Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
A new acoustic music duo will make its debut performance in Orange County this weekend.
Curse and the Cure, featuring Norma Hopson of Starks, La., and Jason Touchette of Groves, will perform a free concert for ages 21 and older starting at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Capistrano, 1208 Green Ave. in Orange.
Hopson, a well-known photographer, is also a talented vocalist who performs as part of local cover band, The B-List. Touchette, also a member of The B-List as well as country music group, American Sons, is a well known musician across the area as the vocalist and guitarist for Podunk.
Curse and the Cure is not your typical music act, acoustic or otherwise, according to Normal Hopson.
“Curse and the Cure is a little different from other local acoustic acts due to the fact that there is normally just being a solo male artist with a guitar and vocals,” Hopson explained. “With the two of us together, being a male and female combination, we can achieve the most amazing harmonies and dynamic. We both have a really wild range, together and separately, and it’s almost like a roller-coaster of vocals.”
While the majority of acoustic acts perform songs by nationally recognized artists, as does Curse and the Cure, the pair intend to express their creativeness as well.
“We have just started the writing process and have a handful of original music we have started to add into our set,” Hopson added. “We have been incorporating elements of modern pop, indie and southern rock too. We’re fans of the late acoustic duo The Civil Wars and really love their style.”
Hopson became a fan of Touchette’s unique vocal sound when she first saw Podunk, his previous outfit, perform a concert in Houston in 2006.
“I remember sitting there asking my husband if he was hearing what I was hearing,” Hopson said. “I told my husband that I had no clue who that guy was on stage, but, one day, I was going to sing with him. Flash forward to 2013 when a friend of mine, drummer Jacob Robles, had us come to an American Sons show, a band they are both apart of, to check their set out. Jacob introduced me to Jason for the first time and told him that I could sing.
“They had me come to a rehearsal one night, so that Jason could hear me sing, and he had the same reaction to me as I did seeing him with Podunk in 2006,” she continued. “We both knew then we had to do something together. We both enjoy the same genres of music and I think that is what makes our project whole.”
Hopson believes the recent surge in the popularity of acoustic music acts across Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana over the past 18 months can be attributed to its basic elements.
“Acoustic performances are a more stripped-down and raw version of peoples favorite songs,” Hopson said. “Acoustic shows don’t require loops or tracks or anything like that. This is an intimate, small performance that really showcases vocals and the true heart and soul that people put into their music.”
For more information on the acoustic duo, find them online at www.facebook.com/curseandthecure or on twitter at CATCmusic.