The Cactus Blossoms bring "Easy Way" to Europe starting next weekend25-08-2019
Page Burkum and Jack Torrey a.k.a. The Cactus Blossoms are brothers, but their vocal talents aren't just simply a case of sibling harmonies. They didn't start singing together until their 30s. So much for a lifetime of practice with one another!
Burkum and Torrey can sing, but they can play and write beautiful songs, too. It's caught the attention of David Lynch, who invited the gents to play the fictional bar, The Roadhouse, in the last season of Twin Peaks. Then there's Dan Auerbach, who reached out to the band and ended up co-writing some songs that appear on Easy Way, the duo's new album.
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.
The brothers’ decision to produce the new album themselves no doubt led to the new sound. 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 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.
At the end of this month The Cactus Blossoms roll out on a European tour including festivals and club shows:
29/08: Lier, BE - Ripspiqué
30/08: Den Haag, NL - Paard
31/08: Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
01/09: Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
02/09: Eindhoven, NL - Meneer Frits SOLD OUT
04/09: London, UK - Bush Hall
05/09: Bristol, UK - Hy-Brasil
06/09: Stanford Hall, UK - The Long Road
07/09: Newcastle, UK - Gosforth Civic Theatre
08/09: Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
09/09: Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club