Ally Venable review….April 16, 2018….

ALLY VENABLE BAND

PUPPET SHOW

CONNOR RAY MUSIC  CRM  1701

DEVIL’S SON–BRIDGES TO BURN–CAST THEIR STONES–BACKWATER BLUES–HE CAUGHT THE KATY–PUPPET SHOW–COMFORT IN MY SORROWS–SURVIVE–WASTE IT ON YOU–SLEEPING THROUGH THE STORM

The younger generation is sho’ nuff making a big splash in the blues world, and one of the most exciting of them all is the triple-threat guitarist/vocalist/composer Ally Venable.  Her latest set, for Connor Ray Music, is a blistering ten cuts of tough-as-nails blues-rock entitled “Puppet Show.”  Along with Ally, there is Bobby Wallace on bass, Elijah Owings on drums, and some cool special guests to round out the program.

Plenty wise beyond her youth, Ally uses her snarling guitar lines and barbed lyrics to take a huge bite out of the egos of many a would-be lover throughout these cuts, starting with the brooding tale of the “angel when I met you,” who turns out to be the “Devil’s Son,” featuring Gary Hoey on the lead guitar.  Next up Ally and one of her mentors, Lance Lopez, get into some spirited guitar “dueling” as well as some sweet tandem playing in “Bridges To Burn.”  The title cut finds her bristling at another lover who “pulls my strings,” but she stands up and declares, “I ain’t the Puppet in your Show!”  She closes the set on another note of empowerment, urging us to conquer our struggles by “Sleeping Through The Storm.”

We had two favorites, too, both of which featured harp blaster Steve Krase.  First up, Ally and Steve open “Backwater Blues” in a simplistic, Delta-style before the band breaks into a full-on blues assault!  Then, Eric Steckel on keys joins the fun for a sassy, struttin’ “He Caught The Katy and left me a mule to ride!”

We’ve been following Ally Venable’s career since the beginning, and she continues to impress with each successive release.  “Puppet Show” has this senorita of the blues in excellent form!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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