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

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14051 airplays from 146 different DJs

  1: "Tears And Laughter," Robin Greenstein [Windy, 9/16] (98)
        "Hole In The Ground"
        "Here I Am"
        "I Heard The Road Call Me"
        "Tale Of 2 Cities"
  2: "Penny's Farm," Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur [Kingswood, 9/16] (90)
        "Diamond Joe"
        "Sweet To Mama"
        "Boll Weevil"
  3: "North By South," Claire Lynch [Compass, 9/16] (70)
        "Empty Train"
        "Kingdom Come"
        "Molly May"
        "It's Worth Believin"
  4: "Careless," Richard Shindell [Amalgamated Balladry, 9/16] (65)
        "Stray Cow Blues"
        "Deer On The Parkway"
        "Atlas Choking"
        "Your Guitar"
  5: "Fall Away Blues," Red Tail Ring [, 8/16] (64)
        "Fall Away Blues"
        "Wondrous Love, Lay Aside Your Crown"
        "Gibson Town"
        "Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies"
  6: "Very Next Thing EP," Banjo Nickaru And Western Scooches [On The Bol, 9/16] (63)
        "Freight Train"
        "I Don't Believe In Love"
        "Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My Love"
        "You Are My Sunshine"
  7: "Celebration," David Mallett [North Road, 2/16] (55)
        "Girl With The Golden Hair"
        "Last Farmer's Ball"
        "2 Sides To Every Story"
  8: "One More Song," Jack Tempchin [Blue Elan, 9/16] (51)
        "Singing In The Street"
        "So Long My Friend"
        "I Got Her Right Where She Wants Me"
        "One More Song"
  8: "The Other Way Around," David Lamotte [DPI, 8/16] (51)
        "John Henry Revisited"
        "Give God The Blues"
        "Taste The Light"
        "Just One Candle"
 10: "Magic Fire," The Stray Birds [Yep Roc, 8/16] (49)
        "Hands Of Man"
        "Shining In The Distance"
 11: "Miller's Creek," The Belle Hollows [Elm Hill, 8/16] (47)
        "Tightrope Wires"
        "Ocean Song"
        "Come The Mornin"
 12: "Coming Home," O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor [Rounder, 8/16] (46)
        "Jerusalem Ridge"
        "Fisher's Hornpipe"
        "Coming Home"
 13: "Kid Sister," The Time Jumpers [Rounder, 9/16] (45)
        "We're The Time Jumpers"
        "Bloodshot Eyes"
        "I Hear You Talkin"
 14: "Down The Road," The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band [American Melody, 8/16] (43)
        "East Virginia Blues"
        "Brother John"
        "Gathering Flowers From The Hillside"
 14: "Molsky's Mountain Drifters," Molsky's Mountain Drifters [Tree Frog, 8/16] (43)
        "Between The Wars"
        "Free A Little Bird"
        "Down The Road Somewhere"
 16: "The Beautiful Not Yet," Carrie Newcomer [Available Light, 9/16] (40)
        "Lean In Toward The Light"
        "You Can Do This Hard Thing"
        "3 Feet Or So"
 16: "Original Traditional," Blue Highway [Rounder, 9/16] (40)
        "Last Time I'll Ever Leave This Town"
        "Long Row To Hoe"
        "Alexander's Run"
 16: "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (40)
        "House Of Mercy"
        "Take Me Back"
        "Early Morning Light"
 16: "Western And Country," Dennis Jay [Linkhorn, 9/16] (40)
        "South Of Seguin"
        "Texas Skies Shining In A Cowgirl's Eyes"
        "Lights Of Deadwood"
 20: "Honest Life," Courtney Marie Andrews [Mama Bird, 8/16] (38)
        "Honest Life"
        "How Quickly Your Heart Mends"
        "Rookie Dreaming"
 21: "Rise Up," Erika Kulnys [, 8/16] (37)
        "Keep Your Feet Moving"
        "I'm On Fire"
 21: "Storyman," Sam Bush [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (37)
        "Transcendental Meditation Blues"
        "Bowling Green"
 23: "Borderland," Joe K. Walsh [Skinny Elephant, new] (36)
        "Red Skies"
        "Pine Tree Waltz"
        "Never More Will Roam"
 24: "Kol Isha (A Woman's Voice)," Sharon Goldman [, new] (35)
        "Kol Isha"
        "Song Of Songs"
 25: "Good Days a Comin," Ivas John [Right Side Up, 6/16] (31)
        "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound"
        "Greenville Trestle High"
        "Payday Boogie"
 26: "75th Birthday Celebration," Joan Baez [, 6/16] (29)
        "Before The Deluge"
 26: "Choreographic," Rachael Sage [Mpress, 5/16] (29)
        "Try Try Try"
 26: "Rattle And Roar," The Earls Of Leicester [Rounder, 7/16] (29)
        "Steel Guitar Blues"
        "Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind"
 29: "Pete, Woody & Me - Volume I: Keep The Flame Alive," Spook Handy [Akashic, 6/16] (28)
        "Banks Of Marble"
        "Hobo's Lullaby"
 30: "99 Desires," Putnam Smith [Itchy Sabot, new] (27)
        "All In Good Time"
        "Come For The Flowers"
        "99 Desires"
 30: "The Bear And The Bird," Ashley Storrow [Song Sparrow, 7/16] (27)
        "Hold On"
        "Sweet Matilda"
        "Wild Wind"
 30: "Solitaire," 3hattrio [Okehdokee, new] (27)
        "Get Up Stand Up"
        "Texas Time Traveler"
 30: "Wild Blue Yonder," The Western Flyers [, 7/16] (27)
        "Carroll County Blues"
        "Old Fashioned Love"
 34: "Blindfaller," Mandolin Orange [Yep Roc, new] (26)
        "Hey Stranger"
        "Hard Travelin"
 35: "Good Medicine," David Holt And Josh Goforth [High Windy, 6/16] (25)
        "John Henry"
        "I Got Mine"
 35: "Innocent Road," Caleb Klauder And Reeb Willms [West Sound, new] (25)
        "C'est Le Moment"
        "I'd Jump The Mississippi"
 37: "Greasy Creek," Erynn Marshall [Dittyville, 7/16] (24)
        "Gibsons/Buck Fever"
        "Decatur Stomp"
 37: "In Her Dream," Julie Parisi Kirby [Jaiya, 9/15] (24)
        "Firefly Song"
        "Lord Franklin"
 37: "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars," Dwight Yoakam [Sugar Hill, new] (24)
        "Purple Rain"
        "What I Don't Know"
 37: "Weights And Wings," Brother Sun [, 4/16] (24)
        "Mary Don't You Weep And Moan"
        "When I'm Gone"
 41: "Deep Waters," The Lonely Heartstring Band [Rounder, 6/16] (23)
        "If I Had A Hammer"
 41: "The Ultimate Guide To English Folk," Various Artists [Arc, new] (23)
        "Stand By Your Guns," Full English
        "Weaver And The Factory Maid," Steeleye Span
 43: "Copper Rooster And Other Tunes And Tales," Gina Forsyth [Waterbug, 6/16] (22)
        "Road To Columbus"
        "Cherokee Shuffle"
 44: "Nine Pin," Kaia Kater [Kingswood, 5/16] (20)
        "Rising Down"
 45: "Before Beginning," John Gorka [Red House, 7/16] (19)
        "Down In The Milltown"
        "I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair"
 45: "Deliverance," The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc [Self, 4/16] (19)
        "Hen Hunt"
        "Talons Trip To Thompson Island"
 45: "The Price Sisters," The Price Sisters [Rebel, 8/16] (19)
        "Get Up John"
        "One I Love Is Gone"
 45: "Secular Hymns," Madeleine Peyroux [Verve, new] (19)
        "Highway Kind"
        "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky"
 49: "Great Shakes," Session Americana [Self, new] (18)
        "One Good Rain"
        "One Skinner"
        "What Are Those Things"
 49: "Heart And Soul, Blood And Bone," Jim And Lynna Woolsey [Broken Record, 8/16] (18)
        "Last Train Out"
 49: "Once Upon A Different Time," Jaime Michaels [Frumdahart, 6/16] (18)
        "Once Upon A Different Time"
        "Singing For My Supper"
 52: "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown," Ray Lambiase [Raytone, 8/16] (17)
        "The Ballad Of 3 Finger Brown"
        "Train To Buffalo"
 52: "Doolin," Doolin [Compass, 7/16] (17)
        "Galway Girl"
 52: "Heart Of A Song," Nancy Cassidy [Twitter Twatter, 6/16] (17)
        "Life Ain't No Railroad Track"
 52: "Here To Stay," Adam Steffey [Mountain Home, new] (17)
        "Mountain Man"
        "Dear John"
 52: "The More I Learn," Bryan Sutton [Sugar Hill, 6/16] (17)
        "The More I Learn"
        "Arkansas Traveller"
 52: "The Road That Winds," Audie Blaylock And Redline [Patuxent, 7/16] (17)
        "Cousin Sally Brown"
        "The Road That Winds"
 58: "Excellent Day," Lizanne Knott [Proper, 4/16] (16)
        "Not This Time"
        "Lay My Burden Down"
 58: "20,000 Versions Of The Sun," Greg Greenway [Sheen Of Heat, 8/16] (16)
        "Good Morning"
 58: "Mile Twelve," Mile Twelve [Self, new] (16)
        "Our Last Goodbye"
        "Ain't Coming Back"
 58: "Notes... Sweet And Low," Solomon Cook [Raven, 8/16] (16)
        "Hope Diner"
        "Forward On"
 58: "Spring Tide," Beth Wood [Self, 6/16] (16)
        "Gone Too Soon"
 63: "Alive At Last: In Philadelphia," James Lee Stanley [Beachwood, new] (15)
        "Drive My Car"
 63: "Blue Skies," Mountain Heart [Compass, 5/16] (15)
        "Maggie's Farm"
        "No One To Listen"
 63: "Jump The Fire," Evie Ladin Band [Evil Diane, 5/16] (15)
        "Have It All"
        "Heat Of The Day"
 63: "Lift," Dave Gunning [Wee House, 7/15] (15)
        "Breaker's Yard"
 63: "Little Circles," The Wooks [Gnar Vector, 6/16] (15)
        "White Lines And Neon Signs"
        "Atlantic City"
 63: "Live," Runa [, 7/16] (15)
        "Bedlam Boys"
 63: "So Lucky," The Lucky Sisters [Patio, 12/15] (15)
        "Let The Mystery Be"
 63: "Wondrous Traveler," The Small Glories [Self, 2/16] (15)
        "Had I Paid"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14051 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. "Hole In The Ground" (34)
        by Robin Greenstein
        from "Tears And Laughter"
2. "Stray Cow Blues" (16)
        by Richard Shindell
        from "Careless"
3. "Deer On The Parkway" (14)
        by Richard Shindell
        from "Careless"
3. "Here I Am" (14)
        by Robin Greenstein
        from "Tears And Laughter"
3. "Hey Stranger" (14)
        by Mandolin Orange
        from "Blindfaller"
3. "I Heard The Road Call Me" (14)
        by Robin Greenstein
        from "Tears And Laughter"
7. "Celebration" (12)
        by David Mallett
        from "Celebration"
7. "Freight Train" (12)
        by Banjo Nickaru And Western Scooches
        from "Very Next Thing EP"
9. "Diamond Joe" (11)
        by Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
        from "Penny's Farm"
9. "Hands Of Man" (11)
        by The Stray Birds
        from "Magic Fire"
9. "There Are No Words" (11)
        by Kitty Donohoe
        from "Northern Border"
9. "Wondrous Love, Lay Aside Your Crown" (11)
        by Red Tail Ring
        from "Fall Away Blues"
13. "Beyond The Ash And Steel" (10)
        by Judy Kass
        from "Beyond The Ash And Steel"
13. "Bravest" (10)
        by Tom Paxton
        from "Looking For The Moon"
13. "Down In The Milltown" (10)
        by John Gorka
        from "Before Beginning"
13. "Empty Train" (10)
        by Claire Lynch
        from "North By South"
13. "Jerusalem Ridge" (10)
        by O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor
        from "Coming Home"
13. "John Henry Revisited" (10)
        by David Lamotte
        from "The Other Way Around"
13. "Keep Your Feet Moving" (10)
        by Erika Kulnys
        from "Rise Up"
13. "Kingdom Come" (10)
        by Claire Lynch
        from "North By South"
13. "Molly May" (10)
        by Claire Lynch
        from "North By South"
13. "Red Skies" (10)
        by Joe K. Walsh
        from "Borderland"
13. "Singing In The Street" (10)
        by Jack Tempchin
        from "One More Song"
24. "Between The Wars" (9)
        by Molsky's Mountain Drifters
        from "Molsky's Mountain Drifters"
24. "Get Up Stand Up" (9)
        by 3hattrio
        from "Solitaire"
24. "Girl With The Golden Hair" (9)
        by David Mallett
        from "Celebration"
24. "Land Of The Living" (9)
        by Lucy Kaplansky
        from "The Red Thread"
24. "Purple Rain" (9)
        by Dwight Yoakam
        from "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars"
24. "Sweet To Mama" (9)
        by Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
        from "Penny's Farm"
24. "You Are My Sunshine" (9)
        by Banjo Nickaru And Western Scooches
        from "Very Next Thing EP"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14051 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. Robin Greenstein
2. Jim Kweskin And Geoff Muldaur
3. Richard Shindell
4. Claire Lynch
5. Banjo Nickaru And Western Scooches
6. Red Tail Ring
7. David Mallett
8. Weavers
9. The Stray Birds
10. David Lamotte
11. Carrie Newcomer
11. Jack Tempchin
13. Molsky's Mountain Drifters
14. Bill Monroe
14. Blue Highway
16. The Belle Hollows
17. Sam Bush
17. Sarah Jarosz
17. The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band
17. The Time Jumpers
21. Joan Baez
22. Sharon Goldman
23. Dennis Jay
24. Courtney Marie Andrews
24. Joe K. Walsh
24. John Gorka
27. Erika Kulnys
28. John McCutcheon
28. O'Connor Band
30. Ivas John
31. Brother Sun
31. Pete Seeger
33. Bob Dylan
34. John Prine
34. Mandolin Orange
34. Putnam Smith
34. Rachael Sage
34. Spook Handy
39. Ashley Storrow
39. Billy Bragg And Joe Henry
39. Dwight Yoakam
39. The Earls Of Leicester

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14051 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Sugar Hill
3. Compass
4. Red House
5. Kingswood
6. Yep Roc
7. Columbia
8. Smithsonian/Folkways
9. Vanguard
10. Windy
11. Amalgamated Balladry
12. On The Bol
13. New West
14. North Road
15. Waterbug
16. Warner
17. Mountain Home
17. Signature
19. Blue Elan
20. Arc
20. Rebel
22. Flying Fish
23. American Melody
23. Appleseed
25. Borealis
25. Nonesuch
27. Green Linnet
28. Rhino
29. RCA
30. Bear Family
31. Sony
32. Linkhorn
32. Philo
32. Razor And Tie
35. Mama Bird
36. Tree Frog
37. Folk-Legacy
37. Patuxent
39. Available Light
39. Elm Hill

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14051 airplays from 146 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)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Anne Fuller (KRNN-FM, AK)
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 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)
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)
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)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
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)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jan Nary (4EB-FM, Australia)
Jared Ingersol (syndicated &, 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)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Juergen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Karen Impola (IPR, WOI-FM & KUNI-FM, IA)
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)
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 Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
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)
Michelle Drackett-Smisek (WJCU-FM, OH)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mike Horyczun (KPKN-FM, CT)
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 Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
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)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
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