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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Conner Ray Music artist: Ally Venable Band - No Glass Shoes - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the debut release, No Glass Shoes, from Ally Venable Band and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with Trainwreck, a cool track with a solid walking bass line by Zach Terry, Ally Venable takes the lead on vocal and guitarist Bobby Wallace simmers nicely. Title track, No Glass Shoes, has a bluesy basis with a strong guitar and bass vamp. Elijah Owings keeps the bottom tight on drums and Venable's vocals are sassy. Boogie track, Woke Up This Mornin', has a great driving bass line with call and response guitar riffs. Wise Man has a cocky, Junior Wells feel and Venable grinds her vocals, displaying her guitar licks backed by Randy Wall on keys. On Junior Wells, Messin With The Kid, her vocals have edge and her guitar playing shows adventure. Too Much Too Soon has a really solid, bass line and features Steve Krase on harp. A super track, may be my favorite on the release. Wrapping the release is the Chris Smither track, Love Me Like A Man. Given much more girth than Bonnie Raitt's hit, Venable belts out the lyrics backed by strong B3 work, clean guitar riffs and Krase's harp work.

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