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David Northrup

PERFORMS WITH: Independent/Nashville Studios

About the Artist

David Northrup's skill and talent as a busy touring musician is matched only by his long list of recording credits and work that he has done with a multitude of artists over varying genres. His long and versatile list of playing credits includes work with Rock Legend John Waite, The James Brown Horns, John Mellencamp, Guitarist Les Dudek, and Jam Band Sensation The Disco Biscuits. Country Artists include: Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt (2000-2009), Joe Diffie, Doug Stone, Tanya Tucker, Lila McCann, Jo De Messina, Jo-El Sonnier, Pam Tillis, Ty Herndon, Lee Greenwood, Connie Smith, Gene Watson, Deborah Allen and Louise Mandrell. Currently Northrup can be seen on tour with Country Music Legends, The Oak Ridge Boys. He was voted number Two Country Drummer and number Two Clinician of the year in the prestigious Modern Drummer Readers Poll (2009 and 2010)

We asked... Why Gretsch?

“Over the years you just find out some of your heros, although they happily endorsed various other drum companies for their live performance their recorded sound, the sound that drew you in and connected with you was, in fact GRETSCH Drums. (Jeff Porcaro, Vinne Colaiuta, John JR Robinson, Carlos Vega, Curt Bisquera, etc.) That Great Gretsch Sound. Probably the most recorded drum sound ever! It defines my sound.”

Recordings you've played on

Shane Theriot – “Highway 90”
Les Dudek – “Deeper Shades Of Blues”
Tim & Myles Thompson – “Transatlantic”
The Disco Biscuits – “The Best of The Jammy Awards Volume One” DVD
Travis Tritt – “ Sound Stage” DVD
Travis Tritt – “ Live & Kickin’ “ DVD


Drumming Influences: Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Carlos Vega, Dave Weckl, David Garibaldi, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham, Phil Collins, Manu Katche, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jim Keltner, Omar Hakim, Peter Erskine, Bernard Purdie, Rick Marotta, Jerry Marotta, Dennis Chambers, Zigaboo, Grady Tate, Buddy Rich, Neal Peart, Steve Jordan, Matt Chamberlin, Tony Williams, Ed Greene, Frank Briggs, Wilby Fletcher and on and on…….

Influences: Jesus Christ, The Music of Peter Gabriel, Sting, The Police, Marcus Miller, Tower Of Power, The Meters, The Beatles, The Yellow Jackets, Weather Report, Motown, The Wrecking Crew, Led Zeppelin, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Genesis, 805 and so many other


"I don't consider myself so much as a religious person but more of a spiritual person. I'd like people to know I acknowledge God and credit Him for where I'm at in my life and career. It's all Him, not me. I'm just the proud recipient of his blessings. Working hard, making sacrifices is all a part of it. But being still and listening and praying for guidance, that's when things begin to fall into your lap, out of nowhere. I have an incredible wife and two beautiful children, and I play drums for a living. It's amazing and crazy! That's been my dream from a very early age, almost my entire life, and I'm in the middle of that dream everyday. I truly believe this was and continues to be something God had always intended for my life. It's been a matter of being patient. staying out of my own way, trusting and letting Him open and close the doors. Never stop wishing and never stop dreaming…. never!” - Modern Drummer Interview June 2008

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