5 time Muddy Award nominee for Best R&B act, The Ken DeRouchie Band is an 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band from Portland Oregon. The band features a crisp horn section and a tight rhythm section along with amazing 4 part vocal harmonies, performing original music written by Ken DeRouchie as well as a few handpicked twists on classic tunes. Influences for the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Koko Taylor, Steely Dan, Jill Scott and Galactic.
KDB has had the pleasure of opening for such national acts as Cheap Trick, Blood Sweat and Tears, Curtis Salgado, Robben Ford, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, and Leftover Salmon.
Top players from the Northwest join DeRouchie, including Northwest Soul phenom, Arietta Ward (DooDoo Funk All-stars), long-time KDB bassist Rob Busey (Robbie Laws), virtuoso guitarist Jeff Knudson (Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band), keyboardist Brian Harris (Curtis Salgado), drummer Paul Ansotegui, Pete Peterson on tenor sax and Caleb Denison on trumpet.
Steve Pringle of KINK FM Portland writes “Ken and his band bring it each and every night. Horns that moan and wail, guitars that grind and soothe and a rhythm section tighter than a frogs ass. The KDB has a story to tell, pull up a chair.”
Marty Gunther - Blues Blast Magazine writes “Muse is totally soulful from beginning to end. DeRouchie is a masterful songwriter, and the varying musical textures used keep you interested throughout. Available through all of the major websites, this isn’t your granddad’s blues. It’s totally modern in every way and definitely worth a taste.”
Andre Hagestadt, The Oregonian and Statesman Journal writes “….the Ken DeRouchie Band has developed a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the Northwest”
The Ken DeRouchie Band puts on a HIGH-OCTANE, Soul, R&B and Blues fueled live show. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a world class live music experience. This will be the party of the year!