Born in San Francisco, Rippee spent his youth in South Modesto among primitive Christians.He first met the blues in person in 1966, where in one afternoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival, he saw Muddy Waters, Shakey Horton, Memphis Slim, Big Mama Willie Mae Thornton and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Thereafter, he pursued blues acts at the early Fillmore Auditorium. During the Disco era Rippee slipped into a coma only to be revived with the most recent Blues Renaissance. Rippee’s career attempts include cartoonist, cappuccino maker, school teacher and prune drier (not necessarily in that order).He currently lives in Fairfax and works in the San Geronimo Valley. Coast Highway Blues has been on KWMR since January 1999.