New Release: RUF 1304 – Blues Caravan 2023 feat. Ally Venable, Ashley Sherlock & Will Jacobs

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Three guitars, three voices, that’s the 18th edition of Ruf’s Blues Caravan which went on tour in mid-February 2023. This time the line-up will consist of Texan bluesrocker Ally Venable, Chicago-born Berlin resident Will Jacobs and Ashley Sherlock from Manchester in the UK.


On may 7th, 2023, the 3 outstanding artists Ally Venale, Will Jacobs and Ashley Sherlock made the audience tremble at the “Music Theather Piano” in Dortmund, Germany. This CD & DVD set gives the opportunity to enjoy this unforgettable concert over and over again.


Ally Venable was only 19 years old  when in 2019 her debut album “Texas Honey” was released on Ruf Records. In the same year Ally went along with Ina Forsman and Katarina Pejak on her first Blues Caravan tour. In 2021 her second Ruf Records album “Heart Of Fire” followed. In March 2023 her third Ruf Records album “Real Gone“ was released, wich placed her at the top of the Blues charts. Ally says: “When I play live, I want to connect with people and for them to let go of their troubles.”


Will Jacobs hails from that U.S. metropolis whose name is linked to the blues like no other: Chicago, where in the 1950s the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf or Willie Dixon electrified the country blues of the Deep South from which they had migrated to the Windy City. And he too left his own musical thumbprint in the blues clubs of his hometown before after a couple of whistle stops he moved to the German capitol of Berlin where he still lives today. But even if his Ruf debut album “Goldfish Blues” is audibly rooted in the eponymous genre, Jacobs spices his song material with anything that makes his neck tingle. About the album he says: “I’d describe the music as a funky blues experience.”


Ashley Sherlock is a Manchester-based singer and guitarist whose musical career began with solo performances. Asked for his main inspirations, he cites Jeff Buckley, The Marcus King Band, The Cadillac Three, Gary Clark Jr and Chris Stapleton. His fantastic debut album “Just A Name“ for Ruf Records was released in June 2023. About the Blues Caravan he says: “This package tour is something I’ve wanted to take part in for quite some time. I can’t wait to get on the road and play some music!”