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Ally Venable w/ Hannah Harber

Friday April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

$20.00 – $25.00


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Texas blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ally Venable has made her fiery presence known around the world since the release of her debut album at 16.

Now, with her fifth solo effort Real Gone! dropping on Ruf Records March 10th, 2023, Venable has come of age.

At 23, Venable is already an important artist in the roots music world. Her name has grown in stature with each new album and high-energy gig. She’s an absolutely ripping guitar player with style and tone for days, a commanding singer, and a songwriter with the power to make blues music that speaks to contemporary fans. The new record, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi), features guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa and living legend Buddy Guy.

Venable is that rare musician who can take her old-school influences like Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan and create music that brings their spirits to today’s listeners where they live. Together with Isaac Pulido (drums) EJ Bedford (bass), she gives audiences an entertaining show packed with musical muscle and relatable songs about living, growing, and evolving. When asked where her songs emerge from, Ally replied “I try to write about what goes on in my life, or try to write about something I know others can relate to. We all go through things and it’s okay to have feelings about something going on in your life.”

The first single from Real Gone! is “Texas Louisiana,” which is a crackling duet with the one-and-only Buddy Guy. Ally and Buddy are an absolute dream team together, intertwining their guitars and voices into one without either losing any identity or impact. The title track “Real Gone” is a straight-up, body-moving rocker that will also be a single. Venable shouts down the microphone like a star while her guitar snarls and sings.

On the soulful ballad “Next Time I See You,” Ally downshifts her vocals and shows every dynamic degree of her impressive range. Her guitar work here is equally lyrical and emotive, displaying a gift for phrasing that few players ever attain. The grinding slow jam “Blues Is My Best Friend” lays out the ups and downs of the guitar lifestyle in no uncertain terms and features some of Venable’s most intense playing and singing on the entire set. Ally’s deep, cliche-free authenticity is the common thread running through every song on Real Gone!. She speaks her mind without hesitation or apology, turning each track into an honest statement of purpose.

In 2022, Guitar World Magazine named Ally one of the Top 15 ‘Young Guns’ Making the Gibson Les Paul Cool Again and she also received the Road Warrior Award from the Independent Blues Music Awards. She performed as a featured artist on the Experience Hendrix Show in Austin, TX and appeared alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zack Wilde, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, and other luminaries.

With 2019’s Texas Honey and 2021’s Heart of Fire, Venable found herself topping the Billboard charts. Early releases No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) created her fanbase, charted on radio, and won several East Texas Music Awards. Venable’s acclaimed performances on Ruf Records’ European Blues Caravan tour brought her international recognition. She has toured the U.S. with Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Canada with Colin James.

This year, Ally will be opening for Buddy Guy on his farewell tour, rocking Europe again on the Blues Caravan Tour, and doing her own headline shows domestically and abroad. She’s had a rapid rise to fame but gives off the vibe of someone who loves her life and is ok with it all.




They are a raucous Americana band of Lionhearts, delivering songs that are honest in their aching and hopeful in their vulnerability. Whether it’s groove-laden, fuzzy rock and roll, or gentle melodies with country sensibilities, their synergy is raw and tangible. They’ve tapped into a magic that speaks of their dedication to their songs and to each other.

“Dear Lord, Hannah Harber is a godsend…Harber harnessed what felt like every ounce of the already existent country and rock inside of her and then amplified it tenfold during a set (at Gasparilla Music Fest) that was nearly tantamount to getting struck by lightning.” – Ray Roa, Creative Loafing Tampa

A Florida native, Hannah Harber is deeply inspired by the community, the land, and the waterways of home. “Most often, songs come on long drives between my hometown of High Springs, and my current home in Sanford. There’s something about driving backroads, through cow fields and alongside freshwater springs that really stirs my spirit,” Hannah says. “This music may have been born in the rural south, but I hesitate to call what we’re doing “country”. I’m grateful for the rise of the term “americana” as far as genre classification goes. In all transparency, I see the need for these classifications for marketing purposes, but I don’t feel the need to stay inside of any of them. Hoping something will be received well isn’t my motivation for creating it. I just want to tell the truth. The truth of my doubt, of my anger, of my joy, of the deconstruction and reconstruction of my faith, of my experience of motherhood. Sometimes that truth is sonically heavy, and others it’s acoustic and bare. ”

“Like good salt on sugar, time has given her intrinsic grace some edge and steel… Somewhere along the way, this voice has ripened into one of the sharpest, most cogent roots presences in the city.” – Bao Le-Huu, Orlando Weekly

While a lot of musicians tell stories of pursuing their craft with relentless passion from an early age, Hannah will say that she tried her hand at almost everything else before knowing songwriting was her true aim. The daughter of a musician, there was constant opportunity for songs and songwriting in her childhood home, but it wasn’t until her early teens that Hannah first picked up a guitar.

“When I first started playing, it was almost always behind my closed bedroom door because I was trying to write my own songs. The only place I’d play in front of anyone was at church, or sitting in with a local country cover band. Of course there were pipe dreams of big stages, but there wasn’t anyone in my life that I saw making a living as a musician. It wasn’t clear to me that the songs I was writing, that sounded nothing like the ones folks wanted to hear in local bars, might be worth pursuing. Two things inevitably changed that…My dad buying me Patty Griffin’s discography and New Orleans, Louisiana.”

After graduating from the University of Florida, Hannah took a job with American Red Cross in their New Orleans chapter. “The job was short-lived, but New Orleans will always feel like a home in my spirit. I took my first solo gig ever, playing my own songs and some covers, entirely by chance on Halloween weekend, 2011. My friend was the manager of a patio bar that unfortunately is no longer around. I was sitting at the bar with her when her musician for the night called to cancel. She turned to me and basically said, “You can do this right?” and that was that. I didn’t know that I could do it, but I said yes. I got myself a standing gig. When I decided to move back to Florida, I knew it would be to make music full-time, no matter what that looked like. Sometimes it’s meant retail day jobs, or bartending on nights I don’t have gigs, or playing cover songs in a restaurant, but I’m so truly grateful that it’s also meant a dedication to writing the songs of my spirit and playing them on stages with humans I love.”

“I just hope that when people leave a Lionhearts show, they feel certain that we were honest. Each note played, each movement of our bodies, each story shared…not calculated or contrived, not technically perfect, but meant. Each of the songs we play tell the truth as I’ve found it, or as it’s come to me. Be it playful or serious. Be it true to my story or an observer’s truth of someone else’s story. My songs are the byproduct of wrestling with my humanity in order to find my true self and see the inherent beauty and worth of all that surrounds me. There is a recognition of longing and an unbridled hope. It’s also ridiculously fun…have I said that yet?”

Hannah Harber has supported acts like Margo Price, American Aquarium, JJ Grey, Jim Lauderdale, and Larkin Poe, and been on the bill of regional and national festivals like Gasparilla Music Fest (Tampa, Fl) and Stagecoach Festival (Indio, Ca).. Their debut record, Long Time Coming, released on January 9, 2019, peaking at number 16 on the iTunes Country chart.


Friday April 12
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$20.00 – $25.00


Heartwood Soundstage
619 South Main St.
Gainesville, FL 32601
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352 448 4849


Heartwood Booking


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Bingo Deli
Doors / Show
7pm Doors / 8pm Doors