Mapping Out Chaos
Rutherford is a quintet from Columbia, Missouri, that plays rock music. Sometimes heavy, sometimes mellow, from fluid flows to dramatic changes Rutherford uses soaring singing harmonies, pop hooks and guitar riffs and flourishing drums and sonorous trumpet to create epic autobiographical cinema-in-sound. Rutherford was born out of love! Yes, it is true. One evening in 2003 Jeff Mueller saw Ruth Acuff play at an Open Mic in Columbia, MO. Enchanted by her soaring compositions and angelic voice, he came back the next night for her show at the same venue, and had the pleasure of meeting her. After months of subtle suggestions from Jeff of the possibilities of their musical collaboration, Ruth finally agreed. Ruth was surprised at how well Jeff's bass playing framed and flowed through her songs. For the first few months Jeff mainly sat in with Ruth, occasionally accompanied by percussionist Jason Cook, who Jeff had played with in the band Mah Jones. Then love entered the picture. Jeff had expressed romantic interest in Ruth previously, but it wasn't until spring of 2004 when Ruth began to feel interest in Jeff. That summer their love solidified, and by the fall they had recorded as a duo and were performing around Columbia. Ruth was even playing the bass on some of Jeff's songs. At this point trumpeteer Edward Watson was occasionally sitting in, and Jason Cook was becoming a constant member of the band. Jeff realized that many of Ruth's songs had a Led Zeppelin-like heaviness that would be fleshed-out if he could get her to play his electric guitar and that winter they went electric and officially incorporated Cook and Watson into the line-up. In Spring 2005 Rutherford began work on Mapping Out Chaos with Wil Reeves of Bockman. Guitarist Pat O'Driscoll began sitting in around this time, and by the end of the recording sessions he became a full member of the group. Now as a five-piece Rutherford feels their line-up is complete. Ruth and Jeff more equally share the songwriting, with O'Driscoll contributing some tunes as well. They have begun jamming together more to create group compositions as well. Their summer goals are to take their epic melodious music into neighboring states and build up their fan base, and to begin work on their second album in the fall.