Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of the best new and developing indie artists and established acts playing the city's clubs. The shows are hosted by Fenway Recordings at several of Boston’s small venues, including Brighton Music Hall, Cafe 939, and the Middle East, and feature DJ sets from resident DJ Carbo (Fenway Recordings’ founder, Mark Kates), along with occasional special guest DJs.
In March 2012, the Sessions collaborated with MTV Hive to launch Live from Boston, a series of live-streamed shows that kicked off with a blistering, sold-out set from Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings. Other bands that have played the Sessions include: Hot Chip, the Joy Formidable, Cults, Wild Flag, Rival Schools, Diplo, Kurt Vile, Dum Dum Girls, Ted Leo, Cibo Matto, Editors, Kate Nash, Echo and the Bunnymen, MGMT, Yeasayer, Two Door Cinema Club, Delorean, Jamie Lidell, Wolfmother, and Cold War Kids, among hundreds more.
Andrew Ripp creates music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes, blending the energetic beats of pop music into a soul culture and adding the depth and groove of soul music into a pop culture. Since beginning his career in 2005, Ripp's songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience, including true music lovers (fans who appreciate the nuances of a well-crafted album) and easy listeners (fans who simply want to hear a catchy tune).
Having an awe-inspiring voice is one thing, but knowing how to use that voice to share lyrics and emotion in a way that moves those who hear the songs is quite another. Ripp has grown in this over the years as a respected songwriter with the voice of an artist. Won't Let Go comes on the heels of Andrew Ripp celebrating a No. 1 album on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2010 with his album She Remains the Same, which was the follow-up to his debut album in 2008, Fifty Miles to Chicago. Ripp, who is originally from Palatine, Illinois, and now resides in Nashville, is no stranger to the national music scene, beginning his career as a songwriter and co-writing half of Ryan Cabrera's 2005 album, You Stand Watching, including the songs "You Shine On," which landed on Billboard's Hot 100. Ripp has had a hand in writing songs that have been featured on American Idol, One Tree Hill, and Live to Dance.
Judah & the Lion is an Americana folk band with its roots planted in Nashville. Its music comes from many influences that cumulates in a blend of folk instruments, played with fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The band got its start in December 2011 and exist to create honest and relatable music. Lead singer Judah Akers, banjo player Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist Brian Macdonald lead the group and are honored to play with a band of talented musicians.