Welcome to the South Skunk Blues Society home on the web. The South Skunk Blues Society is made up of blues music fans and musicians located in east central Iowa, near the South Skunk River in the Newton, Baxter, Kellogg and Grinnell areas.

Independent Recording Artist
Matt Woods is proud to announce
the release of his new album,
Sawdust and Gasoline

​Sawdust and Gasoline is the fourth album from native Iowan and long standing purveyor of Blues and American roots music, Matt Woods.  Sawdust and Gasoline is comprised completely of original material in an age-old tradition, featuring slashing slide guitar work, shake-it-don’t-break-it rhythms and powerful vocals.  In order to capture the impulsive style of Woods’ solo performances, the album was recorded live, in studio in Ames, IA.  In Woods’ own words, “This isn’t my first rodeo, but, it is a rodeo”.

 Woods’ past solo release, If I Was a Fish, and the two albums released with his band, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts (Be My Friend and Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts) have received national recognition and acclaim.  Including positive reviews in Blues Revue and Dirty Linen and a top 5 finish as one of the International Blues Foundation’s Best Independent Albums of 2006.

Matt Woods is also a three-time winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge and semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

More information and artist contact is available at www.mattwoodsmusic.com

Photo by Steve Currier

The Cash Box Kings at 2014 Bowlful of Blues.

Photo by Elaine Mattingly

Kilborn Alley Blues Band t 2014 Bowlful of Blues.

Photo by Elaine Mattingly

Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at 2014 Bowlful of Blues.

Photo by Elaine Mattingly

Sumpin Doo at 2014 Bowlful of Blues.

2013 Bowl
2012 Bowl
2011 Bowl
2010 Bowl

Photo Gallerys

The South Skunk Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and cultivating Blues music. The Society promotes public performance opportunities for Blues artists, and seeks to increase the exposure to and appreciation of Blues music by the general public.

Get Your Skunk 


Interested in becoming a member,

sponsor or volunteer?​

Contact us at: ssbs@southskunkblues.org

Many thanks to our corporate sponsors

Newton Holiday Inn Express - Newton  http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/reservation

Relics Antique Store located in Newton - http:\\www.relicsllc.com

Fulton Mechanical: Jeff and Laura Fulton
The Arts Connection  - Newton
Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau -  
VFW, Men’s Auxiliary Club Post 1655  - Newton
Dr. Mark Wetzel DPM, Foot & Ankle Center  - located in Newton
Vern's Garage, (Specialist Cut & Color), Newton   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j1mkMKBSqA     https://www.facebook.com/pages/Verns-Garage-Dedicated-to-the-Mechanics-of-Hair/219896524752448
Jasper County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans:
Barney's  - Newton      
Riggs Printing – Newton
Blue Moon BBQ and Cadillac Jacks in Baxter     
Side Tracks Tap  - Kellogg      
Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place  - Newton    
The Vernon Company  - Newton   
I 80 Farms  - Colfax   
Revolution Cycle  - Baxter      
Conner’s Cardinal Corner – Newton
Dickerson Mechanical – Colfax & Altoona      
Wallace Family Funeral Home – Newton        
The Dental Practice – Newton   http://www.newtoncosmeticdentist.com/  
Thombert Inc. - Newton
Woythaler Insurance – Newton  
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woythaler-Insurance-orp/347021441996912     http://www.wins-corp.com/
Newton Hy-Vee  
Iowa Portable Toilet Services – Kellogg
Colfax Tractor Parts Inc. -Colfax