About Us

Over 25 years and more than 288 issues, Rhythms Magazine has established a reputation as The Bible of roots music in Australia. Hungrily exploring almost anything to do with blues, roots, folk, Americana, jazz, country, and world music, Rhythms is totally unique. It is cherished by its readers for its authority, credibility and diversity.

The bi-monthly glossy print magazine distributes over 120,000 copies a year internationally through newsagents, selected music stores, and an ever-growing tribe of devoted subscribers. Issues are January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October and November/December and they are bumper.

Rhythms is available in a digital version also allowing us to fulfill international electronic subscriptions and the ever-growing interest in the digital format.

Special Issues have included the annual Official Program for the Byron Bluesfest as well as specials on WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Great Southern Blues Festival, Australasian World Music Expo, and more.

Online, www.rhythms.com.au earns 400,000 hits and 8,000 unique visitors per month. A regular email newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers. Updated daily, www.rhythms.com.au publishes breaking news, reviews and roots music Gig Guide, as well as a sample of longer features from the print magazine.


Rhythms was founded by Brian Wise way back in 1992, the very same Brian Wise you can hear weekly on RRR radio’s top rating show Off The Record every Saturday morning in Melbourne.

Brian Wise and Martin Jones first joined forces on Australia’s first national music specialist website Addicted To Noise. Martin, who had completed a Masters degree in psychology and literature, drifted into music journalism some twenty years ago and never looked back, writing for The Age, The Australian and editing Melbourne’s Inpress magazine.

Martin began working on Rhythms with Brian and soon introduced in the artistic design skills of his wife Verity. Verity and Martin purchased Rhythms from Brian in 2007 and ran it from an office in the beautiful Brunswick Heads. Martin and Verity carried Rhythms into the future and sold the magazine to Australian Singer/Songwriter/Radio host Catherine Britt and her Husband James.


In July 2018, Brian Wise again took over Rhythms which has now retuned to its original home base in Melbourne. The current editorial crew remains but has been supplemented by new writers. The first edition of the new Rhythms will be September/October 2018.

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