Blues Ala King
“...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 has worked with many of the renown figures in the world of Blues, backing a partial list of performers including: James Thunderbird Davis, Nappy Brown, Floyd Dixon, Earl King, Billy Boy Arnold, 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 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, a member of Patsy's band, performing on-stage 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 was 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.
Not afraid of new artistic challenges or 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.
Having grown up exposed to southern airwaves and later spending significant time immersed in the blues rich environment of New England, Ivan Appelrouth has played guitar alongside and/or recorded with a span of many generations of the renown of the world of blues, from Earl King to Mick Fleetwood, experience leading up to the 2011 EllerSoul Records release of Blue And Instrumental, his debut recording under his own name that ironically garnered him a Blues Blast Magazine nomination for "Best New Artist."
Not afraid of new artistic challenges or to pursue new musical and personal goals and passions, Ivan has since 2015, been bringing his long-time love of acoustic fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitar to the live stage promising a musical event featuring the music of the greats and lesser known of the genre and a performance of the early blues traditions of the Mississippi Delta, the Eastern Piedmont, and the cottonfields of the Deep South.