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 Eye to the Sky
One of my jobs as an independent contractor is lawn care. If any of you work outdoors you understand how beyond worrying about whether you need to park the car in a weather safe location, you often wake up having to scuttle original plans and work around mother nature.  For the musician readers it can obviously add a degree of uncertainty as you try to figure out if your evening outdoor gig will go on or not.  I know the rain is good...not so sure you can say that about things like tornadoes and hail though, lol! Still, I don't know about anyone else but I know I appreciate the days when things are "settled."  My life is sadly so schedule oriented that I need the weather to behave!  How about you?
Please drop me an e-mail with your thoughts. Let's use our love of the blues to help bring less blues to the needy around us!

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Volunteer Opportunity
Eureka Springs Blues Festival
Thanks to everyone who has already signed up for volunteer shifts during this year’s Blues Weekend. We have visitors coming from 10 states already, and your help makes it possible to welcome them to Eureka Springs and Turpentine Creek
 
If you haven’t signed up already (or have friends who would like to join the fun…), we still have some shifts to fill, so please sign up today at EurekaSpringsBlues.com/volunteer.asp. We have great benefits for those who work at least two shifts!
 
We also have posters to distribute, so if you can help place some near where you live, please send us your mailing address and let us know how many posters you can place, and we’ll mail a bundle to you ASAP. Email us photos of at least ten posters placed at your area businesses, and we’ll send you a one day pass for any day of Blues Weekend!
 
Thanks,
 
ESBW
 
37th Annual
Blues Music Awards
 

 
The Blues Foundation held their premier event, The Blues Music Awards, on May 5, 2016. Check out the winners!
 

Congratulations to our 2016 Blues Music Awards Winners!

1. Acoustic Album: The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard
2. Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
3. Album: Born to Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
4. B.B. King Entertainer: Victor Wainwright
5. Band: Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots
6. Best New Artist Album: The Mississippi Blues Child – Mr. Sipp
7. Contemporary Blues Album: Born to Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
8. Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Shemekia Copeland
9. Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Joe Louis Walker
10. Historical: Soul & Swagger: Buzzin’ the Blues by Slim Harpo (Bear Family Records)
11. Instrumentalist-Bass : Lisa Mann
12. Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
13. Instrumentalist-Guitar: Sonny Landreth
14. Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Kim Wilson
15. Instrumentalist-Horn: Terry Hanck
16. Koko Taylor Award: Ruthie Foster
17. Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Allen Toussaint
18. Rock Blues Album: Battle Scars – Walter Trout
19. Song: “Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
20. Soul Blues Album: This Time for Real – Billy Price & Otis Clay
21. Soul Blues Female Artist: Bettye LaVette
22. Soul Blues Male Artist: Otis Clay
23. Traditional Blues Album: Descendants of Hill Country – Cedric Burnside Project
24. Traditional Blues Male Artist: John Primer
 
May 5, 2016 - Victor Wainwright plays keyboard while Billy Dean plays drums and Terrence Grayson plays bass guitar during soundcheck before the 2016 Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center. Wainwright is nominated for the B.B. King Entertainer and Pinetop Perkins Piano Player awards as well as best band for his work with the Wild Roots. (Brandon Dill/Special to The Commercial Appeal)
THE BLUES FOUNDATION
ANNOUNCES
2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
BLUES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
On May 4, 2016 five legendary blues performers, two individuals who were instrumental in the creation of blues music, five single blues recordings, one blues album and an important piece of blues literature will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall, and The Memphis Jug Band will each take their places beside performers who have been deemed by a group of blues scholars and industry veterans to be the Best in the Blues. Each of these musicians has carved his place in blues history. Bishop’s beginnings with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to his more recent recognition for the 2015 Blues Music Awards “Song of the Year” have elevated him to the highest stature in blues music. Clearwater, Johnson, and Mayall each boast careers that have spanned more than a half century, and their talent has not waned as they each continue to produce music and to perform for devoted audiences, yet each are distinguishable by their stage presence and musical talent. The Memphis Jug Band’s music crossed the racial divides of the first half of the twentieth century and inspired many musicians to follow in their footsteps.
Non-performer individuals to be recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions are Malaco Records partners Tommy Couch, Sr. and Wolf Stephenson, whose label’s first big hit was Dorothy Moore’s “Misty Blue” in 1976, and who then went on to produce such blues greats as Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Z.Z. Hill, Denise LaSalle, Latimore, Johnnie Taylor, and Tyrone Davis. The business foundation they built has allowed Malaco to remain an active player in the music world today.
The book Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis, by Jeff Todd Titon is the literature entry into the Blues Hall of Fame this year, and is one of the most important analytical studies of the blues to have been published.
The classic album Blues in the Mississippi Night (Nixa, 1957: United Artists, 1959) is being honored as are the singles, “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith (OKeh, 1920), “That’s All Right” by Jimmy Rogers (Chess, 1950), Billy Boy Arnold’s “I Wish You Would” (Vee-Jay, 1955), Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers’ (Charles Brown, vocal and piano) “Merry Christmas Baby” (Exclusive, 1947), the first Yuletide song inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and “Blues Before Sunrise” by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell (Vocalion, 1934).
 
Check out this link for all of the information:
Music Calendar 
5/13-5/21
05.13
  • Fayetteville Jazz Collective Big Band and Mudhawk for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute and The Motavatas at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at Kingfish in Fayetteville
  • Isayah's Allstars at The Grove in Rogers
  • Dawn Cate and the Rhythm Kings at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
05.14
  • School Of Rock Fayetteville presents "The Beatles" at JR's Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville
  • Matt Smith and Ocie Fisher at Chelsea's Cafe in Eureka Springs
  • Jimmy Garrett at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Joe Giles and the Homewreckers at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Chris Cameron Trio at The Founder's Room in Alma
05.15
  • School Of Rock Fayetteville presents "Best of the 90's" at JR's Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville
  • Claudia Burson Trio Jazz Brunch at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
05.18
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Isayah's Allstars at Mojos Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
05.19
  • Voxanna for Notes at Night at Pedalers Pub in Bentonville
05.20
  •  Earl and Them and Flashback for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
05.21
  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville
 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:  5/13/2016
 Eye to the Sky
Volunteer OpportunityEureka Springs Blues Festival
37th AnnualBlues Music Awards
THE BLUES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Music Calendar 5/13-5/21
On this day in Blues HistoryMay 13
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
May 13

 
Today’s show features music performed by Louis Armstrong and Little Stevie Wonder
 
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
 

I'm sure I would have been considered a more significant artist if I was a singer-songwriter. It's just not the way I roll. I love being a curator and a musicologist. People write me letters and thank me for turning them on to Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, and that's partly my job this time around.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bonnierait589959.html?src=t_curator
I'm sure I would have been considered a more significant artist if I was a singer-songwriter. It's just not the way I roll. I love being a curator and a musicologist. People write me letters and thank me for turning them on to Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, and that's partly my job this time around.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bonnierait589959.html?src=t_cur
"What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."

 
Stevie Wonder

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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