The Cactus Blossoms [Night 2]
21+ | 7pm Doors, 8pm Show
with Joel Paterson
Whether it’s The Beach Boys, Bee Gees or First Aid Kit, blood harmonies — that effortless sibling vocal blend— is the secret sauce in some of the most spine-tingling moments in popular music. The Cactus Blossoms, fronted by Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey, are compelling evidence that this tradition is alive and well. Their timeless sound and original songs have earned them tour stints with artists such as Wilco, Jenny Lewis and Lucius, as well as a perfectly cast performance on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. In 2022, they released One Day, an album of original songs that “soar gracefully due to the effortless harmonies and uncluttered arrangements” (Holler), followed by an EP covering songs by Bob Dylan. While The Cactus Blossoms have drawn frequent comparisons to other musical siblings for their effortless blood harmonies, One Day often suggests a more soulful, ’70s-inspired palette, hinting at times to Bobby Charles or JJ Cale with its playful Wurlitzer, breezy guitars, and lean, muscular percussion.
The band has announced that their recent digital EP, If Not For You (Bob Dylan Songs Vol. 1), will be available for the first time on 12-inch, 45 rpm limited-edition blue marble vinyl. This special Record Store Day release will be available exclusively at participating stores starting April 22. The Cactus Blossoms were featured on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert's "Late Show Me Music" series performing their Top 5 Americana Radio single "Hey Baby." The song, featuring the brothers' trademark harmonies and an upbeat message, was lauded by Guitar World, The Boot, The Bluegrass Situation, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and more.