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New Song Inspired by the Murder of George Floyd...

Today on our YouTube channel and on JackAndKitty.com we have released, “8:46 [Incomplete Version]” – a new single from singer-songwriter Jack Norton. The song will be available on Spotify and all streaming platforms as well as all major music retailers worldwide in the coming days. Visitors to YouTube and JackAndKitty.com get a first listen.

“8:46 [Incomplete Version]” was produced by me (Kitty Norton) and the song was written by my husband Jack and I. We were inspired by the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath on the American social landscape. We ended up with bleak, dark and haunting lyrics and a simple, repetitive melody. Why a looping melody? It’s symbolic of history repeating itself. We are from Minneapolis and lived in the neighborhood of Floyd’s killing…in fact Jack’s favorite record store (Vintage Music) sits on the corner of where Mr. Floyd was slain. As an interracial couple from Minneapolis, we have a lot of feelings regarding his killing. Even two years later we are both still processing the horrific event.

Read more: https://jackandkitty.com/2022/05/846-new-song-inspired-by-george-floyd

Our Music is now on Joox and Qobuz

All of our music is coming soon to Joox and Qobuz...we're very excited!

Joox is the biggest music streaming app in Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and also the South African market.

Qobuz is a French commercial music streaming and downloading service in overseas markets, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain, and the US.

Simply search for any of our related artist names: Kitty Norton, Jack Norton, Jack and Kitty, The Zinghoppers, My Cherry Crush, Jug Band Hokum and more!

Jack and Kitty's first NFT on sale December 15, 2021 #Sellouts

DistroKid, the world's largest distributor of independent music, has collaborated with 10,000 independent music creators to mint 10,000 individualized, collectible, carbon-offset NFTs that commemorate the music of each artist. Proceeds from NFT sales and resales will go to each artist.

The inaugural collection, jokingly called "Sellouts," shows the DistroKid mascot—designed from more than 300 different traits—proudly holding an album cover selected by their musician. Each Sellout is shown with a unique URL where collectors can listen to the music and personally connect with each musician in the collection.

Jack and Kitty's "Wizard Oil" is Sellout #9394.

For more info and to purchase visit:

https://niftygateway.com/promos/sellouts
https://distrokid.com/sellouts

Cornstars by Jack Norton has earned the prestigious Certificate of Merit for “Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music” from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections!

Cornstars by Jack Norton has earned the prestigious Certificate of Merit for “Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music” from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Congrats, Jack!

“Cornstars: Rube Music in Swing Time” offers a sweeping overview of American musical entertainment set in the later days of minstrelsy through the early days of television. Emmy Award winning author Jack Norton crafts a painstakingly detailed account told on vaudeville stages, over the airwaves of early radio stations, in the grooves of brittle old 78 rpm records and on the silver screens of Hollywood’s golden era. A treasure trove of Americana.

Jack and Kitty, and everyone at Norton Family Media wish to congratulate all the award winners and nominees. Read more from the ARSC here: https://jackandkitty.com/2021/10/cornstars-rube-music-in-swing-time-by-jack-norton-earns-prestigious-certificate-of-merit-for-best-historical-research-in-recorded-popular-music-from-the-association-for-recorded-sound-collect

Singles with roots musicians Charlie Parr and Dom Flemons

Wanted to let y’all know that to celebrate the release of “Jug Band Hokum: The Docuseries”, a 2021 episodic remix of our 2015 feature film “Jug Band Hokum”, we’ve released a special single from the new 2021 soundtrack album. It’s called “One Steady Roll” and features Jack jammin’ with his very talented friend Dom Flemons, the Grammy Award winning founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The single is available on every major music streaming and retail platform worldwide. It’s also in our shop too! Hehehe: https://jackandkitty.com/product/one-steady-roll-single

Also, we’ve released another special single from the new 2021 soundtrack album. It’s called “Thin Dime Blues” and features Jack jammin’ with his very talented old touring buddy Charlie Parr, the talented blues singer and guitarist. The single is also available everywhere and in our shop too: https://jackandkitty.com/product/thin-dime-blues-single

 

The Jack And Kitty Podcast - 3 Seasons Now Available

We’re so happy to be releasing, “The Jack and Kitty Podcast”…available on Spotify and wherever else you listen to podcasts!

Season 1 is a special re-broadcast of “The Mindfulness Minute”, a short daily devotional of inspirational messages. Season 2 is a special re-broadcast of “Jack Spins Shellac”, where Jack shares lost gems of the 1920s and 1930s from his phonograph record collection. Season 3 is a new collection called “The Only Constant Is Chaos” where we dig deep into our archives to present a random collection of audio adventures just for you! Available now on all major podcast listening platforms.

Learn more here: https://jackandkitty.com/2021/06/the-jack-and-kitty-podcast-3-seasons-now-available

Special thanks to show sponsor Anchor.fm for their continued support!

Jug Band Hokum: A Documentary Series – All 18 Episodes – Available Now!

We’re so excited to announce that all 18 episodes of Jug Band Hokum: A Documentary Series are now available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Quirky, funny and downright bizarre, Jug Band Hokum: A Documentary Series follows the eccentric lives of jug band musicians competing to win a broken waffle iron in the 33rd Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands. The web series features appearances by: Garrison Keillor, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Charlie Parr, Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Baby Gramps and more. The series stars: Jillian Paige (Amnesia Starr), Joseph Lymous (Lil’ Majesty), Anne Baggenstoss and Brooklynd Turner. This is a 2021 web series remix of our 2015 award-winning film Jug Band Hokum, with bonus footage, alternate edits and much more not seen in the original film.

Watch all episodes here: https://jackandkitty.com/2021/06/jug-band-hokum-a-documentary-series-all-18-episodes-available-now

PS: Be sure to check out The Visual Scrapbook, a collection of over 500 behind-the-scenes photos, production pix and still frames. Tons of fun! Also, an interview with the stars is here.

Cornstars nominated for the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research

Norton Family Media is very proud to announce that Jack Norton’s book “Cornstars: Rube Music In Swing Time” has been nominated for the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

“Cornstars” profiles the rise and fall of Freddie Fisher and his Schnickelfritz Band, Stan Fritts and his Korn Kobblers and the hillbilly, country and novelty jazz music of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

The goal of the ARSC Awards program is to recognize and draw attention to the finest work now being published in the field of recorded sound research. The winners will be announced by September 2021, and the awards will be presented during a banquet at ARSC’s annual conference in May 2022.

“Cornstars: Rube Music In Swing Time” is available now.