Rachelle Van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten

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December 23, 2006

Repeat Fanzine (UK)- December 10, 2006

The Loft- Cambridge, UK
Rachelle Van Zanten is a Canadian singer-songwriter who fearlessly thrashes her guitar like she has balls of steel hidden under her pretty flowing skirt. Flitting between the kind of Southern hick-town blues rock which belongs in some dive far back in the woods and more traditional country moments straight from a homely log cabin up on the mountain, using powerful slide guitar and two boys as a backing band, the audience tonight should be far more captivated than they are (there is the usual ambience of people shouting to make themselves heard over the stunning artist they are just missing). However, for those that were listening, we are rewarded with an inspirational performance from someone wholly deserving of your attention; combining the groove of Ben Harper with the soft personal femininity of Lucinda Williams or Eddi Reader and a friendly stage banter, what you can expect from Ms Van Zanten in simple uncomplicated rock and roll talent. And, as she implores the crowd tonight after introducing her final track: "can I get an amen?" Seriously amazing stuff.
READ IT!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...

320 flights cancelled out of Heathrow and at the last minute, mine wasn't. I was meant to be home for Christmas and I am thankful. I was going to attempt to make a hockey rink in Kennington, which is a bustling suburb of Oxford, however I believe that plus 0 temperatures would have detered the progress. After 16 hours of travel i made it home to snow, -15 degrees, and furry animals. Yay!
The last two weeks in the UK were splendid with only one disaster. Whenever the word "Cambridge" comes up in conversation, I twitch. I will spare the details except for the flat tire at midnight. We drove away from a bustling night and then heard an all too familiar noise- similar to a military helicopter about to land on the roof. It was a flat tire and we all cringed at the thought of unloading all of the gear in order to find the spare. Usually in this situation, i take the perverbial bull by the horns and get down and dirty, but this time Hamish and G strapped on their powertools and went to work while I cheered from inside my parka. Well, long story short, the tire iron didn't fit the nuts and so for 2 hours we tried to get the nuts loose with no help from the good folk of Cambridge (twitch). Then finally a good gent from the neighborhood pub offered up his tire iron and finally the nuts came loose along with G's and Hamish's due to feezing temperatures and we all cheered. He then offered up a gig and we said no but thanks and were back in Oxford by 5 am thanks to G's expert driving.
Other highlight shows were the Borderline in London and The Jericho in Oxford. Thank you Charlbury and Weston-on-the-Green for coming out to support the show. You guys are the best!
Thank you to Dickie for the great tour of Real World Studio again. I love your Camobodian blues players! My goal is to lock myself away in the piano room for a week and write the new album. Joby and my manager, Theresa, came as well and we then proceeded to hang out at Tchad Blake's studio. I love his gear! He has Billy Gibbon's old white Fender amps from the 50's! I was in seventh heaven. You all have to check out the new Los Lobos record and hear Tchad's magic!
The last two days in the Uk were spent recording at Mick Glossop's 'Magazine Studio' in London. We put down three new tunes including one brand, spanking new one that hangs in 7/4 time. Yes I get bored of 4/4 and step out of the box. I found G some ham and Hamish some chocolate and we managed to have one heck of a session. It's important to know the things that make your band click...ham and chocolate. Thank you Mick for recording us and letting us use your high class facility. Thank you to Crate Amps and John Henry's for my kick ass sound!
I now have 3 weeks off and am going to relax and hang out with my cows, horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and family. Oh, and check out page 118 in the January issue of Shape Magazine. It's a start....

December 17, 2006

December 17, 2006

Jericho Tavern
56 Walton Street
Oxford, UK
w/ Graham Roby (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)

December 16, 2006

December 16, 2006

The Moon and Sixpence
1 Bernard St
Glossop, UK
w/ Joby Baker (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)
www.moonandsix.com

December 14, 2006

December 14, 2006

The Railway Inn
3 St Pauls Hill
Winchester, UK
w/ Graham Roby (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)
special guest: Owen Tromans

December 13, 2006

December 13, 2006

The Backpacker's
4 Market Place
Glastonbury, UK
supporting Jesse Love

December 11, 2006

December 11, 2006

The Beehive
55 Prospect Hill
Swindon, UK
ph: +44 7792 794 689
solo show

December 10, 2006

December 10, 2006

The Loft
16 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, UK
w/ Graham Roby (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)

December 9, 2006

December 9, 2006

The Rose and Crown
Market Street
Charlbury, UK

December 8, 2006

Crate Amps

Rachelle is currently playing Crate Amps. They go to 11 and they really rip!

December 8, 2006

The Borderline
Orange Yard, Manette Street
London, UK
w/ Graham Roby (drums) and Hamish Tesco (bass)

December 5, 2006

Tesco Gone...somewhere in the US

What a great tour I say. The last show was by far the best musically. We took "Alone" to a new and exciting height thus resulting in several piloerections (goosebumps mum...don't worry). Arlock made her flight to Copenhagen and now Tesco is currently getting body cavity searched and having his knitting needles taken away before entering the United States. I am preparing for a 9 hour flight to London. Tesco and I meet up in London and move on to Oxford for a rehearsal with drummer Roby before playing London on friday. I still need to find a tube screamer pedal and a Crybaby 535Q. Mine is lost in my underwear pile in the tour van which is under 3 feet of fresh snow somewhere in the north. I am hoping to find a 50 Watt Crate V series amp somewhere near Oxford before friday as I will be turning to 11 for the EMI crowd. I have a new dress that makes me look like my grandma...polyester and red with sleeves that puff out if you want them to. They match the boots I think. I have heard rumours that Roby is wearing a new suit for the show...or the loin cloth which I knit him during the last 10 hour drive between shows.

December 3, 2006

One Man's Journey

Hamish here, sitting in for Rachelle who is temporarily inavailable due to a break -dancing injury. Don't ask.
Knitting continues apace, with my scarf nearly complete and Helena way ahead with seven hats, five cardigans and a small toy bear to her name. Pender Island had no power, so we didn't go there, but the other gigs this week have been bloody marvellous and we are now composing ourselves for the trip back to the UK tomorrow. Big shout to the good people of Long & McQuade in sunny Victoria for so ably greasing the runners of the toboggan we call Rock.
I can't believe I just said that.
Farewell Loonies, Hello quids..

December 2, 2006

December 2, 2006

Central Bar and Grill
708 View Street
Victoria, B.C.
w/ Justin Hewitt as support
www.centralbarandgrill.com

December 1, 2006

Pender Island Community Hall
Pender Island, B.C.

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