Rachelle Van Zanten

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December 30, 2007

Graham Roby

Check out this talented and diverse drummer from Oxford, UK.

Almost A New Year

I am procrastinating. I am supposed to be lost in my guitar riffs but instead I am watching the cat dream and waiting for a new email. Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and I am heading west to bring the new year in. Not too far west though. Just enough to smell the sea. 10 days until I step on Canadian soil.

December 23, 2007

Tidings Magazine (CAN)- Dec/Jan Issue

Contemporary with the traditional roots, never forgetting where you come from-holds true for both Rachelle's music and the wines of Col d'Orcis winemaker Pablo Harri. Simply expressing in the bottle what the land and Mother Nature have given him, Harri's Rosso is elegant with lovely cherry and dark-plum favours with just a touch of earthiness. Medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel and a longlasting finish. Honest, sincere and from the heart...both Rachelle and the wine. by Gurvinder Bhatia Link

December 20, 2007

December 21, 2007

The Portcullis Club
Wallingford, UK
The Acoustic Ballroom

December 18, 2007

HD (Swedish Newspaper)-December 18, 2007

"Back to Francois" listed as #3 top album of 2007 right underneath Lucinda Williams (West) and Rickie Lee Jones (Sermon on Exposition Boulevard)! Check it for yourself!

Sweden, I Love You

"Back to Francois" was listed a #3 in the best albums of 2007 right under Lucinda Williams and Rickie Lee Jones! This was for a Swedish newspaper. If I had champagne I would break it out but since I have a cold, I shall break out the orange juice in between doing loads of laundry. The album was also listed as one of the top albums for Proper in the UK for 2007 so Hallelujah Miami Sound Machine. I spent this past weekend in the cold valleys of Somerset and visited my dear friends who are much hardier than I. We partook in Somerset delicacies such as pheasant and cream tea. Now the crunch period begins. Time to write write write and have as much done as possible before hitting the studio date. So far so good. It is raunchy, sassy, positive, boisterous, ummm and just groovy. I am lucky to have such a great rhythm section, I really am.

December 12, 2007

December 12, 2007

The Jericho
6 Walton St
Oxford, UK
+44 1865 311775
The RVZ Band and talented Daniel Hammersley

December 8, 2007

December 9, 2007

House of Mercy Radio
London, UK
Live performance and interview with The Rhino
1 am GMT
www.totalrock.com

December 7, 2007

December 7, 2007

CKUA Radio Broadcast
Guitar Woman Show Live from Meyer Horowitz Theatre
RvZ, Sue Foley, Ellen McIlwaine, Romi Mayes, and Roxanne Potvin
8 pm MST
Listen on the net at www.ckua.com

London...Nuts

I packed my hand bag with bits and bobs- apple, wallet, bus ticket, cell phone, strings, and A-Z Guide to London. I then headed off at 9 am to make the Tube to London. The Tube got into Marble Arch at 12:10 pm and I was then to take 2 subways to the north of London and finally a bus. This was for my interview with Barry Everitt....yay. I had been looking forward to this for a LONG time. Everything was going smoothly because I had already learned how to ride the London subway back in October. One wrong line and you're hooped. So I got to my interview soaked in sweat from hauling 2 guitars on and off wrong buses and up and down subway stairs and had the priviledge to meet the infamous Barry Everitt and his wonderful wife, Bex Marshall. I already liked the guy to start with because he married a slide guitar player...smart move. Their studio for House Of Mercy radio is in their adorable house so before and after the interview, the interviewee can try on clothes, eat wholesome food, go on internet chat lines, play Bex's guitar collection, you name it. So we nailed the interview and then my jet lag once again kicked in and I felt like crawling up in a corner with a heavy blanket and calling it a day. So I did. Funny. Then I somehow managed to walk out of the house wearing a killer dress and cowboy boots to match. I love you Bex! Barry will never have to trip over these boots again. We proceeded to downtown London to fulfill the rest of the agenda, meeting up with Graham and Hamish for the load in to the Troubadour. On the bill were Alex Roberts (great vocals, songwriting, guitar playing), the Martin Harley Band (killer slide player and writer), and me (Cumbrian throat warbling, toe bells). We played a really intense set and after the third song I thought I was going to pass out. I was ill, really ill. My head was dizzy and spinning and my insides were burning. But we made it through and the crowd loved it so hey, London was worth it. We loaded out in Hamish's small car and I headed off to find a subway station. Much to my chagrin, they had stopped running so for the next hour I looked for Marble Arch. Eventually Knotting Hill came about and the Oxford Tube stop was right before me in all of its glory. London is tough on cowgirls. I much prefer Kendal I think...a few twists and turns but the hotel is 8 minutes away and the sheep frolic freely.
Tomorrow is an Everton game! My first live football match ever. Go you Toffees! That's my cheer.

December 6, 2007

December 6, 2007

The Troubadour
263-7 Old Brompton Road
London, UK
the RVZ Band with The Martin Harley Band and Alex Roberts!
www.troubadour.co.uk

December 5, 2007

Swindon Town Oh Swindon Town

So I played Swindon and well, it rocked just like it always does. It is the people of the Beehive that make it great every time. I was jetlagged so did not eat the pickled egg but I did partake in a Budvar and this allowed me to actually sleep the entire night. I awoke at 4 am and could see my breath due to almost freezing temperatures but I just pretended that I was camping in the Rockies and was soon fast asleep. I am now rehearsing new material with the guys and getting ready for London tomorrow. I hope that the room is packed and we cause a riot:)

December 4, 2007

December 4, 2007

The Beehive Public House
55 Prospect Hill
Swindon, UK
RvZ goes acoustic
www.bee-hive.co.uk

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