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Blues News You Can Use!
And the Winner Is...
 We have a winner! Our Blues Challenge was held last Friday and the crowd was excited to hear the music of our four challengers affording a great time for all
in attendance. The evening ended with the announcement of The Jeff Horton Band as the winner. They will now go to the January 2022 International Blues Challenge as the representative of Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas.
If you are a supporter of Jeff's band and have not gone to IBC before, be sure and visit for all the information about tickets, hotel blocks, and more.
There is a special air of excitement this year following last year's cancellation
due to Covid.
Check out new articles this week for more information about our challenge winner, but also about the November 5th "Blues in Bentonville" event. There is also a new article about the release of a blues song supported by a plethora of well-known regional and national blues artists that is raising funds to help end hunger in America. Clearly the live music calendar continues to transform from patio performances to more varied indoor events. We will continue to offer an updated calendar every week.

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
Jeff Horton Band
 WINNER 2021
Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge 
Thank you to all the fans who joined us last Friday evening at The Meteor Guitar Gallery for our Blues Challenge. Let's all give a resounding round of applause for our winners: The Jeff Horton Band
They will be representing NWA and Ozark Blues Society in the January 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis on January 18-22, 2022.

For the last 10 years the Jeff Horton Band based in Bentonville, Arkansas has been a local “ambassador for the Blues”. They’ve hosted numerous blues jams, including some tied in with the Ozark Blues Society at various locations from Fayetteville all the way to Southern Missouri. Over that period of time they’ve built a collection of original songs and put them into an album that was just released entitled “These Blues are all Mine”. In the years leading up to this album JHB has headlined such events as Eureka Springs Blues Weekend and Bikes, Blues, & BBQ!  In the end, they’re just a group of guys that are very passionate about the Blues they play!
Join Your Friends
November 5th
Blues in Bentonville
Calling all blues lovers...Friday, November 5th at the Meteor Guitar Gallery.

The time is upon us!!! Friday, November 5th at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, The Jeff Horton Band Presents “Blues in Bentonville”!!!
Some of the best local Blues artists will gather for an evening of great music and fun, culminating in an All-Star Jam at the end of the night!  Artwork from local artists Karen Lynn will be on display, and the Ozark Blues Society will be conducting a Membership Drive!Gary Hutchison & Ralph Hert will open the show, followed by Buddy Shute & the Motivators, and then Brick Fields. Next will be the R.D. Olson Band, (R.D. is an Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member and new to our area) followed by The Jeff Horton Band, as they prepare to head to Memphis in January to compete in the International Blues Challenge!
This is going to be an amazing night for the Blues in Northwest Arkansas!
Blues United Against Hunger
Press release: From our partner Blues In Motion

For immediate release: October 19, 2021
Blues United Against Hunger
For the first time in blues music history, artists have come together to record a special
song titled "You can depend on me"; a truly amazing and heartfelt recording, with all
the proceeds from the sale of the song going to Feeding America.
This will be the first time that so many Blues Artists will come together for an event of
this magnitude. The Blues in Motion Foundation has done it again and rallied up
something very special.
The Blues in Motion Foundation is the nonprofit arm of The Blues Television Network. It
works in partnership with Blues Artists in the hopes of helping them navigate their
career in today’s fast-paced and constantly evolving music industry.
The goal is to share the love of ‘Blues’ music throughout America and the world to
create a better understanding and appreciation for the ‘Blue’s culture’. If that wasn’t
enough, the Foundation has outdone itself and has recorded a truly unifying song that is
sure to captivate hearts across the country.
An inspiring and uplifting song has never been so needed, as in these trying and
uncertain times. A song that has been carefully written by the renowned E.C. Scott
(recorded in ‘Creativibes’ Studio in Union City, California) and truly made with ‘Blues
E.C. Scott has previously been nominated for 9 Blues Music Awards and has shared
the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, John Lee Hooker,
and the Ohio Players.
She brings together more than 35 of our top Blues Artists to collaborate in an effort to
tackle the ever-increasing hunger crisis. Artists have come together whilst also raising
awareness about the Blues community.
The collaborating artists include E.C. Scott, Alabama Mike, Anthony Graci, Barbara
Blue, Dani Wilde, Early Times, Fiona Boyes, Gaye Adegbalola, Jeanie Tracy, Joe Louis
Walker, John Németh, Josh Hoyer, Ladee Bianca, Larry Batiste, Lisa Mann, Michael
Charles, Paula Harris, R.J. Mischo, Sakai T. Smith, Stevie J. Blues, Theodis Ealey,
Thornetta Davis, Tommy Castro, Trudy Lynn, Eddie Blue Lester, and Zac Harmon.
All sales of the record “You Can Depend on Me” will be donated to Feeding America to
assist in this unprecedented time of need.
‘Blues in Motion’ will be working in partnership with ‘The Feeding America’ organization,
a network that provides 4.3 billion meals annually, helping 1 in 7 Americans facing
hunger live more secure and stable lives.
Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization. It helps provide meals to
children and families in need across the US.
A highly important organization that tries to alleviate the pressure on the 11.8% of the
American population who live in households that lack access to affordable and nutritious
It is a time to help those who need our help the most, it is a time for us to stand together
and show our support to the millions of children and families who walk these streets
pained by hunger.
Together, with your much-appreciated support, ‘The Blues Community’ will be able to do
what they do best: help.
The release date is Monday, 11th October and the song can be purchased on all major
streaming platforms. Donations can be made via
Media Contact
For media inquiries please contact:
Website: Blues In Motion
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.

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, treating their fans to an enjoyable experience.
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
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

  • Ultra Suede and Flashback for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • CongaKeyz Jazz Duo at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale
  • Speak-Easy at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
  • Masterclass:Jazz Improv with Jerry Tachoir at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at UA in Fayetteville
  • The Smilin' Bob Guitar Expo at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • The Smilin' Bob Guitar Expo at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • UA Tuba Euphonium Quartet at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at UA in Fayetteville
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • The Smilin' Bob Guitar Expo at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • The Smilin' Bob Guitar Expo at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Uncrowned Kings and One for the Money for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • "Blues in Bentonville" at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 10/13 Larkin Poe with Tyler Bryant at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  10/29/2021
And the Winner Is...
CONGRATULATIONS!Jeff Horton Band WINNER 2021 Ozark Blues SocietyBlues Challenge 
Join Your FriendsNovember 5thBlues in Bentonville
Blues United Against Hunger
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History October 29
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
 October 29

Today’s show features music performed
by Howlin’ Wolf and Ray Charles
This Week's Quote
"Music is the chalk to the blackboard of life. Without it everything is a blank slate."
Ray Charles
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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