If Heart Of Fire finds Venable giving the globe some much-needed love, then the feeling is entirely mutual. Still in her early twenties, the guitarist’s breakneck two decades have moved as fast as her fingers, her path winding from childhood church choirs to the teenage influence of local heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miranda Lambert, while her critically acclaimed catalogue flows from No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) to 2019’s #2 Billboard-charting Texas Honey.
Heart Of Fire is a lovely way to burn. The title track’s driving wah-soaked lick, while inviting special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd to tear up Bring On The Pain. Heart Of Fire is the record these times demand, from an artist who refuses to wait for the storm to pass, but prefers to dance in the rain. “My goal for this album was to give an outlet for people,” Venable considers. “That’s really where the core of these songs comes from…”