Bio

TJ Norton is a professional harmonica player, singer and songwriter from the UK, now living in Los Angeles,  who has performed on shows across the UK, Europe and the USA.

TJ is a nominated finalist in the British Blues Awards, having one of his original songs used in the soundtrack of the multi award winning critically acclaimed documentary “As The Crow Flies”.  The winner of ‘Gold Medal for International Documentary’ at the 2015 World Film Awards, by adventure filmmaker Ian Burton.  Additionally, TJ has released two music video’s in support of his EP release  “Never Giving Up”, and is about to release the first 'TJ & THE SUITCASE' album, 'Live At Sunbanks'.

TJ first became addicted to the blues at 18 years old, after finding a cassette tape of Lightnin’ Hopkins at his overnight cleaning job in a restaurant.  He learned to play harmonica through one of the deepest and most critical traditions of old blues players, by ear, sitting with the more experienced musicians, studying and listening to recordings, absorbing every note and nuance of this great art form.


He left home at age sixteen, moving to London, and two years later was living in the USA. Having been schooled by the streets, now more than thirty years later, he has many a tale to tell with his music.

Some of TJ’s more contemporary influences have been the likes of , Paul Oscher, Steve West Weston, Paul Lamb and UP Wilson.  Having also played with blues greats including Gary Clarke Jr., Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, Janiva Magness, Bob Margolin, U.P. Wilson, Eddie Stout, Arthur Adams and Zach Zunis, TJ has developed into a deeply moving blues artist in his own right who has more than paid his dues.

TJ now concentrates most of his time on his solo act, 'TJ & THE SUITCASE'. which is a unique harmonica driven old time one-man-band show featuring TJ on vocals, harmonica, suitcase drum, and home made tambourine beater pedal.


TJ Norton plays music as a man possessed.  Gifted with the ability to switch from a beautiful gentle phrase, to full bore fat tone highly energetic musical attacks, in an instant.   He doesn’t just play music, he lives and literally breathes his craft!

“A brilliant blues harmonica player”  Maryport Blues Festival

“Dynamite blues…Stompin’, hollering’ and blowing up a storm.  Recommended stuff indeed!”  JumboRecords.co.uk

“Thoughtful and passionate…Old skool down ‘n’ dirty Mississippi style - harmonica driven, one man band street blues…With a true focus on rhythm and expression with a critical connection to the audience.”  KillerQueenblog.com

TJ Norton is endorsed by Roland U.K.

 

To contact TJ:

 

Email:  tjandthesuitcase@gmail.com

Phone:  310 . 418 . 2600