2013 - Individual Artist
Growing up, Pat Rouse listened to early rock-n-roll on the radio and watched any and all TV shows with music in them. As a result, the Everly brothers and Elvis Presley were some of his first musical influences.
Pat played his first professional gig at age 13 for a birthday party. Neighborhood bands (true garage bands), playing parties, and school dances were part of his high school years. He remembers listening to lots of future Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers including The Cavaliers, Echos V, and Rhythms Children to name a few.
In the late 60’s Pat joined the Plastic Mushroom Band, which later became Wild Cherries. They were fortunate enough to play several of the State Fair Battle of the Bands events and they released several regional records. They also enjoyed playing Vets’ Auditorium for the large Custom Car shows. For a short time the group had a national record contract, but one brief notice in the national trade magazines is all that is remembered of any “national” attention. The group played anywhere and everywhere, and they had a great time and a solid following.
Wild Cherries morphed into several other bands and finally disbanded in the 70’s. Pat went on to play in several country bands, and he started Colt .45 in the late 70’s. Colt .45 was one of the early Country-Rock bands. Their sound was based on the likes of Pure Prairie League, Southern Rock and Outlaw Country artists. They had a large following and played in lots of the clubs in Central Iowa. In the early 80’s they released an album that had regional airplay and gained some national attention.
Colt .45 was known as the premier party band. They mixed Bob Seger and Jimmy Buffet with Waylon & Willie and a collection of original songs. The band carried on until Pat moved to Sioux City, Iowa in 1987. Since that time he has enjoyed playing in a variety of bands in Sioux City, Sioux Falls, SD, and Phoenix, AZ, where he’s been for the last 15 years.
For nearly the whole time Pat was playing music he was selling guitars, amps and sound systems. He always enjoyed helping his fellow musicians get the best equipment for the best price. He has always tried to be on top of the newest gear and the “coolest” instruments. Over the years, Pat has worked at Hulling’s Music, Victor’s House of Music, Music Connection, Music Unlimited (now Rieman’s), Flood Music (Sioux City, IA), Flood Music (Sioux Falls, SD – a store he owned for six years before moving to Arizona), and Guitar Center, (Phoenix, AZ).
Today, Pat Rouse and his wife, Kirstin, enjoy performing 60-90 dates a year as a duo and in various bands. Lots of the songs he plays are the same ones he remembers practicing on his Silvertone with the amp built into the case. “I still have one,” says Pat, “It’s not my first, but it’s identical.” He lives in Tempe, Arizona, but home will always be Des Moines, Iowa.