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2014 Americana Top 100 Albums Chart Revealed

2014 Americana Top 100 Albums Chart Revealed

The River & the Thread, a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash to the American South where she was born and from which her family hails, was the most-played album on Americana radio during 2014. That’s the word from the Americana Music Association, whose year-end Top 10 and Top 100 Albums of the Year are based on the records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of December 2, 2013 through December 1, 2014. [To view a listing of the top 100 albums of the year, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of November 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of November 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

The Rose of No Man’s Land by Nell Robinson was the most-played album on folk radio during November 2014 according to 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 November 2014 FOLKDJ-L top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of October 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of October 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Best Medicine, the Yep Roc Records debut by acoustic trio The Stray Birds, was the most-played album on folk radio during October 2014 according to 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 CD’s title track reportedly tied with “Another Day,” the new single from high-energy Celtic folk group Burning Bridget Cleary, as the month’s most-played song. [The October 2014 FOLKDJ-L top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them , click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs of September 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs of September 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie was the most-played album on folk radio during September 2014 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. The 37-track, two-CD set released by Compass Records features various artists paying homage to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who influenced and inspired them and who many regard as “the mother of folk.” It also was the top album in August. [Click on the headline to view the top albums and songs charts that are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com.]
Ohio Folk DJ Norm Whitman Retires

Ohio Folk DJ Norm Whitman Retires

After more than 30 years as a folk DJ on WYSO, public radio for the Miami Valley from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Norm Whitman signed off following his show Detours on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of August 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of August 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie was the most-played album on folk radio during August 2014 according to 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 37-track, two-CD set released by Compass Records features various artists paying homage to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who influenced and inspired them and who many regard as “the mother of folk.” [Click on the headline to view the top albums and songs charts that are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com.]
Top Albums and Songs of June 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of June 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

The Red Album, the latest release by the New York-based female Americana roots trio Red Molly, was the most-played album on folk radio for a second consecutive month, according to 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 Red Album also sported four of the month's top songs. [To view the Top Albums and Songs charts, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs for May 2014

Top Albums and Songs for May 2014

The Red Album, the latest release by the New York-based female Americana roots trio Red Molly, was the most-played album on folk radio during May 2014, followed by singer-songwriter Joe Crookston's Georgia I'm Here, according to 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. Several tracks from both albums also were reportedly among the top ten most-played songs during the month, although they were edged out by Asheville, NC-based Americana roots trio Red June for the top spot. [To view the Top albums and Songs charts, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs for April 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs for April 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Carter Girl, an album covering three generations of Carter Family music by Carlene Carter, the daughter of of June Carter Cash and granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter, was the most-played album on folk radio during April 2014, 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. Jesse Winchester, the late singer-songwriter who was revered and widely covered by other artists, had the month's top two songs ("Brand New Tennessee Waltz" and "Yankee Lady"). [To view the Top Albums and Songs chart for April 2014, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of March 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of March 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

One Evening in May, recorded live at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California last May by bluegrass and Americana artist Laurie Lewis with friends Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber, was the most-played album on folk radio during March 2014, 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. [To view the Top Albums and Songs charts for March 2014, click on the headline.]
Roots Music Report's Top 50 Roots/Americana Albums Chart - February 2014

Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Roots/Americana Albums Chart – February 2014

JUNO Award-winning Canadian band Blackie and The Rodeo Kings' January release, South, was #1 on Roots Music Report's new monthly Top 50 Roots/Americana Albums Chart for February 2014. Rounding out the top 10 most-played albums were discs by The Stray Birds, Brandy Clark, Guy Clark, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, The Greencards, Mandolin Orange, Michael Martin Murphey, Tim Easton and Ray Benson. [Roots Music Report's first monthly Top 50 Roots/American Albums Chart is posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view it, click on the headline.]

Top Albums and Songs of February 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Bright Side of Down, the new release by singer-songwriter John Gorka, was the most-played album on folk radio during February 2014, closely followed by Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The Songs of Pete Seeger, 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. Gorka's "Holed Up in Mason City" was reportedly the month's most-played song. The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them, click on the headline.