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Short and Sweet
 Today's edition is a bit on the late side. Honestly, I assume most readers are filling their day with holiday shopping, football, while busy feasting on Thanksgiving leftovers so I will keep this
a short read. Before you head back
to your favorite activity, don't miss
a couple new articles this week about performances you might want to catch. In addition to last week's idea for a special gift of an Ozark Blues Society membership for a blues loving friend, don't forget Tuesday, November 30th is "Giving Tuesday." Please consider a donation to OBS in support of local blues events and our Blues in the Schools programs. Just visit
to make a donation.

As a reminder, since blues news kind of drops off this time of year, we are always looking for articles from readers. If you have a blues history topic, blues event, of an artist or their music you wish to share a review of, drop Sandy an email so she can help you share.

Clearly the live music calendar continues to transform from patio performances
to more varied indoor events. We
will continue to offer an updated
calendar every week.

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
Ray Bonneville
at the
Walton Arts Center
Winner of the 2011 Ozark Blues Society's solo/duo Blues Challenge, artist Ray Bonneville returns to Fayetteville for a performance on December 9th at
the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.
Read on below for more information from the Walton Arts Center. Tickets may be found HERE: WALTON ARTS CENTER-RAY BONNEVILLE
"With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion, Ray Bonneville is a hard driving, blues-dipped, song and groove man writing about people on the fringe of society. 
Master of the slow burn, the gentle funk and the infectious rhythm, the well-traveled, blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired Austinite takes listeners to some dark and exotic places, giving voice to the hardscrabble folks dwelling in those tuneful songs. He’s won a Juno Award for Best Blues Album (Gust of Wind), the International Blue Challenge (representing the Ozarks Blues Society) and his song “I Am the Big Easy” won the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year."
More about Ray Bonneville at: WWW.RAYBONNEVILLE.COM
Theatre Squared
Marie and Rosetta
The reviews are coming in with resounding love of this play about Arkansas's own Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Follow guitar playing music pioneer, Sister Rosetta, as she rehearses with her young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.
Tickets are available for both live and streaming performances.
For more information and to purchase tickets, Visit: WWW.THEATRE2.ORG/marie-and-rosetta
It's A Wrap!

Blues in Bentonville
 The Blues was alive and well last Friday night at The Meteor in Bentonville!!! Jeff Horton’s “Blues in Bentonville” concert, featuring, Gary Hutchison & Ralph Hert,
Buddy Shute & the Motivators,
Brick Fields,

The R.d. Olson Band, and The Jeff Horton Band, played to a nearly packed house of enthusiastic Blues fans! 
Each one of these fantastic groups brought a truckload of energy and passion along with them for the evening and a great time was had by all! The All Star Jam at the end of the night was definitely the highlight as the musicians really got to kick up their heels and have some fun!
The Ozark Blues Society was there in support of the event as well as conducting a membership drive, and local artist Karen Lynn not only had some of her art on display, but she also donated a poster of the Jeff Horton Band onstage during their recent OBS Blues Challenge win, and had it autographed for the band, later to be raffled off at the 21C IBC Fundraiser event in January.
This event was the first of many as Jeff will now be starting a monthly Blues Night at The Meteor Guitar Gallery! So keep your eyes peeled for further Blues events brought to you by JH Productions and The Meteor Guitar Gallery
Bandzoogle Presents
Marketing Strategies
for Musicians
Liz Lottmann shared the following...
Known by working musicians as a great site for a multitude of helpful information, Bandzoogle's blog this week offers advice for strategizing on marketing your band. Read the article HERE:

7 top marketing strategies for musicians

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.

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. 
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
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

  • Isayah's Allstars for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and Friends at JJ's Grill on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Boars Nest in Rogers
  • RC and the Blues Bandits at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • UA Percussion Ensemble at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville

  • UA Schola Cantorum: A Child's Christmas in Wales at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Earl and Them for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 12/9 Ray Bonneville at the WAC in Fayetteville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  11/26/2021
Short and Sweet
Ray Bonnevilleat the Walton Arts Center
Theatre SquaredpresentsMarie and Rosetta
It's A Wrap!Blues in Bentonville
Bandzoogle PresentsMarketing Strategies for Musicians
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History November 26
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
 November 26

Today’s show features music performed
by Little Richard
& Tina Turner
This Week's Quote
"Sometimes you have to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down - get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
Tina Turner
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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