2017 finalists announced
ARBA Blues Album of the Year
Towards recognition and promotion of recordings by South Australian musicians, since 2015, ARBA has conducted an annual contest for recently-released blues albums.
Below, see information on the current Blues album contest and underneath, brief summations on previous awards and via the Archive buttons, details of prior competitions.
2017 ARBA Blues Album of the Year
The Adelaide Roots and Blues Association has conducted its third competition for blues-styled albums recorded by South Australian musicians. Representatives of acts that released albums in the twelve months prior to 30th June 2017 were invited to nominate related
albums by the deadline of 7th August.
The album Finalists were announced in October and the trophy for ARBA Blues Album Of The Year will be presented in November.
Album Finalists (Posted 16 Oct 2017)
At the ARBA Members Muster event at the British Workingmen’s Club, Wingfield on Saturday, 14th October, the three top-ranked albums as scored by the five judges were announced as being (in alphabetical order of titles):
- THE THRILL (Keith Hall Blues Band)
- THIRTY-TWO TWENTY (Thirty-Two Twenty)
- WAY BACK HOME (Nikko And Snooks)
Thanks to the judging panel, commendations to all entering acts and congratulations to those associated with the Finalist albums.
Announcement Of Winner
Along with presentation of other awards, the ARBA Blues Album Of The Year will be declared and a special trophy passed to the related recording act at a designated ARBA event at the Pt. Noarlunga Arts Centre on Friday, 24th November, the first evening of the Pt. Noarlunga Deep South Festival .. see http://pnslsc.com.au/functions_centre/blues/
2017 Entries Received
Click on a cover thumbnail for a direct link to the recording act's website or Facebook page
Being an affiliate of the Blues Foundation based in Memphis USA, ARBA will submit the 2017 Blues Album Of The Year to the
Foundation's Self-Produced CD Contest with the winner out of world-wide entries to be announced at the IBC in January 2018.
Personnel of the related act are to be individual or band members of ARBA and to provide required CD copies
See contest details at http://www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge/self-produced-cd
2017 Contest Information (Posted 12 July)
- Albums are to have been released in purchasable hard CD and/or digital form in the period of 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017.
- An album may be credited to a solo performer, duo or group or be an assembly of tracks by a number of artists.
- An album may not be a compilation of previously released material.
- At least half of the credited principal performers are to have been resident in SA for a greater part of the eligibility period.
- The release must contain a minimum of 6 tracks and/or be at least 25 minutes in total duration.
- The majority of audio content is to be of a style within the broadly-accepted genre of blues music.
If applicable, recording acts may submit entries for multiple eligible albums
A release may be entered into only one of ARBA's Blues or Roots album competitions and may not have been nor be submitted
to an album contest conducted by a local blues-roots organisation of another Australian state, territory or place
- A copy of the entry form can be gained from the coordinator or downloaded and printed via the link at the end of this contest webpage.
See phone-email-address details for the contest coordinator and additional phone contacts at the top of the entry form.
- Six (6) hard copies of the album are also to reach the contest coordinator by the above deadline.
The copies will be retained by ARBA and after judging processes, be utilised for ARBA fund-raising purposes or donated to a charitable cause.
- Six burned disc copies of any digital-only releases are to be provided along with printed copies of the related artwork.
Completed entry sheets and CD copies could be handed over at ARBA's International Blues Music Day event at the SWC on Friday, 4th August.
These items might also be passed to ARBA committee representatives at prior Thursday night Gumbo Room jams.
- The entered albums will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by the ARBA committee (details below).
- Via a prescribed scoring process, the judges will have regard for the following criteria (listed in order of importance):
Blues Content, Vocal and Instrumental Performance, Originality, Audio Quality, Artwork/Design, Credits/Information.
To sight (and print) a copy of the Blues Album of the Year entry form, click here:
For a printable copy of the above Blues Album of the Year information, click here:
Barry Maxwell (Vic)
Host of ‘Blues On The Hill’ radio program, judge at 2016 IBC and 2017 MBC
David Stoeckel (SA)
Editor of SA Roots & Blues website, podcast producer, MBC judge 2015-17
Geoff Pegler (NSW)
Host of nationally-syndicated ‘Blues Beat’ program, Chain Award judge
Peter Gelling (ACT)
ARIA-nominated blues etc musician, composer and author
Robert Dillon (Vic)
Dreamboogie drummer and manager, recording engineer, MBC judge 2017
Contest Coordinator: Jeff Parham
2016 ARBA Blues Album of the Year
Awarded to ‘Pocket The Black’
recorded by Lazy Eye
Adelaide Roots and Blues Association conducted the second of now-annual competition for Blues and Roots albums recorded by South Australian musicians.
Acts that had released Blues albums in the twelve months prior to 30th June 2016 were invited to nominate their albums by that date.
Finalists were announced in late July, with the trophy for ARBA Blues Album Of The Year, presented to Lazy Eye at the ARBA International Blues Music Day event on 6th August.
2015 Blues Album Awards
Information on the 2015 contest for Blues albums by SA artists over the two years of 2014-15