Central Florida songwriter Van Plating brings ‘Orange Blossom’ Americana to Tampa this weekend

click to enlarge Van Plating, who plays Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida on Sept. 30, 2023. - Photo by Sara Brewington Baarns
Photo by Sara Brewington Baarns
Van Plating, who plays Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida on Sept. 30, 2023.
There are some artists who define the sound of Florida Americana, and others reinvent it completely. Rachel van Plating falls in between, with an eye on past tradition and an ear to push the genre forward.

While you can feel her family’s generational presence in the Sunshine State on a new album, Orange Blossom Child, released this month, the 11 songs—about love that shouldn’t work (“The Sugar Palm Club”), big Covid feelings (“Hole In My Chest”), almost dying (“The Hard Way”), and shitty dudes (“Big Time Small Shot”)—feel like a tide change in the state’s alt-country scene.

A host of special guests—including Auburndale country-rock OG Jon Corneal, dobro-weirling Rob Ickes, plus Wildwood country star Elizabeth Cook and even Reckless Kelly—bring the record to life, making it feel like a family affair. Van Plating opens a heck of a songwriters show under the Skipperdome.

Tickets to see Van Plating open for Rebekah Pulley Duo and Harper Wynn at Skipper's Smokehouse cost $10 at the door.
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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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