Ally Venable Band

#21 Ally Venable
A WOMAN WITH THE BLUES: Blues guitarist Ally Venable is already a veteran at just 24. See her wail May 20
Saturday May 20, 2023 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $15-$20
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: There will never be enough talented, guitar slinging, blues rocking, band leading women. Texas-based Venable is the most recent, and arguably youngest, entry into the field, having started in 2013 when she was just 14. A decade later she is a talented veteran who writes impressive material and is buttressed by the high profile likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa. Her albums, including the recent Real Gone, show she’s in it for the love of the genre, a point proven by her crackling live shows. — HH

From the venue:

Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable has made her fiery presence known around the world since the release of her debut album No Glass Shoes in 2016. Now, with her fifth solo effort Real Gone! about to drop on Ruf Records in March 2023, Venable feels she is coming of age and maturing as a songwriter and performer. 

The new record, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, features guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa and living legend Buddy Guy. Songs like her duet with Guy “Texas Louisiana” and the title track “Real Gone!” crackle and smoke with the electric presence of a star charting her own course. Ally’s sound is fully contemporary, rooted in the bedrock of American music, and built on the kind of talent that only presents itself every few generations. Her guitar work is wiry and ferocious and her vocals sparkle and strut. She’s one of today’s top blues artists by any measure and her career is only picking up speed. 

This year, Ally will be opening for Buddy Guy on his farewell tour, rocking Europe again on the Blues Caravan Tour, and doing her own headline shows domestically and abroad. She’s had a rapid rise to fame but gives off the vibe of someone who loves her life and is ok with it all. “I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old,” she said. “I’m 23 now, and I’ve been able to tour, see the world, and make people happy with my music. Nothing can get better than that!”

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