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Not To Be Missed
I am back from my trip and looking
ahead to NEXT Friday's Membership appreciation party. It has been a few years since OBS has organized the annual  meeting to coincide with a celebration event so we are definitely looking forward to seeing everyone and enjoying the perks of being a part of such a wonderful group of like minded supporters. We hope you will join us! The "meeting" convenes on Friday, May 17th at 7pm at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville. Admission is free for current members and others may buy tickets/memberships at the door for $15.  Read on below for more information.
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Just A Week Away!
OBS Annual Meeting
Membership Appreciation Event

 Our mission to keep the blues alive would not be possible without the support of our members and sponsors. So, come join us Friday, May 17th for a fun night of music as Ozark Blues Society celebrates our members!
The following additions have been
made to the list of musicians joining us to share their music:
Jimmy Wayne Garrett
Bart Keener
Jack Myers
Aaron Lee
Alan Lamb
Richard Wood
Mike Rudolph
Diane Rudolph
Mark Vanderhoof
Winners Announced
International Songwriting Competition
Through our partnership with the International Songwriting Competition, Ozark Blues Society is happy to share their announcement of the 2018 winners. Read on below to find out who came out on top in the Blues Category as well as information on the competition.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Announces 2018 Blues Winners
Jack De Keyzer, Jim Allchin, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming, and Tommy Castro Take Home Honors In ISC Blues Category
May 1, 2019 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world, is pleased to announce its 2018 winners. Created in 2002, ISC received almost 19,000 entries this year from 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.
For the first time in the competition’s 18-year history, the Grand Prize is awarded to an R&B song. It is with great pleasure that ISC bestows its highest honor to R&B artist Reginald Lamar Williams Jr., (aka R.LUM.R) and artist/producer Josh Hawkins (aka Super Duper) for their co-written song "Frustrated." The Grand Prize includes $25,000 (USD) cash and over $30,000 in merchandise and services.
ISC is proud to also honor many Blues artists for their accomplishments in this year’s ISC. Taking home First Place in the Blues category is Jack De Keyzer (Toronto, ON, Canada) for the song “My Love Has Gone.” Second Place is awarded to Jim Allchin, Tom Hambridge, and Richard Fleming (Seattle, WA, USA and Nashville, TN, USA) for “Two Bad Dreams Ft. Bobby Rush,” and Third Place goes to Tommy Castro (San Rafael, CA, USA) for “My Old Neighborhood.” Blues judges include Judges Include John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records), and more. See complete list below of all ISC judges. “All of the the Blues winners are so skilled at songwriting, and we are very proud to honor them and throw the spotlight on the Blues genre,” says ISC Founder and Director, Candace Avery. “It is exciting to see the quality of the songwriting and know that these artists are setting the bar for the future of Blues music.”

ISC winners hail from all over the world (50% of this year’s winners come from outside the USA) and range from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting veterans. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from Blues to rock to pop to jazz to R&B/Hip-Hop and more.
Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success. Previous winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Gregory Porter; Passenger; Lupe Fiasco; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King and Country; and many more.
For a complete list of all ISC 2018 winners and to hear the winning songs, go to:
The complete panel of 2018 judges includes:
Recording Artists:Adam Lambert; Portugal.The Man; Tom Waits; Kane Brown; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Nicky Jam; Rodney Crowell; Sara Evans; Kristian Bush (Sugarland); Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim); Chris Lane; Keane; Danilo Perez; Jeremih; Peter Erskine; James McNally (Afro Celt Sound System); Nero; Sidewalk Prophets; Kenny Garrett; Krewella; Sara Watkins; Ted Nash; John Mayall; Joe Louis Walker; Nicholas Gunn; Kim Walker-Smith (Jesus Culture); Ashwin Batish; Lonnie Liston Smith; Micah Tyler; John Tibbs; and Gordon Goodwin.Industry Executives:Aaron Bay-Schuck (CEO/Co-Chairman, Warner Bros. Records); Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK); Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Craig Balsam (Co-Owner, Razor & Tie, Washington Square, and Kidz Bop); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); David Waxman (Senior VO of A&R, Ultra Music); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); AJ Tobey (Head of A&R, Rough Trade Publishing); Cory Robbins (Founder / President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (Editor / Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder / CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Dines (Co-President, The Children’s Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parent’s Choice Foundation); Randy Frisch (Founder, LoveCat Music); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Sas Metcalfe (President, Global Creative, Kobalt Music); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Carl Caprioglio (Founder / CEO, Oglio Entertainment); and Elena Epstein (Director, National Parenting Product Awards).
ISC is sponsored by: Art & Lutherie By Godin Guitars; Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access; Eventric; Gig Salad; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; oneRPM; PreSonus; Pro Tour Nutrition; Shubb Capos; SongU; Sweetwater; The Tracking Room; Tunedly; Vocal Eze; and Westone.
Entries are now open for the 2019 competition. For more information and to enter, go to
For low-res photos of all winners, go to
For high-res photos, please contact Candace Avery at press@songwritingcompetition.comFor high-res photos, please contact Candace Avery at
Music Calendar 
5/10 - 5/18
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.

  • Ultrasuede for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett and the Dreamwalkers at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • KALO with Leah and the Mojo Doctors at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and the Soul Shakers at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • Tater, Mater, and Squarsh at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Gospel Brunch with Brick Fields at Hoppin' John's in Fayetteville
  • The Baskins at Terra Studios in Durham
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Jazz Night at West and Watson in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Shaun Munday for Notes at Night at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Earl and Them and Mudhawk for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire at the AMP in Rogers
  • Blues in the Natural State with Ozark Blues Society at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Roger Thomas at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Jenna and the Soul Shakers at Pedalers Pub in Bentonville
  • Avett Brothers at the AMP in Rogers
  • Magnolia Road at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Jazz Piano at The Nines in Bentonville
  • Sugar Creek at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 6/29 Delbert McClinton Band at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
In this issue:  5/10/2019
Not To Be Missed
Just A Week Away!OBS Annual MeetingMembership Appreciation Event
Winners Announced2018International Songwriting Competition
Music Calendar 5/10 - 5/18
On this day in Blues History May 10
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
 May 10

Today’s show features music performed by The Rolling Stones and Albert King

This Week's Quote
"The past is a great place and I don't want to erase it or to regret it, but I don't want to be its prisoner either."

Mick Jagger
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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