“Carlin Tripp is a laid back folk-rocker drawing from a life spent roaming this great country, seeking out rare experiences and making new friends along the way. Now settled in Providence, he devotes his time to being a stay at home dad and touring musician. His songs reflect on love lost, love found and the trials and joys we all face in our day to day existence. He is known for capturing audiences with his intimate lyrics and gripping stage presence.”
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I discovered my love for music at age 17 shortly after my parents were divorced. As an only child, it was my great escape into a world where I could express myself and find solace in the creation of my songs. I had a truly defining moment at a festival in Vermont called “Garden of Eden” that cemented my love of live music and its restorative nature and I haven’t looked back since. It was then that I decided that no matter what I would always be seeking and playing music for people.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I owe a lot of my style to the jam band scene and the classic and current folk-rock scene. Bands like the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Dire Straits, Josh Ritter, Strangefolk, etc. These are the musicians that I emulate and aspire to create as well as. In my early years, I was very much into Dave Matthews and I attribute a lot of my strumming technique to what his songs taught me.
On your upcoming project, how did you come up with the concept?
I wrote my latest single while I was thinking about time and how quickly it passes. How it allows us to grow and evolve, but also takes our loved ones from us. I have a young daughter who is growing up so quickly and some days I long for a slow down on life.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I think one of the greatest challenges I face is balancing the music business and the creative element of being an artist. One of the greatest attributes I have is an ability to relate to folks on a truly empathetic level. This has brought me great relationships with other artists and many opportunities to be on stage when I needed them most.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I have to say thank you to my parents, who, though separate, have always expressed great interest in my creativity and encouraged me to pursue my dream. I also have to thank my family for giving me the time and space necessary to be a working musician. It takes a lot of time and a lot of late nights, so it isn’t always easy!
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
My suggestions to other artists are pretty basic. Say yes to every opportunity, big or small, paid or unpaid, any chance you have to play is a gift and should be accepted. Be diligent and follow up with everyone. Admire many other artists, but compare yourself to none, your art is your own and what you are creating is perfect. Finally, always be cordial, say thank you for every shot you get to take, and always try to pay it forward.
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