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New Fundraiser Date
 The board of directors of Ozark Blues Society is happy to announce we have secured a new date for our IBC "Bound for Beale" Fundraiser. The new date is Saturday, April 30, 2022! In the course of such a last minute change, we have also made a change to a new venue. The rescheduled event will be held at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville. We are excited about the opportunity to present this amazing fundraiser at a new location as we grow our partnership with the Meteor Guitar Gallery. Our ticketing link is temporarily disabled while we update the purchases of those who had already bought tickets and finalize seating plans at the Meteor. We will let you know when it is again available. Read on in the article below for the latest information and watch this newsletter for updates.
Check out this week's new article highlighting the release of a new CD/EP by the duo, Buddy Shute and Mark McGee. Buddy and his band mates have been excellent partners for our Blues in the Schools events in the past and we look forward to a covid safe environment so that we can resume our outreach. Also, don't miss the returning "Save the Date" piece with basic information about the annual Subiaco "Blues at the Abbey." 

Again this week, the indoor venues locally that carry sports still are featuring less live music. In addition to that, one source I used for our calendar for the last few years, Downtown Bentonville, Inc, has discontinued their calendar of events. If you are a musician (or fan) in Benton county please take note that you can email Sandy with your gigs. Please email the next two week's events following the receipt of the weekly newsletter.

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
Buddy Shute and Mark McGee
Hard As Nails
As Buddy and Mark prepare to head to the 2022 International Blues Challenge representing the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society, they have issued a new CD representing their work as a duo.Catch their interview on Ozarks at Large on Thursday 1/25 and find more information on Buddy's various projects at his website:
Ozark Blues Society

IBC sponsorship fund
2022 Fundraiser
We have a new date for our IBC Fundraiser! The new date will be, Saturday, April 30, 2022 which is the weekend before the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. What a great weekend to come out and see the Jeff Horton Band share the music they will be taking to Memphis!
Due to the need we faced to make a last minute change, we are also moving our venue to the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville. The ticket sales link is temporarily paused while we follow up with those who previously bought tickets, but we hope to have a new link up very soon. Watch for more information as we finalize the details of this new event. Thank you to all the supporters of Ozark Blues Society and our challenger, The Jeff Horton Band.
We understand how disappointing changes like this can be and we appreciate your patience as we work though the process.

2022 International
Blues Challenge

The Blues Foundation is excited to announce the new dates for the
International Blues Challenge: May 6 – 9, 2022 

It will be a full week of blues this May in Memphis as we celebrate the Blues Music Award nominees and winners on Thursday, May 5 and are Back On Beale with IBC beginning Friday, May 6. 
IBC Important Dates
 Friday, May 6: Quarterfinals Night 1 
Saturday, May 7: Quarterfinals Night 2 
Sunday, May 8: KBA Ceremony, Youth Showcases, & Semifinals 
Monday, May 9: IBC Finals at The Orpheum 
Stay tuned for the updated IBC event schedule that includes workshops, panels, and showcases. 
All previously purchased passes will be honored for the new dates, without any action on your part. Passes will now be mailed out in mid-April. 
Your room reservations can be updated and rebooked directly with the hotel. For a list of our partner hotels, click here
Thank you for your patience and support during this transition. We hope to see you in Memphis this May!
Save the Date
What: 20th Annual "Blues at the Abbey" featuring Blind Mississippi Morris.
When: February 2, 2022 at 7:30pm
Where: Subiaco Academy

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.


Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Buddy Shute and the Motivators live at the Eureka Springs Auditorium on YouTube: LiveAtTheAud
Buddy's latest project is a duo with Mark McGee. They will be representing the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society at the 2022 International Blues Challenge. Their recently released CD/EP is now available.

To learn more about the band, and Buddy's duo with Mark McGee, 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
**Read on for NEW information**
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.
Jeff reports he has some exciting gigs coming up at Good Vibrations in Rogers. There will be a new jam every other Monday from 7-9pm, beginning December 27th. Additionally, he and the band will be hosting the New Year's Eve party
at Good Vibrations this year.
Lots of fun times ahead!
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  *****
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

  • Uncrowned Kings for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Bill Frisell at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • SoNA presents "Phoenix Ascending" at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Brick Fields at Wanderoo Lodge and Bar in Eureka Springs
  • Mostly Jazz at Six Twelve Coffehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Mark McGee and Buddy Shute live on Ozarks at Large on 91.3 FM
  • 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
  • Honey Collective (jazz) at Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Nace Brothers for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Boar's Nest in Rogers
Mark Your Calendar 
3/10 Tab Benoit at Temple Live in Fort Smith
4/30 Bound for Beale IBC Fundraiser at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/23 Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  1/21/2022
New Fundraiser Date
New CD/EP Buddy Shute and Mark McGee Hard As Nails
Ozark Blues Society IBC sponsorship fund 2022 Fundraiser NEW DATE!
2022 International Blues Challenge NEW DATES
Save the Date
Support Options For Local Artists
LIVE MUSIC Music Calendar 
On this day in Blues History  January 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
 January 21

Today’s show features music performed by Chuck Berry and Snooks Eaglin
This Week's Quote
"It's amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest."
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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