JK Northrup

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07
Feb

JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark' Out March 30

Friday, March 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the release of one of the finest melodic hard rock records for 2018 – JK Northrup & David Cagle’s first collaboration together, titled ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’.
 
There is no doubt whatsoever that this record is gonna leave a mark on fans of hard rocking, guitar driven melodic rock, with a production to die for and songs dripping in hooks and melodies.
JK Northrup & David Cagle ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ arrives March 30 worldwide.
 
A very early demo form of this album was on select digital platforms under the Liberty & Justice banner, but ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ is a whole new ball-game from the ground up.
 
MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “I’m immensely proud and excited to finally be releasing this killer record from JK and David. I’ve worked with JK since the very first MR.com compilation over 15 years back and he’s been there for me as a mastering engineer every time since. His work with me remastering some important archive releases in the last couple of years has only further emboldened my respect for him as a first rate professional and someone who can bring out the very best results in any situation. On top of that, he is a Grade A gentleman who I value as a friend and college.
Everyone I have recommended Jeff to as an engineer or producer has ended up using him and continuing that relationship. But I’ve long felt that his name is undervalued as a writer and guitarist and I think this record is his finest achievement to date and a truly stunning release – in all facets – the guitar playing, the writing and production and David Cagle is one hell of a vocalist who I think we need to work with again ASAP!”
 
Jeff Northrup: “David Cagle and I had worked together in the past and started this album back in 2014.  Unfortunately, it was shelved due to 'circumstances'. We knew we had something special even then, and the time was right to pull out this great collection of songs, dust it off and polish it up. The result is 12 of the best songs put together on any album I've been a part of!
 
Fast forward to 2017… After rewriting some of the lyrics, some arrangement changes, re-recording guitars and vocals, then bringing in the powerful rhythm section of Larry Hart - bass (Montrose, Gypsy Soul, King Kobra) and Steve Brown - drums (Montrose, Oleander-and Mick Brown's younger brother), the album has truly come to life!
Larry and Steve have been playing live together for a couple years and are TIGHT. I've played on a few albums with Larry including King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup and Gypsy Soul, which began in 1987.
 
When you hear the opening track 'The Night Is Mine', you'll know right away that you are going to Get Rocked HARD!!! David's modern approach on vocals is a breath of fresh air and I pull no punches on guitar!! With some heavy, powerful rock songs, to more main stream rockers and a couple killer ballads, it's all here!!!
Although a predominately guitar driven album, Eric Ragno does a masterful job playing keyboards on 6 songs.
 
The title track, 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark' was written by myself several years back, but sounds as fresh and powerful as if written today. Some of the lyrics are based on true life experiences about love, hate and a relationship gone bad, which is reflected in the artwork that was done by the great Nello Dell'Omo. 'The Siren' cuts out your heart and leaves you still alive, clutching your chest. Been there, done that!!! I truly am excited for everyone to here this album!! Cheers!" ~ JK Northrup
 

 
JK Northrup's professional career began in 1982 when bassist-songwriter Bruce Turgon (Lou Gramm, Foreigner) heard his demo tape and asked if he would like to record with him in Los Angeles. That offer was accepted and the next thing that happened was they were in the studio at Pasha Records being produced by the legendary Billy Thorpe (Children Of The Sun). In the next room, Quiet Riot was mixing their debut album 'Metal Health'. Billy asked JK, Bruce and Frankie Banali to tour for his new release and that's how it all began!
 
Since then, JK has recorded with, toured with and produced some of the biggest names in music and that list continues to grow today. Not only known as an elite guitarist, songwriter and producer, but also as a recording engineer and mastering specialist. In 2017 alone, JK produced, mixed and/or mastered some of the top-rated rock albums for a who's who of recording artists.
Having written songs that have been recorded by artists such as Foreigner, King Kobra, Great White, XYZ and including television and movies, the list continues to grow.
 
JK has appeared on over 30 albums over the years as a songwriter, guitarist and producer, and has mixed and mastered many others.
 
Now in 2018 comes a new album called JK Northrup & David Cagle, 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark'. This album showcases all of JK Northrup's skills as a songwriter, guitarist, producer, recording and mastering engineer.
In JK's words, 'I'm just getting started! Enjoy the ride folks'.
For more detailed bio and discography, please visit www.jknorthrup.com
 
 
Award-winning international singer David Cagle has recorded vocals on more than 1000 songs over the past 10 years for clients all over the world, covering multiple genres of music. Although a singer of many styles, Cagle is most known for his melodic, soulful rock voice. A few of Cagle's credits include:
- February Fallen: Black and White (all lead and backing vocals)
- Marty and the Bad Punch: Moon Over Baskerville (all lead and backing vocals) *Winner of 4 awards at the 2015 German Rock and Pop Awards
- Brannon: Welton St. and The Road Less Traveled (all lead and backing vocals), and many individually released singles *Winner of multiple international songwriting competitions
- Majestic: V.O.Z, Epsilon 1, Epsilon 2 (lead and backing vocals on select tracks)
- Fiction Syxx: Tall Dark Secrets (backing vocals on Given Sight and Your Promised Land)
 
 
'That's Gonna Leave A Mark' guest performers:
 
Gunnar Nelson - backing vocal on ‘Forever Starts Tonight’
Richard Kendrick - backing vocal ‘Can't’
Kelly Keeling (MSG, Blue Murder) - backing vocal ‘For Sure Thing’
DanZoid (Ted Poley, Bridger) - drums ‘That's Gonna Leave A Mark’
 
Produced, Recorded, mixed and mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
 
JK Northrup & David Cagle ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ arrives March 30 worldwide on MelodicRock Records
 
 
 
Tue
30
Jan

THE MOOD GROOVE Showcases Different Side Of JK Northrup

Friday, April 20, 2018
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Track List: 1. Funk Soul Sister  4:44 / 2. Launching Pad  4:18 / 3. Moon Calling Sun 5:13 / 4. I'm a Pharmacist 5:20 / 5. I Just Wanna Sit Down 4:05 / 6. We Are the Mushroom Men 3:49 / 7. Never Count the Cost 4:15 / 8. Stone Dead Man 2:18 / 9. Disintegrating Gods 3:31 / 10. Leaning Too Far In 4:44
 
The Mood Groove is:
Ed Balldinger - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Vibe
JK Northrup - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocal, Vibe
Glenn Hicks - Drums, Lead and Backing Vocal, Vibe
Larry Hart - Bass, Backing Vocal, Vibe
 
Additional Lead Vocals by:
Willy Seltzer- Moon Calling Sun
Buddy Davis- Stone Dead Man
 
Featuring backing vocals by Diana Short and The Salamander Choir Boys including Willy Seltzer, Buddy Davis, Dr. DruP, Richie D., John Short, StatMaster Rob and the Mood Groove
Phil Ireland- Harmonica and Vibe on Stone Dead Man
 
Produced by- JK Northrup
Co-Produced by- Ed Balldinger
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by- JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
For more info, please visit- www.jknorthrup.com <http://www.jknorthrup.com/>
All songs written by- Ed Balldinger and JK Northrup
 
The Mood Groove was formed by Ed Balldinger and JK Northrup as an outlet to create and record music that stretched their collective imaginations and to invite listeners to something a little different.  Their goal was to be “Out of the box” and not be confined to any particular style or genre, yet to be a part of them all.  As JK says, “It is musical ear candy for the brain, so the third eye can see again!”Ed Balldinger is an amazing, if not eclectic lyricist, or “Wordsmith” and published poet, as well as a talented guitarist with a wide variety of musical influences.  JK brings his skills as a songwriter, producer, recording engineer and guitarist.  Together they have combined their song-writing skills to create 10 songs in the vein of Rock, Funk, Psychedelic, Soul, Blues, Experimental, Gospel and most of all, Mood and Groove!
 
JK and Ed brought in the powerhouse rhythm section of Larry Hart on bass (Gypsy Soul, Montrose, King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup) and Glenn Hicks on drums and vocals (Gypsy Soul, Shortino-Northrup).  With much of their performances being played powerfully off the cuff, it adds an element of “live” to the album!  Glenn and Larry both played with JK in Gypsy Soul with Johnny Edwards on vocals from 1987-1989, and then again on several songs for the Shortino-Northrup “Back On Track” album in 1993. 
Adding female backing vocals by Diana Short gives a Pink Floyd, Zappa sound to some songs, while having other singers on a few songs to add a variety of vocal textures and feel.
 
If you like bands such as Living Colour and Mother Finest then this is the album to add to your music collection!
 
 
Mon
04
Dec

JON BUTCHER AXIS Self Titled Album Debuts on CD

Friday, January 19, 2018
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First time on CD! Remastered by JK Northrup and complete liner note written by Dave Reynolds
 
Jon Butcher Axis "Jon Butcher Axis"
 
Release Date: January 19
 
The band is:
Jon Butcher: Lead vocals and all guitars
Derek Blevins: Drums
Chris Martin: Bass
 
Track listing: Life takes a Life (3.56) / It's only words (3.04) / Ocean in Motion (2.22) / Can't be the only fool (3.24)  / Sentinal (3.16) / New Man (3.10) / Fairlight (3.23) / Send one care of (3.45) /  Walk like this (3.05) / We will be as one (3.59)
 
Produced and engineered by Pat Moran
Mastered by J K Northrup
 
For a time in the early 1980's it looked like as if Jon Butcher's career would know no bounds. As anyone who picked up a copy of the self-titled Jon Butcher Axis album upon its original release in 1983 would concur, here was a star on the rise. Such an upwards trajectory was well deserved given his undeniable talent, the quality of that debut and the ensuing sophomore affair “Stare at the Sun”. Indeed both albums should have resulted in greater rewards than they ultimately did at the time.
 
Although Jon would enjoy a good deal of recognition for later recorded work, such as “Wishes” (released under his own name rather than the band handle), perhaps the answer to any questions that are asked over Butcher's lack of bigger and more sustained success may be allied to the one that asks “why has it taken well over thirty years for his first two records to be officially released on CD? Sure, several of the best tracks from both albums have surfaced on compilations of Jon's work but never before has either album been issued on its entirety on a silver shiny disc. That is about to change
 
Jon had an obsession with the guitar from age 5 and his first real band was called Johanna Wild, a band that certainly caught the attention of many people, his influences including BB King, Jimi Hendrix,  Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy.
 
Notable tracks from the first album include "Ocean in Motion" and "Walk Like This". This album reached No. 91 in the Billboard pop album charts and Axis' video "Life Takes a Life" became one of the first videos by a black artist to receive airtime on MTV. At that time, the only two black artists enjoying MTV coverage were The Jon Butcher Axis and Michael Jackson. The result of his success afforded further growing popularity for the band, which added the opportunity to tour with Rush ('Signals' tour '83),Def Leppard ('Pyromania' tour '83) and Scorpions ('Hurricane' tour '84). amongst others.
 
Jon Butcher has an undeniable talent and this 10 track album from the classic early eighties era shows just what this man had to offer. Timeless..
 
 
 
Fri
27
Oct

FICTION SYXX - Tall Dark Secrets (Showcase)

DEBUT OFFICIAL VIDEO!
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce signing new hard rock project FICTION SYXX. The debut album ‘Tall Dark Secrets’ will be released August 26.
 
FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue.  But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
 
OUT NOW
 
FICTION SYXX - 'Tall Dark Secrets' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Mark then talked to an old bandmate, drummer, Rory Faciane.  Rory is a live and studio drummer that attended the Musicians Institute and now resided in Nashville TN.  Rory immediately came on board with Mark and JK as the drummer.  Then Mark began talking to Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER).  After Tony heard the first ideas for this project, he offered to play bass and added his amazing talents to the project.  Finally, keyboardist extraordinaire, Eric Ragno (GRAHAM BONNET, JOE LYNN TURNER) was added to the lineup.
 
Now the band was complete and ready to deliver the album “TALL DARK SECRETS”!
 
FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.
 
The name FICTION SYXX was created nearly 10 years ago. It is derived from the many mystical and mythical meanings behind the number 6 and sequences of that number such as “666” and “6666”.  Since Mark was born on 6-6-66, the mystique about the number six became intriguing to him.  In the 80’s, it also gained quite the bit of attention when being ID’d at convenience stores and bars.
 
 
 
 
FICTION SYXX is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm- Lead and Acoustic Guitar
JK Northrup -  Rhythm- Lead- Slide and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal
Tony Franklin - Bass
Rory Faciane - Drums and Percussion
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA
 
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

JK Northrup & Johnny Edwards Years Packaged as GYPSY SOUL

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Friday, October 20, 2017
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The Band:
Johnny Edwards: Lead vocals (ex Foreigner and King Kobra)
JK Northrup: Lead Guitars (ex XYZ and King Kobra)
Justin McDaid: Rhythm Guitars
Larry Hart: Bass (ex King Kobra)
Glenn Hicks: Drums
 
Produced by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Studios except songs 8-9-10-11 Produced by Ronnie Montrose
Mastered by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
 
Track List: 1-Fat City  03:38 / 2-Fire And Water 03:35 / 3-Winners And Losers 04:02 / 4-Ready For The Rain 04:36 / 5-Sheila 03:44 / 6-Candy Apple Red 03:16 / 7-She’s Waiting 04:07 / 8-Survival In The Streets 04:35 / 9-Dancin’ Feet  03:09 / 10-Burning In Her Fire 03:36 / 11-Rough Life 04:34 / 12-The Kid Is Back In Town 03:59 /  13-Outside Looking In 03:39 / 14-The West 04:19
 
The Northrup Years
 
In 1987 four musicians were brought together by the legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose  and their shared manager. Those four were guitarist JK Northrup, Lead vocalist Johnny Edwards, bassist Larry Hart and J K’s long-time friend and drummer Glenn Hicks. Within two weeks they were rehearsing writing and in the studio recording with Ronnie Montrose, who was producing their first demo. It was immediately evident that there was a lot of electricity with the band! Drawing on such influences as Bad Company, Whitesnake and Humble Pie The band’s energy was powerful.
 
Almost immediately several major labels such as Geffen, Atlantic and MCA were coming to the shows and rehearsals showing great interest in signing the band. John Kalodner himself put the band into the studio to record a further six songs.
 
Although an agreement was not reached with any of the record labels the band recorded and demoed many songs over two years. They added a fifth member; rhythm guitarist Justin McDaid and continued playing, writing and showcasing until 1989 when they disbanded resulting in Edwards joining Foreigner and J K Northrup joining up with Paul Shortino for two albums.
 
This collection of 14 songs are a small portion of songs they wrote but they capture the spirit of what a great they actually were. Many of the songs were later performed and recorded by Foreigner, “Ready for the Rain”, “King Kobra”, “Burning in her fire”, “Wild Horses”, “Fire and Water”, “The Kid is Back in Town and “Rough Life” were recorded on the classic album “Back on Track” by Shortino and Northrup.
 
During 1988 JK Northrup, Johnny Edwards and Larry Hart were recruited by legendary drummer Carmine Appice to write, record and perform the King Kobra III album.
 
This is a classic case of a band that should have been a multi-platinum success and these songs we have here are a reminder of what a great group of musicians and prolific songwriters they are.
 
 
 
Tue
22
Aug

FICTION SYXX - Tall Dark Secrets - IN STOCK NOW!

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce signing new hard rock project FICTION SYXX. The debut album ‘Tall Dark Secrets’ is in stock now. All pre-orders shipping out.
 
FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue.  But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
 
PRE-ORDER NOW! All pre-orders will ship early.
 
FICTION SYXX - 'Tall Dark Secrets' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR August Deal:
 
FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN (Both Releases for $30 and just $4 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Mark then talked to an old bandmate, drummer, Rory Faciane.  Rory is a live and studio drummer that attended the Musicians Institute and now resided in Nashville TN.  Rory immediately came on board with Mark and JK as the drummer.  Then Mark began talking to Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER).  After Tony heard the first ideas for this project, he offered to play bass and added his amazing talents to the project.  Finally, keyboardist extraordinaire, Eric Ragno (GRAHAM BONNET, JOE LYNN TURNER) was added to the lineup.
 
Now the band was complete and ready to deliver the album “TALL DARK SECRETS”!
 
FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.
 
The name FICTION SYXX was created nearly 10 years ago. It is derived from the many mystical and mythical meanings behind the number 6 and sequences of that number such as “666” and “6666”.  Since Mark was born on 6-6-66, the mystique about the number six became intriguing to him.  In the 80’s, it also gained quite the bit of attention when being ID’d at convenience stores and bars.
 
 
 
 
FICTION SYXX is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm- Lead and Acoustic Guitar
JK Northrup -  Rhythm- Lead- Slide and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal
Tony Franklin - Bass
Rory Faciane - Drums and Percussion
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA
 
 
 
Thu
15
Jun

Fiction Syxx - Given Sight (Album 'Tall Dark Secrets' Out August 26)

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce signing new hard rock project FICTION SYXX. The debut album ‘Tall Dark Secrets’ will be released August 26.
 
FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue.  But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
 
Mark then talked to an old bandmate, drummer, Rory Faciane.  Rory is a live and studio drummer that attended the Musicians Institute and now resided in Nashville TN.  Rory immediately came on board with Mark and JK as the drummer.  Then Mark began talking to Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER).  After Tony heard the first ideas for this project, he offered to play bass and added his amazing talents to the project.  Finally, keyboardist extraordinaire, Eric Ragno (GRAHAM BONNET, JOE LYNN TURNER) was added to the lineup.
 
Now the band was complete and ready to deliver the album “TALL DARK SECRETS”!
 
FICTION SYXX is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm- Lead and Acoustic Guitar
JK Northrup -  Rhythm- Lead- Slide and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal
Tony Franklin - Bass
Rory Faciane - Drums and Percussion
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA
 
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Wed
11
Nov

LIBERTY & JUSTICE To Release 'The Vow' on CD and New EP

Release Year: 
2015
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On December 1st, Retroactive Records is releasing the 2015 edition of LIBERTY 'N JUSTICE - The Vow.  The release features several metal legends, and the band continues to perfect their brand of sleeze/hair/pop hard rock and metal!  Previously available only as a digital download, the Retroactive Records edition features two new bonus tracks, and is housed in a full color four panel digipak! 

Pre-orders are available now at:  http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com

 
And the first of two new EPs is also due anytime now. Lifesongs features 5 new tracks featuring JK Northrup.
 
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