We are adding new components, news, articles and photos to the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts plus many other things music wise...it is a fluid thing!
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.
We have some other great ideas in the pipeline...
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Live Music - festivals
Australian Blues & Roots will be and has been hanging out at some local festivals and gigs lately...come read the write-ups on our new review page.
Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 2017
Blues on Broadbeach 2017
Holler Roots Music Festival 2017
Mullum Music Festival 2016
Blues on Broadbeach 2016
Hosts Jeff Konkel of Broke & Hungry Records and Roger Stolle from Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art travel Mississippi’s back roads in search of juke joints, house parties, moonshine and the musicians who keep this art form alive.
Keeping the Blues Alive
On Friday 19th January 2018, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM accepted the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” from The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.
Blues Foundation President and CEO Barbara Newman states that “Our 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipients are all wonderful examples of Blues flame keepers, each working in their own sphere of influence to move the genre forward while honouring its past”.
Other recipients of the award for 2018 were:
GARY AND GILLIAN ATKINSON, United Kingdom
JONAS BERNHOLM, Stockholm, Sweden
BLUES SOCIETY OF OMAHA, Omaha, NE
CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUES FESTIVAL, Chesapeake Bay, MD
LUCKY CLARK, Maine
EUROPEAN BLUES UNION
TIM FIK, Gainesville, FL
BRIAN KELM, Salt Lake City, UT
POOR HOUSE BISTRO, San Jose, CA
ALBERTINA WASSENHOVE, Mishawaka, Indiana
RUEBEN WILLIAMS, Larose, LA
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A number of artists playing 2018 Blues on Broadbeach festival have made reference to our charts. Read their quotes below:
PJ O’Brien – “PJ’s most recent album, Jefferson Blues debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart. It held the top place for two months and spent the next four months in the top 3 and spent 5 months in the top 10 - showing a real dedication by DJs and listeners alike.”
Lloyd Spiegel – “‘Tangled Brew’ was number 1 on the Australian blues/roots radio chart for several months and is still within the 20 most played blues albums on Australian radio.”
Toni Swain – “The latest album “Deepest Water” (2016) skyrocketed to number 2 on the Blues & Roots Charts (i.e. The Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts) on release.”
Justin Yap Band – “Since releasing ‘Let Love’ in 2016 the Justin Yap Band has been going from strength to strength, hitting No. 1 on the Australian Blues Charts…”
Jesse Valach presents Blues Mountain – “…Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain have produced a tight riveting live show and with their debut album coming in at #3 on the Australian Blues and Roots radio airplay charts, it is a definite testimony to that.”
Christina Crofts – “Her recent EP … remained in the ABARAC for over 6 months.”
Blues Arcadia – “The song writing partnership between vocalist Alan Boyle and guitarist Chris Harvey has gone from strength to strength since their previous project The Bella Reunion went straight to #1 in the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart in 2015…”
(Note: Blues Arcadia’s self-titled debut release has also been on the charts consistently for 13 months (Sep 2016 – Oct 2017) … reaching as high as No.2 only being held out by Fiona Boyes in the number 1 position.)
Festival season 2018
So what does 2018 have in stall music festival wise?
Thredbo Blues Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Australian Blues Festival in Goulburn, Kiama jazz and blues festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, WOMAdelaide, the inaugural Holler Roots Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival...
and The National Folk Festival in Canberra and Bluesfest at Byron Bay will be running over the easter weekend.
Many boutique festivals are peppered throughout the year but midwinter keep an eye out for the Bello winter Music Festival and later on in the year its big brother Mullum Music Festival at the end of November...
...how are you going to get your fix of music this year?
The 28th (2017)
Byron Bay Bluesfest Blog...
Testimonials & citations
"What you guys are doing is helping build an enthusiastic, healthy, Aussie Blues and Roots scene. Keep up the great work!" -- 2015 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." -- 2015 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...Its certainly changing and our charts reflect this change." -- 2015 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 2016
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