Buddy Guy and Ally Venable: A Blues Collaboration for the Ages
Buddy Guy, born in Lettsworth, Louisiana in 1936, is a legendary blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his career in the 1950s, and his influence on the genre is immeasurable. Guy has won eight Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been called one of the greatest guitarists of all time by numerous publications.
Ally Marie Venable, born in Kilgore, Texas in 1999, is a rising star in the blues community. She began playing guitar at the age of 12, and by the time she was 14, she had already released her debut EP, Wise Man. Since then, Venable has won multiple awards, including the 2014 and 2015 ETX Music Awards for Female Guitar Player of the Year, and her band was named the ETX Music Awards’ Blues Band of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Despite the age difference between the two guitarists, Guy and Venable have formed a strong bond over their love of the blues. In 2019, they collaborated on a track for Venable’s album, Texas Honey. The song, “Love Struck Baby,” is a cover of a classic Stevie Ray Vaughan tune, and the two guitarists trade solos throughout the track, showing off their respective talents.
Guy has been an inspiration to Venable throughout her career, and the collaboration was a dream come true for the young guitarist. “He’s been one of my heroes for a really long time,” Venable said in an interview. “So getting to do that with him was just amazing.”
For Guy, the collaboration was a chance to work with a young artist who is carrying on the tradition of the blues. “She’s a very talented young lady,” Guy said of Venable. “I see a lot of myself in her, as far as the way she plays and the way she’s into the music.”
The collaboration between Buddy Guy and Ally Venable is a testament to the enduring power of the blues. Despite the age difference between the two guitarists, they share a deep love and respect for the genre, and their collaboration is a bridge between generations of blues artists. It is a reminder that, even in a world of rapidly changing musical trends, the blues will always endure.