Photo by Tino Sieland
Ally Venable has traversed hills and valleys with her sound since she released her debut LP at just 16 years old; now 23, her fifth solo offer of hers, It’s really gone! sits on the horizon: it will arrive on March 24 via Ruf Records.
Since her debut, Venable’s singing and playing have developed in such a way that she is capable of creating contemporary blues music that speaks to music lovers of her own generation and, throughout her career, blues guitarist /rock from Texas has won many accolades, including multiple ETX Awards. Music Awards for Female Guitarist of the Year and the 2022 Road Warrior Award from the Independent Blues Music Awards, among others.
However, Venable’s commanding singing and playing doesn’t just speak to people in their 20s; His distinctive old-school influences have caught the eye of many established luminaries, including Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge, known for his work with Susan Tedeschi, and Buddy Guy, who produced Real Gone!. His authentic style also allowed Venable to play the legendary Joe Bonamassa and one of his most beloved musical guides, the aforementioned Guy, for the record, which also features Isaac Pulido on drums and EJ Bedford on bass.
Today we premiere the main single It’s really gone!, “Texas Louisiana,” a sizzling, fiery duet between Venable and Guy. Together, the two sustain the eternal fire of the blues, tapping into the soul of the genre by throwing energy and riffing back and forth with grace, warmth and ease. They intertwine their voice and their guitar work, allowing their identities to dissolve as the musical imprint contracts and releases like a beating heart.
“I try to write about what’s going on in my life or I try to write about something that I know others can relate to. We all go through things, and it’s okay to have feelings about something that happens in your life,” Venable said in a statement.
In keeping with her clear and deep connection to Guy on “Texas Louisana”, she will join Guy on his farewell tour as an opening act and will perform in Europe on the Blues Caravan Tour while headlining her own shows.
“It’s a true honor to not only be on tour with Buddy, but to have this song with him. We’re both from the South and similar areas, so I feel like this song is a great representation of both,” Venable told Relix. “This is a dream of mine and I am so grateful to be able to share this moment with the world!”
Listen to the premiere of Venable and Guy’s “Texas Louisiana” below.
Ally Venable tour dates
February 22 – Ludlow Garage – Cincinnati, Ohio
February 23 – Embassy Theater – Fort Wayne, Ind.
February 24 – Four Winds Casino Resort – New Buffalo, Michigan.
February 25– Paramount Theatre– Anderson, Ind.
February 26 – Victory Theater – Evansville, Ind.
March 1 – Raising Cane’s River Center Theater for the Performing Arts – Baton Rouge, La.
March 2 – The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill – Waco, Texas
March 3 – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, Texas
March 4 – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, Texas
March 5 – 713 Music Hall – Houston, Texas
March 7 – Piano Music Theater – Dortmund, DE
March 8 – Majestic Theater – Dallas, Texas
March 9– Belle Isle Restaurant and Brewery– Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
March 10 – The Wave Outdoor – Wichita, Kan.
March 11– Uptown Theater– Kansas City, Mo.
March 12 – Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon – Iowa City, Iowa
March 13–The Factory–Chesterfield, Mo.
March 14 – The Stable Music Hall and Lounge – Bloomington, Ill.
April 5 – Antone’s – Austin, Texas
April 6 – Dosey Doe Big Barn – The Woodlands, Texas
April 7 – Granada Theater – Dallas, Texas
April 8 – The Back Porch – Kilgore, Texas
April 14 – Music Hall Worpswede – Worpswede, DE
April 18 – Backstage Halle – Munich, DE
April 22– Sang A Klang–Luxembourg, LU
April 26 – Jubez – Karlsruhe, De
April 27 – Theaterstübchen, Kassel, DE
April 28 – Reithalle im Kulturforum – Offenburg, De
April 29 – Blues Garage – Hannover, DE
April 30 – Heimathaus Twist – Twist, DE
May 3 – Harmonie – Bonn, DE
May 4 – Altenberg Center – Oberhausen, DE
May 5 – Moulin Blues Ospel 2023 – NL
May 6 – La Traverse – Cleon, FR
May 9 – REIGEN Live – Vienna, AT
May 10 – Blues Club Chiemgau – Rimsting, DE
June 4– Paramount Theatre– Anderson, Ind.
June 6 – Brown County Music Center – Nashville, Ind.
June 8– Miller Theater– August, Ga.
June 9 – The Grand Opera House – Macon, Ga.
June 10 – Lucas Theater For The Arts – Savannah, Ga.
June 24 – Meadow Brook Amphitheater – Rochester Hills, Mich.
June 29– The 2023 Peach Music Festival– Scranton, Pennsylvania.
June 30–The Peach Music Festival 2023– Scranton, Penn.
July 1– The 2023 Peach Music Festival– Scranton, Pennsylvania.
July 2– The 2023 Peach Music Festival– Scranton, Pennsylvania.