Discovery: Rachelle van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten is a blues-rocker from Canada whose new track Kelli Likes To Ride blew me away.

By Graeme Smith

The track starts with a classic-feeling blues guitar riff which fans of Led Zeppelin will appreciate. Things then take an unexpected turn into psych and Rachelle’s hypnotic vocals kick in. They come through with a sort of clarity you don’t often get with rock and it really works.

Though she’s new to me, Rachelle has quite a reputation in her native Canada. She’s been described as “one of Canada’s best slide guitarists” and has built up a devoted fan base after decades of touring. Check out Kelli Likes To Ride below. You’ll be pleased you did.