Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart

January 2021

Chart # 133

International Blues Airplay Chart

January 2021

Chart #68

The Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts has been compiling airplay of great Australian Blues music and related genres since January 2010...
Thankyou to all the independent radio presenters who contribute their music for inclusion each and every month, the publicists, labels and distributors and of course the hard working musicians who put in the big efforts to play and record the music we all love.

You can check out charts all the way back to chart #1 here

Matt Stubbs
The Charlie Musselwhite Band - Bangalow Bowlo 2015

The Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart tracks what Australian Independent Radio presenters are playing on their shows each month.

The statistics the charts are based on is real radio airplay data contributed by numerous blues radio presenters from stations all around Australia. 

Apart from the monthly chart we will feature reviews of new releases and gigs, as well as festival and gig photography.
Help spread The Word!

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021 gets the go-ahead

Peter Noble OAM, Bluesfest Festival Director announced:

“The NSW Government has indicated that, if the current COVID-19 situation continues in NSW, Bluesfest would be permitted to proceed, following our comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan.

This is a great day, not only for Bluesfest, but also for the Australian live music industry and our unrelenting efforts to get back to presenting live music safely.
Whilst our capacity, stages and campgrounds will be approximately 50% of the numbers we have had in the past, it is great to know...that we have been given the opportunity to present Bluesfest 2021 at a level not seen at festivals in Australia since the summer of 2019/20.

Is this the start of festival season 2021?

Well, we are hoping that this year will be the ongoing tale of recovery from the COVID19 pandemic...

As we slowly get back to some sense of normality in terms of gigs and festivals, let alone our daily lives...Let's hope that we see allthese get back up and running after such a shattering 2020.


The Backsliders - Blues on Broadbeach  2019

We hope to see you all at a COVID safe festival soon and hopefully things will get back to some normality on the other side very soon!


Ray Beadle - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017


Australian Blues & Roots has been getting a long to a few local festivals and gigs lately...come over to check out the write-ups and photos on our review pages.

  • Blues on Broadbeach 2017

ABARAC logo created by Pistol Pete Wearn


Testimonials & citations

"What you guys are doing is helping build an enthusiastic, healthy, Aussie Blues and Roots scene. Keep up the great work!" -- Mitch Grainger - Musician



"The hard work and support community radio puts in for Australian blues is astounding ... this chart is absolutely essential for the growth of Aussie blues. A big thanks to all the presenters." -- Lloyd Spiegel - Musician



"As a performing artist and a radio presenter I find ABARAC a very valuable tool to gain insight into what the interest is in what is an expanding genre...Blues/roots...It's certainly changing and our charts reflect this change." -- Tony Jaggers - 2EAR FM 107.5 & 102.9, Moruya, NSW



"In July 2015, Wards Xpress celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing The Back Roads retrospective album (a remastered selection of tracks from the band’s back-catalogue). The album hit the No. 1 position on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart and stayed there for the next three months." -- Ward's Xpress, Bluesfest promotional material - Byron Bay


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