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Still Not There
This week it is once again apparent, we art not yet there. Where, you ask? Well, if you take a glance at the calendar you would need to assume we are not yet back up to speed on local, live music.
Or, as pointed out by the crew at the Fayetteville Flyer, it is somewhat quiet now that the UA students have
left town for the summer. Even with the seeming lack of live music, I am betting it is out there if you look. Please follow your favorite artists, bands, and venues and keep your ear to the ground. And...please email me if you have leads!

For our news, don't miss this week's new article announcing the youth master class workshop Ozark Blues Society is sponsoring in late July. What a great opportunity for young musicians to hone their chops! Check out the article for more information. Returning articles this week include a "Mark Your Calendar" article sharing the planned date for the fall OBS Blues Challenge. Also, for harmonica enthusiasts, you will find an article with information for how to get involved in the 2021 SPAH convention which is being held online again this year. You will also find information about an interesting new website called Working Mojo. The site features interviews with working blues artists about their songwriting projects.

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
Just Announced!
Youth Master Class
Blues Workshop
The Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas will be sponsoring a master class workshop in the blues for young guitar and harp players on July 29-30, 2021 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery
in Bentonville. The sessions will be
with Akeem Kemp for guitar and
David Berntson for harp. The event will culminate in a concert Friday night,
July 30th at the Meteor.

The workshop will be open to guitar and harp players ages 12-18. This is unusual opportunity for young blues players or those talented young players who want to learn the blues to get instruction from these exceptional blues recording artists. Participants will be sponsored by the Ozark Blues Society, so there will be no cost for participants. To be sponsored,
or just to find out more information,
call Tim Treese at 479-586-4184.
For more about Akeem Kemp Band:
For more about David Berntson:
Mark Your Calendar
Blues Challenge Date
Looking ahead, the Ozark Blues Society Board of Directors is happy to announce we anticipate holding a regional Blues Challenge at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on October 22, 2021 in anticipation of the resumption of the International Blues Challenge in 2022.
Please stay tuned to this newsletter and/or visit WWW.OZARKBLUESSOCIETY.ORG
for updates and registration information later this summer.
Harmonica Enthusiasts
2021 SPAH
On-Line Convention
We learned this week, the 2021 SPAH harmonica convention will once again be held in a virtual format on August 10-14th. The convention promises something for every harmonica enthusiast wishing to connect with other players and grow their skills.
For more information or to register, visit WWW.SPAH.ORG
August 10-14, 2021 
60 Hours: Harmonicas, Friendship and Music!
Steven Ovadia's
Working MOJO
Songwriting Interviews
My name is Steven Ovadia. I'm a blues writer who has a new project. It's called Working Mojo and it features in-depth interviews with blues artists about their songwriting process  a topic that's sorely under covered.
Working Mojo is a labor of love, so I'm reaching out to blues societies to get the word out. Here are some recent interviews:
I hope you'll enjoy the interviews and share them with your members. And if you have any ideas for how to spread the word about the site, or just want to talk, I'm always happy to speak with fellow blues fans.
Steven Ovadia
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.
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!
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:
YouTube link  *****
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. 
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.
  • Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • 2021 Zatarains Bayou Bash at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Justin Logan and Michael Fields Jr at The Momentary Greens in Bentonville
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at Dive in Bentonville
  • An Ode to Billy Joe at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Fuzzy Logic at Blu Fresh Fish Marketplace in Bentonville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Legends Saloon in Eureka Springs
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Full House and Sarah Hughes for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Ultimate Prince Tribute at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  5/21/2021
Still Not There
Just Announced!Youth Master ClassBlues Workshop
Mark Your Calendar2021Blues Challenge Date
Harmonica Enthusiasts2021 SPAHOn-Line Convention
Steven Ovadia'sWorking MOJOSongwriting Interviews
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History May 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
 May 21

Today’s show features music performed by Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, and Albert King
This Week's Quote
"I grew up thinking art was pictures until I got into music and found I was an artist and didn't paint."
Chuck Berry
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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