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JACK & KITTY: MUSIC

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CD_YouMakeMeHappyYOU MAKE ME HAPPY: DELUXE EDITION

contentgYou Make Me Happy is Jack and Kitty’s new album of original material aimed at a children’s and family audience. Positive preschool pop heavily influenced by early Americana traditions, this collection has an organic vaudeville vibe with influences of honky tonk country, bluegrass, ragtime jazz and old-time folk. The album was recorded in Minneapolis and Nashville and invites listeners to dance like monkeys, hop like kangaroos, do the hula, stomp on one foot and go bananas in Jamaica. Highlights include the laid back island soul of “We’re All A Rainbow” and the jug band silliness of “This Land Is Your Land”. This “deluxe edition” includes TWO bonus songs not included in the digital release and full color artwork. Fun for the whole family, You Make Me Happy is a madcap musical journey that will make all ages…happy!

SONGS: 1. The Hello Song 2. This Land Is Your Land 3. We’re All A Rainbow Together 4. Jamaica Me Crazy 5. Like A Dinosaur 6. The Transportation Tune 7. Dance Like A Monkey 8. The Friendly Kangaroo 9. Let’s All Do The Hula 10. Hey Now! 11. Estrellita Dónde Estás (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

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JackAndKitty_ThisLandIsYourLandTHIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

contentgNEW DIGITAL SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW! “This Land Is Your Land” is a bouncy, jug band influenced take on the classic Woody Guthrie folk tune. Kitty sings and plays string bass. Jack plays guitar, tenor banjo and of course – jug. J&K have been playing this at live concerts lately and have had a lot of requests for a studio recording. This will be released worldwide in March 2017.

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ESTRELLITA DÓNDE ESTÁS

contentgNEW DIGITAL SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW! “Estrellita Dónde Estás” is a hauntingly beautiful Spanish language version of the classic lullaby “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Instrumentation includes Kitty on string bass and Jack on electric guitar, ukulele and classical guitar. This is Jack and Kitty’s first release en Español and will be released worldwide in April 2017.

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JackAndKitty_YouMakeMeHappyYOU MAKE ME HAPPY

contentgYou Make Me Happy is Jack and Kitty’s new album of original material aimed at a children’s and family audience. Positive preschool pop heavily influenced by early Americana traditions, this collection has an organic vaudeville vibe with influences of honky tonk country, bluegrass, ragtime jazz and old-time folk. The album was recorded in Minneapolis and Nashville and invites listeners to dance like monkeys, hop like kangaroos, do the hula, stomp on one foot and go bananas in Jamaica. Highlights include the laid back island soul of We’re All A Rainbow and the rockabilly silliness of Rockin’ With Jack And Kitty. Fun for the whole family, You Make Me Happy is a madcap musical journey that will make all ages…happy!

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OurSecretSong_JackAndKittyOUR SECRET SONG

contentpgOur Secret Song is Jack and Kitty’s new album of original material aimed at anything but a children’s audience. Steeped in whimsical poetry, surrealist folk and vintage ragtime jazz, the album was recorded on a vintage reel to reel tape deck, pressed once onto a vinyl record and dubbed track by track from that test pressing to digital formats for the modern era. This decidedly lo-fi approach helps give the entire collection an eerie landscape of tape hiss, needle pops and warmth which is increasingly hard to capture in this modern age. With lyrics that evoke Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and even Tom Waits or John Prine, this collection is full of strangely desperate characters wandering through tales of love lost and found. Joined by an unknown group of musicians playing theremin, string bass, piano, accordion, tuba, typewriter and a vintage trap kit, Jack and Kitty recorded the entire album live on one vintage 1944 RCA ribbon microphone.

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THE ZINGHOPPERS SHOW (PBS Kids)

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MUSIC FROM THE HIT TV SHOW

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. This album – Music From The Hit TV Show – features fan favorites and the best songs from both Seasons 1 and 2 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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BORN TO PARTY: THE MIXTAPE

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. Born To Party: The Mixtape is a collection of the best songs from Season 2 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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SONGS FOR A ZINGHOPPERIFFIC SCHOOL DAY!

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. This album was designed specifically for teachers, librarians and parents to use in the classroom and at home. It includes songs never heard on the hit TV series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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MEET THE ZINGHOPPERS

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. This five song EP helped introduce the group to preschoolers around the world. Features the hit song “Tooty Ta”, as heard in Season 1 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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EVERYBODY POOPS

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. One of the only songs from preschool television which was “banned” by PBS member stations, this hilarious tune helps with potty training. Three mixes are included on this EP. Get it, E.P.? 😉

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L-O-V-E

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. A single from Season 2 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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HAIRCUT PARTY

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. A single from Season 2 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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CHICKEN GO BANANA

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. A single from Season 2 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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FIVE TEDDY BEARS

contentgThe Zinghoppers Show was a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. A single from Season 2 of the series which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide.

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ADDITIONAL RELATED MUSIC

jacknorton2OLD SONGS: THE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL SESSIONS

contentpgNeon Hype Records (Nashville, Tennessee) is proud to be re-releasing a collection of songs recorded by singer/songwriter Jack Norton, while still in high school. “Old Songs: The Arts High School Sessions” includes tracks from Norton’s “dixieland bluegrass band” (The Mullet River Boys) and includes guest musicians from Leon Redbone and Tom Waits’ bands. The album marks the re-release of several of Jack’s home recordings that originally debuted on the legendary BBC Radio 1 show hosted by DJ John Peel. The collection includes vintage jug band folk music, dixieland jazz, vaudeville punk and Americana influenced bluegrass. Jack Norton is best known as co-creator and star of the children’s band The Zinghoppers – a group with a TV show airing on over 150 PBS stations nationwide and in 175 countries to over a million viewers daily.

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funkypossumSCISSORS

contentgFresh off her viral video hit with hip-hop superstars Mindless Behavior, comes the debut single by Funk Possum from The Zinghoppers Show – a preschool television series co-created and co-starring Jack and Kitty. The Zinghoppers recorded and toured professionally as a stage show from 2011 to 2014 (Jack and Kitty frequently appeared in the live show). This is the only solo recording by Funky Possum still available and in print.

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thegrooveclubTHE GROOVE CLUB: LET’S MOVE & GROOVE!

contentgThe Groove Club’s 2012 debut album was written, produced and instrumentation was performed by Jack and Kitty. Several vocalists made up the Groove Club band. Described as, “Kindie music for kids and families that love to move and groove! If you like Americana, bluegrass and rootsy country straight from Nashville then you’ll love the Groove Club –  the “girls in the tutus” that love to ROCK!” Great album for fans of J&K that have young children or want to complete their collection.

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mulletriverboysEVERYTHING IS HOTSY TOTSY NOW

contentpgVaudeville hokum jug band music from Mullet River, Minnesota. Led by Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter Jack Norton, the Mullet River Boys were a popular bluegrass influenced Americana group. A festival and theater favorite the band was frequently named “Best Acoustic Band” in the Minnesota Music Awards and was popular at Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association events.

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RELATED FILM PROJECTS

JUG BAND HOKUM (Feature Film)

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contentmJug Band Hokum is the feature length directorial debut from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton. 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. NOTE: This film is recommended for Mature Audiences only and contains adult language and situations.

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JUG BAND HOKUM (Feature Film)

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contentmJug Band Hokum is the feature length directorial debut from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton. 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. NOTE: This film is recommended for Mature Audiences only and contains adult language and situations.

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Soundtrack copyJUG BAND HOKUM: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

contentmSongs from and inspired by Jack Norton’s film Jug Band Hokum. Jug Band Hokum is the feature length directorial debut from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton. 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. Artists on this collection include: Jack and Kitty, Dom Flemons, Vince Giordano, Bones Jugs n Harmony, Deep Fried Pickle Project, $how Me Your Jug$, Anne Baggenstoss and Brooklynd Turner of the Yoga Jug Benders, 3 Good Samaritans Jug Band, Primeval, David Frenk, Baby Gramps, Steel City Jug Slammers, Jack Logan, Eddie Danger, Lil Fine Honey and more! NOTE: This film is recommended for Mature Audiences only and contains adult language and situations.

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JackNorton_Store_JugBandHokum_2GET ON THE TRAIN

contentpgThe opening song from Jack Norton’s feature length documentary film Jug Band Hokum. 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. Performed by Kitty Norton and David Frenk. Written by Kitty and Jack Norton (Norton Family Publishing/ASCAP). Kitty sings. David sings and plays guitar, bass and bongos. Jack plays uke and fake trumpet.

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JackNorton_Store_JugBandHokum_4JUG BAND HOKUM THEME (b/w) 1925 CHARLESTON

contentpgRecord #1 of 10 in the Jug Band Hokum Soundtrack Series. Each title in the series is limited to a release of 25 units (each numbered). Each unit is a handmade mono-lathe cut record on high quality 5” poly, playable at 33 1/3 RPM speed. A Side is an exclusive track by Jack Norton’s Hokum Jug Band, featuring Cody Jensen (of Bones Jugs N Harmony) and Sam Miltich (of the Clearwater Hot Club). B Side is an exclusive track by Jack Norton’s Hokum Jug Band, featuring Vince Giordano (of the Nighthawks Orchestra). Cover art for each title is an original work by visual artist Brooklynd Turner, screen printed by the hand of Jason Zabby. Insert for each title is an original broadside lyric sheet, hand typed by Jug Band Hokum director Jack Norton on a vintage (circa 1956) Smith Corona typewriter. All paper used is acid free, made in France and of the highest quality.

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JackNorton_Store_JugBandHokum_5JUG BAND HOKUM (b/w) POISON

contentpgRecord #2 of 10 in the Jug Band Hokum Soundtrack Series. Each title in the series is limited to a release of 25 units (each numbered). Each unit is a handmade mono-lathe cut record on high quality 5” poly, playable at 33 1/3 RPM speed. A Side is an exclusive track by the Deep Fried Pickle Project, a jug band based in Michigan. B Side is an exclusive track written by director Jack Norton and performed by legendary singer-songwriter-indie rocker Jack Logan. Cover art for each title is an original work by visual artist Brooklynd Turner, screen printed by the hand of Jason Zabby. All paper used is acid free, made in France and of the highest quality.

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JackNorton_Store_JugBandHokum_3JUG BAND HOKUM: POSTER

contentpgBeautiful poster print by visual artist Brooklynd Turner, co-star of Jug Band Hokum. Inspired by the Jug Band Hokum Soundtrack Series, this print measures 11×11″. Paper used is heavy stock glossy, acid free and of the highest quality. ARTIST STATEMENT [from Brooklynd Turner]: I make artwork as an introspective meditation on torn feelings about spirituality, nature, body image, and people. My illustrative process varies depending on which media or imagery would be most successful as an outlet for my emotions. The strongest consistency in my work is starting with hand-drawn linework, then coloring digitally or painting traditionally. My process always maintains a handmade quality, which is important for retaining the personal feel of my illustrations. I make artwork as an introspective meditation on torn feelings about spirituality, nature, body image, and people.

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RELATED BOOKS

Butchers_CoverBUTCHERS ON THE MOON

contentmButchers On The Moon was originally published as a 40 page manifesto of sorts from an impossibly young poet, songwriter and filmmaker from Minnesota named Jack Norton. Sold mostly at his concerts, only one copy of the original chapbook is known to exist today and can be found in the archives at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Jack burned all writings (poems, songs, short stories and a novel) he worked on before 2008, so these lost gems are a true treasure. This expanded edition (now 72 pages) includes several additional poems written in the same period but not included in the original publication. An unpublished chapbook manuscript – The Well Ran Dry – was recently found in the archives of the editor of Fugawee Bird Press, publisher of the original Butchers On The Moon chapbook. These are also included within this edition. Thanks to everyone that provided these materials, which were once considered lost. NOTE: This book is recommended for Mature Audiences only and contains adult language and situations.

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