Lou Curtiss


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Folk Arts Rare Records

Lou Curtiss was a long time supporter of American folk music and in fact, he helped coin the phrase “roots music.” For over 30 years he created, arranged and promoted the annual folk music festival in San Diego beginning in 1967. Lou also hosted a jazz radio program as well as running his rare record shop in San Diego for over 40 years. His vast knowledge of the growth and development of American music was nothing short of amazing as were the many stories he told of promoting music and the music makers he worked with for over 50 years.