Musician, UM alumnus, River Rutherford shares the stories behind his best-selling songs – The Oxford Eagle

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Rivers Rutherford will share stories and songs at a special evening on Friday, April 29 at The Lyric in Oxford.

The stories behind some of Rutherford’s most popular songs will be told by the acclaimed musician at the 7 p.m. event hosted by the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy as part of the Robert C. Khayat Lecture Series.

Rutherford, one of country music’s most admired artists, has penned a dozen No. 1 hits and garnered multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM nominations, and more than 20 ASCAP awards, including the country song of the year and songwriter of the year.

It’s an impressive list of accomplishments for the University of Mississippi alumnus, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up just blocks from Elvis’ home, Graceland.

“I’m an Ole Miss man and a Rebel fan, and I go to Oxford as often as I can,” said Rutherford, who has worked as a professional musician in Nashville, Tennessee, for more than 30 years since graduating. of his baccalaureate in English from UM in 1989.

“The Lyric is a great venue that I love to play in,” he said. “I am so grateful to the Ole Miss Women’s Council and my friend Karen Moore for giving me the opportunity to come and perform in our ‘hometown’.”

Moore, also from Nashville, is a former UM and an active member and past president of the Council of Women, which has been described as one of the most innovative scholarship programs in America.

“They say the universal language is music, and no one can tell a story better through song than Ole Miss alum Rivers Rutherford,” Moore said.

“He was a perfect choice for this final installment of our Robert C. Khayat Lecture Series due to his popularity with past songwriter events, his incredible catalog of No. 1 hits, and his work with so many legendary artists and musicians.”

Rutherford launched his songwriting career by having one of his first songs recorded by The Highwaymen, a supergroup consisting of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Since then, many other country music giants have recorded his tracks, including Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and Gretchen Wilson.

“A Rivers Rutherford singer-songwriter show never disappoints,” Moore said. “Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours today.”

Tickets for the Rutherford show can be purchased here.

Rutherford’s appearance is the final event in the Robert C. Khayat Lecture Series. This series was first announced in early 2021 at an OMWC event featuring a conversation with Amy Grant, the Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and musician.

“The series brings together renowned cross-cultural leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists on the Oxford campus, creating opportunities for these speakers to share ideas and experiences designed to inspire audience members through thought-provoking topics and conversations” , said Liz Randall, president of the OMWC.

“By installing the series in a larger venue, it provides a platform for a diverse audience including students, college mentors, alumni, and others from across the state,” she said. “Ultimately, the lecture series will benefit the Ole Miss family first and foremost, but will bring value to our state as a whole.”

Since its launch last year, the series, named for Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat, has featured a conversation with Khayat, a family discussion about substance abuse by “Dear William” author David Magee, and an acoustic performance of Grammy Award-winning musician Charles Kelley of the popular trio Lady A.

Proceeds from the RCK Speaker Series support the OMWC’s Global Leadership Circle, an international study and internship initiative.

For more information or to support the Robert C. Khayat Lecture Series and/or the Global Leadership Circle, contact OMWC Development Associate Suzanne Helveston at or 662-915-2956.