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Cardboard Logic

by Andy Northrup

Folk rock that rocks. Top 10 of 2005 - PM Entertainment Magazine New York, NY. #1 album of 2005 Stonewall Society - Musical Artist of 2005. Well reviewed around the world with airplay to match. Listen and see for yourself.
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1. Sometimes
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2. These Hands
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3. Quicksand Decay
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4. Wondering
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5. The Love Your Heart Needs
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6. It Ain't Easy
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7. Same Dream
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8. Concrete Alibi
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9. All To You
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10. Understand
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11. Truth Breaks Through
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12. Harsh (But True)
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13. Sometimes (Alternate Version)
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Album Notes
FLASH FLASH - Ireland's Nicky Rossiter says this about Cardboard Logic "Northrup is one of those wonderful writers who makes beautiful music, tells true stories and I am sure enthralls his live audiences but needs that wider listenership that his songs deserve so much. Do your bit. Seek out this album, buy it, enjoy it and, if you have any clout with radio stations, get it played." "Cardboard Logic" has been voted Number 1 album of the year for 2005 at Andy Northrup is voted by the USA's Stonewall Society as their "Musical Artist of the Year" for 2005 with Andy's tune "It Ain't Easy" voted as "PRIDE Song of the Year" 2005. Flash Flash

Andy Northrup is back with a new song cycle that builds on the strengths of his first effort "Slow Burn Avenue" ("a sterling debut" - Larry Flick, Billboard Aug 2002).

Cardboard Logic is already receiving rave reviews from Canadian publications like the Edmonton Journal ("Cardboard Logic leans towards social and political themes at points, hitting at the heart of the issues on a personal level. Northrup's honest, inquiring viewpoint, energetic folk-rock sound and depth of wordplay deserve wider notice." - Roger Levesque) and Outlooks magazine ("Cardboard Logic is a well-rounded collection of songs that showcase Northrup's strengths to great effect." - David Crosson), not to mention Canadian radio like the CBC, CJSR-Edmonton and CKUA. More great international reviews have been received from the U.S.'s Stonewall Society's Len Rogers and BBC Radio Wales' Frank Hennesey.

With this new album, Northrup continues to challenge and entertain fans and critics alike through his unique blend of socially relevant lyrics wrapped within his enticing blend of folk and roots oriented rock.

Cardboard Logic has already garnered the strong support of one of Western Canada's premiere folk critics - Andy Donnelly of CKUA Radio's "The Celtic Show". In Mr. Donnelly's praise for this new disc he commented that "the album is lyrically brilliant, musically great and features three exceptional tracks that all qualify as 'singles'."

Mr. Donnelly went on to single out the poignant ballad of the common labourer, "These Hands", the fiercely stated stance against homophobia "It Ain't Easy", and the number that both opens and closes the album "Sometimes." Always looking to challenge his listeners, Northrup has recorded two versions of "Sometimes," - the first is bright and optimistic with the second version, the album closing bonus track, being more reflective and wistful.

Frank Hennesey of BBC Wales' "Celtic Heartbeat" chimes in with airplay of "These Hands" and echos Donnelly's comments regarding the song. Here's what Frank had to say about the new disc:

"I love the album, I think it's terrific, I think the songs are absolutely, some of them are quite dark and pretty intense, but I think it's just great and hopefully we'll be playing more from that in the new year."

Edmonton's CBC 740 AM's Lydia Neufeld states that "folks have been eagerly anticipating Northrup's follow-up to 'Slow Burn Avenue' and it doesn't disappoint."

Along with the insightful ballads that Northrup has become known for, Cardboard Logic brings to light Northrup's amazing up-tempo sensibilities. His new disc is peppered with a number of up-tempo songs including the character driven "Wondering", the eyebrow raising free-form lyric of "Quicksand Decay", and the searing commentary on our current political climate "Only trying to Understand."

Northrup's new effort deserves to be part of your collection and a listen to the clips on your left will be all that's needed to convince you. Please enjoy!



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daniel fournier

Cardboard Logic
first off I must say that I have work with Andy for many many years, though we have lost touch. now, I just purchase this cd, and compare to the first one wich is great, this one is even better, the funny part for me, is that now that I have not talk or work with Andy, I am listening to this cd as I would for any artist that I don't know, if you see what I mean, and it is a different aproche, I kind of laugh at myself, because on the second song, which I love, Andy's voice as mature and well, he sound so sexy! and I had to remind myself that this is a friend, but the cd is just fantastic. my partner Greg, just love it too, and he does not know Andy, the sound is excellent, the quality of the song writing is nothing short than top quality. I am so proud to have the cd, and I can say to my friend here in Stettler alberta, that I know this person, and I know Pat Cambel , sorry for the spelling, and I am so proud. I have landed the cd to some people and they are planning to purchase it, they are so impress. if you like a someone that sing with passion, very rare these days, go for this one. Andy has some nice female back ground singer that sound so good, I had a bit of a tear thinking about him and how much of a good guy he is and believe me, he is in real life , doing what ever he does with so much passion! that is just the way Andy is. He lives his life with passion, I am sure that at time he must hurt , he is a strong man but so much feeling. I really love the music man. and I listen to it every day. if you see this Andy, I think of you and eveveryone, so, please do like me, take a chance, you will love this cd. Daniel fournier Stettler alberta.

Outlooks Magazine

Showcases Northrup's strengths to great effect
Andy Northrup is one of those Canadian performers who holds his own as a musician, sans hype, synthesizers, or "playing the gay card". He is a singer-songwriter before all else and a good one at that. Judged on it's own merit, 'Cardboard Logic' is a well-rounded collection of songs that showcase Northrup's strengths to great effect. Whether it's upbeat cuts like the album-opener "Sometimes" and "(Only Trying To) Understand" or one of his more reflective ballads like "These Hands", this Edmonton based performer's talent shines through in the most unassuming and 'comfortable' kind of way. 'Cardboard Logic" is also an excellent showcase of Northrup's skills as a lyricist. Some things in life aren't easy, but when it comes to music, Andy Northrup and his crew really do make it seem like it is.

Rambles magazine

Buy this album, enjoy it, and get it played on radio!
Here is a beautiful album of thoughtful lyrics allied to a gentle production.

The wonder of popular songs is not in their construction or performance -- it is in luck. Andy Northrup deserves that luck to allow the wider audience for good music to experience his talent.

If only one track from this album makes it on to international airwaves, let it be "These Hands." Given enough exposure -- either of this version or another recording by a well-known artist -- this song could make him an international star. It has the lot: heartfelt lyrics, effective backing and a well-honed performance.

"Truth Breaks Through" is a good story-song with a solid beat that will bring you along.

Northrup is one of those wonderful writers who makes beautiful music, tells true stories and I am sure enthralls his live audiences but needs that wider listenership that his songs deserve so much. Do your bit. Seek out this album, buy it, enjoy it and, if you have any clout with radio stations, get it played.

Jed Ryan - PM Magazine - New York, NY

One of the top 10 albums of 2005
CARDBOARD LOGIC Andy Northrup (R New House Up North): Call it "Northern Comfort"! With his influences clearly in the realm of American country music (guitar-driven, earthy music with lots of heart and lack of pretense), it's easy to assume that Andy Northrup is from Nashville, Ten-ne-see or another Southern town. Nope. Singer/songwriter/activist/playwright Northrup is from Canada. He's got a distinctively deep, strong voice with a passion that occasionally erupts into fire. This fire is fueled by Northrup's views about war ("Wondering"), politics ("It Ain't Easy"), age ("These Hands"), equality, and relationships-- and how, as you may have guessed, they all kind of tie in. On "Sometimes", the opening track of "Cardboard Logic", Northrup's second album, Northrup sings, "Sometimes I'm glad I'm so strong." So are we, Mr. Northrup!
STANDOUTS: "Sometimes", "These Hands", "It Ain't Easy", "Wondering".

Canadian Society for Traditional Music - David Gregory

Not traditional folksong but "in the Guthrie tradition"
Northrup's songs will be the reason why you may purchase these discs and play them again and again. The sound is clean and the quality of the musicianship is high. This is not traditional folksong, but it is, in a sense, "in the tradition". The Guthrie tradition, that is. Northrup sounds not unlike a Canadian Martyn Joseph; there were some echoes of Phil Ochs and of the younger Bob Dylan, the underground poet of Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited. Northrup's writing is not political folk music but rather an attempt to probe below the surface of society. There is an empathy with rebels and the disadvantaged, and there is a profound conviction that something has gone very wrong with the status quo. By mentioning these influences or parallels I'm trying to give some indication of the quality and originality of Northrup's best songwriting. He may not be in the same league as Joseph (let alone Dylan), but he is close, and there are some songs on these albums that really do deserve to be heard. I still like the socially conscious ones best. "It Ain't Easy", for example, which is about the religious right's attitude to homosexuality could easily become a gay anthem (perhaps it already has). "Truth Breaks Through", which, if my intuition is correct, is about AIDS, is another powerful commentary on the choices we make and the reasons for them. Listening to Cardboard Logic was not a comfortable experience, but I'm glad to have explored it. I think others will find it rewarding too. There is a lot in these song/poems about miscommunication, fear, guilt, and the harm that can come both from deceit and dishonesty. Northrup is undoubtedly a talented musician/poet with a lot to say. I will certainly be on the lookout for his next release and I hope that he will turn up on the Alberta folk festival circuit.

Frank Hennesey - BBC Radio Wales - Celtic Heartbeat

I love the album, I think it's terrific
“Here’s a fella I hadn’t heard of until a couple of days ago. His name is Andy Northrup. He’s an American I believe and he’s got a new album called “Cardboard Logic” – it’s pretty dark. I particularly like this track it’s called “These Hands”.

Well, what do you think eh? A drop of a real clanger there? He’s Canadian, of course he is, it’s got Canada written all over it. I shouldn’t have said he was an American, that’s a heinous crime that is, it’s like calling a Welshman English, don’t do it, just don’t’ do it.

So Andy I’m sorry about that but I love the album, I think it’s terrific, I think the songs are absolutely, some of them are quite dark but I think it’s just great and hopefully we’ll be playing more from that in the new year.

Bernard Jones sent me a letter with it that informed me of the Canadian singer and songwriter Andy Northrup, and Bernard I hope you let Andy know that he’s broken on BBC Radio Wales."

Robert Urban -

The compelling followup to the critically acclaimed "Slow Burn Avenue"
“You think it’s easy, you think it’s plain/ You think the frown upon my face/ Implies the faggot knows his place/ And it’s that easy.”
The tone for Andy Northrup’s compelling new 12 song CD, Cardboard Logic, released in January this year, is set by the song lyrics it "It Ain't Easy." This accomplished gay singer/songwriter hails from the Edmonton area in Alberta, Canada. Over the years, Northrup has written or co-written a catalogue of over 100 songs. He has also made a name for himself as a professional stage actor. As a composer/lyricist Northrup has collaborated on works for musical theater and the prestigious Edmonton Symphony. His previous CD was the critically acclaimed Slow Burn Avenue in 2001.
In realizing his latest effort, Northrup has assembled a cast of expert players to achieve a genuine folksy, bluegrass, truckin’, soft-rock sound. With Northrup on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, the album also features a core backup band of Pat Campbell on electric guitar, Ed Garrick on bass and Gordon Marshall on drums. There’s also guest mandolin, fiddle and accordion onboard to help set the down-home, mostly country mood. Between the cozy, harmony-rich vocals and the band’s percolating music, Cardboard Logic offers a sonic experience that could surely keep one warm on a frosty, Alberta night. Several of the CD’s tunes, like “Wondering” and “The Love Your Heart Needs” have pop-hit single appeal.
As a singer, Northrup possesses a soothing, friendly, butch baritone. His “buddy/older brother” vocal delivery is reminiscent of the softer side of Harry Chapin’s and Bruce Springsteen’s early, 1950s-influenced work, and will especially appeal to gay male listeners who enjoy masculine “regular guy” type singer/songwriters. As a self-identified “bear” musical artist, Northrup has already developed a considerable following in the gay ursine community.
Readily apparent in Northrup’s songwriting are influences of Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Christopher Cross, Roy Orbison, as well as the above-mentioned Chapin and Springsteen. There’s also an uncanny musical kinship to another Canadian singer-songwriter: Dan Hill of “Sometimes When We Touch” fame.
Ah, but herein lies the difference (if not the rub). Cardboard Logic’s easy-listening sound, Northrup’s pleasant singing, and the breezy way his music is executed contrast sharply with the very dark, depressing lyrics contained within. In his voice, his appearance, and his musical stylings, Northrup may come off as a laid-back, down-to-earth “man’s man,” but his lyrics expose an intense and painful emotional vulnerability lurking beneath the otherwise easy-going surface.
Several of the CD’s songs lament men’s inability to form genuine, compassionate relationships. Other tracks decry men’s unwillingness to be open about their sexuality. To this listener it appears that Northrup has endured impossible and unrequited love with straight and/or closeted men in his life. Additionally, he seems to have suffered from relationships that were only sexual in nature, with no underlying romance or understanding.
Northrup pointedly and skillfully crafts all this pain into his art. Check out the tracks “All to You,” “Harsh, but True,” and my personal favorite, the rockin’ ”The Truth Breaks Through.” For many gay men who’ve gone through similar sorrows, these songs will strike a familiar, bittersweet chord.
In fact, loneliness, somber thoughts, emotional insecurity, conflicted feelings, world pessimism, and an unsure sense about things in life haunt nearly every song on Cardboard Logic. The album contains repeated references to “hiding” (as in hiding the truth), and to “pills” (as in taking them to block the anguish). Northrup’s sensitivities are those of a classic, Kierkegaardian existentialist with a social anxiety disorder. As expressed in his lyrics, the two personality types become blurred.
If others share my first reaction upon hearing Cardboard Logic, guys (and even gals) from all over are going to want to dash up to Canada and give this heavy-hearted guy a big bear hug.
My complaints with this CD are few and minor. There are so many people thanked in the booklet liner notes that the gesture loses its meaning. The space might have been put to better use accommodating larger-sized printed lyrics, because the text font is so small one has to use a magnifying glass (if not a microscope) to read them. I’m also not sure the name “Cardboard Logic” aptly describes the overall gist of the songs contained within, but listeners can make their own decision on this.
Andy Northrup will be touring throughout the U.S. starting early this summer, 2005. Get more info on Andy at

R Wolff

A well thought out and heartfelt record
I bought the CD last December at CD Baby. A very well thought out and heart-felt record. You prove that you do not need big bucks to make big records. Some times I feel like music is getting more and more restricted. But it is good to hear music that leaves an impression. People like you using traditional means to make music that lasts longer than what passes for popular music these days.

Chicago Free Press

Gregg Shapiro
"A number of gay male singer/songwriters have discs that may be of interest to readers during Pride month and throughout the year. Nothing Like It (markmercer is a collection of original tunes by blue-eyed soul singer Mark Mercer, including the infectious same-sex marriage dance track "Chapel of Love." Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Northrup's songs have a touch of the twang on 'Cardboard Logic' (, and Speak True ( by Ron Morris is a pleasing assortment of folk-pop numbers."

Edmonton Journal

Northrup's energetic folk-rock sound and wordplay deserve wider notice
"Cardboard Logic leans towards social and political themes at points, hitting at the heart of the issues on a personal level. Northrup's honest, inquiring viewpoint, energetic folk-rock sound and depth of wordplay deserve wider notice." - Roger Levesque Edmonton Journal
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