For their latest CD, Minneapolis-based folk duo Curtis & Loretta sought out real-life people who have overcome great challenges in their lives, and crafted their stories into song. In Minnesota Bluegrass, Adam Granger wrote "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."
The married couple’s shows feature original as well as traditional songs, with their extraordinary vocals harmonies and a parade of instruments, including clawhammer banjo, mandocello, guitars, folk harp and steel ukulele, plus a bit of harmonica, spoons, shakers and kazoo. 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.
Curtis & Loretta were awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2010 and 2015, and they’ve been on the South Dakota Touring Artist Roster since 2012. They’ve been on Best of the Year's album lists on folk radio charts, and received several Minnesota Music Award nominations for Best Acoustic Folk Artist. Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet have toured throughout the U.S. for nearly 40 years.
"Best Acoustic Performers of the Twin Cities" —City Pages
“Loretta Simonet has a jewel of a voice, while Curtis Teague's warm baritone and instrumentals are consistently impressive.” ....Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“They are in many ways the quintessential folk duo: finely honed vocal harmonies of multidimensional intrigue, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots, great originals, and equally strong strains of gravity and playful irreverence." —City Pages
PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE YOU-TUBE CLIPS
Banquet Table - an old hymn with banjo & guitar
Lutefisk for Supper - traditional American (variation of "Fish for Supper")
Somebody I Could Sue - original funny, but poignant, written by Loretta
Ain't No Bugs on Me - traditional American