Rachelle Van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten

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October 21, 2007

21st Motel of the Month

Lucky. I have slept in a hotel or motel of reasonably high quality for almost every night of this Canadian tour. After the Guitar Woman Tour was over, Ellen and I busted a long and winding move to Calgary and then, solo I pressed onto Edmonton. i then joined the New Voices in Slide Guitar guys to start 5 more dates. They have been fun and musically very challenging. Steve Dawson is my new Ry Cooder and Ivan Rosenberg is my new Jerry Douglas and Doug Cox is my new Lee Herrick. I have learned a lot on this tour, including that as a female rock star it is entirely possible to have higher testos levels while on stage than 3 male folk musicians. Think about that one. I almost gave Ivan a black eye with my guitar headstock last night. Poor guy. Okay the bus is leaving....

October 21, 2007

Salmar Classic Theatre
Salmon Arm, B.C.
New Voices in Slide Guitar

October 20, 2007

October 20, 2007

Miner's Hall
Rossland, B.C.
New Voices in Slide Guitar w/ Steve Dawson, Ivan Rosenberg, and Doug Cox

October 19, 2007

October 19, 2007

Fish Creek Concerts
Southwood United Church
10690 Elbow Drive SW
Calgary, AB
New voices in Slide Guitar w/ Steve Dawson, Ivan Rosenberg, and Doug Cox
www.fishcreekconcerts.com

October 18, 2007

October 18, 2007

Festival Place
100 Festival Way
Sherwood Park, AB
New Voices in Slide Guitar w/ Steve Dawson, Ivan Rosenberg, and Doug Cox
www.festivalplace.ab.ca

October 17, 2007

October 17, 2007

Nancy Applebee Theatre
Athabasca, AB
New Voices in Slide Guitar

October 14, 2007

October 14, 2007

The Yale
1300 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C.
www.theyale.ca
5 pm show with The Guitar Women Tour

October 13, 2007

6 Stories up Near the Ocean

Roxanne has flown home. So sad. We shall miss her great guitar solos and unique dance moves. It is just the 3 of us now hanging and waiting in the great port city of Nanaimo. We played last night in Cumberland to a sold out house full of music lovin' west coasters. I truly love the spirit of the coast as well as the smells that come with it. We walked out to load the van after the show, and the pungent yet sweet smell of cedar smoke wafted in my direction filling me with a comforting euphoria, reminding me of the approaching vacation time at home. Tonight we play the Port Theatre in Nanaimo and I have special guests coming...so excited. I have soundcheck soon and I am thinking of unleashing a new tune with the flamenco stylings of Sue Foley at my side. So I must go and practice...

October 13, 2007

Guitar Women Tour
The Port Theatre
Nanaimo, B.C.
w/ Sue Foley, Ellen McIlwaine, Roxanne Potvin, and Romi Mayes!

October 12, 2007

October 12, 2007

The Waverley Hotel
Cumberland, B.C.
Guitar Women Tour

October 10, 2007

October 10, 2007

Guitar Women Tour
The Ashcroft Opera House
Ashcroft, B.C.
w/ Sue Foley, Ellen McIlwaine, Roxanne Potvin, and Romi Mayes!

October 8, 2007

Desert Motel

So far, this musical journey has been divine. I have had the rare opportunity to share the stage with 4 of Canada's killer female guitar players. Each show has been packed out with music loving people and the production crews have been a dream to work with. Now I am surrounded by sage brush and brown, rolling hills and can smell the musty scent of my motel carpet below my feet. We four women are on a day off in a small B.C. town and are spending Thanksgiving in the motel restaurant. Our mission is to lock ourselves away in our own individual rooms and write write write for the next two days. This is good timing as my new record is about to start.

October 7, 2007

October 7, 2007

Guitar Women Tour
Kelowna Community Theatre
Kelowna, B.C.

Surrounded by Guitar Babes

Roxanne Potvin and I are hanging in the hotel in Cowtown. We have just finished 2 shows together along with Sue Foley, Ellen McIlwaine, and Romi Mayes. The shows have been electric with guitar slinging mamas throwing solos back and forth across the stage. Oh, the bus is leaving so I gotta run. Kelowna tonight.

October 6, 2007

New York City to LA to Edmonton

Princess to Pauper to Princess to Pauper. It messes with the mind but today I am living it up. I am staying in a LUXURY hotel with a queen size bathtub and king size bed and complimentary Coffee Crisp bars. Meanwhile one night ago I was sleeping on the floor of the JFK airport. It's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard knocked life.
New York was everything I had hoped and more. I loved my time spent with my song writing hero, Dayna Kurtz. I ended up downstairs with her gibson and managed to write an entire song in 20 minutes just from the good resonation and vibes. It is inspired by her and someday I hope to take her to the land of Francois so that she can meet 'my' whirling dervishes (eddy and barko). We had a killer show at the Living Room along side one of my new musical compadres, Mamie Minch. You should check both of these women out! Then it was off to Hoboken to play with Scott E Moore and Elizabeth and the Catapult. Once again I was blessed with a great crowd and new musical compadres. I spent a wonderful night in the JFK airport before being rerouted to Los Angeles and then onto Edmonton. And this is where the next musical journey begins and has already begun.

October 6, 2007

Guitar Women Tour
Bowness Community Hall
Calgary, AB
w/ Sue Foley, Ellen McIlwaine, Roxanne Potvin, and Romi Mayes!

October 5, 2007

October 5, 2007

Guitar Women Tour
Meyer Horowitz Theatre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
w/ Sue Foley, Ellen McIlwaine, Roxanne Potvin, and Romi Mayes!

October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007

The Writer's Hang
936 Park Ave
Hoboken, New Jersey
www.scottemoore.com/whang.html

October 3, 2007

October 3, 2007

The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
Saddest Girls Night with Dayna Kurtz and Mamie Minch- 8 pm!

October 1, 2007

Terminal 7 at JFK Airport

My phone is about to die just when I need it most. This sitch happens on a regular basis. I am waiting for a call to see where and when is my next step in this big apple.
I am slightly ill and have a bad hip from doing my rock moves in Kendal.
Speaking of Kendal...FUN. I really enjoyed the show, the audience, my talented band mates, the food, the wine. It was a pleasant evening and I was sad to depart from Graham and Hamish (Eggy and Steve). I am truly blessed to have such gifted players to take my songs to the next level. Thanks guys. Oh and thanks G for getting up early after your cheese festival to take back the rental van. You're a good drummer.
Now it is New York for me. I am about to meet one of my songwriting heroes, Miss Dayna Kurtz. We are going to play a show together at the Living Room on Ludlow Street on wednesday so LOOK out. Only sad thing is, I had to leave my sexy '70 something strat in the uK due to baggage policies. I still have my other bad mean machines. Just not quite as sleek. So now I must go and find a power outlet so that my phone will ring and I will know my next move.

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