October 30, 2006
12 Bar Club
12 Bar Club
The Railway Inn
3 St Pauls Hill
Peter Bruntnell Band & Rachelle van Zanten
Ooooh. Had a crazy good show in Bath with the guys. I LOVE THEM! They are too good it hurts me. Then went to Real World Studios which is Peter Gabriel's studio! It was overwhelming. I played his grand piano that was miced for the day's recording session and it sounded perfect. Absolutely perfect. Then we went to Tchad Blake's studio nearby. It was just too much. He has the coolest vintage guitars and pedals and dogs and... So now I am going to record the new record in southern England. It is time!
Last night I played Oxford and Graham was my faithful fan. Thanks man. We then celebrated by going dancing. I needed to shake it to DJ Derek. He is a 70 year old white DJ playing super sweet reggae. It couldn't have ended better. Now i am in Glossop.
Globe Oxfam Festival
"After 11 years in the trenches, Canadian slide guitarist Rachelle van Zanten is done with bands. She just released her first solo album, Back to Francois [rachellevanzanten.com], which is packed with funky blues riffs and stellar slide performances. The surprise is that van Zanten juxtaposes her gutsy guitar playing with very personal and introspective lyrics- a stylistic trait she attributes to her diverse influences." by Katie Garibaldi
Read for yourself! Yay!
Phoenix Picture House Bar
57 Walton Street, Jericho
The Ben Jonson
14 George Street Bath
"I've seen the Bonnie Raitt comparisons, but that's the easy blueswoman namecheck. Listen as van Zanten gives out bursts of guitar between stanzas, and you see that she's in the company of Eddie Turner, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jonny Lang, Paul Reddick, and Susan Tedeschi. Van Zanten studied under slide guitar master Lester Quitzau (who guests on "Take Me Right Back" and "Suicide Ride"), but there are also brief acoustic guitar storms where I hear the phenomenal sounds of Preston Reed..." Check it out.
I was in and out of Cambridge so fast that I didn't really have time to appreciate it's full worth. The show was fun. I met a man who is going to build me a car that will fly to the moon. I am waiting David. Then I had the priviledge of sleeping with Frank, a big, black putty tat with razor sharp claws but a heart of gold. Every night is another surprise really. For example, I didn't have a show last night and was taken in by these wonderful Yorkers, Val and Andrew, who made me lamb with mint jelly and potatoes with gravy and veggies. I immediately phoned Graham to tell him so he would be jealous. It worked.
So today is a new day and I am on my way to Hartlepool to play a show. I wonder what will come out of tonight? A new cat? Hmmmm. Don't worry mum. I am safe.
I am alive after my snake bite. Barely but am alive. Ah Swindon. We rocked as hard as we could in Swindon last night. Did I mention we were in Swindon? I was so excited to see the guys and find out what was new in their lives. So wonderful to have a band again I say. We played 2 fulls set of improv and songs from the album but my favorite was the improv. I think I almost cried at one point.
So today is a day off and I am going to write some new stuff. Word on the street is that I am headed to Real World Studios next week to hang out with Dickie and talk about audiophile stuff. Mmm. My favorite. I wish you were here Joby:)
55 Prospect Hill
Cottage pie and candle light. Thank you for Glastonbury.
59 Uplands Crescent
Live at the Chattery in Swansea, Wales. by Darren Howells
Rachelle's ethereal vocal draws comparisons to the likes of Dido and Alanis Morissette, but whilst those artists suffer from production gluttony and overblown angst, Rachelle benefits from a penchant for rootsy/blues music and the ability to write songs you actually care about... Alternating between solo political folk-songstress and band-backed rockin' Blues chick, Rachelle put on a performance that moved, humoured and wowed... Find the Mag.
A taxi to a train to a plane to an exploded pop can to a bus to a taxi and I am now in England. Played last night in York at Fibbers. It was great and quite typical for me. Arrived right before I was supposed to play due to a late train. Pulled it off though after finding an emergency G string. I break them alot. It is sunny out and I want to explore in York but I have too many things and it costs a weeks worth of wages to store them at the train station. Thank you to all of the recent posts from Holland. I can't read Dutch so well but I get the general idea. No, sorry I can't marry you Peter. Thanks for the offer though. I am never home.
Okay, heading to Oxford now.
My band is back in England again and I miss them greatly. Late nights in Arnhem dancing to hits of every decade. Our shows were full on with the biggest being at the Take Root Festival in Assen, Holland. I think 4000 peeps but I could be mistaken. We turned to 11 and i sweated like a hockey player. My favorite band of the weekend was Colin Linden with his trio. His guitar playing makes me blush everytime!
Now I am headed to Oxford, UK to find my cousin and bandmates before heading to York on wednesday. Problem is I am still in Germany so hmmm, lots of train connections and plane connections. MMmm my favorite.
Take Root Festival
Assen, the Netherlands
w/ Graham Roby (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)!
RVZ Band & Heimatschpiel!
Rachelle van Zanten is een van de slechts twee vrouwen op de line-up, maar ze is een bijzonder pittige tante. Je moet niet raar opkijken als de Canadese tijdens een theekransje met Lucinda Williams en Bonnie Raitt een fles whisky boven tafel haalt. De soundtrack die daar bij hoort, kan er uiteraard maar een zijn: de blues en niets anders dan de blues. Van Zanten klinkt allesbehalve braaf. Een vervormd stemgeluid en een heerlijk gemene sound vullen de grote zaal. Het duurt dan ook niet lang voordat het publiek aan haar voeten ligt. Toch knap van een dame die naar eigen zeggen haar inspiratie haalt uit Oisterbeek en pannenkoeken. (MD)
Rachelle van Zanten is one of the only two women in the line-up of
bands but she is a pretty tough lady. If she would be drinking a nice cup
of tea with Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt, you should not wonder if
she would put a bottle of whisky on the table. The soundtrack which
belongs to that scene can only be one: blues and nothing but the blues. Van Zanten's sound is nothing but nice. A deformed voicesound and a nice mean
(guitare) sound spreads along the big venue(hall). It is no surprice that
after a few minutes the audience is lying at her feet. Really a good job
for someone who gets her inspiration out of Oisterbeek and pancakes.Read
w/ Graham Roby (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)!
Cafe del Sol
Bad Salzuflen, DE
Recharged. I didn't think it could happen in one night but it did. Vitamin C and a big bed in the German countryside and voila, I am a new woman. My new road therapy prescribed by a doctor/guitar player is Vitamin C and lung cortisone powder. Well, I prefer just the first for now. Managed to actually catch my train on time for once and ended up in Bad Salzuflen...where the water flows from willow trees I think. Don't quote me on that. I just get to see the venue. Tonight I get the heart room. Lots of red. Then tomorrow it's an early early morning to catch the train to Paderborn so that Hansi can find me and take me in his bowchinca wow van to fetch the rhythm section from Dortmund. Scheisse! What a day. Graham and Hamish will have beem up all night so I shall prepare them an extra special package of vitamin C and coritsone inhaler powder. That will get them. Yes, it's time to rock Tonenburg! I shall turn to 11 and maybe even use a Marshall stack....fully stacked.
Had a full on day in Bremen yesterday. A 2-3 hour interview on Radio Bremen and then a 2 hour live performance. I was dead after but highly charged. I miss the band though. It's more fun to go back to the green room after the show and whoop it up," Man, we brought it down and then took it home...bla bla bla." Nothing compares. But I did have much fun solo and they treated me like gold. The audience (250) loved it and asked for 2 encores which I delivered without hesitation. Mais, of course. And my guitars are fixed which is a hge relief. THank you Volker and Arne for being so wonderful.
Sendesaal Radio Bremen
public show at 8:15 pm
Christina and I are in Bremen waiting for the guitar doctor to come. Both my girls are wounded and need some love. Most of the injuries have come from humidity changes.
I LOVE MY NEW BAND! They were amazing in France. Graham Roby on the hard hitting drums and Hamish on the bad ass bass. Soooo amazing!!!!! Oh gotta run.