Acoustic Radio Waves

Remembering Phil Ochs on the 40th Anniversary of His Death

Phil Ochs was an iconic American troubadour who passionately believed that he and his music could help change the world. Many of his songs became anthems for the anti-war movement during the turbulent 1960s, and his music continues to influence and inspire songwriters today – 40 years after his death. Among his best-known songs are “Changes,” “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Small Circle of Friends,” “There But For Fortune,” and “When I’m Gone.” At least several folk DJs will mark the 40th anniversary of Phil Ochs’ passing on April 9 by airing special programs that weekend, while others have been playing his songs this week. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of March 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of March 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Gathering Time, a Long Island, New York-based folk-rock harmony trio, had both the #1 album (Keepsake) and the most-played song (“Who Knows Where the Time Goes”) on folk radio during March 2016. So say the airplay charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. Gathering Time, the most-played artists of the month, also had six of the most-played songs. [The March 2016 FOLKDJ-L Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of February 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of February 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Solas, an Irish-American band currently marking its 20th anniversary, had the most-played album (All These Years) on folk radio during February 2016. Boulder, Colorado-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Folsom’s “Better Times” was February’s most-played song. So say charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The February 2016 FOLKDJ-L Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline or link below.]
Top Albums and Songs of January 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of January 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Burning Bridget Cleary, a high-energy Celtic band from Pennsylvania, had both the most-played album (These Are The Days) and three of the four most-played songs on folk radio during January 2016. So say 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. The January 2016 FOLKDJ-L Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.

Top Albums and Songs of December 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 10: Happy Holidays was the most-played album on folk radio during December 2015, while “Longest Night of the Year” by Joe Jencks, from that CD distributed by radio promoter Erik Balkey, tied with John McCutcheon’s classic “Christmas in the Trenches” as the month’s most-played song. So say 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. The December 2015 FOLKDJ-L Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.
Top Albums and Songs of November 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of November 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass) was the most-played album on folk radio during November 2015, while “I Am an Immigrant” by Jesse Palidofsky and “Take Me Home” by Free the Honey were reportedly the most—played songs. So say 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. The monthly Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.
Top Albums and Songs of October 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of October 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Free The Honey, a young western Colorado-based “honeygrass” folk quartet, had both the most-played album (Fine Bloom) and song (“Take Me Home”) on folk radio during October 2015. So say 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. The October 2015 FOLKDJ-L charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.
Top Albums and Songs of September 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of September 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl was the most-played album on folk radio during September 2015, closely followed by Songs of Heart and Home by Greg Blake -- who was also the month’s most-played artist. “House Carpenter” by Low Lily, the string and vocal trio formerly known as Annalivia, was September’s most-played song -- closely followed by “Get Together” by Lowell Levinger, formerly of The Youngbloods. So say charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The monthly Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.
Top Albums and Songs of August 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of August 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Harpeth Rising, a young Kentucky-based folk and Americana trio, had both the most-played album (Shifted) and song (“I Am Eve”) on folk radio during August 2015. So say 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. The monthly Top Albums and Songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.
Top Albums & Songs of July 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs of July 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

For a second consecutive month, Tomorrow’s Child, the new album by Jonathan Edwards – the singer-songwriter best-known for the 1971 hit single “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” – was the most-played album on folk radio during July 2015. The album also sports five of the month’s top songs, although the most-played songs were Dubl Handi’s “Cindy” and Katie Dahl’s “Crowns.” So say charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com, with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs of June 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs of June 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Tomorrow’s Child, the new album by Jonathan Edwards -- the singer-songwriter best-known for the 1971 hit single “Sunshine” -- was the top album on folk radio in June, while Edwards’ “Down In The Woods” was the most-played song during the month. So say charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com, with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs of May 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs of May 2015 (FOLKDJ-L)

Joe Hill’s Last Will by John McCutcheon was the most-played album on folk radio during May 2015, closely followed by Sue Massek’s Precious Memories. The title track of McCutcheon’s latest album was the most-played song during the month. So say 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. The May 2015 FOLKDJ-L charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.