Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of September 2015 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13054 airplays from 138 different DJs

  1: "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl," Various Artists [Compass, new] (86)
        "30-Foot Trailer," Eliza Carthy
        "Dirty Old Town," Steve Earle
        "Moving On Song," Norma Waterson
        "Joy Of Living," David Gray
  2: "Songs Of Heart And Home," Greg Blake [, new] (78)
        "Hey Porter"
        "Summer Wages"
        "50 Miles From Nowhere"
        "Cruisin' Timber"
  3: "Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics," Lowell Levinger [Grandpa Raccoon, new] (60)
        "Get Together"
        "Darkness Darkness"
        "Grizzly Bear"
  4: "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album," Avery Hill [, 7/15] (59)
        "Hello And Goodbye"
        "God Save The Watchman"
        "93 Lewis Street"
  5: "Round Trip," Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus [Borealis, new] (55)
        "Bonnie Mulligan's"
        "La Bergamasca"
        "Sleeping Tune"
  6: "Shifted," Harpeth Rising [Grimm Rising, 8/15] (53)
        "Rollin' To You"
        "I Am Eve"
        "Dance Me To The End Of Love"
  7: "If Not Now When," Freebo [Poppabo, 4/15] (49)
        "I Ain't Runnin' No More"
        "She Loves My Dog More Than Me"
        "Funk Up The Folk"
  7: "The Song Of The Banjo," Alison Brown [Compass, new] (49)
        "Carolina In The Pines"
        "Time After Time"
        "The Song Of The Banjo"
        "What's Going On?"
  7: "A Thousand Hands," Chris Rosser [Hollow Reed Arts, 10/14] (49)
        "Wind Stole My Song"
        "Don't Do Lonely Well"
 10: "Kokomo Kidd," Guy Davis [M. C., new] (47)
        "Kokomo Kidd"
        "Taking Just A Little Bit Of Time"
        "Like Sonny Did"
 10: "Third Street," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 11/14] (47)
        "Tomorrow's Train"
        "Union Depot"
        "Hawk And Whale"
 12: "Walking Into White," Sarah McQuaid [Waterbug, 8/15] (42)
        "Canticle Of The Sun"
        "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
        "I Am Grateful For What I Have"
 13: "A Silent Song," Archie Fisher [Red House, new] (41)
        "Lord Of The May"
        "Parting Glass"
        "Lass From The Low Country"
 14: "So Far, So Good," David Roth [Wind River, 6/15] (40)
        "Does Joni Mitchell Ever Mow The Lawn"
        "Pachamama Turns"
        "So Far, So Good"
 15: "Low Lily," Low Lily [, 8/15] (38)
        "House Carpenter"
        "Northern Spy"
 16: "Domestic Eccentric," Old Man Luedecke [True North, 7/15] (37)
        "Early Days"
        "Brightest On The Heart"
        "Chester Boat Song"
 16: "Joe Hill's Last Will," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 5/15] (37)
        "Casey Jones"
        "Preacher And The Slave"
        "Joe Hill's Last Will"
 18: "Hillary Rollins presents Christine Lavin And Friends: Live At McCabe's," Christine Lavin [, new] (34)
        "Remembering My Password"
        "It's Your Funeral - Discuss"
 19: "Leaving Soon," Crow And The Canyon [, 6/15] (33)
        "Gentle On My Mind"
        "Brooklyn To Milwaukee"
 20: "Bright Shadow," Ana Egge [Grace/Parkinsong, 5/15] (32)
        "Jenny Run Away"
 20: "The Post-American Century," Terry Kitchen [Urban Campfire, new] (32)
        "One By One"
        "So Much More To Home"
        "I'm A Believer"
 20: "Rembrandt Afternoons," Tret Fure [Tomboy Girl, new] (32)
        "Fishermen Of Bristol Bay"
 20: "Road Signs," Mike Laureanno [University Studios, new] (32)
        "Dog You Left At Home"
        "Heave Away"
 24: "Old Time Reverie," Mipso [Robust, new] (31)
        "Down In The Water"
 24: "The Promise Of The Sowing," Dan Schatz [Folk-Legacy, 8/15] (31)
        "The Promise Of The Sowing"
        "Gone Gonna Rise Again"
 24: "Tomorrow's Child," Jonathan Edwards [Rising, 6/15] (31)
        "Tomorrow's Child"
        "Mole In The Ground"
        "Ain't Got Time"
 27: "The Farwells," The Farwells [Tin Halo, new] (30)
        "Sugar Baby"
        "Little Sadie"
        "Hang Me"
 27: "Frankie And The No-Go Road," Rita Hosking [Self, new] (30)
        "Better Day"
        "Our Land"
        "Black Hole"
 27: "Radio," Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder, 8/15] (30)
        "Blow Me Away"
        "Blue Velvet Rain"
        "Diamonds In The Dust"
 30: "Ballads Long And Short," John Roberts And Debra Cowan [Golden Hind, 7/15] (29)
        "Bold Riley"
        "Combing The Mane"
        "Tailor's Breeches"
 31: "Deep End Sessions, Vol. 2," Jesse Milnes And Emily Miller [, 7/15] (26)
        "I Got Lucky With You"
        "Undone In Sorrow"
 32: "Over And Even," Joan Shelley [No Quarter, new] (25)
        "Brighter Than The Blues"
        "Stay On My Shore"
 32: "Postmodern Man," Clint Alphin [Ernest Engine Songs, 6/15] (25)
        "Evil Mind Blues"
        "Blessed Are The Rich"
 32: "Too Big World," Bumper Jacksons [, 6/15] (25)
        "Trouble In Mind"
        "Coffee Mama"
 32: "With A Lampshade On," The Dustbowl Revival [Signature, 7/15] (25)
        "Cherokee Shuffle"
        "Lampshade On"
        "Old Joe Clark"
 36: "Emerald," Dar Williams [Self, 5/15] (23)
        "Johnny Appleseed"
        "New York Is A Harbor"
 36: "Grandma's Got A Boombox," Sandy Ross [, 5/15] (23)
        "Child Of The Sixties"
        "Distant Campfire"
        "Giddyup Joker"
 38: "Temporary Things," Clara Baker [Self, 6/15] (22)
        "Big Spoon"
        "Don't Wait For Goodbye"
 39: "Ordinary Band," Katie Dahl [Waterbug, 6/15] (21)
        "Ballad Of The Lazy Susan And The Dumbwaiter"
 40: "Dinas," Calan [Sain, 6/15] (20)
        "Miner's Life"
        "Fflopsi Mopsi"
 41: "Dancin' In The Kitchen," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 3/15] (19)
        "Dancin' In The Kitchen"
        "I'm My Own Grandpa"
 41: "Rural Electrification," Peter Keane [Little Hat, 6/15] (19)
        "Hobo's Lullaby"
        "Nobody's Dirty Business"
 43: "Road Be Kind," Andy Cohen [Earwig, new] (18)
        "Spread The News Around"
        "Talkin' Hard Luck"
 43: "Watkins Family Hour," Watkins Family Hour [Self, 7/15] (18)
        "Early Morning Rain"
        "Feelin' Good Again"
 43: "When I'm Free," Hot Rize [Ten In Hand, 9/14] (18)
        "Western Skies"
 46: "Further West," Hungrytown [Listen Here!, 5/15] (17)
        "Hard Way To Learn"
 46: "Lost Time," Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin [Yep Roc, new] (17)
        "World's In A Bad Condition"
        "Mister Kicks"
 46: "Precious Memories," Sue Massek [Strictly Country, 4/15] (17)
        "Down On The Picket Line"
        "I'm Going To Organize"
 46: "So Far," David Myles [Little Tiny, new] (17)
        "When It Comes My Turn"
        "Need A Break"
 46: "Soul Of A Man," Adam Michael Rothberg [, 4/15] (17)
        "Guitar Song"
 46: "Tangled Country," The Honey Dewdrops [, 3/15] (17)
        "Hold Love"
        "Same Old"
 46: "Banjo & Fiddle: Tunes From The North, Songs From The South," Karrnnel Sawitsky And Daniel Koulack [, 3/15] (17)
        "How Does A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live"
        "Woodchuck Set"
 53: "Still She Will Fly (EP)," Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio [Vessel, 5/15] (16)
        "Make It Mine"
        "Ain't Gotten Around"
        "You Don't Know Him The Way I Do"
 53: "1896," Peter Spencer [Self, 2011] (16)
        "Hard Times"
        "By The Allegheny River"
 53: "Della Mae," Della Mae [Rounder, 5/15] (16)
        "Take One Day"
        "Can't Go Back"
 53: "Pop Songs For Elk," Hillfolk Noir [Self, 6/15] (16)
        "Uncle Jake"
        "Woods On Fire"
 57: "Beautiful You," The Waifs [Compass, 8/15] (15)
        "Dark Highway"
        "Beautiful You"
 57: "Coffee Creek," The Slocan Ramblers [, 7/15] (15)
 57: "Morning In A New Machine," Dubl Handi [, 6/15] (15)
        "Don't It Get Trouble In Your Mind"
 57: "Nashville Obsolete," Dave Rawlings Machine [Acony, new] (15)
        "Last Pharaoh"
 57: "The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come," Martha Scanlan [Up On The Divide, 4/15] (15)
        "Taken Or Given"
 57: "Sorrow Bound," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 6/15] (15)
        "Rose On The Mountain"
 57: "Stumbling Towards The Light," Eric Bannan [Self, 7/15] (15)
        "Better Look At Life"
        "American Dream"
 64: "The Faster It Goes," The Railsplitters [, 5/15] (14)
        "Salt Salt Sea"
 64: "The Trackless Woods," Iris DeMent [Flariella, 8/15] (14)
        "Listening To Singing"
 64: "Treehouse," Kevin Dooley [Stormcrow, 7/15] (14)
        "Happy By This Roadside"
        "Let It Roll"
 67: "A Gathering Of Moments II," David Tamulevich [Yellow Room, 8/15] (13)
        "Bend To Your Oars"
 67: "Rise," Andrea Zonn [Compass, 9/15] (13)
        "No Reason To Feel Good"
        "Where The Water Meets The Sky"
 67: "Something More Than Free," Jason Isbell [Southeastern, 7/15] (13)
        "Hudson Commodore"
 67: "Southern Girl," Joanne Rand [Self, new] (13)
        "Cripple Creek"
        "Ginseng Sullivan"
 67: "A Wanderer I'll Stay," Pharis And Jason Romero [Lula, 3/15] (13)
        "Old September"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13054 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. "House Carpenter" (21)
        by Low Lily
        from "Low Lily"
2. "Get Together" (19)
        by Lowell Levinger
        from "Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics"
3. "Wind Stole My Song" (17)
        by Chris Rosser
        from "A Thousand Hands"
4. "Hey Porter" (14)
        by Greg Blake
        from "Songs Of Heart And Home"
5. "Summer Wages" (13)
        by Greg Blake
        from "Songs Of Heart And Home"
6. "Hello And Goodbye" (12)
        by Avery Hill
        from "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album"
6. "Remembering My Password" (12)
        by Christine Lavin
        from "Hillary Rollins presents Christine Lavin And Friends: Live At McCabe's"
8. "Bonnie Mulligan's" (11)
        by Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus
        from "Round Trip"
8. "Carolina In The Pines" (11)
        by Alison Brown
        from "The Song Of The Banjo"
8. "Does Joni Mitchell Ever Mow The Lawn" (11)
        by David Roth
        from "So Far, So Good"
8. "Kokomo Kidd" (11)
        by Guy Davis
        from "Kokomo Kidd"
8. "Northern Spy" (11)
        by Low Lily
        from "Low Lily"
13. "30-Foot Trailer" (9)
        by Eliza Carthy
        from "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl"
13. "Canticle Of The Sun" (9)
        by Sarah McQuaid
        from "Walking Into White"
13. "Dirty Old Town" (9)
        by Steve Earle
        from "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl"
13. "Down In The Water" (9)
        by Mipso
        from "Old Time Reverie"
13. "Field" (9)
        by Mike Laureanno
        from "Road Signs"
13. "Gentle On My Mind" (9)
        by Crow And The Canyon
        from "Leaving Soon"
13. "Hard Times" (9)
        by Peter Spencer
        from "1896"
13. "So Much More To Home" (9)
        by Terry Kitchen
        from "The Post-American Century"
21. "Brighter Than The Blues" (8)
        by Joan Shelley
        from "Over And Even"
21. "Darkness Darkness" (8)
        by Lowell Levinger
        from "Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics"
21. "Doherty's" (8)
        by Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus
        from "Round Trip"
21. "Freedom" (8)
        by Tret Fure
        from "Rembrandt Afternoons"
21. "God Save The Watchman" (8)
        by Avery Hill
        from "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album"
21. "Hippie From Olema" (8)
        by Lowell Levinger
        from "Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics"
21. "Lord Of The May" (8)
        by Archie Fisher
        from "A Silent Song"
21. "Moving On Song" (8)
        by Norma Waterson
        from "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl"
21. "Rollin' To You" (8)
        by Harpeth Rising
        from "Shifted"
21. "She Loves My Dog More Than Me" (8)
        by Freebo
        from "If Not Now When"
21. "Sweet Thames Flow Softly" (8)
        by Rufus And Martha Wainwright
        from "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl"
21. "Time After Time" (8)
        by Alison Brown
        from "The Song Of The Banjo"
21. "Tomorrow's Child" (8)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
21. "Tomorrow's Train" (8)
        by Peter Mayer
        from "Third Street"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13054 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. Greg Blake
2. John McCutcheon
3. Lowell Levinger
4. Guy Davis
5. Alison Brown
5. Avery Hill
7. Harpeth Rising
8. Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus
9. Chris Rosser
9. Low Lily
9. Sarah McQuaid
12. Freebo
13. Dar Williams
14. Peter Mayer
15. Archie Fisher
16. David Roth
17. Old Man Luedecke
18. Si Kahn
19. Bill Monroe
19. Mike Laureanno
21. Terry Kitchen
22. Christine Lavin
22. Jonathan Edwards
22. Mipso
25. Pete Seeger
25. Tret Fure
27. John Roberts And Debra Cowan
28. Dan Schatz
29. Ana Egge
29. Crow And The Canyon
29. The Farwells
29. Rita Hosking
29. Steep Canyon Rangers
34. Bob Dylan
35. The Dustbowl Revival
35. John Gorka
35. Steve Earle
38. Bumper Jacksons
38. Clint Alphin
40. Tim Grimm

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13054 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Waterbug
5. Sugar Hill
6. Signature
7. Borealis
8. Grandpa Raccoon
9. Smithsonian/Folkways
10. Vanguard
11. Arc
12. Folk-Legacy
13. M. C.
14. Columbia
14. Poppabo
16. Wind River
17. Blue Boat
18. True North
19. Nonesuch
20. Flying Fish
21. Yep Roc
22. Strictly Country
23. Green Linnet
24. Appleseed
24. Rebel
26. Rhino
26. Tin Halo
26. Urban Campfire
29. Warner
30. Earwig
30. Rising
30. Tomboy Girl
33. Robust
34. New West
35. Acony
35. Greentrax
37. Appalsongs
37. Golden Hind
39. Grimm Rising
39. Hollow Reed Arts
39. No Quarter
39. Philo

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13054 airplays from 138 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Andrew Antipin (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WCOM-FM, NC)
Art Podell (KPFK-FM, CA)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (, NY)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
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)
Caragh McMaster (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
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)
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)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Fred J. Alvarez (WSIA-FM, NY)
Gary Crouth (WYEP-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jay Hertel (WTJU-FM, VA)
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 Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CV)
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 Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Patterson (WXPI-FM, PA)
John Sillberg (CKOL-FM, ON)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (WKSU & syndicated, OH)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM & syndicated, DC)
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)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Paul Hefti (, CA)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Robin Pressman (KRCB-FM, CA)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Rosemarie Nielsen (WAMU-FM & syndicated, VA)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sandy Goodson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KCMJ-FM, CO)
Steve Kindig (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)
Wayne Greene (, LA)

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