Ray Reid is bringing his radio show, Blues Shack to Adelaide for one night only!

This is a weekly  radio show on radio station RPP FM which broadcasts out of the Mornington Peninsula, South East of Melbourne. Ray’s program is an all Australian blues program, you can read about it here: It airs every Monday, 7.30-9.30 Victorian time. Every week on his show Ray has an interview and live-to-air featuring an Australian act.

RPP FM broadcasts on two frequencies over a region that includes Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, the southern suburbs of Kingston, wider Melbourne including Geelong and the communities of Westernport and Port Phillip Bays. In all it broadcasts to about 350,000+ people. It also streams live on the internet. We will make the Adelaide edition of the show available online after the event.

Details of the Adelaide show:

Monday  November 14th
Time: 7.00 PM until 9.00 PM Adelaide time.

Venue: Global Music Revolution, 47 O G Rd, Klemzig, South Australia: (See photo of venue at bottom of email)
Format: Live-to-air broadcast featuring 4 or 5 local acts performing live-to-air and being interviewed by Ray for between 22 and 26 minutes per act 

Free entry, licensed bar and sausage sizzle.

ARBA Roots Album of the Year 
Competition is open for Roots style albums recorded by South Australian musicians.

​Acts that have released albums in the twelve month period to 30th September 2016 are encouraged to enter by the closing date of Wednesday 19th October. 

The top album Finalists will be announced  in early November and the trophy for ARBA Roots Album Of The Year will be awarded at an ARBA 'Roots' event on Thursday 10th November

Detail and entry form here: 

ARBA Blues Album Of The Year Announced

At the Adelaide Roots and Blues Association’s International Blues Music Day event on Saturday 6th August, the ARBA Blues Album Of The Year, judged out of releases to 30th June 2016 by South Australian acts was announced to be ‘Pocket The Black’ recorded by Lazy Eye. ARBA president Mick Young presented the special trophy to album artwork designer Marie Gudic, representing Lazy Eye 

( Posted 8 Aug 2016 )
The 2016 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge

After an incredibly successful three days of competition 
Congratulations go to the The Associates and Nikko & Snooks 
Winners of the the 2016 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge
more information and pics here


We,The Adelaide Roots and Blues Association are deeply saddened by the passing of.
Paul "Pumpin’ Piano" Hay.
A man whose music, humour,
love of life and family, honesty,
moral values, sense of fun
and depth of soul
touched everyone lucky enough
to be in his company.
Much love to Mary and family."

The family of Paul Hay extends an open invitation to attend Honorary drinks this Sunday to celebrate and reflect on the life of a man who meant so much to us all.
Time and Place: May 15, 2016. Hotel Metropolitan, 46 Grote St, Adelaide. In the Back Room. 4pm-6pm.


INFORMATION SESSION: 2016 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge

Be there 7.30 for 8 P.M start. A brief information session about the ARBA 2016 Memphis Blues Challenge.

Find out about your chance to represent ARBA and South Australia at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis!

There will be a brief presentation about the 2016 Memphis Blues Challenge, you will be able to chat to some of the musicians who went to Memphis to compete at the 2016 International Blues Challenge and the application and information form will be available. You will be able to sign your act up on the night.

Naturally, there will be Gumbo and rice on hand and Nikko and Snooks will be playing from 8.30 followed by the weekly blues jam!

The 2016 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge information and application form is available here:

17/2/16 Entries now open for the ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge
for all information and Entry Form Click Here


The Playing for Change Foundation Event Sunday April Third at The Wheatsheaf Hotel 4:00 pm

 Join us for an afternoon of great music from –
Tinfish George: Folk/Blues songster & Storyteller
The Dukes of Jump: Jive Swing Boogie Woogie & Blues
Lara & The Organics: A dynamic mix of Soul, Blues, Funk & Jazz

Free entry – but Donations please.

This is a gig to raise funds for the Klong Toey music program. A music school bringing positive change to at-risk kids living in a Bangkok slum. The musicians are donating their time and every cent collected goes to the school – no admin. Overheads whatsoever. A limited amount of “Playing For Change” merchandise will be available.

Read Full Article Here


Read the latest on our south Aussie acts in Memphis...


Unfortunately but to to certainly no shameAustralia is out of the race after a hard fought Blues battle on Beale! Here are the results for semifinals and the finalists playing off at the Orpheum Memphis stay tune for the announcement of the winners of the 2016 IBC challenge. To all the contestants throughout the world and particularly our very own Lazy Eye and Mick Kidd & Dave Blight, thank you for taking your Blues to Memphis and giving it your very best on the world stage we applaud your efforts. Now get out there and soak it up!  
Peter Allan 31/1/16

The Adelaide Roots and Blues Association congratulates all of the acts who made it through to the semi finals of the 2016 International Blues Challenge. We wish the best of luck to all of the competing acts, especially to Dreamboogie from the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society, and The Matt Roberts Trio from The Sydney Blues Society. We know both acts will do Australia proud.
We are very proud of the performances of both of our competing acts, Lazy Eye and Mick Kidd with Dave Blight. They applied a completely professional approach to the competition and gave fine performances in both heats. They were very well received by the crowds here in Memphis and have made the most of the many opportunities afforded them by this amazing event.
We look forward to the Memphis Blues Challenge in Adelaide in June and the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Memphis you will see us again!
Full list of the semi finalists here:

Mick Young 29/1/16

I must unfortunately inform you that neither Lazy Eye nor Mick and myself have progressed through to the semi-finals of the IBC. I know for our part that Mick and I, as we went into our 1st heat, both felt a little flat after sitting quietly in the venue for 5.5 hours waiting our turn. That sort of thing is always a struggle but we went on and played quite well. Last night we went on early for round two and nailed it. We didn'catch Lazy Eye''s 1st heat but we were there last night to catch the best set I've seen them perform. As you can imagine the competition here is very strong but I can assure you all that Lazy Eye and Mick and I have held high the Adelaide Blues banner. We've played well, had great support and met some wonderful people over here in Memphis. This has been such an incredible adventure for all of us.....planet America is something else again!!!!
David Blight 29/1/16

Reports are they are having a ball and are on fire. Both acts have performed their showcase to an appreciative and sizeable Beale Street audience. Mick Kidd Dave Blight knocked em out at the Pig on Beale, Dave killing them with his Harp virtuosity. Lazy Eye performed at the International show case and although allotted a one hour bracket they played a full 90 minutes at the request of the organisers, and built a strong following. Reports are, they were all very impressed with the band and particularly Erica!
Note these were showcase performances and are not scored however it is a great networking opportunity and helps build a following for the heats. 
Heat one performances for our acts at the International Blues Challenge -  Lazy Eye at Alfred's, 10.05 AM, Thursday. Mick Kidd and dave Blight at the 12 Bar, 3.00 PM, Thursday, Adelaide time.
(Posted 28th Jan. 2016)

South Australian winners of the 2015 ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge, Lazy Eye and Mick Kidd & Dave Blight are heading to Memphis to represent us at the International Blues Challenge. 
Their Journey together, begins 8.00 am Monday 25th January at  the Adelaide Airport. 

The gang fly out on a Qantas bird from Adelaide domestic at 9.30 am, off to Sydney then through to Memphis (via Dallas). 

​Tuesday 26th, Adelaide time Evan, Erica, Mario, Mick and Dave  touch down in  Memphis.

On Wednesday 27th, Adelaide time Both Lazy Eye and  Mick Kidd & Dave Blight will perform during The International Showcase on Beale St.
Mick Kidd & Dave Blight will showcase at The Pig On Beale, 167 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee.
"Our first gig on American soil and part of the "International Showcase" at the Memphis Blues Challenge - Plus it's my Birthday - I'm one lucky bloke!"

​Also on the eve of the International Blues Challenge, Lazy Eye will perform a one hour set from 5.30 pm at the International Showcase, Club 152 on Beale St, Memphis. 

As a part of the “Asia Pacific Blues Invasion” showcase, Lazy Eye will be the nominated South Australian act, and will perform a 30 minute set at B.B. Kings Blues Club on Beale St, at 12.45 pm on  January 29th.  Other acts performing at B.B. Kings will be fellow Australian “band" entrants, Zach Linton Band,  Dream Boogie and Matt Roberts Trio as well as Blues Asia Networks representative,  Lampoon Alley of the Philippines.
( Posted 23rd. Jan 2016)


The Adelaide Roots and Blues Association (ARBA), St Luke’s Church (Whitmore Square) and local blues musicians have joined forces to support the South Australian Pinery Fire Appeal.

The “Christmas Blues Brews and BBQ” event to be held at St Luke’s on the 5th of December will now be a fundraiser for this bushfire appeal. All profits from the money taken on the door at this event as well as the proceeds generated from a gala auction to be conducted on the night, will go to the appeal.

ARBA President Mick Young said “Given the horrific and devastating nature of this natural disaster, we felt compelled to try and provide some assistance to those affected.  It is really pleasing to have St Luke’s come on-board by waiving their hall hire fee and agreeing to provide assistance on the night. We hope that a large crowd will join us on the evening and have a great time whilst supporting this worthy cause.”

( Posted 27 November 2015 )

As earlier advised, ARBA is to conduct annual competitions for albums recorded by South Australian blues and roots musicians, such having been previously organised by SA Roots & Blues (SARB) on a biennial basis ... see results of the recent 2015 SA Blues Album Awards.

Towards recognition of the considerable number of CD's of Roots style released in the two years since the last SARB contest period, SA-based  acts are invited to nominate associated albums towards ARBA's 2015 Roots Album Awards.

At intervals, entries received will be advised at this web-page ... radio and podcast presenters will be encouraged to air related tracks. 

​The Finalists will be announced at ARBA web-pages ahead of the presentation of a special trophy for the act that recorded the adjudged SA Roots Album Of 2014-15

Check out all entry details here 


Background On Awards ...
Through South Australian Roots & Blues (SARB), in two-year cycles from 2008 to 2014, a range of awards were made to SA blues-related individuals and groups for Musicianship and Service and in alternate years, for 'Best SA Blues Album' (an award for 'Best SA Roots CD' was added in 2013). 

See details of prior Awards at SARB web-master David Stoeckel has now passed the active organisation of future Awards to the Adelaide Roots and Blues Association (ARBA).

Coming Up Soon ...
ARBA will conduct a competition for SA Blues Album of 2014-15 out of act-nominated CD's released in the period from October 2013 (after the last SARB deadline) to June 2015, with award presentations for the top three CD finalists and winner to be at the ARBA International Blues Music Day event on Saturday, August 

More details and entry forms will be available on the Album Awards page of the ARBA web-site from early June.

If the winning album fits IBC eligibility criteria, the ARBA committee may submit the winning album to the (Memphis, USA) Blues Foundation Best Self-Produced CD competition, see

And In Future ...
A contest for SA Roots Album of 2014-15 out of releases from October 2013 to September 2015 is planned, with award presentations at a later roots showcase event.

After this year's 'catch-ups', ARBA's competitions for Blues and Roots albums will be held on an annual basis.

For now, ARBA's live Memphis Blues Challenge event, held in June 2015 and annually thereafter, will take the place of SARB's previous biennial 'Musician' and 'Band' awards.  


Benny C and the Associates start their residency at the Pink Pig in O'Connell St on
Friday May 29th
It's going to be the last Friday of every month from 10-12  being a restaurant dining will take place prior, so why not book a table and stay for the show!

We're really excited about this as we've been looking for a 'home' venue in a fresh location to build up, the guys at the PP are super keen as well and have booked us for the rest of the year. We're going to promote it along the lines of 'Blues at the Pig feat BCA'. We're also keen to help promote the scene in general and will be inviting a special guest to feature with us each month. We're likely going to start with Geo Heathcote but would love to get a bunch of local guys to fill that spot over the coming months. If you're not familiar with the room it's as good a venue as any in Adelaide. It holds 200, has a good stage and is a good shape room to enjoy live bands....the sound is good too.


2015 has already been a huge year for South Australian blues act Lazy Eye and it has just got even bigger with their new album Single Malt Blues debuting at No.1 on the highly regarded Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart. The band will launch the album and kick-off their national tour at Adelaide’s Promethean Theatre on Saturday 18th April. Single Malt Blues is the follow-up to 2014’s House of Trouble, which itself reached the top of the charts and is still in the Top 10 after more than 12-months.

After being named Group Of The Year at the Australian Blues Awards, the trio returned home to play the main stage at the Clipsal 500 as part of Music SA’s Band On Track Program and are now preparing to head out to play twenty shows across four states including the prestigious Blues On Broadbeach Festival next month.

Describing their style as “soul-drenched blues”, band member Evan Whetter explains “think B.B. King sharing a scotch with Booker T at the crossroads after midnight”. 

Lazy Eye is:
Evan Whetter – Hammond Organ/vocals/harmonica
Erica Graf – Guitars
Mario Marino - Drums

Sat 2nd                   Get Your Blues On - Mildura Blues Festival, Mildura
Sun 10th              The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Fri 15th                   Semaphore Workers Club, Adelaide
Thu 21st                Blues On Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Thu 21st                Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
Fri 22nd                Blues On Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Sat  23rd                Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
Sat 23rd                 Blues On Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Sun 24th                Blues On Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Fri 6th                     Adelaide Art Gallery, Adelaide
Thu 2nd                  Bar 303, Melbourne
Fri 3rd                    Baha Taco, Mornington Peninsula
Sat  4th                   Gold Dust Lounge, Bendigo
Sun 5th                  Way Out West Blues Club, Williamstown Vic w/ Blue Eyes Cry
Thu 9th                  National Press Club, Canberra
Fri 10th                   Harmonie-German Club, Canberra
Sat 11th                 Wollongong Blues Club, Wollongong
Sun 12th                Lazybones Lounge, Sydney w/The Foreday Riders

Hall and Dow
Hard Working Man Blues  

Hot of the press and available at a gig near you and online,  the New album by songwriters Keith Hall and Pat Dow, is blues sound track to the people that build and continue to build this country. A solid three piece delivery of Austrailian blues, Recorded at Keith's studio in Wirrabara nestled amongst and inspired by the beautiful Southern Flinders Ranges. 
For more information go to:


ARBA is pleased to announce that entry applications for the inaugural ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge are now open.The ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge is the South Australian heats of the International Blues Challenge. The International Blues Challenge is the annual “World Cup” of the blues held by The Blues Foundation each January in Memphis, Tennessee. The ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge will be a competition comprised of two categories, “band” and “solo/duo”. The Winner of each category will represent ARBA and South Australia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January of 2016.

The event will be held at The Semaphore Workers Club during June 2015. The competition is comprised of three heats held across three evenings (19th, 20th and 21st June) and a final held across one evening (28th June). it is anticipated that the top blues acts from Adelaide and South Australia will compete in this event.

Great News....Chris and Ronny have just secured a weekly residency at VINYL..20 Gilbert Pl Adelaide..we will be playing some beautiful laid back acoustic Blues etc starting on April 15th and every Wednesday after that.VINYL is a fantastic, intimate venue and we would love it to be a big success for Theo and Brodie the owners who are really supporting live music. The James Muller Quartet are appearing there every Thursday night as well...come along and have a drink with us..please ?

Lazy Eye named "Group Of The Year" at the Australian Chain Blues Awards
 The annual awards held at the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn Saturday night recognised outstanding achievement at a national level in the blues genre for 2014. Named the “Chain Awards”, after legendary blues band “Chain”, it is the highest accolade awarded to blues musicians in Australia.
On the back of being awarded “Blues Artist of the Year” at the Fowlers Live Music Awards and “Most Outstanding Group” at the South Australian Blues and Roots awards, Lazy Eye has been named “Group Of The Year” at the prestigious event.
Performing at festivals across the country, the Hammond organ orientated trio features singer songwriter Evan Whetter on organ and harmonica, Erica Graf on guitar and Mario Marino on drums. Marino, who accepted the award on the bands behalf was stunned but acknowledged their hard work on the road saying “three vans and nearly 200 thousand kilometers in three years” contributed strongly to the bands achievement.
With the new album “Single Malt Blues" to be launched April 18, the Adelaide based band have many more miles planned for their well travelled van. Hitting the road in support of the album, the tour kicks off May 22 at Blues On Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. More dates to be announced..
A full list of the 2015 “Chain" recipients is

Album of the Year
Van Diemen’s Land – Russell Morris
Song Of The Year
Burn, Burn, Burn – John McNamara
Male Vocalist of the Year
Russell Morris – Van Diemen’s land
Female Vocalist of the Year
Cara Robinson – Gotta Love
Duo or Group of the Year
Lazy Eye 
 Best New Talent
The Bella Reunion
Producer of the Year

Mitch Cairns – Van Diemen’s Land 

Local Band Lazy Eye Nominated for Song of the Year and Duo group of the year are on the program for this years Australian Blues Music festival. Nominated for New talent of the year, Keith Hall & Pat Dow Band will be performing Before the Chain Awards Ceremonies. congratulations guys and gal hold the ARBA banner high!

The 2015 CHAIN Blues Music Awards Nominations
Although Melbourne artists share the bulk of the finalist nominations for the 2015 Australian Blues Music Awards announced this morning, Adelaide-based newcomers, Lazy Eye, are close by with two nominations in Song of the Year, and Duo or Group of the Year. Also Keith Hall & Pat Dow are nominated in the New Talent of the Year category  with their song, Sugar Cooking off the Love Divine Album.                                        

Greg Dodd and his band The Hoodoo Men lead the list with nominations in four categories, with Russell Morris and John McNamara each picking up three nominations.
Previous winners, Queensland duo Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, have also picked up nominations in three categories with nods in Album of The Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

The winners will be announced on Saturday 7th February as part of the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn.

Finalists in all categories are:

Album of the Year
3AM Blues Live                                                              Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men
Van Diemen’s Land                                                         Russell Morris
Three Kings                                                                     Three Kings
Do Tell                                                                             Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson

 Song of the Year
Van Diemen’s Land                                                         Shannon Bourne & Russell Morris
Burn, Burn, Burn                                                             John McNamara
3AM Blues                                                                      Greg Dodd 
Hole In My Pocket                                                          Evan Whetter & Erica Graf

 Male Vocalist of the Year
Russell Morris                                                                   Van Diemen’s Land
Chris Harland                                                                    It’s Getting Late
John McNamara                                                                Burn, Burn, Burn
Greg Dodd                                                                         3AM Blues

 Female Vocalist of the Year
Rebecca Davey                                                                 Sowed To The Land
Cara Robinson                                                                  Gotta Love

 Duo or Group of the Year             
Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men                                        Let Me Love You Baby
Three Kings                                                                       What You Do To Me
Lazy Eye                                                                            Hole In My Pocket
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson                                                 Shakedown

 New Talent of the Year
John McNamara                                                               Burn, Burn, Burn
Keith Hall & Pat Dow                                                      Sugar Cooking
The Stayers                                                                      Johnny Whites
The Bella Reunion                                                           Bullet

Presented at The Deep South Festival on Sunday Nov 30th at The Gov.
Congratulations to the follwing winners:
Outstanding Female Performer
Zkye Compson-Harris
Outstanding Male Performer
Mick Kidd
Outstanding Solo/Duo
Mick Kidd & Dave Blight
Outstanding Group
Lazy Eye
Outstanding Instrumentalist
Chris Finnen
Outstanding Rising Talent 
Benny C & The Associates

Lazy Eye named Best Blues Artist for 2014 at Fowlers Live Music Awards

Adelaide Hammond Organ trio, Lazy Eye,  has taken out the Best Blues Artist category for the 2014 at the Fowlers Live Music Awards. The awards, run in conjunction with Music SA, aim to celebrate the great diversity of original live music made in South Australia.
Describing the bands style as soul drenched blues, co-founder Evan Whetter was stunned when told they had won the award. Whetter said “We are all ecstatic. We're… humbled by this… given the breadth and scope of talent in South Australia”.
The band’s debut album Move Me was named album of the year at the 2013 SA Blues & Roots Awards and their current release House Of Trouble made it to Number 3 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts. Festival appearances at the Australian Blues Music Festival and the Gympie Music Muster have anchored continual touring throughout 2013/14 and with more festivals about to be announced, 2015 will be just as busy.
Lazy Eye is Whetter, (Vocals, Hammond organ & Harmonica), Erica Graf (Guitar) & Mario Marino (Drums).
For interviews:
0412 287 698

News To hand.....
Due apparently to poor ticket sales.
A very unfortunate occurrence that will have a far reaching negative effect on our industry
more details when they are available.
Note ARBA have had nothing to do with the running of this event and have had no communication of late with its organisers, nor have they asked us for assistance or fed us any information.
we only hope that those owed money get their dues and that the participating bands and their supporters are not too greatly inconvenienced.

Chris Finnen  inducted as Patron of ARBA During the Blues Heats Finals 26th October

The 36th International Blues Music Awards will be held on May 7, 2015 in Memphis TN.
We are working toward registration and running the Adelaide heats for next years 37th MIB Challenge 
Read all about the Memphis International Blues Challenge Here

You might be interested in this, its a start.

Keith Hall and Pat Dow Band's new CD A Love Divine has reached No. 2 
on the Blues and Roots airplay charts !

We're thrilled to release our first round of incredible artists

of what is going to be a series of sensational headlining announcements

to be rolled out in the lead up to Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015! Bluesfest Facebook 

Robert Dunstan launches New Online Mag BSide Magazine

In November 2013, Thinker in Residence and WOMAD co-founder Martin Elbourne (AKA MElbourne) compiled a report on the live music future of Adelaide. The report detailed 49 recommendations to improve and build the live music culture in South Australia’s capital city.
Eight months on, the City of Adelaide has taken the 23 recommendations relevant to local government and created their Live Music Action Plan. The full plan can be accessed in the City Culture & Community Services Committee’s here.

The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel was recognised at the 'Best Live Music Venue' at the 2014 SA Hotels Awards, Recently. They were also awarded a merit in the Community Service & Support award category.

Great afternoon Aug 3rd @ the Lord Melb. Great turnout. we raffled off a IBMD Tee with proceeds going to ABRA
now to plan for next year......

International Blues Music Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and blues enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about blues and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on the first Saturday of August, this internationally practiced art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity, eradicating discrimination, promoting freedom of expression, fostering gender equality, and reinforcing the role of youth for social change. International Blues Music Day is the culmination of the Blues Festival Season which draws public attention to Blues and its extraordinary heritage.

The NYC Blues Society, IBMD, associated arts organizations, venues and government outposts around the world hosted special events for the first annual International Blues Music Day on August 3, 2013 to honor this revered musical art form.

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