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Ups and Downs
  Is anyone besides me tiring of the up and down emotions of dealing with the ongoing disappointments we are still facing each day? Local readers may have gasped as I did at the announcement of canceled and rescheduled concerts for the Walmart AMP.  Some are still pending, but in general the 2020 season is cancelled. Where is my sad emoji?

Another reminder we all need to continue to cultivate the activities available to support local, regional, and even national artists. If you continue to read on below you will find information on how to connect with and support some of our local musicians. You will also find information about an artist support program initiated by Joe Bonamossa. Please check out his organization and share with others.
  Also remember our beloved musicians are strengthened at this time by your love. Let them know you care, let them know how their music brightens your world, and if you are in a position to do so, support them through online means.
Finally, please continue to communicate with us any and all information you might have on how we can all best stay connected to YOUR favorite artists!
Feel free to share the best of regional, national, and even international musicians you might be following. Please consider sharing your connections with our readers. If we can come away from this
shutdown with new blues connections, how great is that! 
 Have something to share? Just
click the link below to email Sandy.  
  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 appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Emergency Relief
for Blues Musicians

Joe Bonamassa and KTBA have launched an emergency relief program for musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Check out the link below for how to contribute....or apply for assistance.

About the Foundation:
Keeping the Blues Alive® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by two-time GRAMMY nominated blues-rock artist Joe Bonamassa. We fuel the passion for music by funding projects and scholarships to allow students and teachers the resources and tools that further music education. Since its inception in 2011, KTBA has been able to fund music programs and initiatives affecting 70,000+ students in all 50 states. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in schools, as well as funding merit-based scholarships and extracurricular programs all over the country. Through donations totaling $600,000+ from fundraisers, sweepstakes, merchandise sales, and our biannual blues festival at sea, KTBA has been able to keep all too vital music education thriving. With the help of donors like you, we will continue to make dreams a reality for young musicians and promote emerging talent.
Support Options
For Local Artists
Please check this section of the newsletter weekly for ideas of how to support local musicians and venues. Information may be submitted by all readers, though if reporting for your favorite musician or venue, please confirm the accuracy of the information you are providing.
All submissions will remain posted with new entries being added to the top of the list each week and will run until the music calendar relaunches.
Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Buddy Shute and the Motivators have
released a new video. Check out the link below to enjoy their music!
Additionally, Buddy reports they have completed the recording process
for their new C D. Next, Chris Moore at East Hall Studio will do the mastering, then
its off to the presses. The band promises
to come up with a creative idea for the
release party. The working title for the new CD
is " Bar-B-Que ". Sounds like FUN!
Below you will find
links to the band's website and Facebook
page. Brenda shared, "All of our gigs are cancelled for now, and we had some great ones
in the works, as well as a CD release
party in the planning stages" and she says
the band is looking at ways to reach their beloved audience and faithful fans.  She promises to, "keep you posted."
Brick Fields
 Get Your Blues Therapy Online!
Pro Sound Consulting has begun hosting Brick fields Blues Therapy live streams at 7pm every  Sunday and Wednesday. Check out the link below to get connected.
We would appreciate any support
you can give us.
All of our shows are postponed or cancelled during the month of March and some already into April.
We will be doing online concerts soon.
Folks can stay updated on our concerts by signing up to our email at and following us on Facebook at: 
We also have two stores on our website one for music merchandise and another for Blues Therapy handmade items such as essential oil blends, Jewelry, tie dyes, bath salts, body butters and more.
Thank you for  your support.
I pray that each of you and your families are all doing okay through this. 
Musician Resource
"All Things Blues"
The following was received from
Karen Gottheimer, founder of
"Can't Stop the Blues."
Hi, Everyone!

Blues fans are begging for a central place to learn what’s happening in the world of blues each day, so we’ve created the CSTB “All Things Blues” Calendar, to list all shows, events, podcasts and radio broadcasts happening everywhere.

We are up and running, and we’ve made it easier than ever for you to add events:

When you create an event on your own facebook page, just add  CSTB “All Things Blues” Calendar as a co-host. Co-host requests will be accepted on a daily basis, except for Tuesdays. This will add you to the actual events section in the calendar. 

Each full-time blues artist is limited to 2 individual shows or events per week. For shows with multiple artists, there is no limit. Shows must be a minimum of 30 minutes in length to qualify as events. 

Additionally, 1 promotion post per event will be allowed in the posting section of the calendar. Promotions can be either a more detailed event announcement or a promotional video. In order to post, a submitter must be given permission to add content to the page. For organizational purposes, agents, publicists, record labels,blues societies, radio stations or managers will be the authorized posters, where possible. 

Events can also be created directly on the calendar itself, if you have posting permissions. 

Email for permissions or with any additional questions.

Music Calendar 
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.

Mark Your Calendar 
Please Check Back
In this issue:  5/22/2020
Ups and Downs
Emergency Relief for Blues Musicians
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
Musician Resource"All Things Blues"
Music Calendar SUSPENDED
On this day in Blues History May 22
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 22

Today’s show features music performed by Little Walter and “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks
This Week's Quote
“Sometimes the spirit is playing you. I call it following the will of the music, and when that feeling shows up, you just go with it. It's almost like I'm a bystander. I'm watching this happening, and it's not a mental process. It's just spontaneous.”
Charlie Musselwhite
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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