The Dartmouth Medical Arts Program
Performance and Workshop
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College
Co-sponsored by the Department of Medicine and the Department of Surgery of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Free and Open to the Public
Limited number of tickets available
Registration required and tickets checked at the door
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The Dartmouth Medical Arts Program mission is to provide an opportunity for medical students, interns, and residents to engage in the arts community with a focus on how artistic endeavors can enhance their ability to provide competent and compassionate care.
The Dartmouth Medical Arts Program (DMAP) brings Rivers Rutherford to Dartmouth College as the first performer in the DMAP artist series. During his performance and workshop, Rivers will perform his music, describe the craft of songwriting, and explain how he incorporates his personal experiences in his songs, creating his theme through the blending of music, melody, and lyric.
Rivers Rutherford is a soulful storyteller and one of Nashville Tennessee’s most talented and accomplished singer-songwriters. Rutherford grew up in the shadow of Elvis’ Graceland homestead of Memphis, and came of out the gates swinging, landing his first cut with American legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson: the Highwaymen. What followed were eight #1 hits, multiple Grammy, Country Music Award (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (AMC) nominations, and 19 ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) awards, including both of the coveted ASCAP Country Song and Songwriter of the Year awards, all of which have firmly established Rutherford’s position within the upper echelons of Nashville’s most lauded songwriters. Rutherford’s name is on #1 songs by Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Rodney Atkins, and Trace Adkins. Rutherford penned the stunning and Grammy nominated duet “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley, and Dolly Parton. Rutherford wrote Brooks and Dunn’s most successful single to date “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” which was Number One for six weeks and winner of both the 2002 Billboard and 2002 ASCAP Song of the Year awards.
Rutherford was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He began his musical education at the age of seven, when he took up the piano and guitar. His father, who also played the piano and toured with the Apollo Boy’s Choir, was his biggest influence. They spent many evenings in the family kitchen playing tunes from what Rutherford remembers as the “big orange Elvis songbook.” His 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 Ole’ Miss, where he majored in English and music.
His father spotted a newspaper ad for a songwriting workshop which lead to Rutherford meeting with Chips Moman, producer of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind,” and author/producer of “Luckenbach Texas.” 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 Rutherford’s’ first recording “American Remains,” by The Highwaymen. In addition, Rutherford played guitar and sang background vocals on the album. In 1993, spurred by the positive direction in which his musical career was moving, Rutherford moved to Nashville. Then 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 “Wordless Prayer” for Ken Burns’ Florentine Films. In 1996, Rutherford signed an exclusive songwriters agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. He enjoyed immediate success penning Chely Wright’s breakthrough single “Shut Up and Drive.” Recently, Rutherford reached another milestone with three songs on the Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart: Clay Davidson’s debut #3 single “Unconditional,” Gary Allan’s Top Ten Hit “Smoke Rings In The Dark,” and Keith Harling’s title track “Bring It On.” He recently scored his first Number One song with Brooks and Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You.” His song, “Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man,” was the first single from Andy Griggs’ sophomore album.
A staple on the Universal Music Publishing roster since 1996, Rutherford continues to write with and for the biggest names in country music. He also returned to his early troubadour roots and maintains a rigorous touring schedule (over 50 dates a year), bringing his rip-roaring brand of no-hold-barred entertainment to audiences all over the world, who come to hear his familiar hits straight from the source. Rutherford has a persona that is direct, raw, and impassioned, and he possesses the shrewd skills of a storyteller capable of cutting right to the heart of the matter. Rutherford is known to cross the line – a trait that endears him to fans of both his live performance and of his songwriting.
Rivers Rutherford featured in Rolling Stone Country: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/songwriter-spotlight-rivers-rutherford-20140707
For more information, please contact Emma Winchell at Emmaline.A.Winchell@hitchcock.org.