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 review pages.
Bello Winter Music 2018
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.
The Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts has been compiling airplay of great Australian Blues music and related genres since January 2010...in April 2018 we produced our 100th chart!
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 all charts back to chart #1 here acrossthetracks-anthonym.blogspot.com
ABARAC logo created by Pistol Pete Wearn www.pistolpetewearn.co.uk
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, 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 sibling, the Mullum Music Festival, at the end of November...
...how are you going to get your fix of music this year...
Live at a local gig or maybe a trip to a festivalor on the radio?
The Charlie Musselwhite Band
We also have a variety of photos from various festival & gigs on our Photo Gallery page...come check it out.
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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