Ally Venable

Ally Venable is seen in August 2017 in downtown Kilgore.

Kilgore High School graduate and blues guitarist Ally Venable’s album “Texas Honey” has been named one the of top 20 blues albums of 2019 by an internet blues radio station.

Venable earned the No. 15 spot on Blues Music Fan Radio’s list of the top 20 blues albums of theyear. She shared a spot on the list with performers including Keb’ Mo’, Delbert McClinton and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Venable performed guitar and vocals on “Texas Honey,”her third album as a professional musician. Drummer Elijah Owings and bassist Bobby Wallace also performed on the record. She and her bandmates were joined by producer Zito and blues guitarist Eric Gales on the album, according to a post from the internet radio site.

“From the album opener ‘Nowhere to Hide’ to the rip-roarin’ cover of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s ‘Love Struck Baby’, this album is sure to please your need for some good ole’ Texas Blues!” read a post from Ruf Records announcing the honor.

Venable graduated from Kilgore High School in 2017 but already was booking and playing professional shows while still a student, including at Kilgore’s Back Porch restaurant and the World’s Richest Acre.

The East Texas Music Awards named Venable East Texas Female Guitar Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and the Ally Venable Band earned the 2015 and 2016 awards for East Texas Blues Band of the Year.

Venable is set to begin a new tour with dates across the U.S. and Europe. Find a complete list of shows at .