Rutherfordâ€™s professional career began at the age of 15, when he was hired to play piano on the Memphis Queen riverboat. He later graduated to playing clubs on Beale Street throughout his high school years. A piano scholarship enabled Rutherford to attend Oleâ€™ Miss, where he majored in English and music.
Rutherfordâ€™s father spotted a newspaper ad for a songwriting workshop which lead to Rivers meeting with Chips Moman, producer of Elvisâ€™ â€œSuspicious Minds,â€ Willie Nelsonâ€™s â€œAlways on My Mindâ€ and author/producer of â€œLuckenbach Texas.â€ Moman was so impressed with a partially finished song that Rutherford played at the workshop that he signed Rutherford to a publishing and production contract. This venture led to Rutherfordâ€™s first recording â€œAmerican Remains,â€ by The Highwaymen. In addition, Rutherford played guitar and sang background vocals on the album.
In 1993, spurred by the positive direction his musical career was moving, Rutherford moved to Nashville. There he began working with a local commercial production company. During this period, he wrote and performed on several award-winning compositions for TV and film, including a rendition of â€œWordless Prayerâ€ for Ken Burnsâ€™ Florentine Films.
In 1996, Rutherford signed an exclusive publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. He enjoyed immediate success penning Chely Wrightâ€™s breakthrough single â€œShut Up and Drive.â€ Rutherford received ASCAP's Song Of The Year in 2002 for "Ain't Nothin' 'Bout You" recorded by Brooks & Dunn. Rutherford's songs have been recorded by Gretchen Wilson, Gary Allan, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Trick Pony, Blake Shelton, Deana Carter, Clay Davidson, Tim McGraw, Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry just to name a few.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Heavy Liftin'
2. Outside The Box
3. The One That Got Away
4. That's A Woman
5. Ain't Nothing 'Bout You
6. Real Good Man
7. Knowing I'll Be Holding You
8. The Devil's Up To Somethin'
9. The Richest Man
10. What A Day