Calgary International Blues Festival (2010, 2012)
John Rutherford manages a career encompassing several facets of the Canadian music industry. As a musician Rutherford is often a member of several bands juggling dates, tours and projects simultaneously. He produces records and has written and produced music for film and television. A guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, John also plays ukulele.
After many years of working as a sideman and behind various band or project banners Rutherford has just recently released his debut solo project with a recording called Echo Broadcast. John is currently touring in both band and solo arrangements with dates across his home province in celebration of the release. The touring band "The Legislative Assembly" consists of Lorrie Matheson - guitars and keys, Chris Dadge - drums, Scott Munro - bass and Cedric Blary - clarinets and sax.
John is also a member of Calgary roots music juggernaut the Highwater Jug Band with fellow musicians Tim Williams, Suitcase James, Mark Sadlier Brown and Cedric Blary. The band has performed at clubs, concert venues and music festivals throughout western Canada including a summer 2007 tour of British Columbia with a stop at the Vancouver Island Music Festival as well as a 2008 tour of the same region playing the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Released January 2007 the HJB self-titled debut recording reached number 5 on the Alberta-wide CKUA Radio Network top 30 chart and has received both provincial and national airplay on CBC Radio Canada. In January 2008 the Highwater Jug Band CD showed up at number 18 in the CKUA Top 100 of 2007.
Half of the acoustic duo No Guff, Rutherford has worked extensively with legendary guitarist Dan Tapanila. No Guff's CD "They're Red Hot" released in 2002 received national airplay in Canada on CBC Radio programs including The Vinyl Cafe, Saturday Night Blues and DiscDrive. "They're Red Hot" reached 4 on the CKUA top 30. The duo toured clubs, concert halls and festivals across Canada including the Saint John Jazz and Blues Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival and Calgary Folk Music Festival. No Guff live performances have been featured on national CBC radio broadcasts.
Rutherford has recorded and performed with the Ronnie Hayward Trio appearing on two CDs with Hayward, "Too Many Chiefs" and "The Lonely One in Town" touring both in Canada and Europe.
Rutherford's other musical encounters include working and recording with Calgary blues singer Bill Dowey, Fort McLeod songwriter John Wort Hannam and with the critically acclaimed Edmonton based collective "Front Porch Roots Revue". Rutherford has opened shows for John Hammond, David Wilcox, Johnny Winter, Neville Brothers, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musslewhite, Omar and the Howlers and many more. As part of festival workshops Rutherford has performed on stage with Colin Linden, The Holmes Brothers, Bill Bourne, Danny Michel, The Bills, Chad VanGaalen, Roy Forbes, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, The Wailin' Jennys, Lester Quitzau, Mae Moore, Tom Russell and Suzie Vinnick among others.
John is an avid record collector with several areas of special interest.