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.
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The pandemic virus has put many lives in disarray including the cancellation of so many festivals; lockdowns; border controls; no International and limited domestic travel.

This had a massive impact on many of us especially as the government lockdown the population and job losses are only set to increase to protect us from the spread of the virus.

If you can, let's support the artists...go to their websites; visit their facebook pages as many are doing "live in the lounge-room" style gigs; and purchase their music and merchandise! 

"Festival season" what festival season? 2020

Well, this really goes without saying...

So many cancellations have happened and it will be a long time before we go back to some sense of normality in terms of gigs and festivals, let alone our daily lives... 

  All of these festivals had to cancel at the start of this year...The Blue Mountains Music Festival; Yackandandah and Narrandera folk festivals; Forth Valley Blues Festival, Byron Bay BluesfestBlues on Broadbeach; Bello Winter Music Festival;... 

...and inevitably many more to continue to happen as the year unfolds!


We start our 11th year here at ABARAC - what will the new decade bring music-wise? We've had years of drought in many parts of the country, then devastating summerfires and now a world wide pandemic!

Were you planning on getting to one or several of these  ... Thredbo Blues Festival; Australian Blues Festival in Goulburn; Mudgeeraba Blues RockAgnes Blues, Roots & Rock FestivalPort Fairy Folk FestivalBlue Mountains Music Festival; Forth Valley Blues FestivalBruthen Blues and Arts Festival; Illawarra Folk Festival; WOMADelaide
How about one of these? 
The Gum Ball, Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQMojo Burning, Candelo Village Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, 1770 FestivalNimbin 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  ...
What about some of the intimate house gigs which are starting to spring up around the place?
Hoping they will be back after restrictions are lifted.
How are you going to get your fix of music in 2020?
Online??? Many radio stations closed their studios for live shows but presenters came up with imaginative ways to still bring you new blues on your favourite shows!

Here's hoping you all stay healthy and well and that this passes as quickly as it can.

We will see you all on the other side!



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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