Dave Anger host of Wednesday Night Coffee Morning on WNCM FM Sydney Australia writes "greetings from Australia, its a real pleasure to feature 'no do overs' on the show this wednesday night, after 9pm here in Sydney. Man, what a groove, what a voice !!!!! love it big time...."
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.” - May 2014
Cleve Baker, host of the "Confessing the Blues" Radio Network writes: "The Ken DeRouchie Band is Solid Blues. Hot, Soulful, a more than Welcome addition to our playlists ... " - May 2014
"Dr. Jane" Manning, host of The Lowdown on KMHD FM Portland writes: "Ken DeRouchie will not have to do this one over! This is a song that hauntingly resonates with old soul, but keeps a funky bass groove. Ken DeRouchie is an outstanding lead vocalist who surrounds himself with talent! A tremendous bass line, harmonious backup vocals overlaid with a rhythmic horn section makes this song irresistible." - May 2014
Jonathan "Oogie" Richards, Host of Oogie's Mighty Mouth Blues on NWCZ Radio writes "A refreshing approach to new music with the right blend of cool, hip & sex appeal! The Ken DeRouchie Band fuses Blues, Funk and R&B into a Soulful mix of music that satisfies even the savviest music aficionado." - May 2014
Portland Mercury - August 2016 "DeRouchie and his band have been turning out soul and funk jams for a hot minute now, and have garnered a reputation for being one of the best in the region at it."
Rod Mayberry - Positively Entertainment - February 2016
Stepping into the bar you'll hear the birth child of Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton, a southern choir mixed with Zeppelin-esque guitar riffs combined with a New Orleans brass section. That's pretty amazing right? If you decide to stay, you'll hear one of the best local bands the Pacific Northwest has to offer. It could be one of the best best bands you hear all year. Ken DeRouchie, has gotten his band together this evening to rock your faces off, pull you off of your keisters and move your feet.
Ken has given his band a signature sound pulling so many complementary sounds together. There are touches of R&B, Jazz, Southern Rock, Funk, Soul and Blues. There are pieces that come together to take your imagination to a smoke filled speakeasy, and some will make you feel like you are in a roadhouse in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Marty Gunther - Blues Blast Magazine December 2014 “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.” Read the full article HERE
Frank Schatorjé - BluesMagazine.nl - The Netherlands (Google translation from the original Dutch article)
An album with a message, a message that lasts a delicious Soul and Funk atmosphere. I was fascinated by the opening of the trumpet Caleb Denison in "Guide You Home", a virtuosity and a sparkling track. The dark voice sounds continuously and in addition to the two artists mentioned the feeling of Bill Withers oon came over. On two tracks Know the vocals is off to LaRhonda Steel, mostly backing vocalist, but "Tryin'To Tell" and "Sexual Chocolate" with masterfully sung songs as lead singer.Read the full article HERE
GoldStar.com - February 2014
Given the competition, a band has to put on one heck of a show for The Oregonian to declare them "one of the best live bands in the Northwest." But the Ken DeRouchie Band has earned that accolade and then some, building a devoted fan base with their party-starting mix of soul, R&B and funk. Vocals, bass, keys, guitar, drums and a "dash of brass" come together in a sound that's fresh, but always funky. With a set-list that includes handpicked classic soul and original music written by DeRouchie, this eight-piece band is primed to get things rocking and rolling at Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant.
Read the full article HERE
Blues Notes - A monthly publication of the Cascade Blues Association - February 2014
This is an album that I had long been anticipating hearing, but for some reason I just kept failing to catch up with Ken DeRouchie to obtain a copy. Now having listened to this over and over, as I just cannot get enough of it, I keep kicking myself and ask myself, “Why did you take so long to pick up this disc”? Muse is without a doubt one of the finest mixture of soul, blues, funk, jazz and R&B material to come down the musical road for some time. It is full of expressive lyrics, finely crafted instrumentation featuring a world class band and deep soulful vocals, all of it sounding as if it came directly from the church of Tower of Power.
Read the full article HERE
American Blues Scene Magazine
The instrumentation is beautifully layered on each track with the great horn punctuation you’d expect from a well-crafted record produced in the R and B tradition. I was eager to find out more about this artist who could write such poignant music, play drums, keyboard, and guitar, and sing with a voice reminiscent at times of Barry White.
The 48-year-old was born in Dearborn, Michigan, the youngest of six children. He was particularly close to his brother Doug, 16 years his senior and already in a rock and roll band. Doug encouraged Ken’s musical interests by sitting him in his lap behind a drum set and thrusting drumsticks into his tiny hands. By the time I was 2 years old, I was doing it by myself and actually keeping beats and playing along with records, Ken recalls.I later toured as a drummer for many years, and it was my brother who got me into music and started me on my way....Read the full article HERE
I hope this comes across as a compliment coz that's how I intend it - if there was a category in record stores of "music to make whoopee by" this record would be in it. Very sensuous stuff & your voice is wonderfully sexy.
And Jeff did a great job on the master.
- Stacy Jeffress Contributing Writer at Blues Revue, Contributing Editor at BluesWax and Contributing Writer at The Alternate Root
Oregon Music News
Hard working, hard playing veteran band. Neo-Soul before there was such a thing. The band (you’ll recognize a lot of them) bassist Rob Busey, Northwest legend, LaRhonda Steele on vocals, virtuoso guitarist Jeff Knudson, keyboardist Wayne Thompson, Portland singer/songwriter and drummer Chris Lay, Clayton Daffron on tenor sax and Caleb Denison on trumpet. Yeah, there are Grammy nominees in there. Muse, their latest album came out last month. It is not damning with faint praise to say that it’s about time this town took notice of Ken and his band. Muse is DeRouchie’s best album.
- Tom D
....KDB comes out of Portland and this band is full of top-notch talent. Several Grammy nominees and winners make up the band. And you can tell just by listening to this track that these guys really know how to play. Not just in a technical way, but in a melodic way of knowing when to play and when to just lay back and let it ride.
Soul and funk are two genres that have been lacking over the past few years. Luckily we’ve got aritsts like the Ken Derouchie Band that are showing how it’s supposed to be done.
RECOMMENDED - Recording a live album, DeRouchie and friends play an energetic funk good for a night of dancing.
...this sharp dressed dance band puts funk and soul back into rock & roll.
DeRouchie, who not only writes all the songs but also plays guitar and sings, has a deep, powerfull, resonant voice that carries well on tunes that have a heavy groove. His Mowtown inspired originals come accross with feeling and energy...
...you should try keeping up with the endless groove the 10 piece Ken DeRouchie Band pumps out in the course of an evening!
...if you lust for soulful funk, this local artist's most recent statement is as rock solid as they come, and should be snatched up at your local music establishment ASAP!
Statesman Journal Weekend
Like the somewhat jumbled title, (FunkSoulJazzPopLatinRock) The DeRouchie Band's music is full of all those genre's and more, all colliding and fusing into one seriously sassy, danceable mix.
The album is an impressively mature product from such a young band; it benefits from an intense horn section and smooth, thoughtful genre jumping and melding.
...as the Ken DeRouchie Band aims to mix Blues, soul, jazz, funk, latin dance, rock and pop and not have it sound like a sonic car crash. It doesn't. It sounds more like a party attended by everyone from Curtis Salgado to Barry White and War.