The Cactus Blossoms

Blood Harmony. Whether it’s The Beach Boys, Bee Gees or First Aid Kit, that sibling vocal blend is the secret sauce in some of the most spine-tingling moments in popular music. The Cactus Blossoms – Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey – offer compelling evidence that this tradition is alive and well, with a deceptively unadorned musical approach that offers “creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and an ageless sound” (NPR All Things Considered), not to mention spine tingles aplenty.

Their 2016 debut You’re Dreaming, a stunning and transporting collection of original songs, earned high praise from Rolling Stone and Vice Noisey, tour stints with Kacey Musgraves and Lucius, and a perfectly cast performance on the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Now their unlikely rise continues with new album Easy Way, to be released on their own label Walkie Talkie Records.

While many bands would have been content to stick with the winning formula of their debut, the Blossoms refused to repeat themselves. If You’re Dreaming celebrated their vintage country and rock influences, Easy Way reveals a songwriting style that has changed, evolved, and gotten more modern. Dan Auerbach, another artist who knows from bedrock influences, co-wrote two songs on the album. “Dan’s love for songwriting was inspiring, just the kick in the pants we needed to start writing again after being on the road,” says Page.

The brothers’ decision to produce the new album themselves no doubt led to the new sound. “We wanted the freedom to experiment with our own weird ideas,” says Jack, “We used to joke that the working title album should be Expensive Demos.” As they crisscrossed the nation on tour, the brothers would stop through Alex Hall’s Reliable Recorders studio in Chicago to chase the new sound they were after. The result joins together what would otherwise be distant corners of the American songbook. Both the traditional twang of Chicago pedal steel guitarist Joel Paterson (Devil in a Woodpile, The Western Elstons) and the primal wail of free jazz saxophonist Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird) are at home on the album. Just as they did with their debut, the brothers found a voice all their own.

Past Shows


Mar
27
th
2021
First Avenue
Mar
27
th
2021
First Avenue

The Cactus Blossoms

Livestream ⏤ Live from First Avenue
Mar
19
th
2020
The Cedar Cultural Center
Mar
19
th
2020
The Cedar Cultural Center
Cancelled

Dumb People Town

with Mystery Science Theater 3000 Alums Bill Corbett, Mike Nelson, and Kevin Murphy and The Cactus Blossoms
Jan
27
th
2020
Turf Club
Jan
27
th
2020
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Joel Paterson
Jan
20
th
2020
Turf Club
Jan
20
th
2020
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Hemma
Jan
13
th
2020
Turf Club
Jan
13
th
2020
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Jack Klatt
Jan
6
th
2020
Turf Club
Jan
6
th
2020
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Dusty Heart
Nov
30
th
2019
Mainroom
Nov
30
th
2019
Mainroom

The Cactus Blossoms

with Lillie Mae
Feb
9
th
2019
Turf Club
Feb
9
th
2019
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Jack Klatt
Jan
28
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
28
th
2019
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Zoo Animal
Jan
21
st
2019
Turf Club
Jan
21
st
2019
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Under Violet
Jan
14
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
14
th
2019
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Alpha Consumer
Jan
7
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
7
th
2019
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Frankie Lee
Nov
24
th
2018
Mainroom
Nov
24
th
2018
Mainroom

The Cactus Blossoms

with J.S. Ondara
Feb
19
th
2018
Turf Club
Feb
19
th
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Har Mar Superstar
Jan
29
th
2018
Turf Club
Jan
29
th
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Under Violet
Jan
22
nd
2018
Turf Club
Jan
22
nd
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers and ANG AND THE RANCH HANDS
Jan
15
th
2018
Turf Club
Jan
15
th
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Jack Klatt
Jan
8
th
2018
Turf Club
Jan
8
th
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Invisible Boy
Jan
1
st
2018
Turf Club
Jan
1
st
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Frankie Lee
Nov
25
th
2017
Mainroom
Nov
25
th
2017
Mainroom

The Cactus Blossoms

with KACY & CLAYTON
Mar
11
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Mar
11
th
2017
Palace Theatre

The Jayhawks

with The Cactus Blossoms and the Cloak Ox
Nov
26
th
2016
Mainroom
Nov
26
th
2016
Mainroom

The Cactus Blossoms

with Nicole Atkins
Sep
17
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island
Sep
17
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island

Trampled by Turtles

with The Arcs, Andrew Bird, Jake Bugg and more!
Jul
9
th
2016
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
9
th
2016
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Hippo Campus, The Cactus Blossoms, The Pines and more!
Feb
13
th
2016
Turf Club
Feb
13
th
2016
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Frankie Lee and a late night set by THE ICICLES
Feb
12
th
2016
Turf Club
Feb
12
th
2016
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Spider John Koerner and a late night set by THE ICICLES
Jan
23
rd
2016
Mainroom
Nov
7
th
2015
Turf Club
Oct
11
th
2015
Indeed Brewery
Oct
11
th
2015
Indeed Brewery

Indeed Brewing Company's Hullabaloo 2015

with The Cactus Blossoms, Mike Gunther, GABE BARNETT & THEM ROUNDERS and more!
Jul
24
th
2015
Turf Club
Jul
24
th
2015
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Brian Just
Apr
29
th
2015
Turf Club
Apr
29
th
2015
Turf Club

Actual Wolf

with The Cactus Blossoms
Apr
3
rd
2015
Mainroom
Apr
3
rd
2015
Mainroom

Har Mar Superstar and Sonny Knight And The Lakers

First Avenue 45th Anniversary Celebration
with The Cactus Blossoms and Sims
Mar
14
th
2015
Turf Club
Mar
14
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
10
th
2014
Turf Club
Dec
10
th
2014
Turf Club
Dec
3
rd
2014
Mainroom
Dec
3
rd
2014
Mainroom

NICK LOWE

with Los Straitjackets and The Cactus Blossoms
Sep
10
th
2014
Turf Club
Sep
10
th
2014
Turf Club

JD McPherson

with The Cactus Blossoms
Sep
9
th
2014
Turf Club
Sep
9
th
2014
Turf Club

JD McPherson

with The Cactus Blossoms
Jul
11
th
2014
Mainroom
Apr
30
th
2014
Turf Club
Apr
30
th
2014
Turf Club
Mar
10
th
2014
Turf Club
Mar
10
th
2014
Turf Club

JD McPherson

with The Cactus Blossoms
Mar
7
th
2014
Turf Club
Mar
7
th
2014
Turf Club
Feb
22
nd
2014
Turf Club
Feb
22
nd
2014
Turf Club

Web of Sunsets

with The Cactus Blossoms, Anonymous Choir and Invisible Boy
Jan
25
th
2014
Mainroom
Jan
25
th
2014
Mainroom

89.3 The Current’s 9th Birthday Party

with YOUR SMITH (fka Caroline Smith), Howler, Heiruspecs and more!
Dec
8
th
2013
Mainroom
Dec
8
th
2013
Mainroom

Curtiss A with a little help from his friends

with The Suburbs, The Cactus Blossoms and Sonny Knight And The Lakers
Dec
5
th
2013
Turf Club
Dec
5
th
2013
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

Live At The Turf Club CD Release
Nov
2
nd
2013
Turf Club
Nov
2
nd
2013
Turf Club

Tramps Like Us and The Cactus Blossoms

Tester Wedding Reception
May
4
th
2013
Mainroom
May
4
th
2013
Mainroom

JD McPherson

with The Cactus Blossoms
Aug
18
th
2012
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

More Shows

Dec
3
rd
First Avenue

Dawes

with Erin Rae
Nov
13
th
The Cedar Cultural Center

Nada Surf

Jul
7
th
Turf Club

Electric Six

with Speedealer
Aug
21
st
Surly Brewing Festival Field