New England Music Awards Nominated Folk/Americana Artist




Carlin Tripp started writing original songs while attending the College of Santa Fe in 2003, and never really stopped. Throughout the next 6 years, the songwriter traveled the country by bus doing everything he could to keep playing music until finally settling in New Bedford, MA in 2009. Tripp began playing regularly around the greater MA area and eventually recorded his debut record Back to the Soil in 2013. From there he landed several gigs opening for nationally touring acts and continued with gigs all over New England. The artist, now settled in Providence, recently recorded The Shape of the Island EP, which became available on April 8th, 2018.

With the release of The Shape of the Island EP, Carlin Tripp brings a few classic genres together to breed a sound all his own, while keeping things familiar and warm.  Lush with addicting progressions, an indie but soulful vocal approach, and plenty of pop sensibility, the record boasts the aesthetic of folk pop anthems.


Past Performances

Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis MA

Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA

Club Passim, Cambridge MA

The Spire Center for the Arts, Plymouth MA

The Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River MA

Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, Nashua NH

Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington VT

Funk N’ Waffles, Syracuse NY

Fete Music Hall, Providence RI

Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge MA

The Burren, Somerville MA

Plough And Stars, Cambridge MA

Fresh Tracks Farm, Berlin VT

True Brew Barista, Concord NH

Gratitude Festival

Onset Music Festival

Hedge House Concert Series

Has Opened For


The Suitcase Junket

Will Evans (of Barefoot Truth)

Young Frontier

Vance Gilbert

Rik Emmett

Jason Myles Goss

Paul Bielakowitz


"On The Shape of the Island, Carlin Tripp has taken his experiences of life, love, and becoming a first-time father, and crafted a handful of songs which translate on a personal, one-on-one level in the intimacy of live performance. It's in the way he tells the stories, and in the genuine sincerity of the delivery of the songs." - Davey O, Singer-Songwriter, Host of The Nickel City Sessions

"Carlin Tripp is an extremely talented young musician with a unique song that is a blend of folk and rock. His music entertains and tells stories. Saw him perform at the Pourhouse in Trumansburg NY last summer and found myself never before so moved by a songwriters music and talent. Couldn't wait for his music to start appearing and so far am completely satisfied with the results. I truly believe this is the work of an up and coming star!!” - Thatch Masterson, iTunes Review

"Carlin has kind of a Guster, Dispatch, summertime acoustic guitar vibe to his music and it was a really great opening for what would be a fantastic evening of music the eve of the first day of summer. Great guitar playing and a soft and sensitive vibe to his voice." Red Line Roots

"Singer-songwriter Carlin Tripp has been making a name for himself in the local music scene of New England. He recently released his major debut album Back to the Soil on PB and Jay Records which was the result of about two-and-a-half year’s worth of work and about eight months of songwriting. The songs on this album were inspired by Tripp’s travels across the country where he spent the majority of his time playing the acoustic guitar and writing songs. When he eventually recorded the album, each track was produced to the tone of the acoustic guitar, creating a vibe in the vein of Neil Young or Tom Petty’s Americana rock and roll albums." - Limelight Magazine

Wicked Local Wednesday - 88.9 WERS

Featured Home Grown Artist - 92.5 The River

Nominated for Album of the Year and Male Performer of the Year 2015 - Limelight Music Awards

Nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year 2014 - Limelight Music Awards

Nominated for Album of the Year 2018 - New England Music Awards