ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album

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ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1999
Currently held byThe Teskey Brothers, Live at the Forum (2020)

The ARIA Music Award for Best Blues and Roots Album, is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry."[2] To be eligible, the recording must be an album in the contemporary and traditional blues genres, and contemporary adaptations of Australian traditional music and/or folklore. The submitted work cannot be entered in other genre categories. The accolade is voted for by a judging school, which comprises between 40 and 100 members of representatives experienced in these genres, and is given to a solo artist or group who is either from Australia or an Australian resident.[3]

The award for Best Blues and Roots Album has been won the most times (3) by both The Audreys, for Between Last Night and Us (2006), When the Flood Comes (2008) and Sometimes the Stars (2010);[4] and the John Butler Trio, for Sunrise Over Sea (2004), Grand National (2007) and Flesh & Blood (2014).

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface.

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Winner(s) Album title
David Hole Under the Spell
Backsliders Poverty Deluxe
Jeff Lang Cedar Grove
Kerri Simpson Confessin' the Blues
Weddings Parties Anything They Were Better Live
Matt Walker Soul Witness
Peter Gelling Bluestime
Ruby Hunter Feeling Good
Neil Murray Wondering Kind
Mick Thomas Under Starters Orders
Collard Greens & Gravy More Gravy
Andy Cowan 10.30pm Thursdays
Jeff Lang Everything Is Still
The John Butler Trio Three
The Revelators The Adventures of The Amazing Revelators
Jeff Lang and Bob Brozman Rolling Through This World
Backsliders Hanoi
Bondi Cigars Down in the Valley
Dave Steel Home Is a Hard Thing to Find
Mick Hart Upside Down in the Full Face of Optimism
The Waifs Up All Night
The John Butler Trio Living
Mia Dyson Cold Water
Pete Murray Feeler
The Revelators The Revelators
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Ash Grunwald I Don't Believe
Jim Conway's Big Wheel Little Story
Xavier Rudd Solace
Jeff Lang Whatever Makes You Happy
Mia Dyson Parking Lots
Ash Grunwald Live at the Corner
The Beautiful Girls We're Already Gone
Jeff Lang You Have to Dig Deep to Bury Daddy
The Waifs A Brief History...
The Audreys Between Last Night and Us
Bernard Fanning Tea & Sympathy
Lior Doorways of My Mind
The Flood The Late Late Show
Xavier Rudd Food in the Belly
The John Butler Trio Grand National
Ash Grunwald Give Signs
C. W. Stoneking King Hokum
Jeff Lang and Chris Whitley Dislocation Blues
Xavier Rudd White Moth
The Audreys When the Flood Comes
Angus & Julia Stone A Book Like This
Jeff Lang Half Seas Over
Mia Dyson Stuck Down
The Waifs Sun Dirt Water
C. W. Stoneking Jungle Blues
Ash Grunwald Fish out of Water
Pete Murray Chance to Say Goodbye
The Waifs Live from the Union of the Soul
The Wilson Pickers The Land of the Powerful Owl
Dan Sultan Get Out While You Can
Ash Grunwald Hot Mama Vibes
Jeff Lang Chimeradour
The John Butler Trio April Uprising
The Wilson Pickers Shake It Down
The Audreys Sometimes the Stars
Backsliders Starvation Box
Blue King Brown Worldwize Part 1 – North & South
The John Butler Trio Live at Red Rocks
The Waifs Temptaion
Jeff Lang Carried in Mind
Angus Stone Broken Brights
Lanie Lane To the Horses
Mia Dyson The Moment
Paul Greene & The Other Colours Behind the Stars
Russell Morris Sharkmouth
Archie Roach Into the Bloodstream
Mama Kin The Magician's Daughter
Melbourne Ska Orchestra Melbourne Ska Orchestra
The Cat Empire Steal the Light
John Butler Trio Flesh & Blood
Harry Hookey Misdiagnosed
Russell Morris Van Diemen's Land
The Audreys 'Til My Tears Roll Away
The Bamboos Fever in the Road
C. W. Stoneking Gon' Boogaloo
Marlon Williams Marlon Williams
The Black Sorrows Endless Sleep
The Waifs 'Beautiful You
Tim Rogers and The Bamboos The Rules of Attraction
Russell Morris Red Dirt Red Heart
Jimmy Barnes Soul Searchin'
Kev Carmody Recollections... Reflections... (A Journey)
The Cat Empire Rising with the Sun
The Wilson Pickers You Can't Catch Fish from a Train
All Our Exes Live in Texas When We Fall
Archie Roach Let Love Rule
Busby Marou Postcards from the Shell House
Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen Death’s Dateless Night
Tash Sultana Notion
Tash Sultana Flow State
Angus & Julia Stone Snow
Emily Wurramara Milyakburra
Mama Kin Spender Golden Magnetic
Ruby Boots Don't Talk About It
The Teskey Brothers Run Home Slow
Dan Sultan Aviary Takes
John Butler Trio Home
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Fishing for Fishies
Paul Kelly Live at Sydney Opera House
The Teskey Brothers Live at the Forum
Busby Marou The Great Divide
Frank Yamma Tjukurpa: The Story
Lucky Oceans Purple Sky (Songs Originally by Hank Williams)
Tracy McNeil & the GoodLife You Be the Lightning
Archie Roach The Songs of Charcoal Lane
Emma Donovan & The Pushbacks Crossover
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald Push the Blues Away
Martha Marlow Medicine Man
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  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  4. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners By Award - 27th ARIA Awards 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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