Returning to the stage

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— Zanobia, a longtime resident of the Yampa Valley, is going to play both kinds of music Saturday when she performs at the Roadhouse in Milner country and western.

As a singer and songwriter, Zanobia has been playing guitar and singing in bands for years. However, she hasn't been on stage in a while. It wasn't until recently, when she was invited on stage at a bar on a whim to sing a song, did she realize that music wasn't something worth giving up.

"One day I decided I wanted to do this again," she said.

Not that she wasn't playing and singing. She always jumped at the chance to play around the campfire or pick out a few country songs at an open stage night. But then it just clicked that artistically, and financially, it would be a good idea to start playing live.

"I might as well make money at something I like to do than something I don't like to do," she said. "I really missed it, too. It's been such a big part of my life."

Zanobia's style is all country and western. Ironically, there is a lack of venues in Steamboat Springs that support that kind of music, she said.

"There is no place for a country band in Steamboat Springs. That's horrible," she said. "It needs a good country bar with dancing and a good steak."

At her home in Milner, decorated with crystals and paintings she painted, Zanobia plucks through a couple of songs, showing off a clean country voice and a knack for songs with good stories.

"I like to play some of the old classic country songs and some of the country rock songs," she said.

She admits that she is not used to playing with a band but is excited to be singing live again.

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