Busker’s Blues (2019)



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TITLE: Busker’s Blues

ARTIST: Jack Norton

RELEASE DATE: 15 January 2019

FORMATS: Digital

NOTES: 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.

CREDITS: Produced by Jack and Kitty. All songs words & music by Jack and Kitty Norton (Norton Family Publishing, ASCAP), or traditional, adapted & arranged by Jack and Kitty Norton (Norton Family Publishing, ASCAP). Jack Norton: vocals, guitar, ukulele, mouth trumpet, stomp box.


  1. I’ll Kill Your Soul And Dare Your Spirit To Move
  2. Cocaine Blues
  3. Saint James Infirmary
  4. The Reefer Song
  5. Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me
  6. San Francisco Bay Blues
  7. No Matter How She Done It
  8. I Ain’t Got Nobody
  9. They’re Red Hot
  10. Walking My Troubles Away
  11. The Lure Of The South
  12. Shine On Harvest Moon