"...dig these tracks, they're hot!" Duke Robillard
"The biggest surprise and brightest performer in the troupe was guest guitarist Ivan Appelrouth, a Richmond musician whose easygoing appearance belied the intensity of his improvisations" Richmond Times Dispatch
"...his playing and the compositions show a musician who has complete control of the blues idiom" Vintage Guitar Magazine
Ivan Appelrouth (pronounced "Apple-ruth") grew up in Richmond, VA listening to AM radio and absorbing all the musical influences of his southern roots, then throughout his teens and into high school immersing and dedicating himself more and deeper to his first real love, the blues, discovering BB King, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Charlie Christian, Robert Johnson, and players and influences far too numerous to mention. He played his first road gig at 19 with the Nighttown Blues Band at the famous Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC, during a time when he would become closely acquainted with the cream of the New England blues scene, establishing a close relationship with perhaps his biggest and most direct influence, Duke Robillard.
From that point forward, Ivan has worked with many of the renown figures in the world of Blues, backing a list of performers including: James Thunderbird Davis, Nappy Brown, Floyd Dixon, Earl King, Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy "T-99" Nelson, Jimmy McCracklin, and Mick Fleetwood. He has toured and/or recorded with Jumpin' Johnny and the Blues Party, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, the Nighthawks, Big Joe and the Dynaflows, Marion James, and L'il Ronnie and the Grand Dukes. Ivan has appeared in a featured performance along with his Dynaflow bandmates on BET's Jazz Central and on the theatre stage in several productions of "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline," starring Broadway's Julie Johnson in the title role with Ivan performing on-stage as a member of Patsy's band, the repertoire of the country music star.
In 2011, EllerSoul Records released Blue And Instrumental, Ivan's first recording as bandleader. Met with critical praise and flattering reviews throughout the United States and abroad, Blue and Instrumental has been featured on DJ playlists around the world, was licensed for use on the daytime soap, All My Children, appeared for a multitude of weeks on the Living Blues radio chart, and continues to receive national and international airplay. This debut recording under his own name garnered Ivan a Blues Blast Magazine nomination in the year's "Best New Artist" category and an invitation to appear at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago--something Ivan chuckles at the irony of given his years devoted to performing and recording.
Not being content to run from new artistic challenges or afraid to pursue new musical and personal goals, Ivan has since 2015, been bringing his long-time love of acoustic fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitar to the live stage, performing the musical stylings of Blind Blake, Rev Gary Davis, MS John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson and those of the other greats and lesser knowns of the genre--a musical event featuring the early blues traditions of the Eastern Piedmont, the Mississippi Delta, and the cottonfields of the Deep South.