The opening strains of Echo Broadcast, the single which doubles as the name of John Rutherford’s debut CD hint at something just a little different from the norm.
By the time you get through the 11-song disk you realize what sets Rutherford and the disk apart from most performers is his vocal style.
It might be best described as a vocal approach owing much to the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, with a bit more gravel in the gullet.
Rutherford blends jazz, folk and blues and delivers it in a near conversational way laid over his music. It’s a style which won’t be for everybody, but I find it freshly different in an enjoyable way.
That conversational style is most evident on Bud’s Guitar Store, a very nice story song. It’s a good one.
This is truly the music of a small dark, smokey bar.
A song such as Hoodoo Man drips with the dark waters of some bayou where the gators are big, and the zombies of some voodoo priest patrol the night. And yet, it is really a love song. Now that’s simply cool. The cut is the best here, slightly better than the fine title cut.
Musically, Rutherford does some sweet things too, in particular on the funky Crows as Big as Airplanes.
This is a disk which impressed from start to finish. You can’t go wrong searching this one out at www.johnrutherfordmusic.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 13, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada