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Can it Be?
  Are we really almost to the end of "official" summer? School starts next week and Labor Day weekend is two weeks away...wherever did summer go? Such an odd feeling as life has been
so monochromatic since March, it feels to me like the days all run together.
Then I look at the calendar and "poof" here we are almost to September.
Once more this week you will find information below about the OBS board decision to hold a local Blues Challenge in October. The board met this week
and continue to plan for the event. Registration is slated to open in early September but we are currently
taking pre-registration.
Also of note, the next deadline for best pricing of Blues Music Awards submissions is August 31st.
The BMA's are a great option for artists to get their music heard. 
Read on below for more information on both of these competitions.
If you are a local blues artist and would like to share your information, please 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
Ozark Blues Society
 October 2020
Blues Challenge
The board of directors met this past week
and are still working toward holding a live, socially distanced local blues challenge
in late October. Additionally, we continue
to hold in consideration the option to
convert to a full virtual event if local
conditions make such a choice best.
Currently we are taking pre-registrations
to allow us to better plan and we anticipate
full registration opening in early September.
All pre-registered acts will receive
information by email about registration
and will be given priority for the limited slots available for the competition.
Please remember, we welcome all competitors from a 250 mile radius to Bentonville AR. Please use this link to see the area included
for participation.
Our challenge will be held at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville Arkansas on our currently scheduled date, Friday, October 23, 2020, with a live feed with little or no audience. Our  competition will follow the Blues Foundation guidelines and address all state/locally required distancing and sanitation measures for audience and participants.
As we move through the next few weeks we will be carefully monitoring the situation related to the SARS-Cov-2 virus and will follow all state and local health directives. If conditions dictate we reserve the right to convert our competition to an all virtual event that follows the guidelines put in place by The Blues Foundation that allow virtual competitions for affiliate challenges in the 2020/2021 IBC cycle.
Our formal registration is not yet open, but we are asking acts to “pre-register” if they are considering attending our event so that we can build a direct contact list to assure any and all updates are communicated in a timely manner to all interested parties. Pre-registration does NOT commit you to attending our challenge. All pre-registered acts will however be given priority for available spots when registration does open. Acts will be notified by email when registration opens.
To pre-register, please send the following information to: EMAIL Sandy McCann
  • Act Name and category (Band or solo/duo)
  • Contact person name
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number
Blues Foundation
Blues Music Awards
Submissions Open
From the Blues Foundation:
All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration.
Blues music released between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 is eligible for consideration for a 2021 Blues Music Award Nomination.
You may now formally submit your album or minimum 6-song EP for consideration via our online serviceher e.

This year, we have added the opportunity to submit a single for "Song of the Year" consideration even if you do not have a full album or EP released. To be eligible for submission, your single must be professionally released to the public for the first time between November 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020 and may not be part of a larger EP or full album release. To submit a single for "Song of the Year," you must contact Joe Whitmer at directly. Singles may not be directly uploaded to the online submission platform without a special code. 
Submission fees and deadlines
  • August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
    $155 per album or EP submission / $55 per song submission
  • September 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
    $180 per album or EP submission / $80 per song submission

  • October 1- October 15, 2020
    $225 per album or EP submission submission / $125 per song submission
The submission process officially closes on October 15, 2020. You must upload your music and artwork and complete payment for your submission transaction no later than OCTOBER 15TH at 8:00am CST to be considered for a Blues Music Award nomination.
All music must be uploaded as a WAV file with album artwork uploaded as a JPEG or PDF file. If you need assistance with uploading your music, album artwork, and/or liner notes, please contact Joe Whitmer at
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.
Brick Fields
 Famous for Blues Therapy
Blues Therapy Live Streams are paused for now.  Rachel invites you to check out her segment produced as part of the Pine Bluff Summer Sets Series. The series highlights Blues and Soul artists that hail from Pine Bluff and includes five artists: Karen Wolf, Rod Clemmens, James Tail Dragger Jones, Joe Pitts, Bobby Rush and Rachel Field. You can find the Summer Sets Series LINK HERE. 
Once live music begins again, 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. 

Brick Fields
Booking Call: The Brick House 479-846-4668
Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Brenda Baskin shared the following update: If memory serves, the last time our band played in public was March 6th in Eureka Springs. It was a nearly perfect night. We haven't played since—in fact, we've hardly seen
each other. Every once in a while, someone in the band will send a message saying how much they miss the others and we all gripe and agree.

BUT...what we have been doing musically is finishing up our new album. Fine tuning, artwork, finalizing. That's what's kept us happy and looking past canceled gigs and shuttered venues. It's been a labor of love for almost two years. And now, it's about to be released.
"Bar-B-Que" is the latest album from Northwest
Arkansas' own Buddy Shute and the Motivators. Fourteen Tracks and a lot of love. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Moore at East Hall Recording Studio in Fayetteville. The incredible Rachel Fields lends her vocals to a couple of tracks, and the song "I Been Changed" (aka "Angels in Heaven") was beautifully enhanced by the voices of Rachel, Ashtyn Barbaree, Dawn Cate-Bonner, Janna Falkner-Perry, Ashley Keylor, Kendra Kirklin and Sarah Loethen. Fronted by Buddy Shute (vocals, guitar), the Motivators are: Brenda Baskin (vocals), Mark McGee (harmonica), Steve Baskin (bass, vocals), and Randy Reese (drums). Keith Hubbard was named an honorary Motivator, and his distinctive keyboard playing can be heard throughout. 
Best of all...we're getting together to rehearse! 
Best wishes from Buddy Shute and the Motivators
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:  8/21/2020
Can it Be?
UPDATE Ozark Blues Society October 2020 Blues Challenge
Blues FoundationBlues Music Awards2021 Submissions Open
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
Music Calendar SUSPENDED
On this day in Blues History August 21
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 21

Today’s show features music performed by Lonnie Johnson and Sam & Dave
This Week's Quote
“It is arrogance. It's like we don't exist. One radio personality said to me, 'Well, Sam, what does it matter, its only about the music.' Sorry, it's not."

Sam Moore
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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