Midnight, because the music seems threaded through the keyhole of that lovely, lonely, magical hour, and Microphone, because it sounds like the tunes tumbled through a condenser microphone into a place where smooth, rich vintage tones are cradled within the space between the notes.” - Mary-Lynn Wardle

— The Scene Magazine, Calgary, 2023

Welcome to the on-line home of Calgary based musician, blues guitarist & singer/songwriter  John Rutherford. 

On the road again! 

Heading out to a few spots in Alberta to spread the word including a big night in Edmonton on Friday October 13 at one of my favourite venues The Blue Chair. I've not been to the capital in a long time so really excited to get on the road with the trio.

On The Charts! 

The recent radio charts from Roots Music Report are out and I am thrilled to say that my new recording Midnight Microphone has made the list. In fact it is on three different charts! It entered the Top 50 Blues Album Chart at #46, the Top 50 Contemporary Blues Album Chart at #21 and incredibly my record currently sits at #2 on the Top 50 Canada Album Chart. The most amazing part for me is looking at these lists and seeing my recording alongside so many great artists. You can follow the links below to the various charts and see the complete lists of artists with recordings that are currently charting. 

Top 50 Blues Album Chart

Top 50 Contemporary Blues Album Chart

Top 50 Canada Album Chart


And, it's released! The new EP Midnight Microphone dropped earlier today! Streaming everywhere. Listen on Apple Music, Spotify and many other platforms.

Coming soon to a stream near you! 

I've been in the studio recently working on a new four song EP that is due for release in the days to come. The project is produced by legendary guitarist Tim Williams and engineered by Steve Gerard. Also on the sessions is a “Western Canadian Wrecking Crew” rhythm section with Thom Moon on drums and Bill Price on bass. The new work will be streaming everywhere and we'll have some physical product as well. I'll be announcing soon some live shows around the province of Alberta to celebrate the release. Can't wait to share some new music.

New Videos! 

Pleased to share some really great video footage. The filming took place at The King Eddy in Calgary back in October when we performed an opening set for guitar great Amos Garrett. The shoot was made possible by the diligent and highly skilled folks at the National Music Centre and was part of The Story Tellers Oral History Project sponsored by ATB Financial. Thanks to all involved. Check out my video page.

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Previous events

The Calgary International Blues Festival presents A Walk Through Blues History. Each festival I get to host this largely spoken word event as an interview/conversation featuring artists from the festival lineup. Each episode we discuss issues, stories and history through the lens of the blues. This year's discussion will welcome both Russell Jackson and Tony Coleman, two veteran blues artists who's careers have taken them from the chitlin circuit to concert halls around the world as bassist and drummer for the legendary BB King. This will be an investigative and provocative conversation as we unfold some of the issues around race and the music industry both historically and in light of a present day racial reckoning.