Nashville-based singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp returns to Beaver Creek
REndezvous Music Festival schedule
12:15 p.m. – Kylie Rae Harris, Strawberry Park
1 p.m. – Langhorne Slim, Strawberry Park
2 p.m. – Paper Bird, Strawberry Park
3 p.m. – Wade Bowen, Strawberry Park
4:05 p.m. – Dawes, Strawberry Park
5:30 p.m. – Jason Isbell, Strawberry Park
7:30 p.m. – Jackopierce, Vilar Center
8:15 p.m. – Andrew Ripp, Vilar Center
9:15 p.m. – Patty Griffin, Vilar Center
The Saturday pass (Strawberry Park and Vilar Center concerts) is $95 (plus a service fee, but if you enter the promo code “BeThere14” at check out, you will receive a discount of $20). General admission tickets for the Strawberry Park concerts are $35 (plus a service fee, but if you enter promo code “BeThere14” at check out, you will receive a $10 discount). Entry at both venues is open to all ages. See the festival website at http://www.rendezvousbc.com to purchase tickets or find out more. Tickets can be purchased at https://rendezvous.frontgatetickets.com.
BEAVER CREEK — Singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp is trying to tune out life’s excess noise and focus on being grateful. His latest album, called “Simple,” is a stripped-down acoustic album with 10 tracks from his album “Won’t Let Go,” a full-band record he released in 2013, and a cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” which has become a crowd favorite out on the road.
“Simple is more to me than just the title of this record and tour,” Ripp said, “It’s the filter I’ve been striving to live my entire life through. It’s putting down the iPhone, closing the computer, turning off the TV and just sitting still. Distractions can be very convincing and they have a way of making me believe that they’re more important than having a conversation with a human being. The process of making this record has really helped me to focus my time on the important things in life.”
Ripp 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. Eventually he decided to put his own powerful voice behind his words.
“After spending years writing for others I had piled up a bunch of songs that hadn’t been cut so I decided to make a record,” he said. “I felt like the songs that hadn’t found a home needed to be heard.”
Ripp performs Saturday in Beaver Creek as part of the Rendezvous Music Festival. He performed at the inaugural event last year. He took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
Vail Daily: Tell me about a song you wrote recently and what inspired it.
Andrew Ripp: I just finished writing a song called ‘More’ about the built-in human instinct of always wanting more. It’s about fighting that instinct while also knowing that there’s more to life than just eating, drinking, sleeping and making money.
VD: You’ve said that Simple is more than just the title of the record and tour. What do you mean by that?
AR: Making that record really inspired me to simplify my life on every level. Similar to the song I mentioned before, it’s built in for us to always want more and I think it’s important to simplify and to be grateful for what we have. I caught myself saying ‘If I had this… If I only had that … If I could just … Then I’d be happy.’ I had been so caught up in getting to the next level that I wasn’t able to see the life I was living in and how much I had to be grateful for.
VD: Which artist at the Rendezvous Music fest are you most excited to see?
AR: Patty Griffin. She’s brilliant.
VD: You were recently on Bachelor in Paradise. Tell me about how that opportunity came about, what it was like, and what kind of reaction you got?
AR: I’m not sure how it came about but it certainly helped spread the word about my music. I wasn’t aware of how many people watch that show but we saw a lot of new fans reach out after the show aired.
VD: What’s on the horizon for you that you’re really excited about?
AR: I’m getting ready to make another record! That’s always exciting. New material.
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