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Our full genre format all in one night to ring in the new year! 

Blues~ The Ally Venable Band

Ally Venable 

Heart Of Fire

Released 2021 on Ruf Records

This is no time for faint hearts. The pandemic might have silenced the music scene, shuttered the live circuit and divided artists from their fans. But with Heart Of Fire, Texas’s favourite new gunslinger Ally Venable is coming off the ropes swinging. Defying dark times and rolling up the amps, this fourth release from the acclaimed singer-songwriter is a record to rattle your speakers and signpost better times ahead. “My vision was to really spread a positive message of love,” says Venable. “The world needs that right now.”

 If Heart Of Fire finds Venable giving the globe some much-needed love, then the feeling is entirely mutual. Still in her early twenties, the guitarist’s breakneck two decades have moved as fast as her fingers, her path winding from childhood church choirs to the teenage influence of local heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miranda Lambert. Early releases No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) earned her international fans, Top 10 chart placings and ETX Awards, but it was 2019’s #2 Billboard-charting Texas Honeyand house-rocking sets on that year’s Blues Caravan tour that sent her stratospheric. Now, with Venable’s fanbase snaking further around the block every time she blows into town, Texas roots icon and Texas Honeyproducer Mike Zito is in no doubt: “Ally is the future of blues and the crossover music of American roots-rock.”

 Not even a global pandemic could derail her momentum. Working at the Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee last February with world-renowned producer Jim Gaines, Heart Of Fire finds Venable laser-focused on her songcraft, challenging herself to write with unguarded honesty, even if it hurts. “On this album, I really wanted to create a tone of overcoming your struggles and persevering through them,” she explains.

 Like any battle, this record gets loud. Anyone who has left an Ally Venable show with ringing ears will come expecting rip-it-up guitar work, and Heart Of Fire is a lovely way to burn. In a world of electronic pop, this old-soul gunslinger riffs up a storm on the Led Zeppelin-worthy sting of Hard Change and Do It In Heels, revs up the slinky hook of Sad Situation and drives the title track’s intro with a heavy-booted wah lick. “That song is about being in a state of sadness,” she explains, “and someone comes along and brings you out of it, and then nobody is able to take out your flame.”  

Guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd, tears up Bring On The Pain. As Venable says: “That song is about loving someone, staying true to yourself during the bad times and saying, ‘No matter what’s going on, my love won't change’. Kenny is one of my heroes, so I’m very honoured he said yes to be a part of the song.”

While nobody is better at squeezing fresh juice from the blues-rock genre, Venable’s songwriting frequently forks into leftfield. There’s the chain-gang stomp of Hateful Blues, its lyric cursing a cruel lover (‘Oh, my love has been abused/and that’s why I’ve got these hateful blues’). There’s the pace-changing cover of Bill Withers’ classic Use Me, reborn here with congas, rubberband bass and a grooving lick. And don’t miss the impossibly wistful Road To Nowhere, with Southern rock great Devon Allman dovetailing with Venable on the chorus harmonies. “Devon jumped right into the song, elevated it and brought it to life,” she remembers. “His vision for the song aligned perfectly with mine, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.”

The same could be said for Heart Of Fire. Defiant, passionate, honest and raw, this is the record these times demand, from an artist who refuses to wait for the storm to pass, but prefers to dance in the rain. “My goal for this album was to give an outlet for people,” Venable considers. “That’s really where the core of these songs comes from…”

Rock~ Sol Shifter

Local Fort Worth band made up of ex-Toadies & Pimpadelic members, making original music that just flat out rocks.

Americana~ BullCorn
Bluesy Americana with a hint of Roc-N-Roll from Dallas , Texas
 
Singer Songwriter~ Tony Ramey
Gold and Platinum Award Winning

Ramey says he "came out of the hollows of West Virginia when he graduated from college with his Masters in English Literature," but those hollows shaped and molded him into who he would become as a songwriter. Most of his relatives were artisans of wood, canvas, and whatever instrument they picked up and held long enough to shake hands with--true Appalachians in their spiritual connection with the earth and its ancient story. Music for Ramey was something that just happened at family gatherings where everyone played or sang, or at church meetings full of hymns painted by a cappella mountain voices desperate for the blood of Jesus. Although he wrote music, played, and sang in high school bands, Ramey never got the “fever” until he won a local contest with The Dixie Flyer Band, taking them to state finals in the True Value Hardware Country Showdown and winning $1000. The win brought thousands of country music fans throughout the tri-state area (Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky) to recognize the “homegrown” talent. Ramey continued along the musical path opening for every major act booked in the area (Dan Seals, Billy Ray Cyrus, Merle Haggard, Clay Walker, Brooks and Dunn, and the list goes on and on) and gaining a reputation as the hottest local singer in the Tri-State. Having garnered four gold and two platinum albums and a Broadcast Music Incorporated airplay award, Tony Ramey relocated to Texas after his Nashville stint on Music Row writing songs for Trisha Yearwood, Doug Stone, George Strait, and a host of other Country Music icons. Through his R&B, Americana, and singer-songwriter style, Ramey began getting album credits on household name artists not seven months after moving to Music City, and still has legendary artists who are fans today rummaging for songs through his catalog of more than 3500 works. The vibrant landscapes and live music scene of Texas called him out on the road with an independent record label in 2011, and he has toured all over the US for the last 10 years, stopping at theaters and listening rooms everywhere. His songwriting is rivaled only by his vocal prowess and raw energy on stage. From acoustic solo act to front man for his own ensemble—"Contraband"—Ramey commands audiences wherever he goes, and creates an unforgettable experience for ticket buyers who want to hear a true craftsman in his wheelhouse.

Hosted by one of DFW's funniest and well known comics Ross Day

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Age Limit
21 & up