David Northrup (born April 8, 1968) is an American drummer who works as a session and touring Musician in many genres.
Born in Syracuse, New York Northrup grew up in the small town of Chittenango, New York where he attended Chittenango High School and graduated in 1987. He studied privately with many of Central New York's premiere teachers such as John Dixon, Frank Briggs, Wilby Fletcher and Ron Keck.
In 1990 Northrup relocated to Central Florida to continue his studies and quickly became involved in the Tampa Bay Blues and Top 40 music scene. In 1991 His path crossed with Guitar great Les Dudek who recruited Him to record the title Track for his CD release "Deeper Shades Of Blues". Dudek originally began the project in 1990 with the late great Jeff Porcaro,
who recorded on all other drum tracks. Also during his time in Florida he toured with entertainer Dennis Lee performing at fairs and festivals throughout the United States and Canada.
In 1995 Northrup relocated once again to Nashville, Tennessee where he began working with The King of Cajun, Jo-El Sonnier and Blues guitarist Christian Hastings. His most notable early work though, where his name became established, was with Country Superstar Travis Tritt from 2000-2009.
Northrup spent a total of nine years with Tritt, performing on several live DVDs and CDs, also appearing on late night TV: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Rosie O'Donnell show, Jimmy Kimmel live, and awards shows such as the CMA, CMT the ACM awards. He performed with Tritt and jam band sensation The Disco Biscuits at 2005 Jammy Awards at The Madison Square Garden Theater in New Your City.
He augmented his work by continuing to be an active session player and producer in Nashville, doing drum clinics for his endorsement companies and often touring with other Nashville national acts during downtime from Tritt's touring schedule with Artists such as Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, Doug Stone, Lee Greenwood, Ty Herndon, John Waite and Jo Dee Messina.
After leaving Leaving Travis Tritt he was quickly recruited by country artist Pam Tillis
to be her touring drummer. In 2012 he toured with Wynonna Judd and 2013 with classic country artist Connie Smith.
In 2014 he accepted the drum chair in mighty Oaks Band for the Legendary Oak Ridge boys where he would stay until 2017. He would eventually leave after being offered a tour with Boz Scaggs in the spring of 2017.
In 2018 he did tour dates with 80's Country Atrist T. Graham Brown and in 2019 with Rock Legend Rick Derringer.
In 2020 David Northrup released his debut solo Instrumental CD "Shapes" produced by Grammy Award winning producer Shane Theriot. It includes performances by Theriot (Hall & Oats, The Neville Brothers) and Mike Miller (Gino Vannelli , Chick Corea) on Guitar. Adam Nitti and the legendary George Porter Jr from The Meters on bass. Pat Coil and David Torkonowsky on keyboards and several others.