A migrant musician, D.B. and his guitar, Meal-Ticket, have worked as a lounge singer on a cruise ship, a singing ranch hand near Austin, TX, and as a hobo musician for the Grand Canyon Railway, all the while writing and refining his original songs and performances. He is an entertainer, a poet, and a published novelist. He is currently sponsored by Kazoobie Kazoos.
Thank you so much DB for your great tunes and wonderful energy that you brought to our police department fundraiser last night. We had quite a mix of people in our crowd and we heard a lot of great comments from everyone! We will definitely keep you in mind for future events! Thank you!!
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 60 - 150 minutes
What to Expect
D.B. Rouse is a well respected singing-songwriting hobo extraordinaire. He is as at home playing on a street corner as he is playing in the theaters that he recently toured in the southwest. To sum it up – “D.B. Rouse is an amazing songwriter with a wanderlust, a minivan, and a guitar named Meal-Ticket” (The Union County Leader, Clayton, NM).
After a hyper productive two years in 2014 and 15 (7 new albums and a short university lecture tour to promote his book, Busker) D.B has once again hit the road to entertain folks and promote his latest releases. With his gift for reading audiences, He can turn any gathering into a party. D.B. has written hundreds of songs appropriate for any occasion, and he can cover hundreds of other songs by a variety of artists.
D.B. says that the goal of this years tour is to “find America and teach it how to play kazoo.” Due to a recent sponsorship from the only plastic kazoo company in America (Kazoobie Kazoos), D.B. has been transforming the audiences at his shows into band members. He tosses out kazoos, forming impromptu kazoo orchestras, and memories that last a lifetime.
D.B. honed his skills as a songsmith by roaming the country and picking up odd jobs throughout his travels. He worked at a pawn shop in Wisconsin, as a salmon packager in Alaska, a blueberry harvester in Maine, a goat milker in North Carolina, a Cabana Boy on Lake Michigan, a singing ranch hand in Austin, a lounge singer for Carnival Cruise Lines, and most recently, a lounge singer on the Grand Canyon Railway. These last three jobs gave him the time to perfect his skills as a musician and entertainer. He has now retired from odd jobs and is working as a musician full time.
D.B. Rouse is a seasoned musician with a story to tell. With his radio airplay increasing and fan base growing across the country, his is a name you will be hearing more of in the upcoming years. Catch D.B. on the way up and become part of the story.
To acquire a job
HOBO LOUNGE SINGER
Grand Canyon Railway. Williams, AZ
Sang and played guitar for tourists on board the historic Grand Canyon Train.
SINGING RANCH HAND
Happy Horse Hotel. Bastrop, TX
Driving tractor and scooping horse poop. Trail maintenance.
Playing music around campfires for guests.
Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, WI.
Set up seats and tended beach bums on the shores of frigid Lake Michigan during summers.
Rented Paddle Boards and played Jimmy Buffet songs.
Mountain Farm, Burnsville, NC
Milked goats. Made Cheese.
SAILING LOUNGE SINGER
Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, FL/ New York, NY
Sang and played guitar for tourists 5 hours per night, 6 nights per week on the Carnival Triumph (the insult boat).
White Gull Inn, Fish Creek, WI
Worked as a bartender and bussed tables. Ate White Fish and potatoes.
Tide Mill Farms, Edmunds, ME
Harvested blueberries with hand-rakes at an organic farm.
PAWN SHOP CASHIER
C and C Pawn, Eau Claire,WI
Wheeled and dealed as a pawn shop cashier.
Skil-Tech, Eau Claire, WI
Worked light construction. Wore a hard hat.
Leader Creek Fisheries, Naknek, Alaska
Packaged Sockeye Salmon for 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rode frozen headless King Salmon around the plant like a horse.
Hunter S. Thompson
Additional Booking Notes
Armed with a Kazoobie Kazoo and his guitar, Meal-Ticket, all D.B. needs to put on a performance is an electrical outlet.
Past Booked Events
|October 05, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Fundraiser|
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