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Big News Week
 
Sometimes it rains....and sometimes it pours. As the Texas coast battens down the hatches against Hurricane Harvey, we seem to be looking at a forecast of sunnier days coming up. But this week as you read this week's newsletter you will find a flood of NEW news articles. On the top of the list is the announcement that the submission period for the 2017-2018 Best Self-produced CD contest is now open. Then on to the announcement from the OBS board of directors about open board positions, and lastly, news about a local artist and previous IBC competitor holding his band's CD release. Those stories added to the information on our Blues Challenge in October and opportunities through our partnership with the International Song Writing competition...well, better grab your favorite beverage and find a comfy chair!
Remember, information for both the Blues Challenge and the Best Self-produced CD competition can be found on our website ozarkbluessociety.org
Before you finish, don't forget to keep up on great music events by way of our weekly calendar below.  As always you can always drop me a note and let me know of upcoming shows and events as well as ideas of what you would like to see in this Newsletter. 
Email me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
ANNOUNCING
International Blues Challenge
Best Self-Produced CD Competition
Ozark Blues Society would like to announce the opening of submissions for this year's Best Self-Produced CD competition. Deadline for OBS to receive your entry in October 7, 2017. Winner of our regional competition will be announced at our Blues Challenge. The winning artist will be awarded a $25 cash prize by OBS and their CD will be submitted to the Blues Foundation's 2018 BSPCD competition. Please read on for more information and...
Visit our website
for complete rules and entry information.
 
In 2005, The Blues Foundation established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of their mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Unlike their celebration of blues recordings and performances at the Blues Music Awards, or their recognition of up-and-coming musician performance via The International Blues Challenge, this award
was created to recognize excellence in
independent Blues recordings.
 
Basic Rules:
This competition requires entry through a Blues Foundation Affiliate who may submit only one entry. Participation in the International Blues Challenge is not required. Qualifying CDs must have been released between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017 and may not include compilations (please note earlier submission date for OBS.) A performer who has previously been nominated or a CD or a label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition.
CD Release Party
Jimmy Wayne Garrett and Liberty Bell
 
Join JWG and Liberty Bell on August 25 at 9pm at Chelseas in Eureka Springs. The show has a  $5 cover  and their CD will be available for
$10 at the show.
Free download cards to everyone at the show!
 
Jimmy Wayne Garrett and Liberty Bell is a 3-piece blues band from Northwest Arkansas formed in April of 2015 by Arkansas native singer/songwriter and guitar player Jimmy Wayne Garrett. Jimmy has been writing songs since 2006 and performing, solo acoustic and other times with a full band, since 2007. His current project, Liberty Bell, is focused on keeping the deeper roots of the blues alive, while also being progressive in content and originality. Liberty Bell features Jimmy Wayne Garrett on guitar, Rich Moore on bass guitar, and Sage Ahava on drums. 
 
The band's debut album, Confession Blues
was recorded live at The City Auditorium in Eureka Springs, AR on November 22, 2016 by Chris Moore of Easthall Recording. It is all original music. It is quite dark in subject matter for the most part. Lots of death. Lots of guitar. Lots of dynamics. No"punch-ins". JWG and Liberty Bell sought to capture the haunting spirit of the Auditorium and the deep hollows of the Ozarks on this recording.  
Check them out at www.jimmywaynegarrett.com
OBS Board of Directors Seeks New Members
The Ozark Blues Society Board of Directors would like to announce an opportunity for local blues supporters to take it to the next level.  The society has open board seats and we are looking for one or more new members. Meetings are held monthly in Springdale. Please email bbaird07@sbcglobal.net
for additional information.

Registration is NOW OPEN
2017
Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge
This regional competition is run under the umbrella of our affiliate status with the Blues Foundation. OBS uses the same format and scoring used at the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in January. If you are a blues band or a solo or duo blues act living within 250 miles of Bentonville Arkansas and would like to compete in the IBC in January, this regional contest is a first step to make that happen. Only winners from the various regional competitions may go on to the semi-finals in Memphis.
Read on below or visit our website for all the information
 
 
The 2017 Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, Arkansas. This regional competition is designed to be a preliminary round for bands and solo/duo artists wishing to compete in the January 2018 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis by the Blues Foundation. The regional competitions are held by blues societies affiliated with the foundation and are open to all blues acts within a 250 mile radius of each affiliate.
Just In!
Clorox Offers Sponsorship
for Blues Challenge
On behalf of Ozark Blues Society
I would like to thank Clorox Corporation for sponsoring our "Blues Challenge " . 
    Your generous support makes it possible for our organization to accomplish our mission and "Keep Blues Alive" in NW Arkansas!
 
Bill Baird
President 
International Songwriting Competition
ANNOUNCES
2017 Blues Competition JUDGES
As Ozark Blues Society again this year partners with the International Song Writing Competition, we are excited to be able to bring news of this opportunity to our 
readers.
 
 
The International Songwriting Competition organization shared the following with OBS:
 
 
2017 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC)
ANNOUNCES BLUES MUSIC JUDGES
 
John Mayall, Walter Trout, Joe Louis Walker, Booker T. Jones,
and Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) Among Judges

 
Visit their website for all the details and to enter:
 
 
 

Music Calendar 
8/25- 9/02
Please enjoy the following listings comprised of bands, venues, and/or organizations supportive of Ozark Blues Society. Always check with individual venues for event details and schedule changes.

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8.25
  • Fayetteville Roots Festival at at Fayetteville Town Center and multiple venues in Fayetteville
  • Amy Helm with Earl and Them for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Left of Center at Jose's in Fayetteville
  • StrapJacket at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett and Liberty Bell CD release at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs
8.26
  • Fayetteville Roots Festival at Fayetteville Town Center and multiple venues in Fayetteville
  • Dr NOLA and the Soul Shakers at Frisco Fest in Rogers
  • Dave and Beth Tessier at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
8.27
  • Fayetteville Roots Festival at Fayetteville Town Center and multiple venues in Fayetteville
  • Blue Dream Blue Sunday Nights at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs
8.29
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
8.30
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
8.31
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Blues Jam with the Jeff Horton Band at Legends in Jane Missouri
9.01
  • Jesse Dean and Co. for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Dr NOLA and the Soul Shakers at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • StrapJacket at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
9.02
  • Dr NOLA and the Soul Shakers at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Emily Rowland at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Gary Hutchison at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
 
Mark Your Calendar

  • 9/16 X Eye Blind at the Founder's Room in Alma
  • 9/19 Taj Mahal and Keb Mo' at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • 9/23 Rev Jimmie Bratcher at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 9/23 Laurence Juber at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
  • 10/27 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
In this issue:  8/25/2017
Big News Week
ANNOUNCINGInternational Blues Challenge Best Self-Produced CD Competition
CD Release Party Jimmy Wayne Garrett and Liberty Bell
OBS Board of Directors Seeks New Members
Registration is NOW OPEN2017 Ozark Blues SocietyBlues Challenge
Just In!Clorox Offers Sponsorship for Blues Challenge
International Songwriting CompetitionANNOUNCES2017 Blues Competition JUDGES
Music Calendar 8/25- 9/02
On this day in Blues History August 25
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 25

 
Today’s show features music performed
by Peggy Lee and
ZZ Top
 
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
This Week's Quote
 
 
"This place won't be here tomorrow, so let's tear it down tonight."
 Billy Gibbons
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
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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