San Diego Troubadour, a monthly newspaper that covers folk music, recently turned 10 years old. Now, the paper wants to expand.
Liz Abbott, who publishes the Troubadour with her husband, Kent Johnson, says she's hoping to raise several thousand dollars to hire an assistant, buy office equipment and revamp the website, sandiegotroubadour.com. They're putting on an anniversary show and fund-raiser at Sunset Temple on Sunday, Oct. 9, featuring a drawing (prizes include a Taylor Solid- Body electric guitar and a Deering Goodtime banjo), an open mic and sets by Berkley Hart, Steve Poltz, A.J. Croce and others.
“The paper itself does not make much of a profit. It basically pays for itself with a little left over,” Abbott says. “It's time to grow and get with it because it's getting too much for me to handle by myself.”
Abbott and Johnson founded the paper in 2001 with friends Ellen and Lyle Duplessie, who both died in 2004. The paper has expanded slightly with more pages, a circulation of 6,500 (it started at 3,000) and the website.
“We need to keep everything current,” Abbott says. “It's just what I do, and I expect that, as long as we can, we'll keep doing this paper.”***
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