Artists, including Gretchen Wilson, Gary Allan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Trick Pony, Black Shelton, Deana Carter, Montgomery Gentry, Clay Davidson, Jamie O'Neal and Andy Griggs have since recorded Rutherford's songs. Rutherford clamed his first number-one hit, "Aint Nothin' 'Bout You", in 2001. The song spent six weeks at number one and is to date the most successful single ever recorded by Brooks & Dunn.
Rutherford was honored by ASCAP and received their Songs of the Year Award in 2002. Since the smash hit was Brooks & Dunn, Rivers has accomplished six more number-one singles: Tim McGraw's "Real Good Man"; Montgomery Gentry's first number one, "If You Ever Stop Loving Me", which he also produced; Gretchen Wilson's "Homewrecker"; Brad Paisley's duet with Dolly Parton, "When I Get Where I'm Going" (which has received both ACM and CMA nomination for Song of the Year), Kenny Chesney's "Livin' In Fast Forward" and the current Trace Adkins number one single "Ladies Love Country Boys" ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year trophy for 2006 will be shared between Brett James and Rivers Rutherford.
Rutherford's hits in the past year include Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward", Gretchen Wilson's "Homewrecker" and Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going".