|The Cactus Blossoms|
The core of the Cactus Blossoms comprises of brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, whose musical career took off following a victory in the 2010 MN State duet contest. The full band line up includes Mike Razz Russell on fiddle, Randy Broughten on steel guitar and Liz Draper on the bass.
Their self-titled debut CD features a genuine honky tonk sound, very strong on vocal harmonies and songs full of love lost, jail-breaking bank robbers, trains and lonesome cowboy blues, with a little bit of boogie along the way. The tunes are catchy and regardless of how sad the subject matter is, one gets the distinct impression that everyone is singing and playing with smiles on their faces.
A Sad Day to be You
Lost John Dean
Cold Foot Boogie
Song of the Bird
Lonesome and Blue
Blue Railroad Train
Don't Do It
There's a good change of pace throughout the course of the 10 songs. On the whole, I prefer the faster numbers, such as Lost John Dean, Cold Foot Boogie and Blue Railroad Train to the slower ballads.
This is clearly a very impressive debut; despite inhabiting a well-worn genre, The Cactus Blossoms retain a very fresh feel to their songs.
To find out more about The Cactus Blossoms, head for their official website and this page of the the Brookfield Knights website.