis And Rich Higdon [Leaky Boat, 8/17] (35)
        "Woody's Fire"
        "Hard Times"
        "I Am A Camera"
 18: "Any Port In A Storm," Mark Stepakoff [, new] (34)
        "Making Guns"
        "Fires Gotta Burn"
        "I Didn't Come This Far"
 18: "Grace," Lizz Wright [Concord, 9/17] (34)
        "Singing In My Soul"
        "Every Grain Of Sand"
 18: "Night Tree," Night Tree [, 9/17] (34)
        "Night Trees-Viva N=Gallicia"
        "I Feel A Rumblin"
 18: "The Oxygen Girl," Jeni Hankins [Jewel Ridge, 6/17] (34)
        "You Disappear"
        "British Invisible Mending Service"
        "Shipping News"
 22: "Headwaters," Misner And Smith [, 10/17] (33)
        "Expecting To Fly"
        "Return Of The Grievous Angel"
 22: "The Quiet Places," Terry Kitchen [Urban Campfire, new] (33)
        "Enjoy It While It Lasts"
        "Nature's Way"
 22: "Same As I Ever Have Been," Matt Patershuk [Black Hen, new] (33)
        "Hot Knuckle Blues"
 22: "Undone," Sean McConnell [Rounder, 9/17] (33)
        "Holy Days"
        "Best We've Ever Been"
        "Bottom Of The Sea"
 22: "Worth," Emily Mure [, 9/17] (33)
        "Waiting For Change"
        "As The World Falls Down"
 27: "Poor David's Almanack," Dave Rawlings [Acony, 8/17] (32)
        "Midnight Train"
        "Come On Over My House"
        "Cumberland Gap"
 28: "Eric Gerber Three," Eric Gerber [Scruffy Dog, new] (30)
        "Mississippi Serenade"
        "Law And The Lonesome"
        "Sunny Day Rag"
 28: "One Go Around," Jeffrey Martin [Fluff And Gravy, new] (30)
        "Poor Man"
        "Thrift Store Dress"
 30: "On That Other Green Shore," John Reischman And The Jaybirds [Corvus, 6/17] (29)
        "You've Got To Righten That Wrong"
        "2 Of Us"
 30: "The Wild," Kris Delmhorst [Blue Blade, 9/17] (29)
        "I Don't Need To Know It All"
        "Foolish Blood"
        "Temporary Existence"
 32: "California Calling," Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards [Compass, 10/17] (28)
        "California Calling"
        "Low Hum"
 33: "Jump In," The Railsplitters [Self, new] (27)
        "Everyone She Meets"
        "Jump In"
        "Durango River"
 34: "Rise," Molly Tuttle [Self, 6/17] (26)
        "Good Enough"
        "Super Moon"
        "Friend And A Friend"
 35: "At The End Of The Day," Bett Padgett [Self, new] (25)
        "My Dog Moss"
        "Shower The People"
 35: "Some Distant Shore," Bill Booth [Wheeling, 3/17] (25)
        "Cliffs Of Dover"
        "Molly McKeen"
        "Wild Geese"
 35: "Southern Blood," Gregg Allman [Rounder, 9/17] (25)
        "Black Muddy River"
        "Going Going Gone"
 38: "On To Something Fine," Leah Kaufman [Boojum, 8/17] (23)
        "When The Whiskey's Gone"
        "Ruby Shoes"
 39: "Folk Hotel," Tom Russell [Frontera, 9/17] (22)
        "Rise Again, Handsome Johnny"
        "Last Time I Saw Hank"
 39: "Mother Lion," May Erlewine [Earthwork, new] (22)
        "Paint The Town"
        "Fine Line"
 41: "Down Hearted Blues," Eilen Jewell [Signature, 9/17] (21)
        "Nothing In Rambling"
        "It's Your Voodoo Working"
 41: "Freedom Highway," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, 2/17] (21)
        "We Could Fly"
 43: "Middle Of Nowhere," Folkapotamus [Phatcat, 9/17] (20)
        "Road To Nowheresville"
        "Dear Rose"
 43: "Bone On Bone," Bruce Cockburn [True North, 9/17] (20)
        "Stab At Matter"
        "40 Years In The Wilderness"
 43: "Crazy If You Let It," Thomm Jutz [Mountain Fever, new] (20)
        "Run With The Horses"
        "White Water Train"
 43: "Painting Tomorrow's Skies Blue," Hank Stone Band [Self, new] (20)
        "If I Were A Railroad Engine"
        "River Says"
 43: "Songs From The Dog House," Dennis Dougherty [Thinking Dog, new] (20)
        "Farmer Is The Man"
        "Climb Up The Ladder"
 48: "Chase The Sun," The Early Mays [Bird On The Wing, 8/17] (19)
        "Jeff Sturgeon"
        "Adieu False Heart"
 48: "Wake Up Call," Michael Veitch [Burt Street, new] (19)
        "Pledging Allegiance"
        "Voices Of The Old Days"
 48: "What If," The Jerry Douglas Band [Rounder, 8/17] (19)
        "Battle Stick"
        "Go Ahead And Leave"
 51: "The Femme Fatale Of Maine," The Jeremiahs [, 7/17] (18)
        "Plough And Stars"
        "This Boy"
 51: "Forest Fire," Shawna Caspi [, 9/17] (18)
        "Brave Parade"
        "Devil's Rolling Pin"
 51: "Horizon Lines," Matthew Byrne [, 8/17] (18)
        "Go To Sea No More"
        "Long Years Ago"
 51: "The Nashville Sound," Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit [Southeastern, 6/17] (18)
        "If We Were Vampires"
        "Last Of My Kind"
 51: "Play Guitar In 7 Days," Jim Lloyd [Self, 9/17] (18)
        "Columbus Stockade Blues"
        "Little Red Riding Hood"
 51: "Run Away," Rebekah Long [LUK, 9/17] (18)
        "Georgia Bound"
        "Swimming Song"
 51: "Waitin' For The Sun," Rusty Young [Blue Elan, 9/17] (18)
        "My Friend"
        "Sara's Song"
 58: "All American Made," Margo Price [Third Man, new] (17)
        "Little Pain"
        "Heart Of America"
 58: "An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert," Various Artists [Blue Rose, 10/17] (17)
        "Autumn This Year," Gwyneth Moreland
 58: "Come Back Coming On," Young And Rusty [Motherlotus, 8/17] (17)
        "Something In The Water"
        "Still Looking For You"
 58: "Wildflower Blues," Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton [Cinquefoil, 9/17] (17)
        "Minstrel Boy"
        "You Are Not Needed Now"
 62: "Three Black Crows," Hope Dunbar [Self, new] (16)
        "3 Black Crows"
 62: "An American In Havana," Susan Werner [Self, 9/17] (16)
        "Cuba Is"
        "1955 Chevy Bel Air"
 62: "The Conversation," Pete's Posse [Epact, 8/17] (16)
 62: "For You To See The Stars," Radney Foster [Devil's River, 9/17] (16)
        "All That I Require"
        "For You To See The Stars"
        "Greatest Show On Earth"
 66: "Alastair Moock," Alastair Moock [, 6/17] (15)
 66: "Ghost On The Car Radio," Slaid Cleaves [Candy House Media, 7/17] (15)
        "Drunken Barber's Hand"
 66: "Midnight And Dawn," Deer Creek Boys [Mountain Fever, new] (15)
        "Midnight And Dawn"
        "Airmail Special"
 66: "Not My Monkey," Fiddle Whamdiddle [Self, 7/17] (15)
        "Not My Monkey"
 66: "Portraits In Fiddles," Mike Barnett [Compass, new] (15)
        "Fox Chase"
        "Old Barnes"
 66: "Time Captain," Ragged Union [Self, new] (15)
        "Leaving Louisville"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13841 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. "Wildflowers" (29)
        by Chris Hillman
        from "Bidin My Time"
2. "Wildflowers" (25)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
3. "Edge Of America" (17)
        by Crowes Pasture
        from "Edge Of America"
4. "Caroline" (15)
        by Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
        from "The Long-Awaited Album"
4. "Santa Fe" (15)
        by Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
        from "The Long-Awaited Album"
6. "Bells Of Rhymney" (14)
        by Chris Hillman
        from "Bidin My Time"
6. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (14)
        by Jack Tempchin
        from "Peaceful Easy Feeling"
8. "Don't Let It Bring You Down" (13)
        by Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
        from "Echo In The Valley"
8. "Enjoy It While It Lasts" (13)
        by Terry Kitchen
        from "The Quiet Places"
10. "Nothing Rhymes With Orange" (12)
        by Jim Page
        from "A Hand Full Of Songs"
10. "Pledging Allegiance" (12)
        by Michael Veitch
        from "Wake Up Call"
12. "America" (11)
        by Misner And Smith
        from "Headwaters"
12. "By My Silence" (11)
        by Mara Levine with Gathering Time
        from "Facets Of Folk (preview)"
12. "Catch The Wind" (11)
        by Crowes Pasture
        from "Edge Of America"
12. "Gypsy" (11)
        by Matt Patershuk
        from "Same As I Ever Have Been"
12. "If I Could Make You My Own" (11)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Letters Never Read"
12. "Midnight Train" (11)
        by Dave Rawlings
        from "Poor David's Almanack"
12. "My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains" (11)
        by Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
        from "Echo In The Valley"
12. "Poor Man" (11)
        by Jeffrey Martin
        from "One Go Around"
12. "Promontory Point" (11)
        by Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
        from "The Long-Awaited Album"
12. "Take Me To Harlan" (11)
        by Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
        from "Echo In The Valley"
22. "Road To Nowheresville" (10)
        by Folkapotamus
        from "Middle Of Nowhere"
22. "Cat Stevens" (10)
        by Yusuf
        from "Mary And The Little Lamb"
22. "Alleyway" (10)
        by Anna Tivel
        from "Small Believer"
22. "Loves Me Like A Rock" (10)
        by The Wailin' Jennys
        from "Fifteen"
22. "On The Line" (10)
        by Billy Strings
        from "Turmoil And Tinfoil"
22. "Rock Island Line" (10)
        by Dan Zanes And Friends
        from "Leadbelly Baby!"
22. "Salty Sheep" (10)
        by Billy Strings
        from "Turmoil And Tinfoil"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13841 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
2. Chris Hillman
3. Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
4. The Wailin' Jennys
5. Dori Freeman
6. Billy Strings
7. John McCutcheon
8. Crowes Pasture
9. Anna Tivel
10. Christine Lavin
10. Tom Petty
12. Jim Page
12. Willie Watson
14. Kc Groves
15. Matt Patershuk
15. Tom Russell
17. Yusuf
18. Dan Zanes And Friends
19. Beppe Gambetta
20. Jack Tempchin
20. Sean McConnell
20. Tom Paxton
23. Mark Stepakoff
24. Jeni Hankins
24. Katie Dahl, Eric Lewis And Rich Higdon
24. Lizz Wright
24. Rhiannon Giddens
24. Terry Kitchen
29. Bob Dylan
29. Misner And Smith
29. Night Tree
29. Pete Seeger
29. Tim Grimm
34. Emily Mure
34. Jeffrey Martin
36. Dave Rawlings
36. Susan Werner
38. Johnny Cash
39. Eric Gerber
39. Kris Delmhorst
39. Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13841 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Smithsonian/Folkways
5. Sugar Hill
6. Columbia
7. Acony
8. Borealis
9. Fluff And Gravy
10. Mountain Home
11. Rebel
12. Warner
13. Mountain Fever
14. Signature
15. Nonesuch
16. Capitol
16. Rhino
18. Green Linnet
18. New West
20. Blue Elan
21. Arc Music
22. Concord
23. Black Hen
23. Sony
25. Vanguard
26. RCA
27. Decca
27. Folk-Legacy
29. Appleseed
30. Leaky Boat
30. Pinecastle
32. Flying Fish
33. Shanachie
33. True North
35. Bear Family
35. Philo
37. Apostol
37. Waterbug
39. Blue Blade
39. Scruffy Dog

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13841 airplays from 136 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allison Brock (CKUA-FM, AB)
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 ( & syndicated, 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)
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)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
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 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 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)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
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 Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
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 Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Michelle Drackett-Smisek (WJCU-FM, OH)
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 Hefti (, CA)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
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 Cooke (KTAL-LP, NM)
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 Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Terry O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
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