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Norton Buffalo

Norton Buffalo is regarded as one of the most versatile and talented harmonica players in the music business. Having performed and recorded across nearly every style of music, he has been widely acclaimed as the finest multigenre harmonica player of all time. His recordings, going back to his first releases on Capitol in 1977 and '78 have all been received with great reviews, are revered by his fans, and are a must in every harmonica player's collection. While his talents on the harmonica have been the most major part of his success, Norton is known as a strong and soulful vocalist (Steve Miller introduces him each night as his "Partner in Harmony") and is as well regarded as a notable songwriter, engineer and producer.

For the last thirty four years Buffalo has been a highly celebrated member of the Steve Miller Band, has recorded and toured with some of the top names in music, worked in movies and television, and stayed very busy performing and recording with his many diverse musical ventures many of which will be noted below.

In addition to his work on recordings and on stage with Steve Miller, who spotlights Norton’s playing in his shows, Buffalo has also been highly sought after as a recording artist, having played on over 180 albums by artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Cash, Kate Wolf, Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, David Grisman, Juice Newton, Laurie Lewis, Elvin Bishop and George Kahumoku Jr.. To date, Buffalo has been nominated for two Grammys and was part of the Doobie Brothers Grammy award winning LP "Minute By Minute". Norton is featured on Kenny Loggins new children's CD that will be released in the Spring of 2009.

Besides performing live with his own groups and before the millions of Steve Miller fans he has played for in more than three decades of touring, Norton has also been recruited by notable musicians such as Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers and Olivia Newton-John and others, for concerts and touring.

This man was blessed with a musical gene pool. Born in Oakland, California into a musical family - his father, a harmonica player, and his mother a vocalist in nightclubs in San Francisco in the early 1940's. Buffalo’s great-uncle, Herbert Stothart, won an Academy Award for his contribution to the music of "The Wizard of Oz", and was one the main composers during MGM's golden years of musicals from the 1930s through late 1940s, nominated for 12 Academy Awards, co-authoring many well-known, hits and scoring many of their classic films of that wonderful cinematic era. Buffalo has done his best to try to fill those big family shoes with his singing, harmonica, songwriting, scoring music for both film and TV, producing, engineering and acting. Through it all Norton has carved a long and wonderful career.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Live! Breaking Ground...

Universal Music Group


King Of The Highway

Blind Pig Records




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