It's the first school night of 2014
Seasick Mama, Walking Shapes, Tomboy, Guest DJ theMichaelShane, Album Preview: Toy - "Join the Dots", resident DJ Jason Eldredge (KCRW/East Village Radio), Hosted by Chris Douridas (KCRW), & Matt Goldman (MFG)
Andrew Ripp has continued to create music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes, blending the energetic beats of pop music into a soul culture and adding the depth and groove of soul music into a pop culture. Since beginning his career in 2005, Ripp's songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience including true music lovers: fans that appreciate the nuances of a well crafted album, and easy listeners: fans who simply want to hear a catchy tune.
Having an awe-inspiring voice is one thing, but knowing how to use that voice to share lyrics and emotion in a way that moves those who hear the songs is quite another. Ripp has grown in this over the years as a respected songwriter with the voice of an artist. With his first two albums, Fifty Miles to Chicago in 2008 and She Remains The Same in 2010, debuting at #1 on the Singer/Songwriter chart on iTunes, Andrew proved that he could create a song and share it with emotion and instrumentation.
Since his last release, Andrew spent time writing and writing, not just creating a few songs and depending on his voice to carry the album. He began as a songwriter- with a song on the Billboard 100 charts recorded by Ryan Cabrera, and other songs featured on American Idol, One Tree Hill, and Live To Dance, but grew comfortable in the place where his strong and powerful voice was the driving force behind each single. "The good ones," Andrew says, speaking of excellent artists, "they leave space in the songs." And over the last two years, Andrew has learned that skill. Having moved to Nashville with his wife Carly at the encouragement of fellow musician and mentor Dave Barnes, Andrew settled into the songwriting town and began to hone his talents and grow as an artist, musician, and songwriter.
His new album, Somewhere Son, is full of the picks of the songwriting litter, with songs that resonate with the hearer as well as the creator. Working with award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Switchfoot) Andrew handed full control to him, allowing the songs to drive the recording process, not trying to turn the songs into something they weren't. You can hear that too- the wrestling, the release, the emotion, the growth of the songs to a new sound that somehow feels familiar. The album blends the work of Andrew himself with many other award-winning musicians, songwriters, as well as Peacock and engineer/mixer Richie Biggs. And Ripp is deeply proud of what was created in 2012, though the price of hard work didn't come without it's own challenges and trials. Somewhere Son will be the album that reminds us, we don't have to figure it all out, just show up. "I did the work," Andrew says, "and I gave it everything I have."
A touring artist as well, Andrew's live performances continue to move the audience in just the right ways- quieting them at the most heart-felt moments and causing dance at just the right beat. Crowds don't want him to leave the stage when the show is over, and he's not sure he's ready to leave either. He has opened for and toured with the likes of with Jon Foreman, needtobreathe, Will Hoge and Robert Randolph, and continues to book dates around the country to bring Somewhere Son to the audiences that await new songs with that old feel.
"This album is rooted in the idea of hope and love," Andrew says, "and it is meant to speak life." Audiences can hear the depth of those messages in every lyric; in every note. Great songs deserve a great record and what has been created with Somewhere Son is just that- the record that other musicians will respect, fans have waited for, and newcomers will fall in love with.