Raise your PBR to this week's Thirsty Thursday act, Andrew Ripp! While we love to feature new artists on our weekly Thirsty Thursday posts, the Nashville-based solo artist is no stranger to the music scene. He began his music career as a songwriter who co-wrote half of Ryan Cabrera's 2005 album, You Stand Watching, including "You Shine On," which landed on Billboard's Hot 100. His most recent album, Won't Let Go, was released earlier this year in April. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Amy Grant, Holly Williams, Switchfoot), the 11-track album documents some of the toughest times in Andrew's personal and professional life. I featured his latest track "Falling For The Beat" in yesterday's Hump Day Mix and have been obsessed with it ever since. The pop-rock song exudes so much soul that only a true musician would have that kind of talent. When asked about the underlining theme throughout the album, Andrew states that

"A good analogy I was given is: Our lives are like waves, they are always moving. No matter how good or bad things are, you can guarantee it won't be like that forever. We embrace the beauty of the sunshine because there was rain. We feel joy because we had pain. I've decided to learn to love the difficult times because there's no escaping them, and that's when we grow."

You can stream the entire album below. Check out Andrew's music and some of his music videos! His cover of Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" is SO good! Andrew brings out a maturity that I haven't heard in a while.

Andrew Ripp - Falling For The Beat

Andrew Ripp - Falling For The Beat (official video)

Andrew Ripp - Mirrors (Justin Timberlake Cover)

Andrew Ripp - Won't Let Go (album stream)

For more on Andrew Ripp
Twitter: @andrewripp


[LISTEN] HUMP DAY MIX - 10/23/13

[LISTEN] HUMP DAY MIX - 10/23/13

This week's Hump Day Mix is jam packed with great new music from your favorite Top 40 artists including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris & Alesso ft. Hurts. I'm actually really excited for Gaga's "Do What U Want" single with R. Kelly. The 80s synth-pop influence is everything right now. Also featured in the 20-track compilation are great artists like Andrew Ripp, Icelandic solo artist Asgeir Trausti, Cash Cash, French pop act Pendentif, and Bambi. Rounding out the HDM are acts to keep a close watch on like Tycho, Krono ft. Linying, Cut Copy, and The Hawk In Paris. Enjoy!

Hump Day Mix - 10/23/13 - from kennygenius on 8tracks Radio.

Complete tracklist include:

Andrew Ripp - Falling For The Beat
Arcade Fire - Afterlife
Asgeir Trausti - Hljóða nótt
Bambi - Reap From The Dying Love
Body Parts - Helpless Child
Bonnie McKee - Sleepwalker
Calvin Harris & Alesso ft. Hurts - Under Control
Cash Cash - Satellites
Cut Copy - We Are Explorers
Gossling - Harvest of Gold
Justin Bieber - Hold On
Katy Perry - Unconditionally
Krono ft. Linying - Run
Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly - Do What U Want
M.I.A. - Y.A.L.A.
Pendentif - Embrasse Moi
Taylor Swift - Sweeter Than Fiction
The Hawk In Paris - Freaks
The Mountains - 1984
Tycho - Awake