The Cactus Blossoms
Their crisp, vintage sound is a drive-in movie screen showing images of a bygone era – an age reminiscent of convertibles sporting tail fins, lovers’ lanes, jukeboxes and uncluttered melodies that choose being perfectly crafted over pretentiously clever. While at first listen The Cactus Blossoms seem like they pickpocketed their analog analogies from the 1950s, these songs also belong to our daily “now,” capturing flashes of bliss and longing. They bring us moments of exploring romance, pining for past loves, and stealing stoplight kisses.
Brothers Page Burkham and younger sibling Jack Torrey come by their Everly-lasting moments honestly. They started with a house gig at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, and played a mix of obscure old country songs and popular heartbreak tunes, eventually blending their original melodies into the mix so smoothly most people couldn’t tell which was which. No wonder their debut album was named one of the most anticipated albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone and Nick Lowe fell for them at first listen, taking them on tour as his opening act. Hear their uncluttered gems and bounty of voices and you will understand why – it’s like finding a photograph of your first love, sweeping you instantly back to sock hops and simpler times.