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Back to Francois

by Rachelle van Zanten

"Punishing slide guitar that would make Jimmy Page blush"- See Magazine (2005)
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. The Cracks
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2. Take Me Right Back (Radio)
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3. A Hole in the Way
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4. Yah Yahs
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5. I Will Be Numb
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6. Suicide Ride
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7. Got to Let Go
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8. Rusty Boy
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9. January
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10. Down to California
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11. Dirty Water
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12. Half Pint
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13. Bannister Man
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14. Take Me Right Back
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"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, 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." (Guitar Player Magazine-Oct. 2006)
"Rachelle van Zanten has come a long way from her bluegrass upbringing in the foothills of northern British Columbia. For over a decade, this Canadian slide guitarist and songwriter has been working out her soulful blues riffs and turning heads. When the award-winning Painting Daisies dissolved in late 2005, van Zanten seized the opportunity to launch her solo career, recording her "fresh and rootsy" solo debut Back to Francois with producer Joby Baker. Baker has since assumed the role of drummer, accompanying van Zanten on an exhaustive tour that has thrust this up-and-coming artist into the international limelight." (FFward Mag- Nov. 2006)
"Simply put, this woman is the total package. A fabulous musician on keyboards and guitar, particularily on acoustic and electric slide guitar, a great voice and a strong songwriter with excellent pop and rock sensibilities." (Ottawa Citizen- Oct. 2006)
In Rachelle's "spare time", she produces and directs Western Canada's Rocker Girl Camp (www.rockergirlcamp.com), a 5 day music camp for girls age 10-16.


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Ostlendingen- Norway


"Magnificant solo debut...she is the best when she does the country blues...Down to California is a song that Lucinda Williams wished she would have wrote...quality from Canada"

Ottawa Citizen


"For those of you who like surprises and discoveries with your festival experience, you could do worse than to check out Rachelle van Zanten. Simply put, this woman is the total package. A fabulous musician on keyboards and guitar, particularily on acoustic and electric slide guitar, a great voice and a strong songwriter with excellent pop and rock sensibilities. The material on this solo debut ranges from the stark January , to the nonsense songalong Yah Yahs, to the countryish Down to California, with harmonies from Mae Moore that make the tune sound like those great old Emmylou Harris- Linda Ronstadt duets. But the highlight of the session is undoubtedly the rocky Take Me Right Back, a workout with her mentor slide sensation Lester Quitzau, that'll get you up and jumping..." by Norm Provencher

Stave Magazine


Oz is behind the curtain working the pulleys and whistles and wowzer bang boomers of this website, but she wanted me to know she knows her good music, and sent this little tidbit to my earwaves…

Dirty, dirty, dirty. Up under my fingernails. Making my face feel sweaty. I can chew on this. So can you. Rachelle van Zanten is a yet another Canadian with the kind of musical muscle that spits in the eye of American musical arrogance. This is gritty, poppy, bluesy, slide laden guitar work with catchy tunes and comfy vocals. Needless to say, I’m into girls who can play like the boys, and I especially like the girls who take on the “good ol’ boy” modem of bottle neck fretwork. Resonators, dobros, slide guitars, and all that good southern fried magic comes to the Canadian Great Northwest, and it’s turning my perfectly round radar scan a little left of elliptical.

NYA Wermlands-Tidningen (Sweden)


A dream come true...I have fallen for the Canadian songwriter with heartaching, good songs. 'Back to Francois' is both mellow and beautiful. The boys leave the girls alone in the rehearsal room and far away from dangerous hormones and they will come out as sensual guitar heroes.

Groove Magazine


"Excuse me Mark Knopfler and Brian May but i've found a new guitar hero...It's been a long time since I have listened to a record that has this kind of quality all the way through..."

Guitar Player Magazine- Oct. 2006


"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

andrew doolan

back to francois
A well balanced cd excellent production and rachelle is superb

Laura

Awesome talent!
Love the style, though it's not usually what I buy. Heard "Take me right back" on a German radio station, funnily enough, and fell in love with Rachelle's music

Doug Malam

Buy This CD
WOW !! What a phenomenal talent. If you don't find a song on this record that you love you're not looking/listening. Eclectic, soul searching, gut wrenching, ethereal, there are no labels for Rachelle's music. Just sit back and enjoy the ride from one great song to the next. This is a CD you will listen to over and over and find something new each time. Like I said, BUT THIS CD !!!

Larry Skinner

Back to Francois
Just heard it for the first time,loved it.Where is this Francois.I was just in a Francois in NL.
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