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Guitarist Ally Venable to Release New Album 'Real Gone'
By Pati deVries.
Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable is pleased to announce that she will release Real Gone!, her latest solo effort, on March 24th via Ruf Records.
At 23, Venable is a fiery presence well-known in the roots music world. Her name has grown in stature with each new album and high-energy gig. She's a ripping guitar player with style and tone for days, a commanding singer, and a songwriter with the power to make blues music that speaks to contemporary fans. The new record, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi), features guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa and living legend Buddy Guy.
Venable is that rare musician who can take her old-school influences like Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan and create music that brings their spirits to today's listeners where they live. Together with Isaac Pulido (drums) and EJ Bedford (bass), she gives audiences an entertaining show packed with musical muscle and relatable songs about living, growing, and evolving.
The first single from Real Gone! is the title track, a straight-up, body-moving rocker. The second single, to be released on February 24th, is T "exas Louisiana," a crackling duet with the one-and-only Buddy Guy. Ally and Buddy are an absolute dream team, intertwining their guitars and voices into one without losing any identity or impact.
On the soulful ballad "Next Time I See You," Ally downshifts her vocals and shows every dynamic degree of her impressive range. Her guitar work here is equally lyrical and emotive, displaying a gift for phrasing that few players ever attain. The slow grinding jam "Blues Is My Best Friend" lays out the ups and downs of the guitar lifestyle in no uncertain terms and features some of Venable's most intense playing and singing on the entire set. Ally's deep, cliche-free authenticity is the common thread running through every song on Real Gone! She speaks her mind without hesitation or apology, turning each track into an honest statement of purpose.
In December 2022, Guitar World named Ally one of the Top 15 'Young Guns,' Making the Gibson Les Paul Cool Again. That same year, she received the Road Warrior Award from the Independent Blues Music Awards. Additionally, she performed as a featured artist on the Experience Hendrix Show in Austin, TX, appearing alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zack Wilde, Eric Johnson, and Dweezil Zappa, to name a few.
With 2019's Texas Honey and 2021's Heart of Fire, Venable found herself topping the Billboard charts. Early releases No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) created her fanbase, charted on radio, and won several East Texas Music Awards. Venable's acclaim for addition med performances on Ruf Records' European Blues Caravan tour brought her international recognition. She has toured the U.S. with Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Canada with Colin James.
This year, Ally will be opening for Buddy Guy on his farewell tour, supporting Kenny Wayne Shepherd, rocking Europe again on the Blues Caravan Tour, and doing her headline shows domestically and abroad.
Feb 22---Cincinnati OH---Ludlows*
Feb 23---Ft Wayne IN---Embassy Theatre**
Feb 24---New Buffalo MI---Four Winds Casino***
Feb 25---Anderson IN---Paramount Theatre***
Feb 26---Evansville IN---Victory Theatre**
Mar 1---Baton Rouge LA---River Center Theatre***
Mar 2---Waco TX---The Backyard*
Mar 3---Austin TX---ACL**
Mar 4---Austin TX---ACL**
Mar 5---Houston TX---713 Music Hal**l
Mar 8---Dallas TX---Majestic Theatre**
Mar 9---Oklahoma City OK---Belle Isle 2nd Level Live*
Mar 10---Wichita KS---WAVE 5*
Mar 11---Kansas City MO---Uptown Theatre**
Mar 12---Sun Iowa City IA---Wildwood Saloon*
Mar 13---St Louis MO---The Factory**
Mar 14---Bloomington IL---The Stable Music Hall and Lounge*
Apr 5---Austin TX---Antones
Apr 6---The Woodlands TX---Dosey Doe
Apr 7---Dallas TX---Granada
Apr 8---Kilgore TX---Backporch
Jun 4---Anderson IN---Paramount++ Ally’s Birthday show!!!
Jun 6---Nashville IN---Brown County Performing Arts Center++
Jun 8---Augusta GA---Miller Theatr++
June 9---Macon GA---The Grand Opera House++
Jun 10---Savannah GA Lucas Theatre++
Jun 24---Rochester Hills, MI---Meadowbrook Amphitheatre++
Jun 25---Sun Huber Heights, OH---Rose Amphitheatre+
Sep 7-10---Las Vegas, NV Big Blues Bender - date of performance TBD
**Eric Gales & Buddy Guy
+Christone “Kingfish” Ingram & Buddy Guy
++Kenny Wayne Shepherd