View as Web Page Subscribe Unsubscribe
Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Share Options
Blues News You Can Use!
Finding Creative Outlets
  This morning I had a revelation. It is likely not a new thought for many of you, and I know I have been "feeling" it,
but just couldn't put my finger on what it was. This may sound trivial, but as someone who has been doing grocery pick up since March, the few times
I have walked into a Wal-Mart for items
I could not get online have been
all about staying focused to get in
and get out. Today, I had to go in
for one item, and I am not sure why,
but I felt something different. Today
I perceived the feeling of loss of connection to my creativity. As
I walked through the "soup/pasta isle"
my thoughts went to "wow! Look at
all these options. I could make___for dinner!" As I walked the isle,
I actually contemplated the day I might be able to safely cruise the
isles and be spontaneously creative
with my dinner plans.
Dear musician readers, please do not think I wish to trivialize your struggle.
My revelation is meant to share that for many of us, creativity plays a much smaller role in our day to day life and frankly at least speaking for myself, I
can become overwhelmed by all the details of life to the point it is hard to find at all. My wish for all of you is for
you to find a way to embrace your creativity knowing that your fans
(even those who are currently silent)
will need your music even more when finally things get back to normal.
In the meantime, remember a number of venues like Georges Majestic Lounge are trying to find ways to reunite artists and fans in safer, controlled outdoor settings. I would encourage those who are sensing the need to connect consider giving these events a try.
A reminder again this week, please check out the articles below related to Blues Foundation activities. Even though the January 2020 IBC is being postponed to 2021 requiring the cancellation of our local challenge, there are still options for musicians to get involved in entering their music for the Blues Music Awards. Read on below
for all the information.
Finally, don't  forget to  take a pause today to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Hard to believe that it has been 19 years.
If you are a local blues artist and would like to share your information, please click the link below to email Sandy.  
  And always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. You can reach me by email at the address below. We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Blues Foundation
Blues Music Awards
Submissions Open
From the Blues Foundation:
All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration.
Blues music released between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 is eligible for consideration for a 2021 Blues Music Award Nomination.
You may now formally submit your album or minimum 6-song EP for consideration via our online serviceher e.

This year, we have added the opportunity to submit a single for "Song of the Year" consideration even if you do not have a full album or EP released. To be eligible for submission, your single must be professionally released to the public for the first time between November 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020 and may not be part of a larger EP or full album release. To submit a single for "Song of the Year," you must contact Joe Whitmer at directly. Singles may not be directly uploaded to the online submission platform without a special code. 
Submission fees and deadlines 
  • September 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
    $180 per album or EP submission / $80 per song submission

  • October 1- October 15, 2020
    $225 per album or EP submission submission / $125 per song submission
The submission process officially closes on October 15, 2020. You must upload your music and artwork and complete payment for your submission transaction no later than OCTOBER 15TH at 8:00am CST to be considered for a Blues Music Award nomination.
All music must be uploaded as a WAV file with album artwork uploaded as a JPEG or PDF file. If you need assistance with uploading your music, album artwork, and/or liner notes, please contact Joe Whitmer at
Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge
 2021 IBC Postponed to February 2022
It is with great sadness that we must report our beloved blues event, the International Blues Challenge, has been canceled for 2021 and rescheduled for February 1-5, 2022. Due to this cancellation, we will NOT hold a local blues challenge in October as planned.

The Blues Foundation met this past week and shared with affiliate members on Wednesday evening the decision to postpone due to the persistent effects of Covid-19. Please read
on below for the message from board chairman, Michael Freeman.
From the desk of Michael Freeman
To the Leaders of The Blues Foundation’s Affiliated Blues Societies,

Early this summer, a special Affiliate Relations Committee wrote expanded rules to allow you to hold virtual challenges to pick your bands and solo/duo artists for the International Blues Challenge in the instance that live judged events were not feasible in your communities. As we were considering how we might produce an IBC in the midst of a pandemic, we did not want to hold you back from participating in this important Blues Foundation event.

Since then, we have heard back from many of you, and while some were moving forward with virtual challenges, even more of you told us that you, your membership, and the musicians in your community were not enthusiastic about a virtual option, and were holding off on producing your own challenges until you had more information about how The Blues Foundation might execute this coming year’s IBC.

This past weekend, I presided over The Blues Foundation’s quarterly Board of Directors’ meeting, which included the International Blues Challenge as part of its agenda. Our board members had a lengthy discussion about all potential options for the IBC. After listening to your feedback to us and careful consideration of all options, including a virtual IBC, we universally agreed that this special and unique Blues Foundation program is meant to be experienced live and that it would not be safe or feasible to attempt to produce it this winter in the midst of a pandemic. In turn, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel this year’s IBC and look ahead to the first quarter of 2022 when we can hopefully come together in person to celebrate the blues via this signature Blues Foundation event. We are sharing this information with you ahead of an eblast that will soon be distributed to the entire Blues Foundation community announcing this decision.

Please allow me to thank you for your continued partnership with The Blues Foundation. This decision was not made lightly, and each of us is quite saddened that we find ourselves in this situation. With this decision made, we are now turning our attention towards creating virtual content, educational assets, and support for our affiliated network using the resources we would normally put into planning and executing the IBC. Part of these plans will include highlighting our affiliated blues societies and helping build your communities in the face of a pandemic. Thank you in advance for maintaining your memberships as we all work together creatively to expand awareness of the blues.

While we will miss seeing you on Beale Street this January, I encourage you to look forward and save the dates for the 37th International Blues Challenge – February 1st through February 5th, 2022.

Please stay safe and be well,

Michael Freeman, Chairman
Board of Directors, The Blues Foundation
Support Options
For Local Artists
Please check this section of the newsletter weekly for ideas of how to support local musicians and venues. Information may be submitted by all readers, though if reporting for your favorite musician or venue, please confirm the accuracy of the information you are providing.
All submissions will remain posted with new entries being added to the top of the list each week and will run until the music calendar relaunches.

Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Brenda Baskin shared the following update: If memory serves, the last time our band played in public was March 6th in Eureka Springs. It was a nearly perfect night. We haven't played since—in fact, we've hardly seen
each other. Every once in a while, someone in the band will send a message saying how much they miss the others and we all gripe and agree.

BUT...what we have been doing musically is finishing up our new album. Fine tuning, artwork, finalizing. That's what's kept us happy and looking past canceled gigs and shuttered venues. It's been a labor of love for almost two years. And now, it's about to be released.
"Bar-B-Que" is the latest album from Northwest
Arkansas' own Buddy Shute and the Motivators. Fourteen Tracks and a lot of love. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Moore at East Hall Recording Studio in Fayetteville. The incredible Rachel Fields lends her vocals to a couple of tracks, and the song "I Been Changed" (aka "Angels in Heaven") was beautifully enhanced by the voices of Rachel, Ashtyn Barbaree, Dawn Cate-Bonner, Janna Falkner-Perry, Ashley Keylor, Kendra Kirklin and Sarah Loethen. Fronted by Buddy Shute (vocals, guitar), the Motivators are: Brenda Baskin (vocals), Mark McGee (harmonica), Steve Baskin (bass, vocals), and Randy Reese (drums). Keith Hubbard was named an honorary Motivator, and his distinctive keyboard playing can be heard throughout. 
Best of all...we're getting together to rehearse! 
Best wishes from Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Facebook: Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Brick Fields
 Famous for Blues Therapy
Blues Therapy Live Streams are paused for now.  Rachel invites you to check out her segment produced as part of the Pine Bluff Summer Sets Series. The series highlights Blues and Soul artists that hail from Pine Bluff and includes five artists: Karen Wolf, Rod Clemmens, James Tail Dragger Jones, Joe Pitts, Bobby Rush and Rachel Field. You can find the Summer Sets Series LINK HERE. 
Once live music begins again, folks can stay updated on our concerts by signing up to our email at and following us on Facebook at: 
We also have two stores on our website one for music merchandise and another for Blues Therapy handmade items such as essential oil blends, Jewelry, tie dyes, bath salts, body butters and more.
Thank you for  your support.
I pray that each of you and your families are all doing okay through this. 

Brick Fields
Booking Call: The Brick House 479-846-4668
Music Calendar 
Please enjoy the following listings comprised of bands, venues, and/or organizations that support Ozark Blues Society. Always check with individual venues for event details and schedule changes.

Mark Your Calendar 
Please Check Back
In this issue:  9/11/2020
Finding Creative Outlets
 Blues FoundationBlues Music Awards2021 Submissions Open
BIG UPDATE! Ozark Blues SocietyBlues Challenge 2021 IBC Postponed to February 2022
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
Music Calendar SUSPENDED
On this day in Blues History September 11
This Week's Quote
Blues Education Supporters
Check Out these regular local radio programs
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Links You Can Use

On this day
in Blues History
 September 11

Today’s show features music performed by Lonnie Johnson and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
This Week's Quote
“Down in Tupelo, Mississippi, I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now and I said, if I ever got to the place I could feel all old Arthur felt, I’d be a music man like nobody saw."

Elvis Presley
Blues Education Supporters
Thanks to the following for their support of blues education.

Check Out these regular local radio programs

"The Generic Blues Show" hosted by Paul Kelso airs every Friday night at 9pm on KUAF 91.3FM

Rockin' Hog Radio presents "Sunday Morning Blues" from 8am to 10am every Sunday
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Annual membership levels begin at $15 and give you so much in return, including meeting new friends while enjoying the best blues artists in the area.  
By being a member of The Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas, you are helping to support the Arts and to preserve the Original American Art Form known as The Blues.
Membership Benefits Include:
Weekly E-newsletter
Opportunities to win tickets to events
VIP seating at events (when available)
Discounts on OBS merchandise
Social networking – meeting other people who also love the blues
Opportunities to volunteer on OBS committees and at events
Ability to attend board meetings and vote on upcoming organizational issues and elections
Visit our Website to renew or join!


Links You
Can Use
Arkansas Music Pavillion
Arkansas Music Works
American Blues News
The Blues Foundation
Block Street Records
Blues For A Cause
Blues Festivals Guide
Blues Guitar News
Crystal Bridges
Downtown Bentonville
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
Free Weekly
George’s Majestic Lounge
Guitar Center
J L Sound & Lighting Productions
National Blues Museum
North AR Jazz Society
NWA Tunedin
Rockin' Hog Radio
Sherry L Speer Photography
The Founders Room
The Walmart Museum
Tom Mowry Photography


Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas  |  P O Box 2004  |  Bentonville, AR 72712  | 

Subscribe  •  Preferences  •  Send to a Friend  •  Unsubscribe  •  Report Spam
Powered by MyNewsletterBuilder
Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share