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Spring...Then Not
Nearly every week we get reminders it's spring. Not sure about you all but I get excited about patio season, only to find the beautiful weather sort of comes and goes. I guess that is the reality of a transitional season like spring.
With spring doing it's usual dance in and out of our lives I keep wishing for some "filler" articles for this newsletter for such times.  I have had a few submissions in the past and they were a wonderful addition to this newsletter. Please drop me an e-mail if you would like to share your own love of the blues!

Of course I still hope for help finding missing listings of local bands you follow so PLEASE consider taking time to drop me an email. I want this newsletter to
offer you the information you, the reader, finds helpful. Send any
ideas or comments to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
37th Annual
Blues Music Awards
May 5, 2016
 
The Blues Foundation is ready to present this years winners for the 37th annual Blues Music Award in Memphis.  The following is the overview from the Blues Foundation's website.  Check out the link at the end if you want to get all the details.
 
"The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians. The Blues Music Awards are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members. Artistically, it is the premier blues music event in the world. It is the one and only national, even international, blues music awards show. The primary goals are, like any other awards show, to honor the best of the past year and focus public attention on the art form. The show features critically-acclaimed production, the presentation of 24 awards and unique and stellar performances by about the same number of nominated artists. Past performers have included Otis Clay, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller, Keb’ Mo’, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few. Each year, attendees hail the latest edition as the “best ever.”
The 2016 show will follow the format of the critically-acclaimed shows of recent years. Close to 100 nominees attend and the night is filled with their appearances and performances in a cabaret setting in the Convention Center’s ballroom. The event begins with a cocktail reception at which nominees perform. After that, attendees are seated for dinner at tables of ten. From then on it is awards and music, more awards and more music. The reception begins at 5:30 and the music continues after midnight!"
 
Get all the info here: BLUES MUSIC AWARDS
If you missed this last week...
"Unsung Guitar Hero"
Lonnie Mack
Last week we experienced huge losses for the music world for sure. Besides the loss of
the iconic musician Prince, the blues world experienced the loss of a great bluesman
when Lonnie Mack passed away
at the age of 74.
In 2007 Gibson Guitar shared his story calling him an "unsung guitar hero." 
The following is an excerpt: 
 
"...But the story of how Lonnie Mack came to be a seminal artist begins not in 1985, but much earlier—July of 1941, to be exact, when Lonnie McIntosh was born in rural southern Indiana, not far from the Ohio River, to a farmhand father and a homemaker mother. 'It was a musical family,' the 66-year-old Mack remembers. 'Mom and Dad, my brothers, my sisters. Most of the music was on my mama’s side of the family. It had a lot to do with fiddles, banjos, and guitars, music that was leaning more toward bluegrass, gospel, and some of the old country stuff.'

Young Lonnie, whose family moved to Aurora, Indiana, not far from Cincinnati, shortly after his birth, never had to look far for musical guidance: His father played the banjo and his mother played guitar, as did an uncle—an American Indian who had spent a lot of time in Texas and was well-versed in Merle Travis¬-style picking and Delta blues. Another key figure in Lonnie’s musical development was a blind blues and jazz guitarist named Ralph Trotto.

'I started playing [the guitar] when I was about four, or tryin’ to play, you know,' Mack remembers. 'I could make a hook G, as they call it, where you just get the top and the bottom [strings] around the neck, start strumming and havin’ a little rhythm, you know. It was my oldest brother’s guitar. But the first real chords that was taught to me was taught to me by my mother. She had that real soulful, country, make-you-get-a-cold-chill kind of voice.'"
READ MORE HERE
Music Calendar 
4/29-5/07
04.29
  • Full House for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at The Grove in Rogers
  • Tightrope at The Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
04.30
  • 5th Annual Dickson Street Pup Crawl in Fayetteville
  • Dickson Street Spring Fling in Fayetteville
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Bordinos in Fayetteville
  • Tribute to Eric Clapton at Kingfish in Fayetteville
  • The Odds at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • Leslie Serrano at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Tightrope at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
  • J P Soars at the Warren's Rec Room in Alma
05.01
  • Isayah's Allstars with Danny Mullen for Cancer Benefit at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Claudia Burson Trio Jazz Brunch at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
05.02
  • UA Symphony Orchestra at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center in Fayetteville
05.03
  • Doyle Bramhall II at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at JJs Grill and Chill in Rogers
05.04
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Bears Place in Fayetteville
05.05
  • First Thursday on the square in Fayetteville
  • Nate Hancock and the Declaration, Daryl Brooks, and more at Nomads Music Lounge in Fayetteville
  • UA Schlola Cantorum at Faulkner Performing Arts Center in Fayetteville
  • 37th Annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis
05.06
  • Big Uns and Josh Hoyer for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Mojos Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • First Friday in Bentonville
  • Roger Thomas at Ramo d'Olivo in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
05.07
  • Rob and Tisdale at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
 Mark Your Calendar
  • 05.22 Block Street Party on Block Street in Fayetteville
  • 05.28 Jimmie Bratcher at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 06.04 Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon at the Founders Room in Alma
  • 06.10 Rick Gibson Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 06/16-06/19 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
  • 06/24-06/25 Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest
  • 07.03 Hot Dam Blues in Bella Vista
In this issue:  4/29/2016
Spring...Then Not
37th Annual Blues Music Awards May 5, 2016
If you missed this last week... "Unsung Guitar Hero" Lonnie Mack
Music Calendar  4/29-5/07
On this day in Blues History April 29
This Week's Quote
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
 
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/sonnyterry211910.html
You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/sonnyterry211910.html
 Listen

 
This Week's Quote
 
Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/albertahun394876.html
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/158627
n God loves you, what can be better than that?
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/arethafran649567.html
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/158627
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/158627
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/158627
 
" We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. Its our basic human right. "
 
Aretha Franklin

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
LINK
 
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! Ozarkbluessociety.org
 
 


 


 
Links You
Can Use
 
Arkansas Music Pavillion
 
Arkansas Music Works
 
American Blues News
 
The Blues Foundation
 
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
 
http://www.songwritingcompetition.com./
 


 
 

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

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