Tony Norris

Storyteller, Folk Singer & Cowboy Historian of the Southwest 

If Garrison Keillor were raised on cornbread and beans… 

No western entertainer does it all with the warmth and wit of Tony Norris. Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, he is a regular at storytelling festivals, cowboy poetry gatherings, schools, campfires, and corporate conferences. Young and old alike are captivated by his homespun charm and rich tenor voice. With the accompaniment of his big Martin guitar and healthy doses of humor, he invites the adventurous spirit in each of us to leave the everyday world behind and journey into the old West. Performing solo or in an ensemble, his concerts are for those who want to hear the old songs, learn about the West, relax and have a good time. 

As folklorist, Tony brings to life the Appalachian, cowboy, and indigenous cultures of the Southwest on radio and in college settings, and conducts workshops in storytelling for adults.

In addition, he produces CD packages for those who want to preserve their personal memoirs and/or family histories. He can create CD masters from existing recordings or will interview and record informants in a location of their choice. 

What it can mean to loved ones— 

I had forgotten some of my Mom's stories about her life, the family, and me. While listening to the conversations with my Mom, I was so happy and grateful that I had recorded my Mom's history. Now, I can listen to the stories any time and feel the love my Mom and I have for each other. Tony has given me a wonderful gift. Through his art he has created an amazing keepsake for me. I am going to share the laughter, tears, joy and love with my whole family. I know they will enjoy "Vicky Preston :Conversations." Tony thank you so-so-so much for helping me in my greiving process. I will cherish the CD and share it with my children someday. Hopefully they will see and hear what a wonderful Grandma they have on the “other side”. — Niccie Preston 

Folklorist Tony Norris of famlyfolk studio will interview and record you or your loved one at a location of your choice or using recordings, music, or photos you already have, he will edit the recordings and produce a master ready for duplication additional services can include photography, creating graphics and duplication.

READ MORE ABOUT TONY NORRIS  or scroll down to listen to Under Western Stars or buy my Album Open Heart.

For more information please email: tony@tonynorris.com or 520-491-0125

Under Western Stars

Click to listen to the podcast and read articles.. Under Western Stars is a radio show produced in partnership with Sun Sounds. Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to print information and original programming to people who cannot read or hold print material due to a disability. Sun Sounds broadcasts the reading of over 200 local and national publications 24/7 from studios in Tempe, Flagstaff, and Tucson. 

Under Western Stars Episode #15 Sid Hausman Live  

Tony talks to Sid Hausman-- multi- instrumentalist, artist and author. Sid performs original songs Blue Horizon, Bill Pickett, Geronimo’s Land, Cactus Critter Bash and plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and bones.

Under Western Stars #14 The EarthPicks 

Tony interviews Elizaberh Lopez and Jeff Stuges about their original songs of the southwest and historic characters like Cochise and Ed Schieffelin.

Under Western Stars #11 Bill Burke Live 

Tony interviews his long time music pard Bill Burke and they play the Old Double Diamond, Innisheer, Riding Down the Canyon,Blue Mountain, Old Paint and The Telling Takes Me Home.

Under Western Stars #10 Increase Your Attention Span 

Tony challenges listeners to expand their attention span by listening to songs that exceed the industry mandated three minutes. Songs include California Joe, El Paso and The Dying Ranger. 

Tony plays some songs that exceed the three minute commercial format…

Under Western Stars Episode #9 Coyote my Old Friend 

Under Western Stars Episode #9 Coyote my Old Friend

 Learn about the coyotes role in the old West and see how it has adapted to it's new range.

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Under Western Stars Episode #8 Ghost Riders 

Under Western Stars Episode #8   Ghost Riders

Listen to the Rider of Loma Escondida, a tale of a ghost rider and and stolen gold and Stan Jones classic song Ghost Riders in the Sky.

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Under Western Stars Episode # 7 the Camp Cook 

Under Western Stars Episode # 7  The Camp Cook

Learn about the man who fed the cowboys, in songs and poems. From Boomer Johnson to the Goodnight Loving Trail.

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Under Western Stars Episode #6 Romaine Loudermilk 

Under Western Stars Episode  #6 Romaine Loudermilk

Meet Romaine  Loudermilk,  an Arizona character who gave us some of our best cowboy songs.

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A very special thank you to our first Under Western Stars sponsor... The Museum Club of Flagstaff. Please support our sponsors and thank them for supporting our radio show and local music. Below is their 4th of July Country Music Festival. Click here to visit their website or click here to Like them on Facebook.

Open Heart

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