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ONE NIGHT ONLY. Join FiftyForward Martin Center in welcoming award-winning singer songwriter Rivers Rutherford with friends Tim James and Mark Wiggins to the historic Franklin Theatre in a special evening of music. This exclusive event will benefit FiftyForward Martin Center which serves a vital need in our community by giving older adults a place to fellowship, find needed resources, and engage in community involvement. Currently, adults 65 years and older are the fastest growing demographic and the FiftyForward Martin Center is advancing their mission to meeting increased needs.

With a name like Rivers Rutherford, it's no surprise this soulful storyteller was destined to become one of Nashville, Tennessee's (and music's) most talented and accomplished singer-songwriters. Having grown up in the shadow of Elvis' Graceland homestead in Memphis, Rutherford came out of the gates swinging, landing his first cut with American legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (aka The Highwaymen). What followed were eight #1 hits, multiple Grammys, CMA and ACM nominations, and over 20 ASCAP Awards, including both of the coveted awards for Country Song Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year, all of which have firmly established Rutherford's position within the upper echelon of Nashville's most lauded songwriters.

You'll see Rivers' name on #1 songs by Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton (for the stunning and Grammy-nominated duet "When I Get Where I'm Going"), Kenny Chesney, Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, and Brooks & Dunn - penning the duo's most successful single to-date ("Ain't Nothing 'Bout You") which spent 6-weeks at #1 and won both 2002 Billboard and 2002 ASCAP Song Of The Year awards. Rivers has also enjoyed success with Country giants the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, and Gary Allan.

VIP Package ($100) includes:

VIP reception at The Franklin Theatre

Premier Seating at The Franklin Theatre

Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres

And an opportunity to meet Rivers Rutherford and Friends

VIP Packages now on sale

To purchase a VIP package, call the Center at 615-376-0102.

To purchase concert tickets, please go to (link provided)

For more information about The Martin Center, visit

FiftyForward supports, champions and enhances life for those 50 and older.

Sponsored by Jackson National Life

Presented by Franklin Theatre Live

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BIG NEWS! Rivers Rutherford writes new single with Darius Rucker and Tim James called "Southern Style".

"Southern Style" is an honest look at life in the South featuring big harmonies, an imminently singable melody, and vivid lyrical word pictures.

The single, "Southern Style", sung by Rivers Rutherford, is available for download in the Music section of this website.

The single, "Southern Style", sung by Darius Rucker, is available on iTunes in his album by the same name.

Check them both out!

The Story Behind the song:

"Tim (James) had the idea for 'Southern Style' and we took it to Darius backstage at a show somewhere in Pennsylvania. I can't speak for Darius or Tim, but my inspiration for this song is my wife, Ali. She tells the story of her first day at Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) with her hair all piled up big and her makeup on just right (laughs). She said she walked out of her dorm, looked around at all the pretty Ole Miss girls and said to herself, I'm gonna need to get a sense of humor in a hurry! She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart and she truly doesn't 'believe in strangers/only sinners with a Savior.'"—Rivers

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"These Are My People"

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