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Along for the Ride
I am a lover of roller-coasters, but heck, when it comes to the ride the weather has been taking us on lately, I am not a fan. Perhaps some of you thrive on the spontaneity the weather is providing,
but for me, I go more for the buckle up and hang on for the ride. Obviously,
wintry weather can stalk us well into March and I a may be alone in my thinking, but I am looking forward to consistently mild temperatures sticking around along with the blooming of spring.
We are almost ready with the ticket link for the fundraiser. As we shared last week, the planning is moving along. We expect the launch of the new ticket link to be this weekend. Reserved seats will be limited so we would encourage you to visit our website this weekend as the link will appear there first. The OBS board has decided to tie in our annual meeting elections with the fundraiser. Watch for more information to come after our February board meeting. Read on below for more information and check our website for updates.
Another reminder, I am still lacking a good calendar to source Benton County blues music, so 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
This Week!
Blues at the Abbey
What: 20th Annual "Blues at the Abbey" featuring Blind Mississippi Morris.
When: February 23, 2022 at 7:30pm
Where: Subiaco Academy
Great Article!
Blues History 
Thanks go out to Liz Lottmann for sharing the link below that highlights the history of the blues artists that came from the Pine Bluff area. What a list!
Ozark Blues Society

IBC Fundraiser
As our readers know, the new date for our IBC Fundraiser will be, Saturday, April 30, 2022. This is just one week before the International Blues Challenge in Memphis so represents a great opportunity for the NWA community to come out and hear the Jeff Horton Band as they share the music they will be taking to Memphis!
We have been working with our event sponsors and now gathered the information we needed to get our new ticketing link ready to go. We apologize for the delay in sharing this new link, and appreciate your patience. While not ready at the time of today's newsletter publication,
the link should be posted over
the weekend on our website,
Our board of directors continues to plan the details following the change of venue to the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville. We are working hard to turn the vibe of the Meteor into a special event for all. Watch for more information as we finalize the details of this new event. A BIG thank you to all the great blues loving folks in NWA. We appreciate your support of Ozark Blues Society and our 2022 IBC challenger, the Jeff Horton Band.

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

  • Jeff Horton Band for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Sullivan Fortner Trio for the Starrlight Jazz Series at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Ocie Fisher at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Brick Fields at Moonbroch Pub in Rogers
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • 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
  • SoNA Beyond: Rhythm of Life at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Razorbones in concert at Stella Boyles Smith Concert Hall, UA in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Jazz Jam at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • UA Symphonic Bands and Concert Band at Faulkner Performing Arts Center in Fayetteville
  • Ultra Suede for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Dawson Hollow and Good Morning Bedlam at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Ocie Fisher at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Blew Reed and the Flat Heads at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
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:  2/18/2022
Along for the Ride
This Week!Blues at the Abbey
Great Article!Arkansas Blues History 
UpdatesOzark Blues Society2022 IBC Fundraiser
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History February 18
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
 February 18

Today’s show features music performed by Ray Charles and not by Pat Boone
This Week's Quote
"Just because you
can't see anything doesn't mean you should shut your eyes."
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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