Andrew Ripp started playing guitar the same way lots of guys do — by picking one up and playing along with a band he loved. In this case, it was The Red Hot Chili Peppers and he was fifteen. A few years later, he was in L.A., supporting himself writing songs, taking some college classes and pursuing the dream. After working with Dave Barnes on an album, the two picked up and moved to Nashville. The move is reflected in his latest album Won’t Let Go.
Nashville, he explained, “is a totally different world. In L.A., the market is saturated and the vibe is self-centered. Everyone has a product to sell — themselves — and they’re all trying to figure out what you can do for them.” But “here, it’s the opposite. Everyone wants to help you. The only problem is that the ocean is too far away.”
For him, the move “has been a song-writing kick in the butt. The difference between a good song and a great song is huge and you have to write a ton” to get to one good one. Before, he would write fifteen songs to get an album together. Now, “I write seventy to get the eleven you need for an album.” Produced with Charlie Peacock, who also recently worked with “The Civil Wars,” it was “pretty organic.” The sound doesn’t have a lot of “bells and whistles,” but it’s a good blend of radio-friendly pop and folk.
“Trusting Charlie was the first time I’ve had to let go, it was a difficult process,” but the results speak for themselves. You can hear tracks from the album here, and see Ripp live with Andy Grammer for the next few weeks. You can also keep up with him on his Facebook page and Twitter feed.
“When You Fall in Love”
“Won’t Let Go”