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Let's Go!
More and more posts are popping up from our readers who are safely vaccinated and able to go out for live music. It is very encouraging for sure!
I have to admit I am still feeling a bit
of hesitancy...especially when considering the option of going out
to eat. Here's to hoping the numbers
of people vaccinated will grow to a point to afford real protection for those of us with high risk factors.
And the weather....following the crazy rain this past week, hopefully things will settle down into a nice pattern of spring weather that opens up the options for consistent outdoor music options.  
The second installment of Kevin Bonner Reviews is found below once more. We so appreciate Kevin doing this for our readers and hope everyone gets a chance to check it out. Finally, you will again find the article that highlights two awesome options for musicians wanting to take the next step toward recognition of their craft. Both of these competitions occur each year, so be sure and bookmark the websites for future reference. We have begun to receive questions about the OBS sponsored local blues challenge. Our board will be discussing this competition soon, so stay tuned for dates and sign up information. The weekly music calendar continues to expand with opportunities to hear some of your local favorites.
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
Second Edition!
Kevin Bonner
Welcome back fellow Kitty Cats and Jammer Kids.  Kevin B. returning to drop another review of some blues music for you.  In this episode, I’ll be discussing the not necessarily new but new to me album Butterflies and Snakes by the Southern California based group Crooked Eye Tommy.
Brothers Tommy and Paddy Marsh make up
the core of Crooked Eye Tommy.  International Blue Challenge semi-finalists (2014 - band) / finalists (2020 - duo), these gentlemen have offered up a varied set of all original tunes on this their first release on their eponymous label.  Recorded in Ojai, California, Butterflies and Snakes is described by the band as “a BOLD EXCURSION!” and an “amalgamation of Deep Seeded Blues and Smokey Southern Rock with Big Guitars and even Bigger Vocals.”  Strong words from the left coast.  Words that C.E.T. ably back up with this album.

The Marsh boys, who each play a mean guitar and handle lead vocal duties, fill out their line-up for this album with a nice, tight group of players including Glade Rasmussen on bass guitar, Tony Cicero on drums, Jimmy Claire (Raven/America) on saxophone, piano and Hammond B3, Bill Bilhou on B3, and Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp) on steel guitar.  Becca Fuchs and Dan Grimm add backing vocals.  Each of the seasoned players is top notch at their craft.  The production on this effort is clear and robust.

Some stand out tunes on the album begin with “Crooked Eye Tommy”, written and voiced by the man himself.  It’s a menacing, propulsive swamp stomp in which Tommy is “…gonna let the world know what a crooked eye can do.”  All slide guitars and funky electric piano atop a groove that is heavy enough to rattle walls. 
There is some right nice horn and keyboard work in Tommy’s next tune, the latin-spiced “Come On In.”  This rhumba lopes along while Tommy likens his broken heart to an empty house , inviting his next love to make herself at home, such as it is.

It’s been said that good musicians borrow, great musicians steal.  Brother Paddy takes the lead in the name-checking “I Stole the Blues,” confirming that sentiment.  Muddy Waters, Albert King, Johnny Winter, T-Bone Walker and even Jerry Garcia are all given a shoutout. Nice to hear the refrain “… I stole the blues, now it’s time to give it back.”
“Time Will Tell” is a funky workout with some stellar twin-guitar leads ala the great Dickie Betts/Duane Allman joints or even those of Thin Lizzy.  If it ain’t killed ya baby, you ain’t dead yet.
“Tide Pool” slides into the mix, slowing things down to a “hug your significant other and sway side to side” vibe.  Paddy wonders what will happen to his love; like a tide pool, will it dry up?  Be rescued by the sea? 

In a shift away from the general “my girl is gone” topics used so much in the blues, C.E.T. add some political takes on two of the tracks:  “Somebody Got to Pay” – a shuffle-driven rebuke of elected official  money grabs; and “Mad and Disgusted” wherein the lads rail against government overregulation. 
Butterflies and Snakes offers up a wide variety of music, culminating in the straight up soulful country feel of “Southern Heart.”
My overall impression on a scale of “Not-a-Fave to Rave” lands this debut effort straight in the middle.  Solid songwriting, excellent musicianship and smooth production make the tracks very suitable for a long drive or to help warm ya up before a night out on the town.
Until next time. . . Kevin B.
Ready? Take Your Music to the Next Level?
Two Great Competitions
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and the Unsigned Only Music Competition are designed to give artists more exposure and recognition for their music. Each gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes and the chance to be heard by influential industry decision-makers. All styles and genres of music are accepted including Blues, Americana, Jazz, Country, and more. 

  • ISC is all about the song and recognizing talented songwriters (both professional and amateur).
  • Original music only, all prizes and recognition go to the songwriters.

  • Unsigned Only is all about the artist and discovering talented performers who are not signed to a major record label (indie artists are eligible).
  • Original music and cover versions, all prizes and recognition go to the artist. 

We know this past year has been extremely challenging for artists. The good news is both competitions remain a viable option for artists to get more exposure. Neither has a physical event to attend, so artists can safely enter online. 

Both competitions offer the opportunity for artist's music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music industry executives.
Final week to enter the 2021 Unsigned Only Competition!

ISC 2021 and Unsigned Only 2021 are taking entries now. To find out more or to enter your music, check out the links below.
Support Options
For Local Artists
Please check this section of the newsletter weekly for ideas of how to support local musicians and venues. Submissions are being reduced to contact information this week as we restart the Live Music Calendar.

Jimmy Wayne Garrett

For more information about Jimmy Wayne Garrett, his schedule, recent interviews, or buy the latest album, visit:
His music may also be found HERE:
Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Buddy Shute and the Motivators live at the Eureka Springs Auditorium on YouTube: LiveAtTheAud

To learn more about the band, visit:

Facebook: Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Brick Fields
 Famous for Blues Therapy
We have released a single from the upcoming album. Here is a link to the video "Take Me To the Riverside"
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. 
The Jeff Horton Band
Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, the
Jeff Horton Band definitely has
a passion for the Blues! For the last
10 years Jeff and the guys have
done their part in sharing the Blues 
as much as possible.
Now, they’re about to release their first all original album,
“These Blues are all Mine”!
Just like at their live shows, this album features a variety of Blues, from
the traditional to the contemporary there’s definitely something for
everyone that loves the Blues.
It's Official! A CD release party will be held at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on April 30th - Show starts 6:45pm. Joining the JHB, will be special guests Buddy Shute & The Motivators. It's going to be an awesome night!
Please follow the band on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and on their webpage, THEJEFFHORTONBAND.COM for information about the album and when and where you can catch them live!
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. Submit weekly listings by emailing: SANDY

**Limited listings are currently available
on published community calendars.
If you know of dates for local blues
not included below, please email Sandy at the above email link.
  • Earl and Them for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Ocie Fisher at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Chris Cameron and Wolf Grulkey at Six Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Jeff Horton Band CD Release Party with Buddy Shute and the Motivators at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Samantha Hunt at Bentonville Taproom in Bentonville
  • Steve Baskin and Jim Mills at Jamin' Java in Fayetteville
  • In the Atrium: Still On The Hill at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Bentonville West Jazz Band at The Momentary Outdoor Greens in Bentonville
  • One Penny Shy at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • 96MI at Pedaler's Pub in Bentonville
  • Jenna and Friends at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Alexy's Last Gig featuring Brick Fields Band, Divas On Fire, and Earl Cate at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • In the Atrium: Flutist Lydia Roth and Pianist Kristy Olefsky at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Handshake Saints for Live on the Patio at Bentonville Taproom in Bentonville
  • 1 oz Jig for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at Fred's Hickory In  in Bentonville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Aaron Smith and the Coal Biters at The Momentary in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  4/30/2021
Let's Go!
Second Edition!Kevin BonnerReviews
Ready? Take Your Music to the Next Level?Two Great Competitions
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History April 30
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
 April 30

Today’s show features music performed by Charlie Parker and Fats Domino
This Week's Quote
"Ever since I've ever heard music, I thought it should be very clean, very precise - as clean as possible, anyway, and more or less tuned to people. Something they could understand, something that was beautiful, you know?"
Charlie Parker
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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