Rachelle Van Zanten

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May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Frauenkultur Zentrum
Leipzig, Germany
w/ the talented Mckinley Black

Stuttgart was Brief

We drove in. We drove out. I saw many car companies, tall buildings, and that was it really. We had a great gig at Laboritorium. My fingers were sloppy but the guys played wonderfully and together we rocked! Thank you Jorn and Tom for taking time from your busy schedule to play with me in Stuttgart. And thanks Jorn for driving 150 km/hour and showing how it's done on the Autobon. I had to have faith. Tonight I play in Leipzig so must go catch a train. Tchuss.

May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

Laboratorium
Wagenburgstr. 140
Stuttgart, Germany
www.laboratorium-stuttgart.de

May 27, 2009

To the Great Kate Garrett

About a year ago, I played The Jericho Tavern in Oxford, UK with Hamish and Graham. The power was out on the street so we ended up doing a free admission acoustic night to a respectful but keen audience. At the end of the night this beautiful woman approached me with a hat full of money and gave it to me. I was shocked but she said that we couldn't just play for free just because there was no p.a. system. This was my first real introduction to Kate Garrett. I knew of her from Oxford's Young Women's Band Project where I had played earlier on in the year but she was too sick to attend the concert. Since our Jericho meeting, I watched her career blossom in a very short time and fell in love with her songwriting and charisma. She will be greatly missed...my sincere condolences to the girls from YWBP, her family, friends, and fans.

May 25, 2009

You Can Find Happiness With Swedes.

Gustav and the Seasick Sailors kicked complete popo at the Forstwirstshaft on wednesday night!I was so impressed by there musicianship, songwriting, musical texture and tight pants. They can pull it off as they have great legs. I played last with my German rhythm section- thank you Jorn and Tom for being such incredible players! I was happier than a pig in mud. Bobby and Hucky own the venue which is an old cow milking barn and have managed to turn it into a killer rock venue. I was happy when the sausage stand was set up. 2 am sausages are just the ticket for a hungry farm girl.
I then caught trains to Wuppertal where I met a wonderful family who own the venue, Domhan. It is a singer/songwriter venue located in the Oil City and hosts a new artist every month. It was a blast and instead of going sausage, Monika and I went for the English pasty. Good choice. I was missing Hamish and Graham so partook in their honor. Thank you Lutz for the Taylor guitar. Thank you Anna and Christoff for the gig and warm hospitality.

May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009

Domhan
Wuppertal, Germany
www.domhan-wtal.de

May 20, 2009

May 20, 2009

Forstwirtschaft
Bevern-Fost, Germany
w/ Gustav and the Seasick Sailors (SWEDEN)

Ich liebe Dich, Berlin!

Had a smashing time playing at Berlin Guitars! It was hot and sweaty as predicted and the audience was absolutely fab. They knew the words, they sang, and then heckled! My favorite kinda people really. I was lucky enough to hook up with my favorite Swedish band, Gustav and the Seasick Sailors, who then gave me a ride to Gottingen. It was nice to be back in the van instead of the train. Thanks guys for squishing for me. I then rehearsed with Jorn and Tom for our wednesday show. Wow, these guys are gooooood! I am amazed at how much they learned in such a short time thus making my life much easier. I am now off to find the bus to Bevern Forst. Good times as predicted .

May 19, 2009

May 17, 2009

Berlin Guitars
Motzstr. 9
Berlin, Germany
SOLD OUT! Yay!
www.berlin-guitars.com

Obla Di Obla Da- Off to Berlin.

I find myself yet again on the ICE train headed north this time for the magical city of Berlin. My time in Todtnau was outstanding with each day full of color and life. I originally felt slightly guilty for my six days off in this fairy tale land but after day two I knew it was to prepare me for what was coming. I want to thank Anja for your healing hands and heart- I can breathe again as well as run so thank you. I will miss you sweet Ralf and Mattis. I also want to thank Tine and Harry for putting together my show at the Kurhaus and making sure it was a success. The cornucopia of harmonies on "The Cracks" was unbelievable…Todtnauberg, you can sure sing! Theresa, practice hard girl...you are a very talented nine year old! The people of this area are very special and have the same spirit as those from the north of British Columbia. I think it is the good mountain air, clean water, and the desire to live each day to the fullest. Oh, and Andreas...thank you for the ride to the Hauptbahnhof. Du bist ein Susshertz!
Tonight I get to see all of my friends and fans of Berlin. Leonard owns Berlin Guitars and is constantly bringing in talent from all over the world. His venue is definitely a highlight on my tour as I get to get sweaty while rocking out to a very gracious and attentive audience. Oh, and he has a great coffee machine and good cheese in the morning.
I am slightly homesick right now so am listening to Mark Perry's latest creation, RR#7. It is brilliant and creates a perfect sound scape for riding the ICE train. I am currently writing "Cabin Songs" which I hope to get recorded this fall while the leaves are all a brilliant color. So far so good. I plan on paying homage to the stump farmers and the homesteaders before me.

May 15, 2009

May 15, 2009

Kurhaus
Todtnauberg, Germany
RvZ rocks before hitting the single track...ooh la la

May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009

Bluesfest Ingolstadt
Ingolstadt, Germany
RvZ opens for Walter Trout
www.bluesfestingolstadt.de

Bavarian Sausage Is All It is Cracked up To Be.

Good Morning Katja!
It was a long yet beautiful journey from the north of Germany to the south. I had to psyche myself up for the train connections because my luggage is really heavy this time around and the track changes usually require sprinting stairs. This was good though...the ICE train was on time, the changes were smooth, and the company was pleasant.
Ingolstadt and its Blues Festival were most delightful with the highlight being Walter Trout and later on, the communal Bavarian sausages. I was most fascinated by the giant, electric, boil your sausage fast pot. The Germans think of everything. So fun was had by all and I got to meet the entire band and listen to Walter's stories about watching Ellen McIlwaine play back in Philly. It is a small world when you rock for a living. Now I am off to Todtnauberg where the spetzel is tasty and everyone knows your name.

May 7, 2009

Ich reite ein Pferd im Wald

Deutschland ist so schön. When I first arrived and boarded the ICE Train in Frankfurt, the weather was cold and rainy. Now I see bits of sun and +20 degrees is on the way. I have been waking up at 5 am every morning to go running through the forest. The orange snails are fascinating and the trees weep hour old rain on me as i scamper by. And today Jessi took me horseback riding. My mount was a 12 year old Icelandic pony named Gati. I can not complain at this point as my first 4 days have been wonderful! Tomorrow I shall head off on another train voyage bound for Ingolstadt which is apparently home of the AUDI cars. Maybe I can get a deal. Then again maybe not. I am playing the Bluesfest solo so must think of a killer set list to slay them with. Until then...

May 2, 2009

May 2, 2009

BC Scene Showcase
Party Room- Holiday Inn
Ottawa, ON
9 pm- RvZ with Graham Roby and Hamish Tesco

May 1, 2009

Ottawa Bound

I am on my way to Ottawa for the BC Scene. My flight from Smithers was splendid with endless mountains to gaze at and admire. I now have a desire to hike from the northern tip of Tweedsmuir Park down to Bella Bella and experience a month amongst the land.
Tonight I shall be reunited with my mates, Graham and Hamish, and we shall check out some British Columbian music...in Ottawa of course.
Time to find my gate.

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