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Ken DeRouchie Band

So you want to know a little about The Ken DeRouchie Band, huh?

The Ken DeRouchie Band is an 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk band featuring a 2-piece horn section and a massive rhythm section, performing original music written by Ken DeRouchie as well as a few handpicked classic Soul tunes.

Top players from the Northwest join DeRouchie, including long-time KDB 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.

The band currently has four full length CDs released. 2 through Burnside Distribution and 2 through CD Baby including their newest CD, "Muse", released in July 2013.

KDB's first CD FunkSoulJazzPopLatinRock featured their first radio single, "Keep on Walkin'," which stayed on the Gavin Up and Coming Chart for 12 weeks. Later that year they earned the #1 Soul position on with the single "Hangin' with My Baby". This was then regionally released as a radio single and was featured on KBBT FM and KINK FM (Portland) as well as G4 TV nationally.

In 2004, "In My Arms," from the band's second release Y2KDB, was featured on the highly publicized Oregon Bus Project Benefit CD, alongside other Portland music veterans such as Art Alexakis from Everclear and Pink Martini.

In 2005, "In My Arms" stayed on the Top 40 R&B charts on for over 6 months and garnered DeRouchie the #11 All Time R&B Male Vocal Award. This led to The Ken DeRouchie Band being selected for the Clear Channel NEW! web radio and satellite radio promotion for the first quarter of 2006.

In 2006, The Ken DeRouchie Band was put into rotation on the Portland Jazz/R&B radio station KMHD and has contributed tracks to the upcoming KMHD Spring compilation CD to be released later this year. KMHD also did a 30 minute feature on the Ken DeRouchie Band in March of 2006.

In 2007 DeRouchie and crew released their first live recording entitled "Live at Jimmy Mak's". This CD, unlike the previous releases, was released entirely online through companies like CD Baby, iTunes and Rhapsody.

In 2013, the band released it's 4th full length CD, "Muse" comprised of 15 songs recorded in 2 different studios in Portland, OR.

Hailed as "…one of the best live bands in the Northwest" (Andre Hagestadt, The Oregonian and Statesman Journal), The Ken DeRouchie Band has played hundreds of live shows over the last decade -- from small club appearances to festivals and concert halls; live radio to TV appearances -- including shows with Robben Ford, Cheap Trick, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, and Leftover Salmon.

If you want to get to know the players, click on their name and go to a personal bio page.

The Ken DeRouchie Band