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The Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossoms sound uncannily like a sibling harmony act who just stepped off the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or the Louisiana Hayride in the 1940s or '50s, and there's a good reason for that -- guitarists and singers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey are brothers (Jack adopted a stage name when he first stepped out as a singer/songwriter at the age of 19), and their voices fit together in a way that suggests a modern-day approximation of what the Everly Brothers and the Louvin Brothers could deliver. The duo's sound crystallized on their 2019 album Easy Way, then expanded on One Day, a 2022 sequel featuring a duet with Jenny Lewis. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Burkum and Torrey grew up on a musical diet of pop radio and classic Beatles albums, but the brothers also shared a taste for vintage country and folk tunes, and in 2010 they began playing out as a duo, adopting the handle the Cactus Blossoms. Playing a mix of old-school country and folk classics and originals crafted in the same spirit, they released a self-titled and self-released debut album in 2011, and soon landed a residency at St. Paul's Turf Club. The standing gig helped grow the pair's audience in the Twin Cities, and highlights from their run of shows were collected on a live album, 2013's Live at the Turf Club. As the live record gained positive press, the Cactus Blossoms expanded their touring schedule, playing clubs as headliners, sharing the bill with other acts in bigger halls (including touring with Kacey Musgraves), and appearing on the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, whose host Garrison Keillor called them "the brother duet that America is waiting for." In 2015, the Cactus Blossoms struck a deal with Red House Records, the well-respected St. Paul-based roots music label, and the pair teamed up with musician and producer JD McPherson to begin work on their first album for the label. The brothers' Red House debut, You're Dreaming, was released in January 2016, and Burkum and Torrey set out on tour in support. The Cactus Blossoms received a boost after appearing in David Lynch's 2018 television series Twin Peaks: The Return, and their next move came in March 2019 when they released their second album, Easy Way. The Cactus Blossoms returned in 2022 with One Day, an album that featured a duet with Jenny Lewis on "Everybody" and incorporated elements of 1970s soft rock.
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