Ruf Records' Blues Caravan rolling revue started in 2005 and is a must-see event with three stellar artists on one bill. On this year’s Blues Caravan, you’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with a sky-high reputation. A powerhouse from the Lone Star State, Ally Venable started singing at church at an early age and then in recent years picked up the guitar and found her passion as a Texas Blues guitar slinger. As the son of the mighty Luther Allison – the late Chicago blues titan who was Ruf’s first signing back in 1994 – Bernard Allison has added to the family legend and carved out his own mythology as a world-class songwriter and performer. And if you’re remotely serious about modern blues, you’ll have followed the twists and turns of Mike Zito’s fascinating career. The Missouri-born bandleader overcame his crippling early addictions to become one of modern America’s sharpest songwriters who plays rocking blues guitar, with a dose of soul vocals.