Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart

September 2018

Chart # 105

No 1 most played release for this month
GEOFF ACHISON / Sovereign Town

International Blues Airplay Chart

September 2018

Chart #40

No 1 most played International release for the month of September
Shemekia Copeland - America's Child (2nd month in a row)


We are adding new components, news, articles and photos to the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts plus many other things music 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

Byron Bluesfest No.1 1990
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.

  • Blues on Broadbeach 2017
  • Holler Roots Music Festival 2017


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

ABARAC logo created by Pistol Pete Wearn


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... 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?

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.) 

Matt Stubbs
The Charlie Musselwhite Band
We also have a variety of photos from various festival & gigs on our Photo Gallery page...come check it out.

The award-winning creators of M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here return with Moonshine & Mojo Hands, the first-ever blues music reality show! 

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. 

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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