This week we are finally able to announce the winner of the Ozark Blues Society's 2019 Blues Challenge who will represent Northwest Arkansas at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
You will find below a great photo and bio on our 2019 winners, the Brick Fields Blues Therapy Band. Additionally below, don't miss the info on the International Songwriting Competition. What a great activity to get your music heard. Deadline for the 2019 ISC is November 6th.
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Brick Fields Blues Therapy Band
2019 Blues Challenge Winners
The 2019 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge last Friday was an amazing night! What talent we have in Northwest Arkansas! The competition concluded with the announcement of our winner who in little more than three months will represent Northwest Arkansas at the 2020 International Blues Challenge. Following the announcement we were treated to a set by the 2017 OBS Blues Challenge winners, The Downtown Livewires.
And the winners are....
The music of Arkansas band Brick Fields, fronted by the invigorating voice of Rachel Fields, has been called many things by their fans but the description that has taken the strongest root after 12 years is “Blues Therapy”. The Brick Fields Blues Therapy foundation are married couple Rachel Fields and Larry Brick. Each having longtime careers in various worlds of music before meeting one another, each brought a lot to the table when combining their talents in 2006. Since 2012 Brick Fields Blues Therapy has been NWA’s longest running weekly live music event featuring a mix of Arkansas Blues and Roots music. BFBT takes place every Wednesday at Morano’s in South Fayetteville, AR from 6pm to 9pm. Though the band’s original music exceeds many genres, Brick Fields has been known for keeping the root of blues alive and well in NWA and the surrounding region. Their ability to provide timeless music that is pleasing to the ears of all ages has made them one of the most treasured obscurities in their region’s music community and keeps them working more than 225 shows a year. Although both Rachel and Larry are Arkansas born natives, (Rachel of Pine Bluff, Larry of West Memphis), Brick Fields core band "The Blues Therapy Group" include a variety of regionally influenced musicians. Kevin Bonner of NWA joined Brick Fields in 2013. He honed his drumming chops in the Cate Bro's garage and has been the backbone for numerous of NWA most loved bands. Bass player, Hoobie Daniels, of Southern Mississippi joined Brick Fields in 2016 after retiring from Austin to the Ozark Mountains where he is continuing his musical journey. Chris Parker of Tulsa, OK joined Brick Fields in 2014 and adds his guitar stylings who's influences range largely between Chet Atkins and BB King. Hunter Judkins, sax-player joined Brick Fields in 2014 after moving to NWA from Alaska. They all came together through the creative Wednesday night Blues Therapy sessions. Comfortable with themselves and numerous surprise guests, it not unusual at a Brick Fields show for the night to end with as few or as many as 20 players on stage. Musician’s musicians Brick Fields has been called a magnet for other musicians and music lovers alike Ever evolving, this couple’s original music can charm venues in an intimate relaxed setting with the acoustic duo telling stories of musical roots or bring a full-on band experience that brings the house to its feet.
2019 International Songwriting Competition extended deadline
approaching on Nov 6th
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is designed to help songwriters be heard. ISC has helped artists like Bastille, Vance Joy, Gotye, The Band Perry, and more, garner more recognition by industry professionals. In addition to giving away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, ISC has some of the most prestigious judges of any competition in the world. 2019 judges include Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Gates, Cam, John Mayall, Tom Waits, Bastille, Tanya Tucker, Kaskade, Lonnie Liston Smith, and many more.
Now is your chance to be heard. Don’t delay, ISC’s extended deadline is approaching fast on Nov 6th. Enter your songs today at http://bit.ly/32Bn25y!
10/25 - 11/02
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.
- Full House and Rakensack for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Jenna and the Soul Shakers at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
- BR Records Volume 2 Release Party at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- TJ Scarlett at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- Space Pirate for President vs Simeon Basil at The Nines in Bentonville
- Testify: A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn with Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Randy Soller at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- Dandelion Heart at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
- Time Burners at Ozark Mountain Bagel in Bentonville
- Dandelion Heart at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Jazz Night at Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
- Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Morano's in Fayetteville
- Becky Adams at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- Earl and Them and Mudhawk for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Motivator Trio at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Clint Scrivner at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- An Evening with the Maestro at The Record in Bentonville
- Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
- Diva Fest supporting Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Samantha Hunt at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
- Gary Hutchison at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
Mark Your Calendar
- 11/15 Simply Seger at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- 11/16 Celebrating 50 years of the Cate Brothers at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
In this issue: 11/01/2019
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Today’s show features music performed by Sippie Wallace
"Everything comes out in blues music: joy, pain, struggle. Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance."
Blues Education Supporters
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:
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