GW Premiere: Ally Venable plays "Hateful Blues"

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021

A powerhouse from the Lone Star State, Ally Venable has ignited excitement in the modern blues scene. The 22-year-old lead vocalist and guitarist started singing at an early age in church. Then, much to her parent's chagrin, she picked up the guitar and quickly found her passion. She soon established herself as a Texas blues guitar slinger. Guitar Player Magazine weighed in; "Venable pulls off a stunner of gritty and sultry blues-rock tunes embellished with lots of tasty guitar solos." Venable has received many awards, including the East Texas Music Award in 2014 and 2015 for "Female Guitarist of the Year, "three-time winner ETX Music Award winner of "Blues Band of the Year," and "Album of the Year."

Ally's fourth album, Heart of Fire, was released via Ruf Records in Feb 2021. debuted in the Billboard Blues Charts at #2 and stayed in the Top 3 for four consecutive weeks.

Grateful Web is exclusively premiering the video for Ally's version of the legendary Bessie Smith's "Hateful Blues." Per Ally, "I'm very excited for everyone to watch this video of our rendition of Bessie Smith's "Hateful Blues" I wanted to salute her and acknowledge her musically within the video, and I hope people enjoy the sort of time warp the video showcases from traditional scenery to present day!"

Ally hits the road this Fall supporting Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, and Christine "Kingfish" Ingram.


Oct 15              Paramount Theatre*                           Anderson, IN

Oct 16              The Honeywell Center*                      Wabash, IN

Oct 17              Ludlow Garage**                                Cincinnati, OH

Oct 22              Veterans Memorial Civic Center*       Lima, OH

Oct 24              Salvage Station*                                  Asheville, NC

Oct 25              Eddie’s Attic                                        Decatur, GA

Oct 27              Maxwell KIng Center*                         Melbourne, FL

Oct 29              Hardrock Casino                                  Gary, IND

Nov 5               Des Plaines Theatre***                      Des Plaines, IL

Nov 6               Arcada Theatre***                             St Charles, IL

Nov 7               Victory Theatre***                             Evansville, IND

Nov 10             Santander PAC*                                  Reading, PA

Nov 12             Scottish Rite Auditorium***               Collingswood, NJ

Nov 13             Colonial Theatre***                            Phoenixville, PA

Nov 14             Whitaker***                                       Harrisburg, PA

Nov 16             Kodak Center***                                 Rochester, NY

Nov 17             The Egg***                                          Albany, NY

Nov 18             Sixth & i****                                       Washington D.C.

Nov 19             Keswick Theatre ****                         Glenside, PA

Nov 20             Town Hall***                                      NY, NY

Nov 21             Bullrun Restaurant                              Shirley, MA

Dec 4               Hard Rock Casino                                Gary IND

Dec 31             Six Springs Tavern                               Richardson, TX


*Buddy Guy

**Jimmie Vaughan

***Kenny Wayne Shepherd

****Christone KIngfish Ingram