KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - It was the number two blues album on the Billboard chart just over a week ago, and it is still going strong. Kilgore’s Ally Venable released “Heart of Fire” in February and sat down to talk with KLTV about her singing the blues, which oddly doesn’t really get her down.
She’s 21 and has made the Billboard charts with her latest album, but Ally Venable certainly doesn’t sound 21.
“I’ve been able to sing since I was really little. I sang in my church choir when I was four or five years old,” Venable said.
It wasn’t long before she started playing music.
“I started off playing country music. I really loved Miranda Lambert,” Venable said.
Then she got the blues.
“And then what got me into playing blues music was discovering Stevie Ray Vaughn,” Venable said.
She met her drummer Elijah Owings in the orchestra at Kilgore High School and formed a band. They picked up other band members and momentum. In 2019 they toured in European countries.
“Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Belgium, the U.K. Scotland, Serbia, we played a show in Serbia. So it was a really great experience,” Venable said.
However, in March of 2020, COVID-19 canceled their next big tour days before they were scheduled to leave.
“Like a lot of my friends are musicians that were over there. They had to like wait to come back over here, which was really crazy,” Venable said.
So she did some writing and made an album. She said her producer is Jim Gaines who has worked with “so many cool people. He did Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Instep Records. He’s worked with Journey. He’s worked with Carlos Santana and George Thorogood.”
Is there another album in her future? She said there’s more music in her so she thinks more from Venable is inevitable.
This is not the first time Ally Venable has been on the billboard charts. She has released four albums since she was 14, and three of them have charted. She hopes to start touring again next year.
Guitarist and vocalist Ally Venable and drummer Elijah Owings make up the Ally Venable Band whose new album, “Heart of Fire,” hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Blues chart for two weeks. The duo recently gave an interview and live performance seen on East Texas Now.