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Jack NortonBusker’s Blues

Jack’s new solo album of hokum blues, ragtime, vaudeville folk and lost gems from the 1920s and 1930s.

The songs on this album are a throwback to Jack’s days as a “busker”, singing for tips on the streets of Toronto and Detroit. Recorded with two vintage microphones on tape in a small cabin in rural Manitoba, Canada. Truly a solo album, Jack is the only musician on this release – scatting, yodeling and crooning his way through the tunes while playing guitar, ukulele, mouth trumpet and stomp box. The sparse production, raw recording and vintage hiss of the reel-to-reel tape deck make for a refreshing and relaxing stroll down memory lane. Beatnik jive and vaudevillian hokum make this album strikingly original and honest. For track listing and more info, click here.

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A relaxed drapy fit, merrowed bottom hem, racerback style…it’s the perfect flowy tank top!

Wearing this design – a vintage cartoon inspired Jack Norton with his happy ukulele – will instantly make you the coolest gal at your yoga or pilates class! One smart gal took a selfie while wearing this tank and got so many likes she broke Instagram. Like literally the app stopped working. That could be you…but only if you buy now!

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A regular fit, unisex classic tee. 100% cotton.

Featuring a vintage cartoon inspired Jack Norton with his happy ukulele. Literally the most awesome t-shirt on planet earth and quite possible in the universe. You will be instantly more popular wearing this! Fame and fortune will be yours if you purchase this amazing shirt. What are you waiting for?

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A regular fit, kangaroo pocket, unisex classic poly/cotton blend hoodie.

Warm up on cold nights by having Jack Norton close to your heart. Plus, did we mention, it has a kangaroo pocket?!? You’ll be able to hop ten times better if you buy this delightful garment. Girls will look more adorable in this. Guys will look more handsome in this. Even dogs look cuter wearing this! I mean, we can’t really think of anything else to say right now. Just buy this damn hoodie. You know you wanna.

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FILMS

Jug Band Hokum (DVD/VOD)

Feature film directed by Jack Norton.

From IMDb: Quirky, funny and downright bizarre, the film stars Anne Baggenstoss, Brooklynd Turner, Lil’ Majesty and Amnesia Starr. This highly anticipated documentary follows the eccentric lives of musicians competing to win a broken waffle iron in the 33rd Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands. The film features guest appearances by Garrison Keillor (of Prairie Home Companion fame), rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Charlie Parr, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and many others. Film & Review Magazine described Jug Band Hokum as: ‘a real-life version of Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind with dashes of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. A wildly fun documentary!’

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ADDITIONAL MUSIC

Brizo Media Group, Jack’s production company and record label, recently launched “The Archives Series” – new albums by Jack Norton made from old out-of-print releases, bootlegs, demo sessions, live recordings and previously unreleased tracks. There are dozens of titles, so it’s best to check the official Bandcamp page for purchase. A highlight of these archive albums is this release…

Bandcamp

In addition to his work as a solo artist, Jack records as one half of the (creatively named) folk duo “Jack and Kitty”. His wife Kitty has always been his frequent co-collaborator. A special fan site called The Only Constant Is Chaos was created to carefully curate, present and archive the many projects of the artistic high school sweethearts. There are dozens of albums (with purchase links) on the discography page from all the various projects Jack has been a part of over the years. A highlight of his (non-solo) work is this release…

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