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Puxatony Phil...
What the Heck!
The other day, while driving home from picking my daughter up from FHS, she commented she was unhappy that Puxatony Phil lied. Now she is a smart kid and totally understands science...but at this point aren't we all looking for someone to blame for all this winter weather lately? Literally one day I was taking pictures
of my crocuses blooming, and the next day they were surrounded by snow
and frozen ground! 
Anyone agree with me that it's time to cry "uncle?" had your "win"....
now move on! After all Lowes has plants out in the garden MUST be ALMOST spring!
Once again this week's news has an article sharing an opportunity with our artist community. The International Songwriter Competition has a performance oriented competition available that is blues centered. Check
out the article below for more information.
And don't forget the article from last
week that musicians can use to fine tune their artist bios.
As a reminder, the nomination process for OBS board officers and members continues. You will find additional information in the article below.
This week's calendar below has many fun events so don't forget to check it out to avoid missing all that our area has to offer! And always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. You can reach me by email at the address below. We LOVE our readers and want to see
your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
2019 Unsigned Only
Ozark Blues Society has for a number of years partnered with the International Songwriting Competition and would now like to announce our partnership with the Unsigned Only Music Competition. With the newly added Blues Category we think a number of our local artists might be interested in this opportunity. Read on for more information about the competition and the prizes!
From Candace Avery at the Unsigned Only Music Competition...

March 5, 2019 – Unsigned Only Music Competition is pleased to announce the addition of Blues to its line-up of eligible categories. Unsigned Only Music Competition is designed for all independent artists (including solo artists, groups, and vocalists) who are unsigned to a major label record deal. Unsigned Only's goal is to give artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry and is the premier music competition in the world for indie and unsigned artists.
“We are very pleased that Blues artists will now be able to enter the competition and have their music heard by such an esteemed panel of judges,” said Candace Avery and Jim Morgan, Co-Founders of Unsigned Only. “The historical and cultural impact of Blues on so many other genres of music is undeniable, and we are happy to be an advocate for this vital form of music. We look forward to providing Blues artists the opportunity to showcase their music on a global platform.”
Unsigned Only awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners, including a $20,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize winner is also awarded one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. This is a unique opportunity for an artist to directly network with the highest level of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, and feedback. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category and awarded prizes.
Since its inception in 2002, Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent, with five Grand Prize winners having been signed to record deals. Additionally, winners have seen major benefits including securing licensing and publishing deals, getting better gigs, increasing their media coverage, and expanding their fan base.
Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Christian, Country, EDM, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Screen Shot (songs suitable for placement in film/TV/advertising/gaming), Teen (artists 18 years old or younger), Vocal Performance, and World Music.
Judges Include: Taj Mahal, Ruthie Foster, Janiva Magness,
and Art Tipaldi (Editor, Blues Music Magazine)
Entry information is available at
Or, for more information contact:
Candace Avery
Unsigned Only Music Competition
Unsigned Only is sponsored by Berklee College of Music; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musicians Institute; Musician Wellness; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shubb Capos; Symphonic Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze

Ozark Blues Society
Board of Directors
Officer Nomination Process
The nomination process for the offices of President and Treasurer for the Ozark Blues Society board of directors is officially opened. If you have someone you wish to nominate, please email Liz Lottmann with the name and contact information. Our nominating committee will follow up with the person being nominated to confirm their willingness to serve and gather additional information. The nomination process will be open until April 30, 2019. Once nominations have closed, we will share the biographical information of all nominees and follow up with our annual meeting and elections. The annual meeting is slated to be held the week
of May 12th. Watch for an announcement of the exact time and location. Membership is required to officially nominate and vote but if you, or someone you know, is interested, please email
LIZ LOTTMANN for more information.
The board is also seeking to add new members to the board itself. Please feel free to recommend someone you think might be a good fit, or you may volunteer yourself! Again, email Liz (above) with contact information.

Resources for Musicians

Writing An
Effective Bio
Ozark Blues Society seeks to reach a wide audience through multiple programs and events. From our outreach to young people through our Blues in the Schools to hosting our annual Blues Challenge where regional bands compete for the chance to travel to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. In addition to these specific events, we hope to be a resource to regional musicans and our readers by presenting information about blues history and opportunities for artists to grow their audiences and influence.
This week, we offer a link to an online article on Bandzoogle with advice
and examples on writing that
all important band bio. Check it out by clicking HERE:  BANDZOOGLE ARTICLE
Music Calendar 
3/08 - 3/16
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.

  • Ultra Suede and Flashback for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Shaw Davis and The Black Ties at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Duo at Landry's in Fort Smith
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • SoNA Masterworks III: Bach and Beethoven at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Earth Bone and Kurt Allen Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Oreo Blue at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
  • Gospel Brunch with Brick Fields at Hoppin' John's in Fayetteville
  • School of Rock adult showcase at West and Watson in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett and the Dreamwalkers at The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith

  • Schola Cantorum at Faulkner Performing Arts Center UA in Fayetteville
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Jazz Night at West and Watson in Fayetteville
  • Matt Smith at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • The Downtown Livewires at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam OK
  • Gary Hutchison's 16th annual 50th birthday party with Earl for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Evening with Royal Wade Kimes at Sunrise Sage in Fayetteville
  • Jesse Dean and Co. at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 3/29 Hadden Sayers at Warrens Rec Room in Alma
  • 6/29 Delbert McClinton Band at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
In this issue:  3/08/2019
Puxatony Phil... What the Heck!
Ozark Blues SocietyBoard of DirectorsOfficer Nomination Process
Resources for MusiciansWriting An Effective Bio
Music Calendar 3/08 - 3/16
On this day in Blues History March 8
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
 March 8

Today’s show features music performed by
Lucille Bogan

This Week's Quote
"When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend the tradition.
I recognize that
I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it's a pretty honorable position to be in."

Eric Clapton
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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