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Counting Down
The countdown is kicking off. Registration for our October 22, 2022 Blues Challenge closes tomorrow as we join blues societies from around the nation and
the world, wrapping up their contests
as we each seek to find the best local blues talent to send to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2023. Tickets for IBC go on sale and hotel room blocks open on October 15th at BLUES.ORG for those interested in seeing what the IBC is all about! We will have information about tickets and times for our local blues challenge soon after our registration closes tomorrow. Read on below or visit our website to learn more.

This week's news features an update from Subiaco Academy. They have a new date for their rescheduled Blues at the Abbey event. What a great event for those who find themselves in that area. The Good News and thew Blues fundraiser is just over a week away. Please consider supporting this wonderful event. Again this week, the format of the newsletter continues
to share the event articles in the order
of when they occur to help readers find soon to happen events more easily. Hopefully readers are finding this
a helpful layout.

Not seeing articles and calendar listings for your favorite artist? Do always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please consider sharing dates that are not included in the community calendars we use to compile our newsletter. You may send information, feedback, and suggestions our way. Just click on Sandy's email address below.
We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Last Two Days to Enter!
Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge 
Registration closes this Saturday, October 8th at midnight so now is your last chance to jump over to our website and enter. To find out more, visit and click on the 2022 Blues Challenge menu tab. There you will find all the information about the event as well as the registration link. Do remember the band member processing the registration needs to be an active member of Ozark Blues Society.

Our Challenge will take place at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, AR, on October 22, 2022. Registration is now open and continues through October 8, 2022. Registration is open to blues bands and solo/duo artists that reside within 250 miles of Bentonville, Arkansas. For more information, visit:
Good News
and the Blues
Music Moves is gearing up for their signature fundraising event - Good News & The Blues which will be held on October 16 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The event will feature the Blind Boys of Alabama and a catered meal.
Seating is limited at this event. Tickets available at MUSICMOVESAR.COM

Good News & The Blues featured artists the Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of Gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five GRAMMY® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional Gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal with career that has both defined the sound of the American South and pushed it forward from the 20th century into the 21st.
In addition to the musicians, the Blind Boys membership consists of Jimmy “Jimster” Carter, Ricky McKinnie,
Rev. Julius Love, newest singer
Sterling Glass, and Music Director/Guitarist Joey Williams.
Good News & The Blues will be hosted by Helena Gadison and Randy Coleman. Doors open at 5pm; tickets are available at For information about purchasing tables, please contact
Blues at the Abbey
Many of you remember the pains
of the canceled and rescheduled events due to a Covid 19 surge and weather woes earlier this year. One of the events affected by this was Subiaco's annual Blues at the Abbey. The Abbey is happy to announce their annual event has now been rescheduled!
If you find yourself
with the opportunity
to visit the Subiaco Academy to attend this awesome free event, you will not be disappointed!
What: 21st Annual Blues at the Abbey
Featuring Blind Mississippi Morris
When: October 29 7:30 PM
Where: Subiaco Performing Arts Center,405 N. Subiaco Avenue
Subiaco, AR 72865
Free Admission and the public is invited.
Blues Foundation
Blues Music Award
From the Blues Foundation:
All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration.
Blues music released between November 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022 is eligible for consideration for a 2023 Blues Music Award Nomination.

Your complete album music must be uploaded as a WAV file with album artwork uploaded as a JPEG or PDF file. If you need assistance with uploading your music, album artwork, and/or liner notes, please contact Joe Whitmer at

Submission fee and deadline:

  • October 1 – October 18, 2022 - $225 per submission
The submission process officially closes on October 18, 2022. You must upload your music and artwork and complete payment for your submission transaction no later than OCTOBER 18TH to be considered for a Blues Music Award nomination.
Blues Winners 
2022 Unsigned Only
Music Competition
From Unsigned Only Music Competition
Judges Include Ruthie Foster, Janiva Magness, Blues Music Magazine, and More
Nashville, TN, September 26, 2022 -- The winners of the US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today. A total of 11 blues artists garnered wins in the 2022 competition.
Taking home First Place in the blues category is Trudy Lynn from Houston, TX for her song “Golden Girl Blues.” A living blues legend and music treasure, Trudy Lynn heralded her 75th birthday with her aptly titled winning song. The words “powerhouse,” and “dynamo” are often used to describe talented female vocalists and performers, but few are more deserving of such accolades as the 13-time Blues Music Award nominee. Her career has spawned hit blues albums, including the Royal Oaks Blues Café (2013) album which reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Having emerged as one of the blues’ leading female singers, Lynn has received two career-defining awards: the Living Legend Blues Award from the Houston Blues Society and the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation’s Willie Mitchell Lifetime Artist Award. Her latest album, Golden Girl, was released on Nola Blue Records this year.
Second Place is awarded to Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (Los Angeles, CA) for “Takes One To Know One Ft. Anson Funderburgh.” With a dozen albums under their belt over 20-plus years, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps are a staple of their home city of Los Angeles, while also being an international touring artist. Their 2019 album Here In Babylon was nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Blues Album category. A Houston, TX native, Teresa James is the band’s soulful lead vocalist and has lent her voice to numerous artists’ recordings, including Eric Burdon, Randy Newman, and Tommy Castro. Emerging from the pandemic with new music, the group released the album Rose-Colored Glasses, Vol 1, produced by James’ husband Terry Wilson. It boasts a stellar line-up of special guests including Grammy winner Kevin McKendree and his son Yates McKendree, plus Anson Funderburgh, David Millsap (Delbert McClinton), Grammy nominees Dean Parks and Lee Roy Parnell, Grammy winner James Pennebaker, Johnny Lee Schell, and Snuffy Walden, all hailing from Texas.
“Unsigned Only’s goal is to provide a vehicle for artists to have their music recognized on an international scale and for them to get the attention they deserve,” said Unsigned Only founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “The talent exemplified by these blues winners is of the highest level, and we are so pleased to honor them and their remarkable artistry.”
Established in 2012, Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent and acts as a benchmark for excellence in the arena of contemporary music.
Winners were selected from almost 7,000 entries from all over the world by a judging panel of high-profile music artists and industry experts. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to a total of 38 winners, including $20K (US) in cash to the Grand Prize winner. The winning songs can be heard at
Judges Include Ruthie Foster, Janiva Magness, Blues Music Magazine, and More
Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Celebrity Access; Dark Horse Institute; Disc Makers; Ernie Ball; Eventric; Lurssen Mastering; My Sheet Music Transcription; Make Music, Inc; Mojave Audio; Radio Airplay; The Music Business Registry; Merch Cat; and View Maniac.
Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2023 competition. More information can be found at:
To hear the winning songs, download low-res photos, and view the complete list of winners, go to:

The complete list of blues winners is as follows:
First Place
Trudy Lynn (Houston, TX) – “Golden Girl Blues”
Second Place
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (Los Angeles, CA) ­– “Takes One To Know One Ft. Anson Funderburgh”
Honorable Mention
Anthony "Big A" Sherrod (Clarksdale, MS, USA) – “Tried And Tried”
Anthony Geraci (New Haven, CT, USA) – “That Old Pine Box Ft. Sugar Ray Norcia”
Blues Messenger (Leuven, Belgium) – “White Man Boogie”
Bluhauz (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – “Purify My Soul”
Clarence Spady (Paterson, NJ, USA) – “If Only We Could”
Johnny Riley (Groveton, TX, USA) – “Ain't That A Shame”
Junior Wilson (Sandston, VA, USA ) – “Been Blue Before”
Mitch Grainger (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Strong Woman”
Too Slim And The Taildraggers (Eagle, ID, USA ) – “Devil's Hostage”
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

  • Earl and Them for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and the Soul Shakers at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Bikes, Blues and BBQ in downtown Rogers
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads for First Friday Octoberfest in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Rowdy Beaver Tavern in Eureka Springs
  • Amina Figarova Quintet for Starlight Jazz Series at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in downtown Rogers
  • UA Symphony Orchestra at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Five Finger Death Punch/Megadeath/The HU and Fire from the Gods at the AMP in Rogers
  • UA Schola Cantorum at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • The Black Keys/Band of Horses/The Velveteers at the AMP in Rogers
  • Full House for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute and Mark McGee at BC'c Blues Shack at the Pryor Center in Fayetteville
  • Mary Gauthier at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Scotty Austin with The Alive at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Jeff Horton Band at the Meteor Guitar Center in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at New Delhi Cafe in Eureka Springs
 Mark Your Calendar
10/16 Good News and the Blues at Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville
10/21 Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks Tribute at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
10/22 OBS Blues Challenge 2022 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville

10/27 John Moreland at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
11/04 Toots Thielemans Centennial Tribute at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In This Issue 10/07/2022
Counting Down
Last Two Days to Enter!Ozark Blues SocietyBlues Challenge 
Good Newsand the Blues
Announcmentof a NEW DATEBlues at the Abbey
Blues FoundationBlues Music AwardSubmissions
Blues Winners  2022 Unsigned Only Music Competition
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistoryOctober 7
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 7

Today’s show features music performed by Howlin’ Wolf and Mel Brown
This Week's Quote
"When you ain't got no money, you got the blues."
Howlin' Wolf
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
The International Songwriting Competition 2022
Library of Congress National Jukebox
ARSC Ten Notable Pre-1923 Recordings
The Meteor Guitar Gallery
Fayetteville Roots Festival


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