Rachelle Van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten

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April 26, 2006

Cowichan Newsleader- April 26, 2006

"Two for the Show: Maybe its the limitless expanse of sky that wraps around the landscape like a giant snow globe that serves to keep you grounded because, although folks in the Prairies appreciate virtuosity, they don't cotton to showboating. So you get musicians like Rachelle van Zanten playing dazzling slide guitar blues with supreme musical confidence and absolutely no attitude or ego.
And when it comes to that other stuff, well, let me tell you buddy, as a former long-haired rock aficionado I've seen my fair share of lightning-fast players during my long strange trip from the Prairies to the Coast.
Still, I had to shake my head in wonder at the buzz saw guitar riffs this young woman peeled off with effortless elan at the Duncan Garage Showroom during a rare solo escape from her regular gig as axewoman extraordinaire for Edmonton based "heavy petal" band Painting Daisies."

April 25, 2006

Ruby Tuesday

I flew up north yesterday to help put in the crop before I leave for my European tour. My dad has a surprise for me in the pasture. It's a horse but I am unable to see her because it is midnight so I go to sleep and wait until morning to meet my new companion. The next morning my mother wakes me by yelling "Ruby's missing...wake up!" So for 2 hours I search for her without any luck. Horses! Finally our neighbour spots her head poking out of a mud hole in the back acre. So my first introduction is "Whoa Girl...we are going to get you out of here." A frightened, shivering Ruby looking at me with frightened eyes. "Please get me out of here". My mother rounds up the neighbors while dad drives over heavy machinery and ropes and chains. The mud creates a vaccuum on her 1000 lb body which makes it very hard to get her up and out. After 3 hours of working ropes around her girth and pulling her in different angles, we finally get her out. Ruby has another chance. After a warm bath and a blanket, Ruby is up and running. She now has a cough but is going to recover. Tomorrow it's sorting day. Taking the strong calves and their mothers to drier pastures where they can buck and kick without the threat of Scours or any other disease. 1 1/2 weeks of this and then it is back to trains, planes and rock n roll. To see the photos go to here.

April 22, 2006

April 22, 2006

Music in the Bay
7162 West Saanich Rd.
Brentwood Bay United Church
Brentwood Bay, B.C.
www.brentwoodbay.info/brentwoodfolk.htm

The Sun Shone in Duncan

I was late for my interview on SUNFM due to bad planning. It turned out that Zane had forgotten I was coming anyway but agreed to have me on. After a little convincing, he agreed to play "Take Me Right Back" right before Bryan Adams. We talked on air about the up and coming show and then he gave the song a spin. The general manager then phoned in to ask who I was and who my producer was. Excitement grew within and Zane then mentioned the sacred words: "Regular rotation" on mainstream FM radio. We talked about Nickleback and how they first broke. So the moral of the entry is please call 1-888-722-0897 and request "Take Me Right Back" and help save rock and roll. Thanks Zane for believing in the future of music as well as my future.

April 21, 2006

April 21, 2006

The Garage Showroom
201-330 Duncan St.
Duncan, B.C.
w/ Anne Schaefer
www.duncangarageshowroom.ca

April 20, 2006

April 21, 2006

89.7 SUNFM Duncan Radio
4:15 pm Interview

Where Magazine (Ottawa)- April 21, 2006

"Guitar wiz van Zanten, who draws inspiration from the likes of Angus Young and Jimmy Page, snagged a prize among 4,000 other entries to win the CBC's Great Canadian Music Dream contest for her tune 'Walking Home Lately'. "

April 18, 2006

Sorry, no independent music....

I am licking my wounds in Victoria. Two days in a row of HARDCORE basketball. I am feeling stabilizer muscles I had forgotten about.
Other news on the homefront...Just lined up a short interview with SUN FM in Duncan, B.C. They won't play my full song because they are only doing commercial music. Only a snippet will be heard. This is happening all over the globe. Very hip radio stations being bought up and preprogrammed. So sad. Well everyone, when you hear "Take Me Right Back" on Friday at 4:15 pm, phone in at 1-800-722-0897 and request the whole song okay? It will be a revolution.
Much love from above.

April 14, 2006

Vancouver Love In

Full house in Vancouver. Because of Bruno, I had an amp, cables, and Di..thanks. Because of friends I had a bed and great company. I love my friends. Going to enjoy Vancouver before rushing away to another show. Thank you to the Main for the show and to those who prepurchase the new CD. Thank you to all of those great people who came out and listened to my tunes. Po'Girl, it was wonderful to see you out again. Thanks for the set up help... someday I will return the favor.
Life is great. Listening to the new Sue Foley CD, "New Used Car". Sounds really great. Killer guitar tone, killer solos, killer songs, killer band. Alround killer. She is a true inspiration and makes me want to practice my ass off. Kim and I watched Eric Clapton's Guitar Festival DVD. Not one female guitar player. Sue is going to change this. Check out her new book, Guitar Woman.

April 13, 2006

April 13, 2006

The Main
4210 Main Street
Vancouver, B.C.
www.themainonmain.com
No Cover!!! OMG!!!

Really Tired.

3 nights of 2 hour sleeps is a no good. I am hanging out in the Vancouver Airport after nearly missing my flight from Edmonton. I need a pocket buzzer or something.
The show in Edmonton was my fave so far. The Blue Chair is a fairly new venue...great goat currie and they had my favorite wine- Cono Sur Organic. Samantha Schultz was phenominal...15 years old and already writing great pop tunes. And after my espresso and wine, I had fun to. I played my newest axe... a Breedlove Acoustic, handcrafted in Oregon. sounded so killer. Thank you so much Rod and Acoustic for helping on the gear. i couldn't sound this good without the killer axes!

April 12, 2006

April 12, 2006

The Blue Chair
76 Ave at 96 St
Edmonton, AB
Reservations 989 2861
Show @ 8 pm

April 12, 2006

Global Television- Edmonton
Breakfast Show

Edmonton. I Love Her

I am sitting in my favorite cafe right next to my favorite bike shop, about to head over to my favorite guitar shop and the sun is shining. I love and have missed Edmonton dearly. I have been up since 6 am because of the early radio and tv interviews held this morning. I am promoting Rocker Girl Camp, a 5 day camp held in the summer for girls age 10-17. And my CD was played for the first time on CKUA radio this morning and it sounded solid like a solid gold dancer. I was a happy camper.
Lethbridge was a fun show but way too much cigarette smoke. I have been spoiled in Victoria with the ban on bar smoking. However, i need to get prepared for the German shows which will be thick with smoke! Look out lungs. "Nathan" were truly amazing. I opened for them and then was blessed to watch their great live show. Incredible songwriting and great musicianship. I highly recommend you check out their live show.
I must now go to Acoustic Music Shop to see what kind of trouble I can get in to. Flight cases are on the shopping list.

April 12, 2006

CKUA Radio- Bob Chelmick
7 am Interview
www.ckua.com

April 11, 2006

April 11, 2006

City TV- Edmonton
Breakfast Show

April 11, 2006

CTV Television
noon show

April 8, 2006

April 8, 2006

The Tongue N' Groove
312 2nd Ave South
Lethbridge, AB
w/ Nathan
www.tonguengroove.ca

Artists and Musicians Sell Out the Show- U of Calgary

500 + people made their way into the Grant McEwan Ballroom at the U of C. The artwork was spectacular as were the little baby sandwiches. I was blessed with the opportunity to play with Ellen McIlwaine and Sue Foley for Guitar Women. It took ahwile to feel the groove but once I got it, had alot of fun. The highlight of the night was "Don't Leave Me Here" when all three of us took it to a new place where it had previously not gone ever. Two slide guitars doing wild Phrygian things while Sue held down sweet blues riffs and a train thing. I was in heaven. Sue's playing always blows my mind. Her book entitled "Guitar Women" is scheduled to be released in a year's time. She has done interviews with female guitar greats from all over the world. I think her favorite interview was with 70 year old Etta Baker.
I am playing tonight in Lethbridge with Nathan. Then it's off to Edmonton for Rocker Girl Camp Media coverage and a show at the Blue Chair.
Cheers.

April 7, 2006

April 7, 2006

"Guitar Women"
McEwan Hall
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB
Rachelle, Ellen McIlwaine, Sue Foley!

April 5, 2006

All Coming Together

Fly here, fly there, fly everywhere. It's madness. i want a sponsor. I want a limo. I want a new horse. I want it all daddy!
Getting ready for 3 shows in Alberta. I am excited to play with Sue Foley and Ellen McIlwaine again. In Lethbridge I am opening for Nathan. They are pregnant and have babies so it will be fun to see how they are coping. I was there with Painting Daisies. Breast feeding bass player's baby in between sets. Not me....Carolyn. It made the maternal madness within our female rock band flare!
Europe is looking fun. I am not looking forward to hauling 2 guitars, one amp, 100 CDs, and luggage from train to train. But by the end I should be more buff. My arms will be longer and my 2 pack will be at least a 4 pack if I lay off the Bratwurst and fine German beer.
It is a beautiful sunny day in Victoria and I have been blessed with good company and great coffee. It's time for a run now around Thetis Lake to get my perverbial Yah Yahs out.

April 4, 2006

June 6, 2006

The Railway
Winchester, UK
www.sxsc.co.uk

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