Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of August 2016 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14101 airplays from 143 different DJs

  1: "Magic Fire," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 8/16] (101)
        "Hands Of Man"
        "Shining In The Distance"
  2: "Miller's Creek," The Belle Hollows [Elm Hill, 8/16] (79)
        "Different Kind Of Rain"
        "Tightrope Wires"
        "I'd Just Let It Go"
        "Come The Mornin"
  3: "75th Birthday Celebration," Joan Baez [, 6/16] (74)
        "Catch The Wind"
        "There But For Fortune"
  4: "Coming Home," O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor [Rounder, 8/16] (64)
        "Jerusalem Ridge"
        "Always Do"
        "Fishers Hornpipe"
        "Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?"
  5: "20,000 Versions Of The Sun," Greg Greenway [Sheen Of Heat, 8/16] (62)
        "Can't Get Out Of My Own Way"
        "Good Morning"
        "Lazy Morning"
        "Never Say Never"
  6: "Rattle And Roar," The Earls Of Leicester [Rounder, 7/16] (52)
        "Train That Carried My Girl From Town"
        "Steel Guitar Blues"
        "You Can Feel It In Your Soul"
  7: "Before Beginning," John Gorka [Red House, 7/16] (50)
        "Down In The Milltown"
        "I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair"
        "Love Is Our Cross To Bear"
  8: "Honest Life," Courtney Marie Andrews [Mama Bird, 8/16] (47)
        "Honest Life"
        "Rookie Dreaming"
        "How Quickly Your Heart Mends"
        "Table For One"
  9: "Rise Up," Erika Kulnys [, new] (46)
        "Keep Your Feet Moving"
        "Rise Up"
        "I'm On Fire"
        "Love's Not Wasted"
 10: "Choreographic," Rachael Sage [Mpress, 5/16] (45)
        "Try Try Try"
        "So Far Away"
 11: "Copper Rooster And Other Tunes And Tales," Gina Forsyth [Waterbug, 6/16] (44)
        "In Dreams I Go Back Home"
        "Them Golden Slippers"
        "Copper Rooster"
 12: "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown," Ray Lambiase [Raytone, new] (42)
        "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown"
        "Train To Buffalo"
        "Life Has A Mind Of Its Own"
 12: "Storyman," Sam Bush [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (42)
        "Bowling Green"
        "Handmics Killed Country Music"
        "Play By Your Own Rules"
        "Everything Is Possible"
 12: "Wild Blue Yonder," The Western Flyers [, 7/16] (42)
        "You're From Texas"
        "Tennessee Waltz"
        "Carroll County Blues"
 15: "Good Days a Comin," Ivas John [Right Side Up, 6/16] (41)
        "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound"
        "Goin' Back To Arkansas"
        "Roll Mississippi"
 15: "Live," Runa [, 7/16] (41)
        "Mae Colven"
        "Wind That Shakes The Barley"
        "Farewell To Tarwathie / The Last Leviathan"
 17: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, new] (38)
        "Help In Hard Times"
        "Cedar Rapids 10 Am"
        "Lean In Toward The Light"
 18: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (35)
        "Early Morning Light"
        "House Of Mercy"
        "Take Another Turn"
 18: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (35)
        "Mighty Long Way"
        "Keep On Going"
 20: "Mostly Fine," Susan Kane [, 7/16] (33)
        "Brown Eyed Women"
 21: "Colvin And Earle," Shawn Colvin And Steve Earle [Fantasy, 6/16] (32)
        "You Were On My Mind"
        "Tell Moses"
        "Come What May"
 21: "How Cruel That Hunger Binds," Dietrich Strause [, new] (32)
        "Rainy Days"
        "Beast That Rolls Within"
        "Lying In Your Arms"
 23: "The Tumbling River," Chris Coole [Northern, 4/16] (31)
        "Leaving 2674"
        "The Tumbling River"
        "Led Me To The Wrong"
 24: "The Moontrotters," The Moontrotters [Patuxent, new] (30)
        "Durang's Hornpipe"
        "Gypsy Queen"
 25: "Heart Of A Song," Nancy Cassidy [Twitter Twatter, 6/16] (29)
        "Love Train"
        "Rocky Road"
        "Whole Bunch Of Love"
 26: "Nine Pin," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 5/16] (28)
        "Rising Down"
        "Saint Elizabeth"
        "Fine Times At Our House"
 26: "Greasy Creek," Erynn Marshall [Dittyville, 7/16] (28)
        "Decatur Stomp"
        "Gibsons / Buck Ffever"
 26: "Mercy," John Flynn [, 8/16] (28)
        "Don't Just Do Something"
        "Buffalo Nickels"
 29: "Fall Away Blues," Red Tail Ring [Self, new] (27)
        "Fall Away Blues"
        "Gibson Town"
        "Shale Town"
 29: "Pete, Woody & Me - Volume I: Keep The Flame Alive," Spook Handy [Akashic, 6/16] (27)
        "Banks Of Marble"
        "My Oklahoma Home Blowed Away"
 29: "The Littlest Dobro," Ivan Rosenberg [Slosh-Tone, 6/16] (27)
        "Z Clampett"
        "Clinch Mountain Bar Mitzvah"
        "The Littlest Dobro"
 29: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, new] (27)
        "Down On Penny's Farm"
        "Fishing Blues"
 29: "Red Grass," Ilya Toshinskiy [Hadley, 5/16] (27)
        "Red Grass"
        "At The End Of The Day"
        "Country Morning"
 29: "River Waiting," Connla [, 7/16] (27)
        "Daily Growing"
        "River Waiting"
 35: "The More I Learn," Bryan Sutton [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (26)
        "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"
        "Backwater Blues"
 35: "Notes... Sweet And Low," Solomon Cook [Raven, new] (26)
        "I'm Behind Everybody"
        "Heartache Now Is Mine"
 37: "All These Years," Solas [THL, 2/16] (25)
        "Darkness, Darkness"
        "Roarie Bummlers"
        "Standing On The Shore"
 37: "Doolin," Doolin [Compass, 7/16] (25)
        "Galway Girl"
        "Ballad Of Hollis Brown"
        "Road To Gleanntan"
 37: "Heart And Soul, Blood And Bone," Jim And Lynna Woolsey [Broken Record, 8/16] (25)
        "Pike County Blues"
 37: "Lift," Dave Gunning [Wee House, 7/15] (25)
        "They Don't Do That No More"
        "Sing It Louder"
 37: "String Theory," We Banjo 3 [Self, new] (25)
        "Little Liza Jane"
        "Ain't Nobody Else Like You"
 42: "Calla's Waltz," Jed Marum [Boston Road, 3/16] (24)
        "Calla's Waltz"
        "Lay Down My Darlin"
 43: "Good Medicine," David Holt And Josh Goforth [High Windy, 6/16] (23)
        "John Henry"
        "Guitar Rag"
 43: "Here I Am," Rebekah Long [LUK, 5/16] (23)
        "I Know This Town"
        "Ain't Life Sweet"
 43: "Mud And Apples," Lucy Wainwright Roche And Suzzy Roche [Bunny, 5/16] (23)
        "Both Sides Now"
        "Melancholy Ways"
 43: "Trail Of Tales," The Bills [Borealis, 3/16] (23)
        "Wonders I've Seen"
        "Happy Be"
 47: "Fragile Gifts," Anne Hills And Jay Ansill [Hand And Heart, new] (22)
        "Follow That Road"
        "Lover's Knot"
 47: "Misfit," Lara Herscovitch [La Rama, 6/16] (22)
        "Bravest Thing"
        "Buddha On My Back"
 47: "Once Upon A Different Time," Jaime Michaels [Frumdahart, 6/16] (22)
        "Once Upon A Different Time"
        "Singing For My Supper"
        "Somewhere Like Italy"
 50: "In Her Dream," Julie Parisi Kirby [Jaiya, 9/15] (21)
        "Firefly Song"
        "Every Day We Sail Around The World"
 50: "These Houses," C. Daniel Boling [Berkalin, 5/16] (21)
        "Leadbelly, Woody And Pete"
        "I Brought The War With Me"
 52: "Molsky's Mountain Drifters," Molsky's Mountain Drifters [Self, new] (20)
        "Between The Wars"
        "Down The Road Somewhere"
 53: "Deep Waters," The Lonely Heartstring Band [Rounder, 6/16] (19)
        "Rambling, Gambling Willie"
 53: "Good Dirt," Kristine Schmitt [, 5/16] (19)
        "Deep In The Darkest Evening"
        "Kissing Bandit"
 53: "Jump The Fire," Evie Ladin Band [Evil Diane, 5/16] (19)
        "Have It All"
        "Heat Of The Day"
 53: "The Pilot And The Flying Machine," Ben Bedford [Waterbug, 4/16] (19)
        "Pilot And The Flying Machine, Part 2"
        "High And Low"
 53: "Ramblin Feels Good," Jeff Scroggins And Colorado [Self, 7/16] (19)
        "Ramblin Feels Good"
        "She's Got A Single Thing In Mind"
 53: "Say That Now," Ana Egge And The Sentimentals [Grace, 6/16] (19)
        "Promises To Break"
        "Cheaters And Deceivers"
 53: "So Lucky," The Lucky Sisters [Patio, 12/15] (19)
        "Let The Mystery Be"
        "Safe Home, Sweet Light"
 53: "Still The Birds," Darryl Purpose [Blue Rock, 5/16] (19)
        "Meaning Of My Love"
        "Prince Of The Apple Towns"
 53: "Stone And Sand And Sea And Sky," Penny Lang [Borealis, 2006] (19)
        "Diamonds On The Water"
        "My Last Go Round"
 53: "Sun To Sun," Anna And Elizabeth [Self, 2014] (19)
        "Sun To Sun"
        "Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail"
 63: "Crowes Pasture," Crowes Pasture [Self, 5/16] (18)
        "Pastures Of Plenty"
 63: "Stranger To Stranger," Paul Simon [Concord, 5/16] (18)
        "Insomniac's Lullaby"
 65: "Gasoline Dream," Michael Howard [Self, 1/16] (17)
        "Meet Me At The Front Lines"
        "Hog Butcher, Hog Butcher"
 65: "The Hard Part Of Flying," Jim Patton And Sherry Brokus [Berkalin, new] (17)
        "Ghosts In This Room Tonight"
        "When I Was The King"
 65: "Keepsake," Gathering Time [Treble-G, 3/16] (17)
        "Mom's Guitar"
        "Station Song"
 65: "Lightened By Love," Lorrie Newman Keating [Self, 5/16] (17)
        "Gypsy Heart"
        "Lightened By Love"
 65: "My Lucky Stars," Arnie Naiman [Merriweather, 5/16] (17)
        "Slipping And Sliding / Boatsman"
 65: "Peaceful Waters," Geoff Samuels [Self, 5/16] (17)
        "One Rainbow"
        "Out Of Gas"
 65: "The World Is Old Tonight," Atwater And Donnelly [Rabbit Island, 6/16] (17)
        "Beaver Creek"
        "Bold Riley"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14101 airplays from 143 different DJs

1. "Different Kind Of Rain" (18)
        by The Belle Hollows
        from "Miller's Creek"
1. "Hands Of Man" (18)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Magic Fire"
1. "Shining In The Distance" (18)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Magic Fire"
4. "Can't Get Out Of My Own Way" (17)
        by Greg Greenway
        from "20,000 Versions Of The Sun"
4. "Sabrina" (17)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Magic Fire"
6. "Down In The Milltown" (14)
        by John Gorka
        from "Before Beginning"
7. "Home" (13)
        by Rachael Sage
        from "Choreographic"
7. "Jerusalem Ridge" (13)
        by O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor
        from "Coming Home"
9. "Always Do" (12)
        by O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor
        from "Coming Home"
9. "Jonah" (12)
        by The Belle Hollows
        from "Miller's Creek"
9. "Tightrope Wires" (12)
        by The Belle Hollows
        from "Miller's Creek"
9. "Try Try Try" (12)
        by Rachael Sage
        from "Choreographic"
13. "Radio" (11)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Magic Fire"
14. "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown" (10)
        by Ray Lambiase
        from "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown"
14. "Good Morning" (10)
        by Greg Greenway
        from "20,000 Versions Of The Sun"
14. "I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair" (10)
        by John Gorka
        from "Before Beginning"
14. "Keep Your Feet Moving" (10)
        by Erika Kulnys
        from "Rise Up"
14. "Time" (10)
        by Jim And Lynna Woolsey
        from "Heart And Soul, Blood And Bone"
19. "Brown Eyed Women" (9)
        by Susan Kane
        from "Mostly Fine"
19. "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" (9)
        by Ivas John
        from "Good Days a Comin"
19. "Honest Life" (9)
        by Courtney Marie Andrews
        from "Honest Life"
19. "I'd Just Let It Go" (9)
        by The Belle Hollows
        from "Miller's Creek"
19. "Rise Up" (9)
        by Erika Kulnys
        from "Rise Up"
19. "Train That Carried My Girl From Town" (9)
        by The Earls Of Leicester
        from "Rattle And Roar"
19. "Train To Buffalo" (9)
        by Ray Lambiase
        from "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown"
19. "You Were On My Mind" (9)
        by Shawn Colvin And Steve Earle
        from "Colvin And Earle"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14101 airplays from 143 different DJs

1. The Stray Birds
2. The Belle Hollows
3. Joan Baez
4. John Gorka
5. Greg Greenway
6. O'Connor Band
7. The Earls Of Leicester
8. Brother Sun
9. Carrie Newcomer
10. Erika Kulnys
10. Sam Bush
12. Runa
13. Courtney Marie Andrews
13. Rachael Sage
15. Ray Lambiase
16. Bob Dylan
17. Gina Forsyth
18. Ivas John
18. The Western Flyers
20. Penny Lang
21. Chris Coole
22. John Prine
22. Nancy Cassidy
22. Richard Shindell
22. Shawn Colvin And Steve Earle
22. We Banjo 3
27. Dietrich Strause
27. Sarah Jarosz
29. Solas
29. Susan Kane
31. John Flynn
31. Kaia Kater
31. The Moontrotters
34. Gillian Welch
34. Guy Clark
34. Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
37. The Bills
37. Dave Gunning
37. Erynn Marshall
40. Doolin

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14101 airplays from 143 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Sugar Hill
3. Red House
4. Yep Roc
5. Compass
6. Columbia
7. Borealis
8. Razor And Tie
9. Waterbug
10. Vanguard
11. Smithsonian/Folkways
12. Sheen Of Heat
13. Signature
14. Patuxent
15. Rebel
15. Warner
17. Elm Hill
18. Mama Bird Recording Co
19. Mpress
19. New West
21. Fantasy
22. Rhino
23. Versa-Tone
24. Bear Family
24. Kingswood
26. Folk-Legacy
26. RCA
28. Appleseed
28. Flying Fish
28. Mountain Home
31. Capitol
32. Reprise
33. Arc
34. Free Dirt
34. Green Linnet
34. Nonesuch
37. Elektra
37. Sony
39. Dittyville
39. Hadley

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14101 airplays from 143 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annette Kastner & Ryan Marley Grant (WTJU-FM, VA)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
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)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Carpenter, Brown, Kindig, Donleavy, Rough, Koplin & Davis (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
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)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gary Crouth (WYEP-FM, PA)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jared Ingersol (, IA)
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 C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
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 (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Karen Impola (IPR, WOI-FM & KUNI-FM, IA)
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 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)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Pietrzak (WPRK-FM, FL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Scott Aycock (KWGS-FM, OK)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
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)
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