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It feels like a daily reckoning to me...
Do I count up the tally of lost opportunities or do I count down to the day where the vaccine is readily available and many events are able to resume in person? The answer, as
I know most of you would concur, is
to try to focus on future positives (count down) rather than to amplify the losses (count up.) But, I admit, at least for me
it remains hard to keep this focus.
The clock ticking away as my assigned group for vaccines has been pushed later and later while other groups have received priority has me dealing with anxiety I have not before experienced. As the most at risk person in my household it, yet the one who must occasionally do in person transactions,
I just cannot shake the concern that probability has put a target on my back. How are all of you managing this situation? I sure could use some suggestions on how to deal with
the risk. It feels like a roll of the dice
is all that stands between me and the end of the game of life.  
For those who read last week's edition,
I will share that my sweet black foster kitten, Daphne, did well with her surgery last week and is now a member of the family. She has settled in and enjoying a wonderful friendship with my vision disabled former foster cat. She is, however, a bit miffed that I have a new group of foster kittens!
One positive for readers as we look forward can be found in this week's
news article about an online performance platform called "Can't Stop the Blues." What a great opportunity for
both artists and fans!

The articles below are running again to remind you of opportunities. I would love to have some updates.
Remember! ...artists and fans in our area....please send us your information. We would love to have more information on how everyone is doing and what is
(or isn't yet) on your horizons.
If you are a local blues artist, venue,
or fan 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
Please Follow
Can't Stop The Blues
Virtual Platform
This past fall, a new blues performance oriented Facebook group called,
"Can't Stop the Blues" launched.
The group helps artists get the word out about their virtual performances.
Check out the link and read on below
for information on how to listen
and/or participate!
To check out the upcoming schedule
coming up this week, only on
Can’t Stop the Blues, visit:
Interested in performing on CSTB? Check our page or group to look at a few previous shows in the video archives to get a feel for what it takes to put a show together, then send your info to to be considered for an upcoming show. Our goal is to provide a platform to help full-time touring blues artists, however we would be happy to work with blues organizations looking to feature their top local talent in a multi-artist show as well!
If you are a local artist and would like assistance in putting together a local/regional show, please email Sandy McCann at Ozark Blues Society.
Mark Your Calendar
Liz Lottmann shared the news of
an upcoming epic movie that focuses
on Billie Holiday. The release date
is scheduled for February 12 and features Grammy-nominated actress Andra Day in the role of Holiday.

Check out the Vanity Fair article about the movie HERE.
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.
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. 
Jimmy Wayne Garrett
A new album from Jimmy Wayne Garrett is out titled Town on the Mountain. It is a collection of original songs written from 2009 until 2019. The album was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN and Easthall Recording Studio in Fayetteville, AR and features The Buffalo Gals (Melissa Carper and Rebecca Patek) and a handful of Nashville based artists. Each track was captured using only acoustic instruments. This album casts a unique contrast to JWG's previous album.
During these challenging times, Jimmy loves to share joy through his music. He suggests "that we should remember Love. A person could be trying to
find the beautiful and good things in life. It’s a short time we have to be alive and most conversations taking place are uninspiring, unintelligent, uneducated, unproductive, close-minded, and permeate from terrible addictions or distractions to say the least. I’d rather pull close to my kinfolk, the arts, and the earth than spend energy on worrying about 'the state of things'".

For more information about Jimmy Wayne Garrett, his schedule, recent interviews, or buy the latest album, visit:
His music may also be found HERE:
Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Even among the restrictions we have been able to get some gigs in. The feedback on our latest CD, "Bar-B-Que" has kept us happy and looking past canceled gigs and shuttered venues. We have been receiving feedback on our album BAR-B-QUE from all over the globe... Russia, France, the Netherlands, an island off the coast of Africa as well as national radio shows.As bad as things are we do have a lot to give Thanks for.
Buddy notes there is another option for everyone to stay connected and to keep Bluesin'! Ron Sumner is making use of the empty Eureka Springs Auditorium by streaming concerts. The Motivators were live Dec. 3rd which is available for viewing anytime after on youtube under LiveAtTheAud
"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
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:  1/29/2021
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Please FollowCan't Stop The BluesVirtual Platform
Mark Your Calendar
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
Music Calendar SUSPENDED
On this day in Blues History January 29
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
 January 29

Today’s show features music performed by Tampa Red and Sarasota Slim
This Week's Quote
"They hear it come out, but they don't know how it got there. They don't understand that's life's way of talking. You don't sing to feel better. You sing 'cause that's a way of understanding life."
Ma Rainey
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  | 

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