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Ticket Give Away TODAY!
We are excited to announce that one
of our amazing supporters has donated
a set of tickets to tomorrow night's fundraiser! We are opening a drawing
for ALL of our newsletter readers.
Entries (emails) must be received
by 6pm, today, Friday, April 29th and the drawing will occur at 7pm. 
To enter: Just select reply to your newsletter email!  Type "WIN ONE"  or "WIN TWO" in the message body depending on whether you wish to win one or both available tickets. Please include your preferred contact information for us to use to notify you if you win.
It's that simple. Good luck to all!
Didn't win? You can still get your tickets for the Ozark Blues Society April 30th IBC Fundraiser event at the link in the article below or even at the door! The article below also features some important updates so please read on.
Returning articles this week include the information about the cool new exhibit -A Cast of Blues- now open at the CACHE Art Gallery at 214 S. Main Street in Springdale. They will be hosting a gallery talk an artist reception at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Don't miss this cool exhibit.  Also, the article with ideas for musicians continues. If you are a musician looking for tips, these links will likely give you some helpful insight.
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
Ticket Give Away
We are excited to announce that one
of our amazing supporters has donated
a set of tickets to tomorrow night's fundraiser! We are opening a drawing
to win these tickets to

ALL of our newsletter readers.
  • Entry Deadline: 6pm (today), Friday, April 29th. The drawing will occur at 7pm and winners will be contacted soon after. Tickets will be available for pick up at the door on Saturday.
  • To Enter: Select reply to your newsletter email!  Type "WIN ONE"  or "WIN TWO" in the message body depending on whether you wish to win one or both available tickets. Please include your preferred contact information for us to use to notify you if you win.
It's that simple. Good luck to all!
Ozark Blues Society
2022 IBC Fundraiser
As we get closer to our 2022 IBC Fundraiser, it is important to note that some people may have come upon links to the earlier event (but appearing with the current graphics.) 
Here is the CURRENT link you need to order your tickets. Just visit our Eventbrite site link:
You may also visit our website to access the ticket link. Can't decide? Tickets will also be available at the door.
Another important update folks need to be aware of...the timeline for the Meteor Guitar Gallery to acquire their (post Covid) liqueur license has, unfortunately, been extended. This means it will not be completed as expected prior to our scheduled event. This is a significant disappointment for all of us, but due to our Fundraiser being scheduled just days before our band heads to Memphis to compete, there is no option to reschedule. Please continue to show your support for Les at the Meteor, Ozark Blues Society, and The Jeff Horton Band as we move to a BYOB event format. 

We are excited to bring this fun, annual event to the Meteor Guitar Gallery. A BIG thank you to all the great blues loving folks in NWA. We appreciate your support of Ozark Blues Society and our 2022 IBC challenger, the Jeff Horton Band.
More Resources!
for Musicians
Once again, thanks go out to Liz Lottmann for sharing these great links!
The new one is for how to get great PR for your band. Find that link HERE: 
And if you haven't checked this one from BANDZOOGLE, be sure and give it a look. This one is focused on "How to Make Money With Music Online."
More from BANDZOOGLE. Promote your band with Smart Links:
Cool Video!
Thanks Liz Lottmann for sharing this Cool Video:
From Steve Huey, All Music Guide
"Singer/guitarist Barbara Lynn was a rare commodity during her heyday. Not only was she a female instrumentalist (one of the very first to hit the charts), but she also played left-handed -- quite well at that -- and even wrote some of her own material. Lynn's music often straddled the line between blues and Southern R&B, and since much of her early work -- including the number one R&B hit "You'll Lose a Good Thing" -- was recorded in New Orleans, it bore the sonic imprint of the Crescent City. Lynn was born Barbara Lynn Ozen in Beaumont, TX, on January 16, 1942; she played the piano as a child before switching to guitar, inspired by Elvis Presley. In junior high, Lynn formed her own band, Bobbie Lynn and the Idols; at this point, her musical role models veered between bluesmen (Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed) and female pop singers (Brenda Lee, Connie Francis). After winning a few talent shows and playing some teen dances, the still-underage Lynn started working the local clubs and juke joints, risking getting kicked out of school if she had been discovered. Singer Joe Barry caught her live act and recommended her to his friend, producer/impresario Huey P. Meaux, aka the Crazy Cajun. With her parents' consent, Meaux brought Lynn to New Orleans to record at the legendary Cosimo's studio. Lynn cut a few singles for the Jamie label with the understanding that if none hit, she was to attend college instead of pursuing music right off the bat. In 1962, her self-penned ballad "You'll Lose a Good Thing" became a national hit, reaching the pop Top Ten and climbing all the way to number one on the R&B charts. Her first album (of the same name) was also released that year, featuring ten of her originals among its 12 tracks. Lynn continued to record for Jamie up through 1965, producing follow-up R&B hits like "You're Gonna Need Me" and "Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')," the latter of which was recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1965. In 1966, Lynn switched over to Meaux's Tribe label and cut "You Left the Water Running," which became something of an R&B standard and was covered by the likes of Otis Redding. In 1967, she signed with Atlantic and had another R&B hit with "This Is the Thanks I Get" early the following year; she also issued another album, Here Is Barbara Lynn, in 1968. Lynn scored one last hit for Atlantic in 1972's "(Until Then) I'll Suffer," but by this point, she had several children to worry about raising; dissatisfied with her promotion anyway, she wound up effectively retiring from the music business for most of the '70s and '80s, though she did play the occasional low-key tour. Lynn returned to music in the mid-'80s, touring Japan for the first time in 1984; she later cut a live album there, called You Don't Have to Go, which was eventually issued in the States by Ichiban. Lynn had managed to retain a cult following among connoisseurs of American soul and blues in several different pockets of the world, and toured internationally during the early '90s. In 1994, Bullseye Blues issued her first full-fledged studio album in over two decades, So Good; Until Then I'll Suffer followed in 1996. Lynn later caught on with the respected blues label Antone's, and in 2000 she cut Hot Night Tonight, which featured a couple of raps by her son Bachelor Wise."
The Music Education Initiative 


The Music Education Initiative OPENS A CAST OF BLUES – April 2022
Blues music was born in Mississippi, came of age in Chicago, and went on to inspire generations of rock and rollers, ranging from the British invasion of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to contemporary groups, such as The Black Keys. As one of America’s contributions to the world of music, the blues took root in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta, a floodplain covering 7,000 square miles between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Early blues greats in the Delta pioneered the strong rhythmic style of music, accenting the raw emotions of the lyrics by squeezing chords out of a guitar with a bottleneck or metal slide.
A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, The exhibition A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy.  This is the first time that this exhibit has been in NW Arkansas.  Now, visitors to the CACHE Art Gallery at 214 S. Main Street in Springdale, can experience the exhibition, A Cast of Blues, opening April 15, 2022.  
During this seven week exhibit, The Music Education Initiative will offer in addition to the gallery viewing, educational programming, community outreach, lectures, guest artists and performances.  The exhibition's compilation of casts and photos create a compelling portrait of the men and women who defined—and continue to shape—the tradition of Mississippi blues.  Gallery hours are:  Mon. – Sat. 10:00AM – 5:00PM.  This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Tyson Family Foundation, CACHE, WhyteSpyder, MTI Consulting Group, LLC and John and Yvonne Lee, and is free to the public. 
A Cast of Blues artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson has said, “a life cast is like a 3-D photograph to someone who is blind.” McConnell-Dickerson, who is visually impaired, continues, “It captures the flesh, muscle, bone, hair, and subtle expressions of emotion. I wanted to discover the faces behind the music I love, so I went to Mississippi to map out the visages of the real Delta blues men and women.”
Ken Murphy’s photographs are selected from the groundbreaking book Mississippi: State of Blues (published 2010 by Proteus/Ken Murphy Publishing). A longtime Mississippi resident, Murphy captures the essence of the blues through highly detailed, panoramic color pictures. The exhibition’s compilation of casts and photos create a compelling portrait of the men and women who defined—and continue to shape—the tradition of Mississippi blues.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, and scores of other bluesmen and women barnstormed across the Delta, playing plantations, juke joints, and levee camps scattered throughout the area. It was the next generation of Mississippi music artists led by Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, who brought the Delta blues north to Chicago. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and other rock and rollers picked up on the Delta sound and introduced it to the world. The musicians who stayed behind in Mississippi kept the tradition alive, passing it from one generation to another. Since the 1990s, Delta blues music has undergone a revival, with the rediscovery of overlooked artists—R.L. Burnside, T Model Ford, and Bobby Rush—and the rise of contemporary blues acts like the North Mississippi Allstars and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band. 
The exhibition is fully accessible to all visitors, featuring braille labels and educational materials, as well as a music playlist for gallery use and a closed-captioned film about the Cast of Blues project. In addition, visitors are encouraged to touch the resin-cast masks. Says McConnell-Dickerson, “As a sculptural and visual art experience, feeling the life-made casts of these individuals and their facial expressions transfers their experiences directly to our fingertips.” The exhibition is also accompanied by the 2008 documentary film, M for Mississippi: A Roadtrip through the Birthplace of the Blues  (94 minutes).
Organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national part of Mid-America Arts Alliance, the exhibition was curated by Chuck Haddix, music historian, author, radio personality, and director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at and
About The Music Education Initiative:  Our unique perspective focuses on musical education in the interest of creating new writing, recording, performing artists, entertainers and industry personnel by exposing students and other interested parties to music and entertainment career paths at earlier ages.   We engage, educate, elevate and prepare the next generation of professionals in the business of music and entertainment. We share the music and entertainment industry expertise, experience, empathy, relationships, professionalism, and first-class programs of our founding team and advisors, to develop and add value to the community, especially those of underserved communities, and quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. 
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
**Read on for NEW information**
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.
Jeff reports he has some exciting gigs coming up at Good Vibrations in Rogers. There will be a new jam every other Monday from 7-9pm, beginning December 27th. Additionally, he and the band will be hosting the New Year's Eve party
at Good Vibrations this year.
Lots of fun times ahead!
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
Buddy's latest project is a duo with Mark McGee. They will be representing the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society at the 2022 International Blues Challenge. Their recently released CD/EP is now available.

To learn more about the band, and Buddy's duo with Mark McGee, 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

  • Brick Fields for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Mingus Big Band at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville
  • UA Department of Music: Wind Ensemble at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Tim McGraw at the AMP in Rogers
  • Home Sweet Home Festival City Sessions at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • SoNA presents: Majestic Mahler at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • A Cast of Blues: Gallery talk and Artist reception at CACHE 214 in Springdale
  • Ozark Blues Society Bound for Beale IBC Fundraiser at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • NWA Jazz Society: Jazz All-Star Youth Ensemble at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at New Dehli Cafe in Eureka Springs
  • Hill Records Showcase at George's Majestic Lounge 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
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Trout Fishing in America at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville
  • First Thursday in Fayetteville
  • Divas on Fire for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • International Blues Challenge Quarter-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis
  • International Blues Challenge Quarter-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis
Mark Your Calendar 
5/6-5/9 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN

5/8 Robert Johnson Legacy Tour with guest Tony Redman at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/15 Johnny Rawls and the RD Olson Blues Band featuring Gary Hutchison at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/23 Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  4/29/2022
Ticket Give Away TODAY!
Ticket Give Away TODAY!
TOMORROW! Ozark Blues Society 2022 IBC Fundraiser
More Resources! for Musicians
Cool Video!
The Music Education Initiative  NOW OPEN A CAST OF BLUES
Support Options For Local Artists
LIVE MUSIC Music Calendar 
On this day in Blues History  April 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
 April 29

Today’s show features music performed
by Frank Hutchison, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Rush
This Week's Quote
"I think it would be
a far greater world
if people were kinder and more respectful
to each other."
Aretha Franklin

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


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