The Copper Ponies ring them bellsRing Them Bells, the debut release by The Copper Ponies (Annie Donahue and Erik Balkey), was the most-played album on folk radio during June 2013 and also features three of the four most-played songs, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. Closely following The Copper Ponies’ debut were new albums by the Pennsylvania-based high-energy Celtic band Burning Bridget Cleary and the often-covered Nashville-based singer-songwriter Buddy Mondlock.

The June 2013 FOLKDJ-L charts are based on 12,267 airplays from 135 different DJs. The number of reported spins (airplays) is shown in parentheses, while label and release dates appear in brackets. They are posted, with permission, on

Top Albums of June 2013

1: “Ring Them Bells,” The Copper Ponies [Hudson Harding, new] (66)
“Ring Them Bells”
“Why Worry”
“Last Train”
2: “Pressed For Time,” Burning Bridget Cleary [, new] (65)
“On A Sea Of Fleur De Lis”
“Pressed For Time”
“Oh My Little Darling”
“2 Sisters”
3: “Memory Wall,” Buddy Mondlock [Sparking Gap, 5/13] (64)
“Canary’s Song”
“Stone In My Pocket”
“Holes You Leave”
“Ugly One”
4: “So Say We All,” David Francey [Red House, 5/13] (57)
“Blue Skies”
“Cheap Motel”
5: “Vancouver,” Deborah Holland [RageOn, 6/13] (56)
“I Wanna Be A Canadian”
“Norwegian Wood”
6: “The Heart’s Swift Foot,” Red Tail Ring [Earthwork, 4/13] (52)
“Ohio Turnpike”
“Body Like A Bell”
“Clearing In The Wild”
7: “Still Fighting The War,” Slaid Cleaves [Music Road, 6/13] (50)
“Still Fighting The War”
“Rust Belt Fields”
“In The Rain”
8: “Sugar Shack,” The Boxcar Lilies [, 5/13] (48)
“If I Needed You”
“In This Valley”
“6 Ways To Sunday”
9: “Bristol Bay,” Si Kahn [Strictly Country, new] (47)
“Beauty Of Alaska”
“Dead Man’s Sand”
“Once When I Was Young”
9: “Woody Guthrie At 100! Live At The Kennedy Center,” Various Artists [Legacy, new] (47)
“Pastures Of Plenty,” Judy Collins
“Pretty Boy Floyd,” Rosanne Cash
“Deportee,” Ani Difranco
11: “Into The Dark,” Laura Cortese [, 4/13] (46)
“Into The Dark”
“For Catherine”
“Heel To Toe”
11: “This World Oft Can Be,” Della Mae [Rounder, 5/13] (46)
“This World Oft Can Be”
“Letter From Down The Road”
“Pine Tree”
13: “These Wilder Things,” Ruth Moody [Red House, 5/13] (45)
“One Light Shining”
“Trouble And Woe”
“Dancing In The Dark”
14: “High Moon Order,” Betse Ellis [Free Dirt, new] (41)
“Long Time To Get There”
“Elk River Blues”
“Straight To Hell”
14: “Kitchen, Love,” Putnam Smith [Itchy Sabot, new] (41)
“Country Girl”
“Emily Dickinson”
16: “American Kid,” Patty Griffin [New West, 5/13] (37)
“Go Wherever You Wanna Go”
“That Kind Of Lonely”
17: “Dear Sister,” Claire Lynch [Compass, new] (35)
“Buttermilk Road/The Arbours”
“How Many Moons”
“Dear Sister”
18: “No More Rain,” The Steel Wheels [, 4/13] (34)
“Walk Away”
“Go Up To That Mountain”
“Whistle Blows”
19: “Land On Shore,” Ari And Mia [, new] (33)
“Glad You Came By”
“Starry Crown”
20: “Some Part Of The Truth,” Brother Sun [, 2/13] (30)
“Lady Of The Harbor”
“In The Name Of Love”
“These Hands”
21: “Goodnight Moonshine,” Molly Venter And Eben Pariser [, 2/13] (29)
“Goodnight Moonshine”
“Dark Side Of The Rainbow”
22: “All Our Luck Is Changing,” Claudia Russell [Radio Rhythm, 5/13] (28)
“Pirate Girls”
“All Our Luck Is Changing”
“Follow Your Tail Lights Home”
22: “The Comeback Album,” Eric Brace And Peter Cooper [Red Beet, 4/13] (28)
22: “The Old School,” Peter Rowan [Compass, 4/13] (28)
“Doc Watson Morning”
“O Freedom”
“That’s All She Wrote”
22: “Old-Fashioned Gal,” The Carper Family [, new] (28)
“Old Fashioned Gal”
“Boxcar Blues”
26: “Fists Of Violets,” Sarah Alden [Self, 10/12] (27)
“Dink’s Tune”
“Ruby, Honey Are You Mad At Your Man?”
26: “Fossils,” Aoife O’Donovan [Yep Roc, 6/13] (27)
“Lay My Burden Down”
“Fire Engine”
“Red And White And Blue And Gold”
26: “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” Amy Speace [Windbone, 4/13] (27)
“Fortunate Ones”
“How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat”
29: “Against The Grain,” Moors And McCumber [, 6/13] (25)
“Against The Grain”
“Buried In Stone”
“I Used To Run Around”
29: “Little Boat,” Rita Hosking [, 2/13] (25)
“Sierra Bound”
“Blow Northwest Wind”
31: “Enregistre Live,” Genticorum [Les Productions Du Moulin, new] (24)
“Le 25 De Mai”
“Le Forgeron”
31: “Living Room,” Andrew Calhoun [Waterbug, new] (24)
“Hallelujah Morning”
“Walk Easy”
“Crawdad Song”
31: “Love Has Come For You,” Steve Martin And Edie Brickell [Rounder, 4/13] (24)
“Love Has Come For You”
“When You Get To Asheville”
31: “Texodus,” Dylan Sneed [, 2010] (24)
“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”
35: “Runaway Freeway Blues,” Black Lillies [North Knox, 3/13] (23)
“Ramblin’ Boy”
35: “Wide Awake,” Joy Kills Sorrow [Signature, new] (23)
“Such Great Heights”
“Was It You”
37: “Banjo Babes,” Various Artists [Wepecket Island, 10/12] (22)
“When I Go To West Virginia,” Aubrey Atwater
“I Love My Honey,” Evie Ladin
37: “Bright Like Gold,” April Verch [Slab Town, 4/13] (22)
“No Other Would Do”
37: “Carry Me Home,” The Dustbowl Revival [Self, 4/13] (22)
“John The Revelator”
“New River Train”
37: “Carved Wood Box,” Cal Scott [Tamarack, 12/12] (22)
“Carved Wood Box”
“One More River”
37: “Close To The Soul,” Larry Diehl [Self, 4/13] (22)
“Passing Through”
“Box Of This And That”
37: “Hayseed,” Susan Werner [30 Tigers, 6/13] (22)
“Back To The Land”
“City Kids”
“Something To Be Said”
37: “Walk Along John,” John Reischman [Corvus, 4/13] (22)
“Itzbin Reel”
“Salt River”
44: “Brothers Of The Highway,” Dailey And Vincent [Rounder, 5/13] (21)
“Hills Of Caroline”
“Back To Hancock County”
44: “Carnival,” Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line [Blue Pig, 4/13] (21)
“Baker’s Boy”
“Barn Dance”
44: “Magdalene,” Karyn Oliver [Buxom County, 5/13] (21)
44: “The Truth Is,” Melissa Ferrick [Mpress, 6/13] (21)
“Love Ain’t Afraid”
“Everything You Were”
44: “Yes Please,” The Bills [Red House, 8/12] (21)
“Blackberry Ivy And Broom”
“Shining Face”
49: “Friends,” Thomas Snow [Self, 2/13] (20)
“Hard Times”
49: “The Light Still Burns,” Lauren Sheehan [Wilson River, 4/13] (20)
“My Baby’s So Sweet”
“Bearcat Blues”
51: “Jewels And Harmony,” Mara Levine [, 1/13] (19)
51: “Traces,” Karine Polwart [Borealis, 8/12] (19)
“Cover Your Eyes”
“Salters Road”
51: “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” John Fogerty [Vanguard, new] (19)
“Who’ll Stop The Rain”
54: “Long Gone Out West Blues,” Pharis And Jason Romero [Lula, 2/13] (18)
“Long Gone Out West Blues”
“Lost Lula”
54: “Love Calling,” Darden Smith [Compass, new] (18)
“Angel Flight”
54: “Northern Lights,” Matt Stone [, 3/13] (18)
“Brown Dog”
54: “When We Fall,” Rebecca Frazier [Compass, 5/13] (18)
“Darken Your Doorway”
58: “The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs,” Various Artists [Doubloon, 6/13] (17)
“Band Played On,” Richard Thompson And Christine Collister
“Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” Simone Stevens
58: “Bright Sunny South,” Sam Amidon [Nonesuch, 5/13] (17)
“My Old Friend”
“Bright Sunny South”
58: “House And Garden,” Nell Robinson And Jim Nunally [Self, 5/13] (17)
“Life In The Garden”
58: “Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney,” Various Artists [Reviver, 5/13] (17)
“Yellow Submarine,” Buddy Miller
58: “The Stray Birds,” The Stray Birds [, 9/12] (17)
“Dream In Blue”
“Railroad Man”
58: “Time Is Possibility,” Stolen Thyme [Blackbeard’s Fiddle, 2/13] (17)
“Big Hoedown”
“Cherry With No Stone”
64: “Come Home To Me,” The Gloria Darlings [Self, 3/13] (16)
“Come Home To Me”
64: “Everything Is Moving,” Laura Smith [Borealis, 4/13] (16)
“John Keane’s Boys”
“I Built A Boat”
64: “I Read Your Book,” Friction Farm [Self, new] (16)
“Let It Rain”
64: “Next Time Around,” Darryl Purpose [Blue Rock, 10/12] (16)
“Girl From Golden”
“Ghost Of Crazy Horse”
64: “They Called It Music,” The Gibson Brothers [Compass, 3/13] (16)
“Buy A Ring, Find A Preacher”
“Songbird’s Song”
69: “Coyote Wings,” Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 1/13] (15)
“Pocket Fulla Quarters”
“Coyote Wings”
69: “No Borders,” Spinney Brothers [Mountain Fever, new] (15)
“Grandpa’s Way Of Life”
“Whiskey Daniels”
69: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell [Nonesuch, 2/13] (15)
“Dreaming My Dreams”
“Spanish Dancer”
69: “One Shot,” Josh Halverson [Self, new] (15)
“Take Me To Forever”
69: “Southeastern,” Jason Isbell [Southeastern, new] (15)
“Traveling Alone”
69: “Wish We Had Our Time Again,” Marty Hays [Right Side Up, 4/13] (15)
“Leader Of The Band”
“Wish We Had Our Time Again”

Editor’s Note: A medley of songs from The Copper Ponies’ EP Ring Them Bells is posted on YouTube.

Top Songs of June 2013

1. “Why Worry” (24)
by The Copper Ponies
from “Ring Them Bells”
2. “Ring Them Bells” (22)
by The Copper Ponies
from “Ring Them Bells”
3. “I Wanna Be A Canadian” (17)
by Deborah Holland
from “Vancouver”
3. “Last Train” (17)
by The Copper Ponies
from “Ring Them Bells”
5. “One Light Shining” (13)
by Ruth Moody
from “These Wilder Things”
5. “Rain” (13)
by David Francey
from “So Say We All”
5. “Trouble And Woe” (13)
by Ruth Moody
from “These Wilder Things”
8. “Canary’s Song” (12)
by Buddy Mondlock
from “Memory Wall”
8. “Dad’s Yard” (12)
by Catie Curtis
from “Hello, Stranger”
also “Truth From Lies”
10. “Dink’s Tune” (11)
by Sarah Alden
from “Fists Of Violets”
10. “Satellite” (11)
by David Francey
from “So Say We All”
10. “Succotash” (11)
by Putnam Smith
from “Kitchen, Love”
13. “Into The Dark” (10)
by Laura Cortese
from “Into The Dark”
13. “Lay My Burden Down” (10)
by Aoife O’Donovan
from “Fossils”
13. “Norwegian Wood” (10)
by Deborah Holland
from “Vancouver”
13. “On A Sea Of Fleur De Lis” (10)
by Burning Bridget Cleary
from “Pressed For Time”
13. “Pressed For Time” (10)
by Burning Bridget Cleary
from “Pressed For Time”
13. “Walk Away” (10)
by The Steel Wheels
from “No More Rain”
19. “Against The Grain” (9)
by Moors And McCumber
from “Against The Grain”
19. “For Catherine” (9)
by Laura Cortese
from “Into The Dark”
19. “If I Needed You” (9)
by The Boxcar Lilies
from “Sugar Shack”
19. “Oh My Little Darling” (9)
by Burning Bridget Cleary
from “Pressed For Time”
19. “Ohio Turnpike” (9)
by Red Tail Ring
from “The Heart’s Swift Foot”
19. “Still Fighting The War” (9)
by Slaid Cleaves
from “Still Fighting The War”
19. “Stone In My Pocket” (9)
by Buddy Mondlock
from “Memory Wall”
19. “Such Great Heights” (9)
by Joy Kills Sorrow
from “Wide Awake”
19. “This World Oft Can Be” (9)
by Della Mae
from “This World Oft Can Be”
19. “Vancouver” (9)
by Deborah Holland
from “Vancouver”