The Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossoms

FREE EVENT ON THE FRONT PORCH!

Free
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Gates 6:00PM | Starts 7:00PM
Tickets:
FREE EVENT!

Website : http://www.thecactusblossoms.com

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, retro-revivalist country folk brother duo The Cactus Blossoms will play the Front Porch of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. This performance is free and open to the public. No tickets needed.

"There's a '60's simplicity that's instantly engaging - and the Minnesota duo's pure, tight harmonies are superb." – MOJO

The Cactus Blossoms sound uncannily like a sibling harmony act that just stepped off the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or the Louisiana Hayride in the '40s 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.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jack and Page found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their songwriting skills with weekly gigs at former country 1940s honkytonk (and now music club) The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. With the kind of blood harmonies that make your scalp tingle, the brothers made the genre their own and started working originals into their weekly sets of classics. A chance gig opening for JD McPherson brought him on board as a fan and eventually resulted in JD producing the Cactus Blossoms’ album You’re Dreaming.
Though they came from a musical family, they didn't naturally inherit their deep understanding of early American music. By tracing their heroes’ footsteps back to the roots, they came into their style in a very genuine way. By absorbing these musical discoveries, a natural alchemy took place and what transpired is the tasteful rejuvenation and transformation of a retro sound by a modern duo. With press ranging from a Rolling Stone "Artist to Watch," NPR Heavy Rotation, NPR All Things Considered, Folk Alley, Noisey, Garden & Gun, CMT, A Prairie Home Companion and much more, the brothers have brought a breath of fresh air and vitality to the roots music scene.

The Cactus Blossoms - a letter from Jack and Page:
When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan. We cut our teeth performing some well-known and obscure country songs that were popular or unpopular pre-1960, partly out of curiosity and deep appreciation, but mostly because it was fun. Early on we were given a residency at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. We got a band together and it became our weekly practice-in-public where we would pull out every song we could think of, no matter how well we knew it. It was our first chance to play all night and do whatever we wanted. Over the course of our year and a half at the Turf Club our repertoire had snowballed into an amalgam of original songs and a bunch of gut wrenching, tongue-in-cheek heartbreakers that were 30 years older than us. Not everyone could tell what was new and what was old, and it didn’t really matter. People just seemed to enjoy it. That’s when the wheel got going and gave the illusion of spinning backwards. We weren’t born in the wrong era. We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own.



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