Andy Northrup | Making My Way

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Making My Way

by Andy Northrup

“Making My Way” took some time, but the long awaited CD from celebrated veteran singer/songwriter Andy Northrup. “Making My Way” contains some of the best tunes this prolific, award winning songwriter has ever penned. With a Folk-Rock vibe and a bit of Americana/Roots, this offering reflects the imagery of a hard-lived, well seasoned life. Andy has never been afraid to say what needs to be said, and this is evident from the poignant, honest, razor edged lyrics. Though all of the songs are top notch, some are sure to become classics including the well chosen title cut “Making My Way”, “I’ve Been Busy”, “Old With You” and the unforgettably moving “Stay If You Want To”.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Making My Way
3:24 $0.99
2. I've Been Busy (Radio Edit)
3:15 $0.99
3. Maybe This Time
4:43 $0.99
4. Old With You
3:28 $0.99
5. You Hold the Cards
3:45 $0.99
6. Once Again
3:19 $0.99
7. Stay If You Want to
4:30 $0.99
8. Talking to You
3:37 $0.99
9. What's Inside
5:39 $0.99
10. Give Up On You
3:20 $0.99
11. Steal Your Blues
3:23 $0.99
12. I've Been Busy (Unedited Version)
3:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Here are what critics are saying about Northrup's latest offering:

Versatile Northrup - Like photographs that show more detail as you enlarge them, Andy Northrup 's songs tend to reveal more beneath the surface when you listen closely. Which is no surprise when you consider the man's multi-faceted career. By day he's a former social worker turned consultant with Service Canada. On his off-hours he's an award-winning actor, singer and songwriter who has written for stage and screen and three notable recordings including the new CD called 'Making My Way'. At first listen the disc offers often upbeat songs about friendships and relationships, cast in an appealing folk-rock style. On the second spin you may hit something darker. Beyond the straightforward love songs he addresses issues like addiction (House of Cards, I've Been Busy), depression (What's Inside) or a sense of community (Old With You, inspired in part by his times volunteering for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Northern Lights Folk Club). Northrup underlines that his songs are not all autobiographical. His previous albums Slow Burn Avenue (2000) and Cardboard Logic (2005) showed he's a deft observer, and he admits his work is informed by his background in social work.
'Making My Way' reflects Northrup's new collaboration with co-producer-musicians James Murdoch and Chris Wynters, with added help from guitarist Nathan Carroll and keyboardist David Aide among others. It's been a long wait for this latest installment of the songwriter's stories but it feels like his most personal, rewarding collection yet. -Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

Todd Van Harmon/SongFolk Journal:
"As I began to listen to Andy Northrup's new CD release "Making My Way", I found there was something about him that just cuts through to the raw emotion. At first I thought it was his vocals, there aren't any bells and whistles or special effects, and his voice really grabs your attention. Then I started listening to the lyrics of his songs, I was intrigued. The title cut "Making My Way" really set the direction of the CD as he sings about making his way through life's obstacles, it has become one of my favorites, and the accompanying video is also well done. The song "I've Been Busy" has 2 edits; the radio edit and the "explicit" original; it's a huge hit song if it ever got the chance. Unfortunately the explicit original is the one that really strikes at the core
with its one word profanity and attitude, we can all relate. The song "Old With You" holds such a great sentiment, it reminded me a little of when Country music used to be fantastic, back when Vince Gill and the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo ruled. I'm not much into ballads, but "Stay If You Want To" is one of the best I've ever heard or reviewed (and I've heard a lot!). The nuances of this song gave me chills, and again Andy's raw emotion really hit a home run, another huge song if it ever got the chance. "Give Up On You" also reached inside me, but I was so enamored by "Stay If You Want To" that I had a hard time concentrating on it.
I was familiar with Andy Northrup from his past releases nearly a decade ago. Andy is not a Folk singer in the traditional sense, but he's not country either. Though he hails from Canada, there's a lot of what is called Americana Roots music that runs through his blood. What I know is that Andy Northrup is a prolific songwriter that compares to the likes of Kristofferson, Dylan, Lightfoot and Prine. Andy's vocals are sincere and flawed to raw perfection. Finally what I've discovered is that Andy Northrup has lived his life harder than most, and has plenty of hard learned wisdom to share about being a mortal human. Don't miss this one!"

D. McKinney/Listener Review"
"This CD was so worth the wait! Andy's songs are so insightful! I read where someone used the word "honest" in their review and I'd have to say that was right on the money. My new "favorite" CD!"

Bill Stella /GAAMC Magazine:
"Borne of hard experience, newfound maturity marks Northrup's return to recording. His tightly Country Folk songwriting style won't leave anyone gasping for breath about it's head-spinning invention or incisive insight - in other words, it's a fairly conventional set. But two aspects stand out: Since he was last heard from half a decade ago, Northrup's singing has gained a confidence earned from hard knocks. Scars from battles survived remain discernible, with an audible weariness which hasn�t outworn it's welcome. Concurrently his lyrics have risen to meet the challenges of communicating his more complicated life. "Stay If You Want To" and "You Hold The Cards" are just two titles that hint at Northrup's state of mind, but "Give Up On You" is NOT so obviously what you might think. In a smart move that's all too rare, Northrup provides both an uncensored and a "Radio Edit" version of the album highlight "I've Been Busy". The uncensored version is a laugh-out-loud now, stifle one's choking-up emotions later experiemce which captures a rarely admitted to aspect of any stressed-out individual's typical life: "It's nice to see you here, / I wonder why it took so long / You were saying how I'm looking tired / You wonder what brought that about... I/ Well I've been busy fucking up/ Busy fucking up / And worried 'bout the choices that I make. / I've been dreading every dream / Trying to stay afloat... // That's OK, you don't have to care / And I'll be fine if I can figure out / just what it is I need to learn... "I recognize that man! He's trying to make sense of his life with a sense of humor, trying to accept it as-is, but neither acceptance nor so-called common sense come easily to all of us, never mind becoming our strong suit. Good work, Andy, for finding the right words to express being an inarticulate mess."

Jas-Canada/Listener Review:
"I really enjoy this album on all kinds of levels. I/'m quite selective in my listening habits in the car and Making My Way is one of two CDs I have in regular rotation as I drive - the other is a Bob Marley album so Andy is in very good company. The title track is brilliant and resonates with me in so many ways - as do most of the other skillfully composed and performed songs. Andy/'s skills as a songwriter are amazing. I find myself humming the tunes for hours after listening to the album and every time I/'m actually listening to the songs, the poetry of Andy/'s words finds a place in my psyche and hits home - depending on my mood they can be uplifting or, at times, very leveling. This to me is the signature of an amazing writer and performer. The songs mean something to me on a very deep level - and not always the same thing, the depth of emotions evoked is amazing. There is always a sense that Andy is writing from the heart, not just stringing words together but putting himself into every word and exposing himself for the world to see and hear. I/'ve been listening to this album for a while now and I don/'t find myself growing tired of listening to it. Great work Andy,"

Len Rogers/Stonewall Society:
"You know that great feeling. The one you get when talking to a long absent friend. The feeling that hits the moment when you both realize that it seems just like yesterday. No difficulty in talking. No uncomfortable moments. You just pick up where you left off years ago. That is precisely the reaction I had when I first listened to "Making My Way". I expected a positive experience, no doubt. My expectations are met and beyond. Admittedly a fan from Andy Northrup's first two CD's, I was anxious to hear what a few years of musical absence would bring. I say musical but mean new CD to be specific. (While we may have missed new music that is not to say this multi-faceted artist has not been creating.) To be honest the word missed or missing does not even apply to the listening experience.. In addition to a fine vocal delivery, Andy Northrup has a unique and wonderful ability at story telling. His specialty is to share that story with music. I am reminded of the Woody Guthrie style of observance and sharing. The "everyman" quality to Guthrie's works are echoed in "Making My Way". Even present in the title maybe? Northrup like Guthrie has a sincere way of seeing and sharing what he see in the lives around him. Not always a life he knows well. It may just be a fleeting moment in a public square or a chance meeting in a bar. However, Andy Northrup can take that brief encounter and create a musical vision. Complete with vibrancy, emotion, and depth. It seems the songs Andy sings are personal, close to him. Things he may have done or experienced. That is just a part of the Northrup charm and magic. Andy draws you in, includes you. His stories are something to which many can relate. That makes perfect sense as Andy's stories and music are many times about the world around him. "Making My Way" is a strong and worthy CD. Andy Northrup fans will be thrilled with the familiar depth, wide diversity of possibilities, sincere and sometimes tender delivery that is Andy Northrup."

Jill Violette/Listener Review:
"If you are interested in Canadian Music check out Andy Northrup 's new album. Marc and I really enjoyed it and have posted our review for your consideration. Way to go Andy - another great album!!!! 'Making My Way' is the third album by country folk singer-songwriter Andy Northrup. Although a departure from his early work, fans will certainly appreciate the optimism of carefully scripted lyrics and melodic tones emanating from a voice that shines with clarity and a word well spoken. By incorporating a plethora of human emotions on this album, Andy's music has the ability to draw in a variety of people, regardless of mood or feeling. The progression of Andy's albums over time seems to mimic life itself; whereas the albums 'Slow Burn Avenue' and 'Cardboard Logic' spoke of love lost and life struggles, the message of 'Making My Way' is one of hope, forgiveness, and moving on, as demonstrated in the song 'Old With You': "I want to get old with you; And make more mistakes; And enjoy life from the comfort of your warm embrace; I get to be who I am; In all I try to do; And if I should all fall down I know just where I'm running to; Cause (sic) I get to get old with you". As always, Andy's guitar picking does not disappoint, combining the familiar country, folk, and blues riffs together to make the strings of his music come alive. The title track is one that could easily be heard playing on the radio, with a head-bopping beat and a moving country rhythm. There are also enough slow rhythm songs to keep the album interesting; the songs 'Maybe This Time' and 'Once Again' provide a brief audible relief of the raw emotion one cannot help but feel when listening to this album. The only critical item to mention is the choice to include the censored version of 'I've Been Busy'; the lyrical content would have had more impact with the original version. Nonetheless, the lyrics to this track successfully draw the listener into a place that is often difficult for men to relate, one of self-deprecation and the willingness to admit fault. 'Making My Way' is definitely a heart-felt album to listen to when life has thrown at you everything it has, and still, you need a reason to keep on going. I encourage Andy to continue the route he has chosen for himself; he has proven that Canadian music does not have to be dull and flat, and his contributions to the genre will be appreciated by generations."

Rick Chris/The Studio Of Rick Chris:
"very masculine, gentle and seductive. In places I think I hear a channeling of a young Jim Croce. Lyrics are very intelligent, thought out and obviously come from that place in the mind we call the heart. In particular, some lyrics in "Old With You" caught me. "And now I'm looking at these kids - And they don't care about the past or what we did - But in the not too distant days - The wheels of life will spin and they won't have a say". Those words can apply to so many things nowadays, particularly to younger generations who have no idea how things were and how quickly things can change."
Bear Radio Network:
Andy has penned some of his best tunes

Gail Connors/Listener Review:
"Life, with deep heartfelt emotion set to music"

Out Alliance:
"this Andy Northrup CD is why we all listen to music"

Chris Rivera/Listener Review:
"Really enjoyed listening, deep songs. Andy Northrup should be famous!"

Lisa Fraley/Listener Review:
"Exceptional collection of songs. Andy is a breath of fresh air in today's music smog!"



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Robby Cozzi

Excellent, thoughtful songwriting....and a polished sound..easy on the ears...
I love this new record from Andy. His songwriting is intimate and I love when, as a listener, you can be dropped right into the moment. Musically, his vocals sound great and the qulaity of these recordings is crisp and clear as a bell. Some of the tracks that stand out for me are..."I've Been Busy", "Steal Your Blues", and "What's Inside". These are thge ones I hit repeat least for now...I like the whole record! =)

Greg Hudson

From Up North
Making My Way is a Great collection of music and in depth lyrics that reach right into the heart, soul and spirit. The music as crafty and professional. Making My Way Delivers right to you, and I mean it delivers. Smart lyrics and catchy music make for a great sit down with some one on one personal reflection. Folk, country and straight edge music that slaps you and makes you look at life. I LOVE this album. it is hard to say which song is my favorite but If I had to pick two, they would be I've Been Busy and the title cut, Making My Way. Thank You Andy for professional music that will last a lifetime.