Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart

October 2019

Chart # 118

International Blues Airplay Chart

October 2019

Chart #53

No 1 most played International release for the month of October
North Mississippi Allstars
Up & Rolling
The Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts has been compiling airplay of great Australian Blues music and related genres since January 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

Matt Stubbs
The Charlie Musselwhite Band

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!

Festival of Small Halls

Hat Fitz and Cara

Blair Dunlop


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

Byron Bluesfest No.1 1990

Festival season 2019


So we are into the fourth month of 2019...what are our recommendations on the gig/festival goings-on this year?
Have our festival offerings diminished because of government regulations or are there as many opportunities as there always was to get out and see some live music?   
Did you get along to one or several of these already ...Thredbo Blues Festival, Australian Blues Festival in Goulburn, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Bruthen Blues and Arts FestivalIllawarra Folk FestivalWOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival? 
Over Easter maybe The National Folk Festival in Canberra or the 30th Bluesfest at Byron Bay.
How about one of these? 
The Gum Ball, Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQMojo Burning, Candelo Village Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, Nimbin Roots Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Narara Music Festival,Sunshine Rock & Blues FestivalEchuca/Moama mid-winter Blues Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Out On The Weekend, Adelaide Guitar Festival, Mitchell Creek Rock'n'Blues Fest, Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Wollombi Music FestivalCaloundra Music Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Queenscliff Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Bello Winter Music Festival or its slightly older sibling, the Mullum Music Festival ...
What about some of the intimate house gigs which are starting to spring up around the place?
How are you going to get your fix of music in 2019?
...We here at ABARAC would love to hear of any other musical ventures you know of!

ABARAC logo created by Pistol Pete Wearn

Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018


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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