Tip a ten-gallon hat to a bandleader writing her own name onto Texas’ famed back pages. Ally Venable is poised to release her breakout third album, Texas Honey on the Ruf Records label March 22nd. Produced by another Texas guitar hero, Mike Zito, Texas Honey proves once again the soulful vocal, burn-it-down fretwork and heart-on-sleeve songcraft of Venable has made Texas hers for the taking.
She might only be hitting her twenties, but long-term fans will know this isn’t Ally’s first rodeo. Rewind to her childhood in the post-millennium and this rising star found her voice in church. It was the influence of fiery Texas guitar-slingers like Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, along with the melodic smarts of Miranda Lambert that showed her the path.
Venable first flew into our radar in 2016 with the release of No Glass Shoes. A year later she had made our list of 10 rising stars. Last June, Ally hit us with Puppet Show, and left no doubt. Now with a new label, and a new producer, Ally’s lineup of Bobby Wallace (bass) and Elijah Owings (drums) prove they’re a power-trio to rank alongside the best. On Texas Honey, Venable added Lewis Stephens (piano/wurlitzer), producer Zito (rhythm & slide guitar) and special guest Eric Gales (guitars and vocals on “Come and Take It”).
“Ally is the future of the blues and the crossover music of American roots-rock,” nods Zito. “She is Texas Honey.”
Of the video for the title track, Ally shared with us, “I’m excited for people to watch our new music video ‘Texas Honey.’ Everyone worked so hard on it and I’m so happy we could film the video in my hometown around my family and friends. Can’t wait for everyone to see this fun, rockin’ video for my new album!”
Wait no more – here it is – the World Premiere of the video for “Texas Honey,” by Ally Venable.
*Feature image Austin Britt