Based in Minneapolis, folk singer/songwriter duo Curtis & Loretta have toured across the U.S. in the past year in support of their latest CD, When There’s Good to Be Done. For this recording, Loretta sought out real-life people who have overcome great challenges in their lives, interviewed them, and crafted their stories into song. Adam Granger wrote, in Minnesota Bluegrass, “It’s the best, most poignant, most powerful album of the nine this duo has recorded over the last quarter century… These are amazing stories – and each song is more powerful than the last. Loretta’s songwriting has improved steadily over the years and now, a hundred songs later, it sparkles… Instrumentally, the pair are a folkie power duo. Capable of double-digitry, they limit themselves to a half dozen instruments on When There’s Good to Be Done.” This project was supported by an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Curtis & Loretta’s performances feature tight vocal harmonies, guitars, folk harp, mandocello, banjo and ukulele, all underscored by their deep connection with their listeners. Curtis’ down-home sense of humor and Loretta’s theater background engage the audience in an experience that runs the gamut of rolling with laughter to holding back tears, with plenty of side-trips in between.
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