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Blues News You Can Use!
Though the craziness of this year makes
it feel like there have been many, today
is the only Friday the 13th in 2021.
I am not a superstitious person by nature, but as we sit in the midst of a huge surge brought on by the Delta variant of
Covid19 while also on the eve of back
to school week for most, this Friday
the 13th feels a bit oppressive. After
the great news that school districts and universities in Arkansas would be
allowed to have mask mandates to better assure lack of disruptions and greater safety, the bad news this week of the cancellation of the fall version of the
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals and other events sadly brought back
the Friday the 13th vibe. It just makes even the un-superstitious folk like me want to rethink my perspectives. Anyone else having the same reaction?

Do be assured that, as always, the live music calendar is updated this week. Other than that, this week's news continues to reflect ongoing important informational news items being reported for your information.

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 Music Awards
Submissions Open
All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration.
Blues music released between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021 is eligible
for consideration for a 2022 Blues Music
Award Nomination.
You may now formally submit your album
or minimum 6-song EP for consideration
via our online service here.
Artists now have 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, 2020 - October 31, 2021 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:
  • August 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
    $155 per album or EP submission / $55  per song submission
  • September 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
    $180 per album or EP submission / $80 
    per song submission 
  • October 1, 2021 – October 15, 2021
    $225 per album or EP submission submission / $125 per song submission
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
Mark Your Calendar
Ozark Blues Society

2021 Blues Challenge
Looking ahead, the Ozark Blues Society Board of Directors is happy to announce we anticipate holding a regional Blues Challenge at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on October 22, 2021 in anticipation of the resumption of the International Blues Challenge in 2022.
Please stay tuned to this newsletter and/or visit WWW.OZARKBLUESSOCIETY.ORG
for updates and registration information later this summer.
Support Options
For Local Artists
Please check this section of the newsletter weekly for ideas of how to support local musicians and venues. Submissions are being reduced to contact information this week as we restart the Live Music Calendar.
The Jeff Horton Band
Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, the
Jeff Horton Band definitely has
a passion for the Blues! For the last
10 years Jeff and the guys have done their part in sharing the Blues as much as possible, treating their fans to an enjoyable experience.
Please follow the band on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and on their webpage, THEJEFFHORTONBAND.COM for information about the album and when and where you can catch them live!
Jimmy Wayne Garrett

For more information about Jimmy Wayne Garrett, his schedule, recent interviews, or buy the latest album, visit:
His music may also be found HERE:
YouTube link  *****
Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Buddy Shute and the Motivators live at the Eureka Springs Auditorium on YouTube: LiveAtTheAud

To learn more about the band, visit:

Facebook: Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Brick Fields
 Famous for Blues Therapy
We have released a single from the upcoming album. Here is a link to the video "Take Me To the Riverside"
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. 
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. Submit weekly listings by emailing: SANDY

  • Tribute to Aretha featuring Divas on Fire for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Leah and the Cocktail Club at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Avett Brothers and Robert Earl Keen at the Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators and The Jeff Horton Band at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Live on the Green Concert Series at The Momentary in Bentonville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at Osage Park in Bentonville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Frisco Club/1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Legends Saloon in Eureka Springs
  • One Penny Shy / Irie Lions for Courtyard Sessions at The Momentary
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Chris Tomlin/KariJobe/Cody Carnes at the Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • Honeyjack for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Funk Factory at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale
  • Black Note at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Rochelle Bradshaw and Hypnotion with Chris Cameron for Live on the Green Concert Series at The Momentary in Bentonville
  • Neighborhood Concert Series at the Red Barn in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • Watch for Future Listings
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  8/13/2021
2022 Blues Music Awards Submissions Open
Mark Your CalendarOzark Blues Society2021 Blues Challenge
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History August 13
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
 August 13

Today’s show features music performed by Big Mama Thornton and Pat Boone
This Week's Quote
"White or black. Rich
or poor. If you ever
had your heart broken you have right to
sing the blues"
Big Mama Thornton
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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