WAXAHACHIE

Award-winning blues-rock guitarist Ally Venable, who released her new album, "Puppet Show," on April 13, will be at Big Al's Down the Hatch in Waxahachie on Saturday.

The Ally Venable Band consists of Venable on guitar and vocals, Elijah Owings on drums, and Bobby Wallace slapping the bass. Special guests on "Puppet Show," which was produced by Rock Romano, Steve Krase — who also plays harmonica on the sessions — Ally Venable, include guitarists Gary Hoey and Lance Lopez, as well as keyboardist Eric Steckel.

"Puppet Show" is Venable's second album for Connor Ray Music. The album was recorded at Red Shack Studio in Houston and features eight original tunes written and composed by Venable, along with two blues classics that compliment her rockin’ blues sound.

“I had an amazing time writing and creating Puppet Show for the people with my closest musician friends,” Venable stated. “I look forward to putting this album out for all the blues-rock lovers, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I loved making it for them.”

According to the official album press release, "'Puppet Show' is all about songs that connect. It radiates a sense of soul through the songwriting and guitar playing, as well as the vocals that are laid out throughout the album."

The disc opens up with a haunting riff for the song “Devil’s Son,” which features Gary Hoey on lead guitar along with Ally Venable on guitar and vocals.

"Together, they stir a powerful tune that will stay on repeat," notes the release. "The next track, 'Bridges to Burn' strikes an unforgettable melody within the song, with guest artist Lance Lopez and Ally playing in harmony together to resonate a powerful statement with their guitar playing.

“'Sleeping Through the Storm' is another number that portrays the message of conquering one’s struggles and persevering through the storm that approaches us in our lives. With compelling lyrics and strong blues-rock guitar playing, Puppet Show represents the future of the blues."

Acclaimed rock guitarist Gary Hoey stated, “I had a blast guesting on the song, ‘Devil’s Son.' Ally has a maturity as a songwriter beyond her years, and her guitar playing and singing are the real deal. ‘Devils Son’ is a bad-ass song with a haunting riff. I had a blast playing my Highway 61 Dobro guitar on it. Bravo Ally!”

Lance Lopez, who’s been a mentor to the 19-year-old Venable, added, “Ally has been working very hard to become the young Guitar Slingin’ Senorita she is. It’s been such a pleasure to share my knowledge with her and watch her grow.”

Venable began singing at an early age in church and then in recent years picked up the guitar and found her true passion. A protégé of Lopez, with her songwriting and onstage performances, this teen musician was the 2014 and 2015 East Texas Female Guitarist of the Year. The Ally Venable Band also won 2015, 2016, and 2017 honors as East Texas Blues Band of the year.

The Ally Venable Band takes the Big Al's stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Big Al's Down the Hatch is located at 200 S. Rogers in Waxahachie. There is a $5 cover charge.