Interview by: Christina Burch
Feature & Gallery photos by: Kristine Krieger
Video courtesy of Artist

It’s been a busy few months for singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp with releasing his self-titled album ANDREW RIPP and preparing for his #selftitledtour, which kicked off in Indianapolis on February 9. We jumped in his tour van and had a quick chat before his hometown show in Nashville at the newly re-opened 12th & Porter on Wednesday February 10.

GBS:
Welcome home! Tonight’s a hometown show for you. When was the last time you played here in Nashville?

AR:
Oh man, it was definitely a long time ago. I believe I played at Exit/In like two years ago. Maybe something in between, but I think that was it.

GBS:
The self-titled tour began last night in Indianapolis – any upcoming stops on the tour that you are particularly looking forward to?

AR:
Quite a few actually! Definitely Chicago. And I’m looking forward to Grand Rapids and Atlanta as well. But I know I will have a great time in each of the cities we play in.

GBS:
Speaking of your tour, can you give us any insight if the double twist back flip off the piano (as mentioned on your instagram) will make an appearance?

AR:
HAHA! I’m definitely going to try and incorporate it some point, though it may not end too well. Who knows, maybe you will see it tonight!

GBS:
Your tour mates for the self-titled tour are Act As If and Swear and Shake – how did you first come across their music?

AR:
Actually, Peter Verdell of Act As If used to play drums for me. We became good friends through that, and he’s doing his own thing musically now, but we knew we would have a great time out on the road together. As for Swear and Shake, I actually didn’t know their music before my agent was approached to add them as a support slot for this tour. It didn’t take long for me to realize how incredibly talented they are, and it just made sense to bring them onboard. Definitely a great fit.

GBS:
You released your self-titled album back in October – Tell us a little more about that. How is it different than your previous recordings?

AR:
Honestly, every album is going to be different, because they each are representative of where I am in life at that point in time. This album was built around the idea of fear. Not necessarily that fear was holding me back, but the idea that if you aren’t aware of the fact that fear exists, it unconsciously runs your life. I had to do a lot of soul searching while creating this album, and I had to recognize the fear that exists in me, and take it head on. And now that I’ve done that, well there’s a sense of peace and freedom, and I believe this album showcases just that.

GBS:
So, let’s go back a couple of years. In 2014, you had the opportunity to play on ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise.” What was that experience like?

AR:
Oh my goodness – did you watch it??

GBS:
Absolutely. Shamelessly obsessed with The Bachelor franchise.

AR:
Yeah, I mean, it was definitely a cool experience but also a whole lot more awkward than the show lets on. I was flown down to Mexico and performed in a cave during one of the dates, which was something I have never done before. But, we had to shoot the scene several times, and that takes away from the romance. But, hey, I got to vacation in Mexico for a few days, and who wouldn’t love that?

GBS:
Alright, last question. Since this IS your hometown show, can you tell me what your favorite thing about living Nashville is?

AR:
The community here in Nashville is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Everyone here bands together, and really supports each other. We all WANT each other to be successful, and try to help out in any way possible. I lived in LA before coming here, and it was so cutthroat and every man for himself. Nashville is such a breath of fresh air from that scene. This sense of community and comradery are definitely my favorite things about this place.

More on Andrew Ripp:
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