Kilgore High School graduate and acclaimed blues guitarist Ally Venable’s 2019 album “Texas Honey” has been named one the of top 20 blues albums of 2019 by an internet blues radio station.
Blues Music Fan Radio recently released its list of the top 20 blues albums of last year and Venable earned the number 15 spot. She shared a spot on the list with acclaimed performers including Keb’ Mo’, Delbert McClinton and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Venable performed guitar and vocals on “Texas Honey”, her third album as a professional musician. Drummer Elijah Owings and bassist Bobby Wallace also performed on the record. She and her bandmates were joined by producer Zito and blues guitarist Eric Gales on the album, according to a post from the internet radio site.
“From the album opener ‘Nowhere to Hide’ to the rip-roarin’ cover of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s ‘Love Struck Baby’, this album is sure to please your need for some good ole’ Texas Blues!” read a post from Ruf Records announcing the honor for the band.
Venable graduated from KHS in 2017 but was already booking and playing professional gigs while still a student, in between appearances in the 2016 homecoming parade and studying for classes.
Even at a young age, Venable was playing shows across the Lone Star State, in addition to many gigs at Kilgore’s own Back Porch restaurant and the World’s Richest Acre.
The East Texas Music Awards named Venable East Texas Female Guitar Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and the Ally Venable Band earned the 2015 and 2016 awards for East Texas Blues Band of the Year.
Venable is currently set to begin a new tour and will play dates across the U.S. and Europe. Find a complete list of upcoming shows at AllyVenableBand.com.