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.

Upcoming Shows


Nov
27
th
First Avenue

Past Shows


Aug
7
th
2021
Turf Club
Aug
7
th
2021
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Jack Klatt
Aug
6
th
2021
Turf Club
Aug
6
th
2021
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with The Sapsuckers
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 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

More Shows

Feb
17
th
Turf Club

Alice Phoebe Lou

Apr
5
th
7th St Entry

Ritt Momney

with Hannah Jadagu and Shane T
Jun
17
th
First Avenue

Purity Ring

with Dawn Richard
Jan
28
th
Turf Club

Mansionair

with MAY-A