Hope and Lost Causes

by Tanner Rutherford

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After disbanding my previous project, The Valley Opera, I felt the urge to get back to my musical roots: late nights of sitting at a computer with a guitar, mic, and MIDI keyboard and experimenting until something clicks. In that creative space, I most deeply enjoy the music creation process. While I loved the music I wrote and performed with the Valley Opera, the genre barriers limited my creativity. I intend this EP to be a starting point of following the whims of the music in my mind without the barriers of genre. These songs are about relationships, God, the creative process, and where those things all intersect: a longing that produces hope.

The EP is free to download, but if you believe in what I'm doing and enjoy the music you can donate along with your download. Your support would mean the world to me!


released March 9, 2017

Thanks to:
All the people who have joined me on stage and in the studio over the past few years including but not limited to: Cord Johnson, Ben Mcgue, Dane Alexander, MaKenzee Lady, Kirby Waggoner, Drew Hudnall, Deb Hudnall, Isaac Foltz, Hannah Cruise, Joshua Denney, Micah Mcallister, and Clint Mailo.

Chris Hickman for letting me into a classic studio and helping lay the groundwork for some of these songs.

Adeem Bingham (Adeem the Artist) for listening to this stuff through its many stages and being the best artistic guru.

Hannah Bingham for providing the stunning artwork that fit perfectly with my vision.

Olivia Martin for managing the details, as well as encouraging me through the ups and downs of the artistic process.

Anyone else who has invested in my musical journey in any shape or form.

I love all of you



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Tanner Rutherford Knoxville, Tennessee

Tanner Rutherford is a Knoxville, TN based singer-songwriter using metaphor, myth, and melody to encourage empathy.

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